Testimonials

Thanks to Julie for her support in reviewing and developing our approach to engagement with academic colleagues at Manchester Met. during the COVID pandemic. Her ability to quickly understand our context and translate a huge volume of complex information into meaningful content were incredibly valuable to us. Julie was a pleasure to work with and incredibly flexible in supporting our needs.

Samuel McVaigh, Assistant Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Manchester Metropolitan University

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I consulted Julie because I was considering career change and didn’t know where to begin. I’m so glad to have had this coaching. Each session was tailored perfectly to my needs. Julie encouraged and enabled me to think properly through the issues I was grappling with. This was challenging – but also enjoyable! The coaching was everything I expected and more, and left me with a much greater understanding of my interests, priorities and needs. Attending these sessions was a remarkably illuminating and productive process.

I have already recommended Julie to several colleagues.

Lucy, coaching client

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Julie’s workshop on ‘Privilege’ was powerful. I advocate and advise on EDI myself so was taken by surprise by the very emotional response it evoked in me. It cemented my resolve and sense of responsibility to challenge bias in myself as well as in others. Her methods and interactions create a safe space where delegates are challenged. She shows how privilege creates context and affects all our human interactions.

Highly recommended.

Kate Cairns, Cairns Consultancy

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I participated in an action learning set facilitated by Julie in spring 2020 and it was brilliant – really enjoyable and I got a huge amount out of it. Julie is such a wonderful facilitator – she immediately puts you at ease and is a very supportive, calming and inclusive presence, who enables you to feel relaxed and able to share and constructively explore problems you are experiencing, whilst always listening carefully and making you think with insightful questions and observations. She has an excellent knowledge of issues of power, inequality and oppression which you can tell also influences her skilled facilitation.

I can highly recommend working with her and I have learnt a lot from doing so.

Dr Stephen Burrell, Assistant Professor (Research), Durham University

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Julie developed and delivered a series of bespoke workshops for us on Leading ED&I Change. Her skilful and sensitive facilitation made these a great success. Julie creates a supportive and respectful space in which everyone’s perspectives and experiences are valued, enabling productive conversations about sensitive topics in a non-judgemental and open manner. All attendees agreed that Julie’s workshops were very valuable in allowing us to develop and reflect upon our ED&I work in a safe and supportive environment. Julie’s warmth, humour and experience made these workshops the highlight of my week!

Katy Jenkins, Northumbria University

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The Resolutions Retreat proved to be exactly what I need during this particularly difficult year. Whatever apprehensions I had about working with people I did not know soon vanished and we had some great discussions.  Working with specific techniques and guided activities, we were able to clarify what we need for ourselves going forward.  At the same time, we shared many realities of being women in academia. What a joy to be allowed to acknowledge that without feeling apologetic.  Julie is a skilled facilitator and incredibly good at creating a supportive, inclusive and mutually respectful space. I came away with renewed sense of purpose and a plan to keep my own work ‘front and centre’.

Much appreciated !! 

Dr Sheila Quaid, on Women in Academia Resolutions Retreat

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The action learning set that I participated in earlier this year was a revelation. It worked so well for me and I do believe for the other participants too. This is because Julie is a super host keeping us on track whilst allowing time for personalities to shine through too. Julie is well organised, calm, warm and witty….that works for me!
I’m very happy to recommend Julie as a facilitator of learning sets, as a trainer and as a coach.

Lin Simmonds

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Julie fostered a very safe atmosphere of positivity during the ‘Resolutions Retreat’ I attended, and she really helped me to think about my goals, aspirations, and why this is my career. The conversations were lively but incredibly respectful – not always something I’m used to at work. It was really important to get together with like-minded women, of different ages, experience, and backgrounds, and really heartening to know we often share similar stories. I was especially interested in the match or mismatch with an ‘institutional message’, and how to navigate that in terms of my own ethics. The most important thing though, was that Julie helped us all explore different perspectives, and learn new things about ourselves.

Claire, Women in Academia Resolutions Retreat participant

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Years spent in a stressful and panic-ridden workplace had made me unhappy and insecure, with the negative effects going way beyond my working life.  I left that job but had no focus, direction or confidence.  Coaching with Julie enabled me to gain perspective, and to reappraise my skills and strengths away from that working environment.  I am now working more effectively, and much more happily.

Anonymous coaching client

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On ‘Being an LGBT Ally’ Workshop:

I learnt so much from The LGBT ally workshop ran by Julie, she had the in depth knowledge to help me think about things in a different way.  It was really good having the opportunity to ask difficult questions, without being judged or made to feel silly or awkward.  It also made me think about my own values and opinions.

The workshop was interactive and fun and gave a good perspective of what our LGBT community go through in their daily lives and how we can help.

I would wholeheartedly recommend the LGBT ally workshop ran by Julie without reservation. It was a great success and our staff left the workshop a lot more knowledgeable about the LGBT community.

Jacqui Danks, Human Resources Officer and PA to Chief Executive/Director of Operations, NE Business and Innovation Centre