Testimonials

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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.

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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

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I decided to consult Julie as I felt I had got into a rut with my work, and that my work-life balance was not what it should be. The sessions with Julie were adapted perfectly to my needs, and left me with a much clearer understanding of my priorities, as well as equipping me with strategies for making better decisions with regards to work and personal life.

I would highly recommend Julie as a coach to anyone who feels the need to review their choices and priorities!

Ann-Marie, coaching client

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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.

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Career coaching with Julie has made me realise that I have choices about my career and that I can make changes if I want to. Reflecting on my values and my goals has been a real eye-opener.  I no longer judge ‘success’ in institutional terms and instead, I think about what success means to me personally. I no longer think simply in terms of what my work wants out of me but what I want out of my work.

Julie is an attentive and sensitive listener. She provides a friendly, safe and confidential space for reflection and she shows you how to take practical steps towards achieving your goals.

Julie works with you to find out exactly what it is you want out of your career – whether you want to change career or whether you simply want to change the way you work.

Victoria, coaching client