Our Story

In 2020, a group of professionals came together with a shared vision – to create a consultancy that embodies the values of empathy, support and collaboration in support of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

We wanted to deliver a different kind of consulting experience that supports business goals while helping organisations to build meaningful connections in the workplace and make a positive impact in the world.

From the beginning, our firm was founded on the principles of standing beside clients and offering guidance, expertise and support at every step, while prioritising DEI and psychologically informed practices. We believe that, by collaborating with compassion, we can achieve great things and create a better future for everyone.

Today, Beside Consulting is a shining example of what can be achieved when we support one another with these principles in mind. Please get in touch if you’re looking for a different kind of consulting experience that prioritises psychological rigour, DEI, compassion, support and community.


Our vision is to be a trusted partner and leader in the field of DEI consulting. We strive to promote inclusion and belonging across all industries and sectors by providing innovative solutions, thought leadership, and best practices.


At beside consulting our mission is to help organizations create and sustain diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. We believe that everyone deserves equal access to opportunities and resources, and we are committed to partnering with our clients to create positive change.


We are guided by the following core values in all of our work.

Core Values

Overall, our goal is to help organizations build more inclusive and equitable workplaces where everyone can thrive.

Our Team

Esther van der Sande
Esther van der Sande
Founder and CEO

For over 20 years, Esther van der Sande has helped organisations and individuals to address change and psychological challenges.
She is a business consultant, trainer and psychotherapist who worked for more than a decade as a corporate executive before establishing various private businesses, such as Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Australia and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in the Netherlands.

Esther brings a more holistic approach to the mental well-being of employees within organisations. Her mission is to raise awareness of emotional diversity and to help organisations build an emotionally sensitive culture that empowers employees to be ready for change.

Karen Mouton

Karen Mouton
Program Consultant

Karen Mouton joined Beside Consulting in 2020, after a career in various project management, customer relations and administrative roles, mainly in the legal and professional services sector.

At Beside, Karen designs online courses and supports e-learning activities. She also actively assists Esther van der Sande in running Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in the Netherlands.