Business & Organsiational Development
Frequently delivers inspirational speeches to young people in schools and youth programme on an almost weekly basis. BBC Radio Bristol radio presenter for 3 years interviewing guests and managing a magazine format show on a weekly basis live on air. Undertake ongoing speaking engagements at schools, sports clubs, prisons, community events and social functions.
Frequently delivered regional briefings for Government funding programmes in the South West on behalf of Capacitybuilders to communicate guidance for £5.8 Million of funding programmes across several funding rounds.
Assisted over 600 new start up and existing business/organisations with business planning support in the greater Bristol area over the past 25 years. Provided small business startup and development support as a business counsellor and trainer and have undergone advanced business counselling certification with the Institute of Business counsellors as an accredited small business counsellor.
Experience of working with a number of VCS organsiations and their boards of management to develop, grow or stabilise operations. Oganisations I have worked with in the Bristol area have included; CEED Charity Limited small business Unit - and ICT provision, RAC Motoring Services Front Line Manger Development in a call centre environment, Filton Econet Service protfolio to small business, Easton Community Association Interim Centre Director, Capacitybuilders portfolio of services to VCS, Manager and Chair of 50 strong Renewal Choir Community Interest Company. Assisted in developing grant
I have and continue to be involved in grant making initiatives. I am current chair of grants assessment panel for Comic Relief/Sports Relief funding with Quartet Community Foundation (member of panel for 5 yrs).
Assisted in setting up guidance for £5.8m grants programme targeting the VCS of the South West Region. Assisted Ceed Charity Limited to develop new service of inner city small business support and ICT centre. The ICT Centre development attraced a visit from a former British Prime Minister because of its innovation and approach to community engagement. Common Purpose Leadership Development Programme Graduate Matrix & Navigator Programmes.
Group and 1-to-1 facilitation
Accredited training professional with extensive experience in designing, developing and delivering various programmes and activities in business planning, business development, using ICT, leading teams, leading organisations, training trainers, job skills training. Currently enrolled on a coaching programme with the Coaching Academy to update my 1:1 facilitation skill set.
Devised and delivered a front line manager development programme for RAC Motoring Services which involved group and individual facilitation/coaching to customer services call centre managers to assist the business to raise the standard of manger effectiveness prior to sale of business.
Involved in youth mentoring in Bristol and the South West over the past 15 years and currently involved in hands on mentoringof young people, mentoring programme development, planning and supporting programmes for young people in the 16 – 25 age range as well as schools based programmes from ages 9 – 18.
Worked on behalf of Dame Kelly Holmes Trust over the past 18 months to establish Trust’s flagship mentoring programme in the South West Region called “Get On Track”. As a former elite athlete I currently work on mentoring programme with around 40 schools per year across south West and South Wales on behalf of Youth Sports Trust.