Strategic Leadership for Social Change
Are you the leader of a non-profit
with an important mission?
Do you have a vision to scale up, to offer even greater value and support?
And are you facing any of these questions or challenges...
Strategy & Scale
How do we develop / refresh the strategy most effectively, at the right pace, with great input and buy-in from the team & Board?
How do I best manage the overall process to leverage the skills & talents of the team, handle any negativity or naysayers and get to consensus and clarity? How do we structure the Away Day?
Purpose & Partners
What are the core activities that we should replicate, should we work with partners? What model or approach should we use to scale?
How do we keep our vision inspiring and relevant to our team, donors & supporters?
How do we keep our brand & comms fresh and focused?
Ideas & Innovation
How can I stimulate creativity and gather ideas from my team & Board - on an ongoing basis?
How do I develop my thoughts and ideas in a safe confidential space? Can I find a confidante, a sounding board to stress test my theories, chew over challenges, who will encourage, question, share ideas or advice?
Culture & Cohesion
What steps should I take to encourage greater team engagement? How do we walk the talk and share our values with authenticity?
Help! I've just started and the culture's broken...
How do we refresh our ways of working and re-energise for the challenges ahead?
How do I support staff well-being with limited resources?
How do I enhance the Board's commitment and input within the limited time that we have together? How can I work better with my Chair?
How do I design meetings that are engaging, enjoyable and worthwhile for Trustees to attend? How do I ensure that the Board provide a great return on (my time) invested?
How do I facilitate creative challenging, open conversations within a collaborative team?
How do I pull together diverse perspectives in a respectful creative way?
How do we manage SMT cohesion and information flows without meeting overload?
How do I get (x) on-board with the new direction?
Hi, I'm Jane
I'm a facilitator & co-creator
and I'd like to help
Following short careers in the military and in blue-chip corporate management, I spent many years leading large complex aid projects in Africa, and then a decade as a non-profit CEO. I have rapidly grown projects and organisations with high levels of complexity and change, developing and supporting teams across cultures and locations.
It's been a ride. In this time, as well as all of the amazing experiences, sense of purpose and fabulous people, I experienced burnout and depression; on some days I was talented and high-performing and on others, I could be as mad as a box of frogs.... Over time I began to spot similar crazy in others, people I respected and admired who were also running great organisations or projects. I became increasingly fascinated with our 'human-ness' and what it is to be and deliver at our best, no matter what the (internal or) external environment.
I qualified as a Transformative Coach, studied organisational leadership and growth models and now I work with other CEOs and Boards, lead strategy and innovation workshops and support teams through the transition to deliver greater social impact. Giving equal value to process and psychology is key to my approach.
This allows me to indulge my love of travel and to speak at conferences internationally; I also volunteer as Chair of 52 Lives, as a Mentor with the Aspire Foundation and as a Strategy Advisor with the Foundation for Social Improvement. In real life, I love walking in nature and lifting heavy things, get over-excited about quality stationery and have been crowned the World’s Best Ninja Auntie Camp-Builder.
Usually, we'd scope an approach together, so please do contact me below to chat
Aligning to the Vision
- mapping end to end process
-keeping truly strategic
- clarifying model
- clarifying objectives
- ensuring engagement
- on the day day facilitation
- supporting next steps
Chairs, Boards & Governance
- recruiting & inducting Chairs & trustees
- trouble shooting & restructuring Boards
- facilitation of workshops & meetings
- CEO & Chair working agreements
- building a culture of collaboration & positive communication
- internal & external working agreements
- consortium and meeting facilitation
-well-being that works
Mentoring & coaching leaders
- a confidential space & support from someone who's Been There
- sounding board for 'tricky' issues
- assistance with overwhelm, burnout
- transformative coaching
Results & testimonials
Strategy & Scale
Provided end to end facilitation of a number of strategy development processes for growing non-profits, customising each approach to the need and ambition of the organisation. Supporting CEOs to step back and see the big issues, mapping the interests and inputs of the team & Board at each stage of the process. Facilitated the meetings & workshops at the heart of the process.
"Your support has way exceeded my expectations, I'm a huge fan - you are so much more than a regular facilitator"
Assisted a fast-growing charity to replace the existing Chair and recruit a person better placed to lead the Board through the next phase of organisation development. Assisted with crafting communications, developed a skills audit, defined a specific Terms of Reference, coached on dealing with Board members who wanted the position,
"The transition was very smooth and recruitment process was thoughtful, comprehensive and focussed. He's the perfect Chair for us at this stage, thank you so much"
Culture & Engagement
Worked with a new CEO to design a trust-building process in an organisation that had been through a period of tumultuous change. Interviewed the staff team to identify where they felt they added value and their challenges and collated theses in a report with recommendations for action. This ignited a phase of open dialogue and feedback that developed into a much stronger sense of respect and accountability with team members starting to take responsibility as agents of positive change.
"Although painful at the start, we moved through that faster than I expected! This has been hugely important for us. It's now a more positive and proactive place of work; we can get on with the job!"
Away Day Facilitation
"This is brilliant. Thank you so much - (your report) marries helpfully with what I took away from the day, but the 'next steps' are much clearer for me - a very helpful map.
J and K both messaged me to say it was the most positive (Board) meeting they've ever attended, the tenor was changed by your presence; it was so helpful not to be the one managing the agenda.
I also thought your introduction to the day (about) focussing on the strategic elements - was so clear, and your support in the wrap-up section was fantastic.
Thanks again for all your support. It has made a critical difference to us - and me!"
"Jane is flexible, generous and extremely well experienced to support charity leaders... providing sound advice and reflections from her own experience, as well as speaking truth and encouragement"
"You have a very refreshing perspective; it's both sort of 'deep' and practical! I like the way that you always help me see things differently and find angles that I'd missed"
'Awake At Night' Issues
Provided a sounding board and space for a CEO to talk through an issue with a Senior Management Team member who was no longer an asset to the organisation. Slowed down the CEO's thinking, facilitated her self-reflection, supported mapping out pros & cons, referred to pro-bono HR & legal services.
"Thank you. It was such a relief to talk that through clearly and comprehensively, including my own role in the situation. I feel much more confident ... have a clear plan"
I'm also the Founder of the Future Purpose project, whose aim is to help non-profits stay resilient, relevant & impactful by providing clear, pragmatic, efficient tools and support that make it easy and not-scary to anticipate and create a greater Future. More here.