Recommendations and Testimonials

 

Kelly is one of the most thoughtful and creative individuals I have worked with during my time in the voluntary sector. She combines a real passion for social action with a wealth of experience of organisation and leadership (and a healthy touch of scepticism!), which is just what you want in a consultant.

Dr Justin Davis Smith, Executive Director, Volunteering & Development, NCVO

 

Working with Kelly is a delight, she is sharp and insightful and combines deep knowledge and experience with a rare creative flair for bringing the unseen and unsaid to light

Linda joy Mitchell, Consultant

 

Kelly brought a fresh perspective, constructive challenge and outstanding insight to our strategic planning.  Her knowledge and experience is unrivalled, and she is great fun to work with.

Adam Nichols, Schole Founder

 

I have had the pleasure of working with Kelly on many occasions. Each time I have always been impressed by her creativity and dedication to putting the organisation’s user at the centre of her work.

Jules Mason

Head of Strategy Planning and Impact, Scope

 

Working with Kelly is a joy. Super bright, inspirational, very experienced, professional and delivers great quality.

Fiona Dawe CBE FRSA, Vital Space

 

 

 

 

I have engaged Kelly for over a decade on work ranging from multi million pound project development, discrete pieces of strategic work, facilitating stakeholder engagement and senior team coaching.  Kelly’s ability to see the big picture quickly and then guide people on the journey of the work to be achieved has been an invaluable asset in a number of the organisations I have worked for.

Colin Jones

Chief Executive, Resolution – First for Family Law

 

Kelly can be relied upon to use her sharp, perceptive abilities to quickly understand key issues and suggest challenging yet appropriate solutions. She is able to engage the widest range of people in good thinking – from young people in the YMCA to Ministers and Civil Servants; her facilitation skills are excellent.

Lord Rupert Redesdale

CEO - Energy Managers Association

 

We commissioned Kelly to facilitate our multi-agency approach to improving outcomes for looked after children. Kelly's input was vital in keeping us focussed on an implementable and measurable approach. She was fun to work with and really helped us build positive relationships. Most importantly, Kelly always challenged us to keep the views of children/young people at the centre of our thinking.

Howard Ford

Ex Hackney Council Children and Families Dept, now Department of Health.

 

I have known and worked with Kelly for more years than I care to remember.  Her knowledge is multi faceted and in depth - she is also a joy to work with - what more can one ask for?

Christine De Cruz

Consultant/SpeakersTrust Trainer

 

Kelly has a wealth of experience and enthusiasm which she is more than willing to share. The coaching, support and vision that Kelly brought to our one to one sessions, reenergised and refocused me. We were a charity that had ambitious plans but lacked infrastructure and funding. Kelly not only helped to identify our needs she also worked with me in resolving them. I still find I am using the skills she shared and developed in me years later. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor.

Helen Lloyd

Branch Manager Mentee whilst at Victim Support

 

I have been working with Kelly for many years now; her input has really helped me through some very challenging and exciting times.  Kelly is an excellent coach and an independent objective person for me to discuss ideas and issues with. She is also a fantastic groupworker and facilitator; she has facilitated many team away days for us that have been both fun and productive – the team enjoy working with her as much as I do!

Davina Goodchild, CMgr FCMI,

Chief Executive

LionHeart

 

Kelly’s understanding of the statutory sector means that she can talk the right language and work miracles in terms of funding bids.  For us this meant a turnaround of three days from hearing about a fund to being chosen to receive a National Exemplar Fund grant from the then Home Office. 

Her knowledge of the voluntary sector ensures she has the right networks to move agendas forward.  Kelly works with knowledge, focus and impact.  No moments are wasted whether it’s about working on research, consultancy or programme delivery.

Sue Warner – Founding member of SpeakersTrust

 

Kelly's breadth of experience in both the public and voluntary sectors combined with her pragmatic but sensitive approach to issues were fundamental in helping the Charity to develop and achieve new strategic goals.

Shireen Chantler

Ex Chair - United Saint Saviours

 

Kelly’s web site shows the qualities I valued years back and still do. In her first job post-University I found her to a creative, committed, challenging, exciting colleague. (She was the first to ask for time off for Glastonbury!) Then not quite certain who she was, but now there without a doubt, and without the arrogance or pride that comes with success. Kelly’s line up of clients is impressive and she is always ready and willing to give to others and support and challenge them to find out what they need to know. 

Jane Buckley

Voluntary and Education Sector Leader 

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