a process for organisations to work through challenges, blocks or difficulties to become happier, healthier and effective.
I work with groups in organisations. This may be a team, a small department or representatives of a large group. Together we consider the primary task of the organisation, the roles people have, how the group operates and how it relates to other departments or teams. We consider the context the organisation is operating within and the influence of external expectations or pressures (financial, political or otherwise). We explore how these impact on staff anxiety; how people think, feel and behave at work.
By allowing staff the time and space to share how they think and feel about their work and the organisation, they are more able to confront difficulties they may not have been fully aware of, or may have been avoiding. My role is to work alongside the group, make observations, ask questions, make connections and attempt to find meaning in order to help the group work out what is going on beneath the surface of their day to day activities. The aim is that with increased awareness and honesty the group and the organisation are able to resolve difficulties and move forward with greater focus, confidence and effectiveness.
Your+Space Consultancy is helpful to organisations:
going through change (e.g. new leadership, new role(s), new responsibilities
post change (e.g. after a restructure)
dealing with staff or departmental differences in viewpoint or practices
exploring team dynamics
where teams have become demoralized or stuck, or
whose aims / purpose / identity are being challenged.
A collaborative, reflective process
We will arrange an initial meeting to discuss your situation and whether Your+Space Consultancy would suit your organisation and your current challenges. We will discuss and establish membership of the consultancy group and agree the meeting time, length, number and location of sessions. (I will attend your workplace.) Careful and detailed planning at the initial stages will influence how the consultancy progresses. We may have several meetings or discussions before we get started. The planning stage is crucial as this will influence how the consultancy progresses.
For larger projects I work with other highly trained organisation consultants and am closely associated with OPUS Consultancy
What is the time-scale?
Regular meetings (e.g. once or twice a month) will enable momentum to build and for current issues to be worked through. Offering sessions which are longer than one hour (for example 90 minutes) helps to move the group into deeper and more meaningful discussion. However, there is no single format and we will choose the arrangements that best suits your organisation.
Your+Space consultancy is rooted in group work. However, I am also a trained coach and can offer 1-1 coaching to individuals in the group. This can be agreed as a package in advance or can be arranged as the group progresses.
I can also deliver workshops, training events or away days to support the development of your staff. Workshops are informed by my experience as an English teacher and as an experienced trainer of staff working with international students, as well as the theory and practice of consultancy and coaching. Each workshop is bespoke so please contact me to discuss.
Cost and Availability
Please contact me to discuss.
I grew up in Scotland and studied History at the University of Glasgow. I then taught English in Spain (2 ½ years) and Japan (5 years), studied Japanese at the University of Sheffield then moved to London where I began a career in international Higher Education. I've worked supporting international students at the University of the Arts London, Queen Mary University of London and the London School of Economics. In addition to working freelance, I am Director of Policy and Services at UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs), an organisation which supports international students studying in the UK and those who work with them.
I receive regular supervision to support my practice. In addition, I attend termly alumni meetings at the Tavistock Clinic and I am an associate member of OPUS, an Organisation for the Promotion of Understanding in Society. I continue to attend Group Relations Conferences and attended the two week Leicester Group Relations Conference in August 2017.
MA Consulting and Leading in Organisations:
psychodynamic and systemic approaches
(Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust / University of East London)
Diploma in Transformational Coaching
Certificates in Somatic Coaching, Group Coaching & Facilitation and Existential Coaching
(Animas Centre for Coaching)
MA Advanced Japanese Studies
(University of Sheffield)
MA (Hons) Modern History
(University of Glasgow)