About Us

BrainovateTM has clear guiding principles
that inform our approach…


We’re infiltrators

We can’t make change happen from ‘without’. We want to immerse ourselves in your organisation to understand it, know your people and help you find the leaders within.


We’re disruptors

We aim to take you out of your comfort zone to question and challenge and find better ways. We’re not the type of people who stay in our boxes; we think outside them and challenge you to do the same.


We’re playmates

Young children learn best through play and adults do too, except we call it ‘experiential learning’. Guiding, facilitating, watching and learning together, we can create real and lasting change.


We’rewith you

We’re not a ‘report, recommend and walk away’ business; we’re right there with you, from before the start until after the end, standing over our work.



Founder and Managing Director, Oliver Perkins is the driving force behind Brainovate™. His is no ordinary ‘booted and suited’ story, however, his life has been a voyage that reflects the innovative, daring, passionate and action-oriented personality he injects into his company.

Oliver grew up in 1970s, conflict-riven Belfast, in an epoch of punk rock anarchy, industrial action, and supersonic flights that moulded him as an original thinker with a bit of a maverick streak. Oliver started his first company when he was eighteen, so brands and business have always been in his blood. Since then he has travelled the world, worked in many arenas, from event management, publishing, business development and education to DJing and concert promotion, gaining diverse experience, skills and attributes.

Oliver has a degree in Sociology from Durham University and is an SDI, Fast Track and Legacy Leadership certified facilitator.



Alina, whose career has been focused on human resources consulting, executive coaching and organisational development, is Managing Partner at BrainovateTM. She has been involved with various entrepreneurial projects in trade, marketing and PR. She has an impressive range of management development and team building qualifications and worked with professional development organisations for several years before joining Brainovate™. Alina is also Managing Director of PSP Romania – Moldova – Poland, specialising in SDI (Strength Deployment Inventory), a motivational profiling tool considered by companies worldwide as ‘the manual for working with people’. Alina is a natural problem solver and communicator and her favourite question is “How can we do this better?” She has recently published her first book of children’s stories.

Alina has an honours degree in economics and an MA in marketing and business communication, both from The Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.



Certified Executive Coach Marilen Kenington spent fifteen years working in the Legal, Corporate Affairs and HR fields at local, regional and C-level for a multi-national corporation, being the only woman in the executive team. She is intimately acquainted with the challenges, pressures and rewards of such roles. During this time, she was strongly aware of how one can be helped by others to understand personal strengths and weaknesses and address both for positive growth. Being an executive coach is a dream come true for Marilen, who brings her long corporate experience, her coaching credentials and her passion for people growth, both personal and professional. She is especially passionate about working with women executives to help them reach their full potential.

Marilen holds a degree in Law from the Nicolae Titulescu Faculty of Law and International Affairs, a post-graduate degree in Public Relations from the University of Bucharest and has completed leadership programs at INSEAD, Wharton University and Antwerp School of Management. She is certified in Coaching for Performance and Purpose by Performance Consultants International.


Valentina Zaharia trains and facilitates workshops in public speaking and business pitching using her experience as a stage actress.

Having studied for 5 years at the Drama University, 10 years at the National Theater in Bucharest and international independent projects she gathered over 10 000 hours of live stage presence. She now translates that experience into trainings for companies, private clients, as a Founder Institute Mentor and a consultant for “Shark Tank” Romania.

Her high energy no nonsense but fun approach to performance improvement creates amazing results. She delivers programmes in English, French and Romanian.


Howard Dell is Brainovate’s  go to guy for anything related to motivation- expertly facilitating a range of programmes in this area. He also delivers a ground breaking management and the power of music workshop as well as team building events and is an accomplished motivational conference speaker.
He competed nationally as a decathlete and sprint hurdler in his native Canada, world cup bobsledder and professional footballer. He has 25 years’ experience in physical therapy, a Bachelor of Economics from McMaster University and a qualified EECP Cardiac Care Specialist.

He’s was a TEDx speaker and you may also have seen commenting on CBS for CBS Sports Super Kombat. In movies you can see him in over 30 titles his latest is with Steven Segal in Cartels. Howards musical performances stretch from professional musical theatre, to semi-finalist on Vocea Romaniei, to performances with legendary music producer David Foster.


Dagmar Matejkova is Brainovate’s business partner in the Czech Republic for all things related to our open Legacy Leadership programmes in Prague. She has years of experience in the HR and consultancy field working with various multinational and local organisations. She has a Master’s Degree in Economics and Corporate Finance.

She is Fluent in Czech, German and English. Her informal and common-sense approach to consultancy and facilitation ensures meaningful progress and results.

She delivers s a wide range of soft skills and leadership training as well as co-facilitating all our Legacy Leadership workshops with Oliver Perkins in Prague.


Marius is Brainovate’s wellness expert, working alongside our consultants to deliver strategic programmes for healthier leaders and organisations. As a child he was passionate about mathematics but in the end all “calculations” led  him to the world of performance sports and fitness.

Marius is an avid learner, sharer and natural motivator and communicator. He calls himself a people person. He spends his time balancing his leadership work with Brainovate and coaching professional sports teams. He graduated the Romanian – American University in IT and played professional handball for 15 years in the National Sports Academy.