What does a facilitator do?

Facilitator: “a helper and enabler whose goal is to support others” (Ingrid Bens). This is very much how I see my role when helping organisations and groups discuss particular issues.

What kind of facilitation do you offer?

I offer facilitation both on areas aligned with my expertise in gender and LGBT equality as well as on more generic topics. For example, I have facilitated post-film discussions in cinemas on gender and sexuality and facilitated focus groups with the public on behalf of the NHS on changes to local services.

How will my organisation benefit from working with you?

Working with an external facilitator benefits groups in various ways:

  • when a specialist in a particular topic is needed but for a less formal session than ‘training’
  • when a neutral outsider is needed to support and lead discussion
  • when a neutral outsider is needed to carry out focus group research

Why should we choose you?

With over fourteen years of experience of facilitating discussions in seminars from my academic career, sometimes with recalcitrant students (!), and of hosting numerous public discussions and activities, I am highly skilled in prompting people to talk and in creating a supportive yet challenging atmosphere within which to share ideas. I am experienced in structuring discussions to achieve outcomes and to ensure inclusion.

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“The focus groups that Julie facilitated were incredibly well managed. When discussing more sensitive topics the space always felt respectful, safe and engaging. All of us were able to speak, without feeling pressured to do so.”

photo of Julie seated with Caroline Cridao-Perez at the front of a lecture theatre with Caroline animated and speaking
Hosting ‘In Conversation with Caroline Criado-Perez OBE’ at Northumbria University