"I recently engaged Emma's coaching services and I would highly recommend her. Emma's a very calm, thoughtful, supportive and focussed coach. She enabled me to define clear goals (which we revisited at every session) and work towards clear outcomes. I found the coaching sessions thought provoking and I reached some very helpful conclusions with Emma's warm and generous support."
Rebecca Gill, Public Policy and Social Change Consultant
"Emma coached me in an area of strategic change for NSPCC. Her coaching enabled me to achieve a great deal of clarity and focus in a short period of time. She consistently brought focus and challenge to my thinking which helped me to identify the approach I wanted to take with a clear rationale for it. She is incredibly skilled at offering this challenge in a positive and supportive way that is encouraging and motivating. I came out of each coaching session not only with greater clarity about next steps but also with increased motivation about taking the work forwards."
Lisa Watch, Senior Strategic Communications Manager
"Emma has, through her coaching, helped me to get real clarity and focus about campaigns at The Challenge. She's also helped me identify strategic approaches needed to embed campaigning culture in an organisation. She's hugely experienced, and always has a concrete example of how she's created change in different contexts. That said, she balances this with excellent listening and questioning skills, enabling you to come up with your own solutions to challenges you're facing. She's also tremendous fun to work with - both personable and professional, and able to keep sessions tight and focused (without them feeling rushed or overly formal). If you're looking for somebody who can be a font of wisdom on best campaigns practice, somebody who can help guide you to solve strategic campaigns problems, or even somebody who can facilitate problem solving - I'd highly recommend getting in touch with Emma."
Hannah Millinship-Hayes, Campaigns Manager
"Emma’s coaching has helped me to think through short- and long-term options, explore my strengths and areas for development in a safe and constructive environment. Emma manages to balance insight, support and challenge as well as bringing a wealth of experience and expertise. I found the sessions motivating and energising. It was invaluable to have the space and time to step back from the day job, take stock and focus. I would recommend Emma as a skilled coach."
Kate Mulley, Director of Policy and Campaigns
“I really enjoyed my coaching sessions with Emma and found them very useful in charting a way through immediate and longer term issues I wanted to address. Emma was able to assist me in coming up with practical solutions that I could apply straight away, in addition to thinking more strategically about the long term.
I appreciated Emma's flexibility and willingness to adapt if a certain approach was not working for me and our feedback sessions helped us to identify what I was finding to be the most effective way of working.
Emma was extremely professional and went out of her way to fit around my, at times erratic, schedule. I really appreciated her prompt interactions outside our discussions and found her write ups really useful.
I would recommend Emma to anyone who is interested in coaching; I've certainly benefitted from the experience and would use Emma again in future.”
Farah Ziaulla, Deputy Director of the Law, Rights and International Directorate
“Emma facilitated a strategy day for my team. It was an opportunity to review our past work and identify new opportunities for the future. Emma’s calm and professional approach ensured all voices in the room were heard, and she was able to effectively consolidate our key points and push us to agree realistic next steps to ensure we continued the work beyond that one session. I also particularly appreciated Emma’s consultation before the day itself. Having started with an ambitious brief of what we wanted to achieve, Emma helped to distil what we really needed and format a structured but flexible session to ensure we achieved our aims on the day.”
Catherine Wood, Health Advocacy Manager
“The Richmond Group of Charities worked with Emma in a series of strategy workshops to decide how to take forward its influencing work on prevention. Emma kept the group focused and productive, not through any gimmicks or by getting in the way of necessarily free-flowing discussions, but through gentle steering and the introduction of some well received, common sense thinking tools. We will work with Emma again, because she gets the most out of all of us.”
Dr Charlotte Augst, Partnerships Manager
“I’ve worked with Emma a couple of times and always found it a really helpful experience. She is particularly good at bringing together and facilitating diverse groups, getting them to focus on the issues at hand, identify the challenges facing a campaign and agree on solutions and how to progress. What’s more she manages to make the sessions interesting, engaging and enjoyable! I’d highly recommend working with her.”
Katharine Sacks-Jones, Head of Policy & Campaigns
“UKCP employed Emma to help in the design and delivery of two public policy workshops with a range of key internal and external stakeholders. Emma was a highly organised and professional presence throughout. As a facilitator she set an excellent tone for the whole group, kept a firm focus on outcomes, and was a crucial part in the success of the process. I think what impressed me most was Emma’s ability to quickly understand the organisation and to assimilate that insight. Everything about Emma’s work felt bespoke and tailored to what we needed.”
Tim Swain, Policy and Parliamentary Affairs Manager
“Emma is my go-to person when I need outside expertise and help problem-solving. She's politically astute, pragmatic and insightful. She's very quick to understand the problem, and understands the reality and challenges faced by voluntary sector organisations. Emma has particular expertise around campaign strategy. She's also very personable and great to work with. I can't recommend Emma highly enough.”
Alice Fuller, Local Campaigning Team Leader
“Emma is probably one of the most thoughtful and intelligent people I’ve ever worked with. She spends time researching your organisation so that she can grasp your needs. You never get a sense of a cut and paste; Emma’s approach is specialised to your needs and the aspects of your organisation which are unique. Plus Emma is very sharp. She will quickly grasp your key issues and what’s going on. Emma has a desire to be as good as can be and this is obvious in her work.”
Juliet Hillier, Deputy National Director
“Emma has bags of knowledge and expertise and is insightful, personable and quick to get to grips with new policy issues. Her practical, down-to-earth approach combined with her coaching skills enable her to ask the right questions and help you to develop solutions that fit with your organisational values and resources.”
Angela Style, Chair
“Emma worked with us to plan a new campaign for greater commercial investment in and media coverage of women’s sport. In super-quick time Emma got to grips with complex issues, enabled staff to think strategically about how to achieve change and produced a high quality campaign plan.”
Ruth Holdaway, Chief Executive
“Emma helped NSPCC to develop a strategy for developing a network of campaigners. With her extensive experience and knowledge of best practice in the sector, she provided sound advice at every stage of the process that greatly improved our approach. From the outset Emma demonstrated a real clarity of thinking both in understanding what we were trying to achieve and how to navigate some of the complexities associated with this. I particularly valued Emma’s focus and challenge around how our proposals would lead to the changes we were seeking to achieve. Her style is incredibly empowering with lots of emphasis on what you do already know rather than what you don’t.”
Lisa Watch, Senior Strategic Communications Manager
"Mind worked with Emma to help evaluate our Westminster and Whitehall influencing work. Emma was great to work with from start to finish - from the planning and preparation, through to delivery of a series of qualitative interviews with senior stakeholders, and analysis and reporting. She brings real insight, thoughtfulness and professionalism to her work but at the heart of her approach is that she really 'gets' campaigning and influencing. I would thoroughly recommend Emma to other organisations."
Vicki Nash, Head of Policy and Campaigns