• Consulting, mentoring, facilitation

    Strategic Leadership

    for Social Change







    I'm Jane


    a facilitator, mentor & advisor


    and I'd like to help

    Jane Cockerell

    The CEOs I work with are smart. They’re highly engaged, aspirational and driven to grow their organisations to deliver sustainable social impact.
    They see that the world is changing fast and that the organisation needs to be strategically astute to adapt and thrive in this evolving next normal.
    They see that the process of updating their organisational strategy provides a wonderful opportunity to bring even greater cohesion, clarity and confidence across the organisation.
    And - they are acutely aware that their own time and talent are already 'extremely well utilised'…
    So it makes sense to engage professional support from a consultant who’ll work alongside them to help evolve the organisation’s future direction.
    Someone who will act as a strategy development mentor and advisor, providing tools, frameworks, facilitation, who will guide and coordinate the process.
    Who will develop a strategic framework that considers the future context and direction (not just what’s live now) and examine extremal influences (as well as internal strengths.) That will include a sound economic model (not just a shopping list of ambitions) and set a clear direction whilst giving scope for new initiatives and approaches to emerge.
    And - who will engage the Board, SLT, team and key stakeholders, by quickly grasping the key dynamics, helping everyone add value and play to their strengths.
    That’s what I do. It's SO much fun.

    I’ve worked in the non-profit sector for over two decades and have been CEO of three charities.
    I started out as an aid worker in some amazing and crazy places, where I realised that sometimes my peers and I could be talented and high-performing and sometimes - could be as mad as a box of frogs... I became fascinated by leadership psychology and qualified as a Transformative Coach.
    This focus on 'what makes us tick' informs all of my work because people and culture will always 'eat strategy for breakfast' (as Peter Drucker never actually said!)
    I’m also routinely asked to provide strategic leadership mentoring to CEOs. To my mind, strategic thinking and effective leadership are co-dependent and clarity in these informs a skilful approach to good governance, developing team and culture, demonstrating impact, digital transformation and other key considerations necessary for social impact. Plus - creatively evolving how we think and lead is challenging and enjoyable in equal measure.
    If you are interested in taking a truly strategic approach to creating your organisation’s future, please do get in touch below

  • Recent Projects

    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, developing a comprehensive roadmap and people plan to engage the team & Board at each stage of the process and build capacity for future planning. Facilitated meetings & workshops at the heart of the process.

    "The shift in the quality of our strategic thinking has been palpable and much easier and enjoyable than I'd expected."

    Strategy & Scale

    “Jane has helped us completely transform our not-for-profit business. She has given us guidance, support, and wisdom over the last year and has helped us evolve our business, develop the strategic plan, restructure our organisation, and understand our team dynamics. We now have a much larger team, a sustainable financial plan, and goals for the future.

    Jane as a person is a joy to work with. She has taken the time to know and understand us as people and as a team, and this has meant her advice is tailored to our needs. Can’t wait to keep working with Jane and see what the future holds.”

    Board Development

    "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, much higher level discussion; the tenor was changed by your presence.
    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 to help clarify exactly what was required in terms of next steps and ongoing process.

    Thanks again for all your support. It has made a critical difference to us - and me!"

    Board Development

    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.

    Clarified the aspirations of the Board and CEO regarding their role and the transition to a Governance as Leadership approach thereby requiring a strong strategic thinker.

    Assisted with crafting communications, developed a skills audit, defined a specific Terms of Reference, coached on dealing with Board members who aspired to 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"

    CEO Mentoring

    "Jane has quite simply made me a better CEO - and probably a better human being! She has been the perfect blend of supportive and challenging. I was new into this role, and definitely had moments where I experienced a lot of self-doubt. But Jane’s guidance enabled me to grow in my role and feel more confident in my own abilities. Her knowledge of the sector is incredible, but I never feel like she’s giving us ’text-book’ advice - everything is tailored to meet our specific needs. I don’t know where we would be without her."

    CEO Mentoring

    Worked with a new-in-post CEO to design a trust-building process in an organisation that had been through a period of tumultuous change. 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!"

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