Steve tells you what you need to hear, even if it's not always what you want to hear! He's supported me through some major changes at work and increased my confidence in my own abilities as a leader.
Steve is an exceptional communicator. He was confident and respectful in arranging interviews with young activists. I found him very easy to work with as he understood exactly what we were trying to achieve.
I was feeling unsure how to proceed to make my idea a reality, it all seemed overwhelming. Steve talked me through it step by step and what was once an idea for bringing the community together became possible! Without Steve it would still be an idea and something I never thought I'd be able to achieve.
I love working with Steve! He’s full of great ideas and they are usually outside of the box and make you stop and think. Just what you need from a coach; but when you also need quiet time for reflection and somebody that ‘gets it’, Steve does this too. The VCSE sector has its specific challenges and it is invaluable to work with someone that has walked the walk himself.
I have worked with Steve on several charity projects, drawing reports and outcomes for funders as well as internal reviews. He has a lot of knowledge of charities, a great way of communicating and is easy to work with. It’s always nice to work with someone who genuinely cares about the success of small charities.
We commissioned Steve to undertake an organisational review. He presented his recommendations in a manner that enabled us to see what was required to make the next steps; and also reflect on how to be more focussed in our actions. In short Steve’s skills and critical insight were just what we needed at that time.
Steve ran an excellent workshop on evaluating outcomes; a crucial subject but often very dry. Steve brought evaluation to life with some great examples and good humour. He is clearly a very experienced trainer and facilitator and enabled everyone to contribute and most importantly to think about what they currently do and how they can do things better. Highly recommended.
Steve used his entrepreneurial skills and offered us innovative solutions, a catalyst to launch us on our way. He put on his visionary goggles and exposed our unique talents which we had failed to recognise, we had it all along. Time well spent!
Steve is great to work with and his style is open, constructive and developmental. He has wide experience of the funded project sector as well as partnerships and willingly shares his experiences, insights and perspectives.
Steve's approach towards our beneficiaries was friendly and empathetic, yet tenacious - his response rates were impressive and we're delighted with the result, which is a comprehensive and impactful report, evidenced with powerful qualitative and quantitative information. We've recently secured further funding from the Big Lottery Fund and Steve's report undoubtedly helped us achieve this.
We found our experience of merging three organisations into one, complex, challenging and at times very bumpy! However, having our hand held by Steve inspired confidence in our ability to achieve it. He helped us give a voice to our merger vision and guided us through a roadmap of milestones. Furthermore, his understanding of the voluntary sector, his professionalism and approachable and calm manner gave us full confidence in him.
Steve has recently finished some work for me with a charity I am involved in. It is a multi location charity which gave Steve his own problems ! He overcame it with telephone interviews and carefully planned work. Done in a short period of time and exactly what we needed. Great work, well done Steve and thank you. Would thoroughly recommend his work
Steve’s communication was excellent, as was his relaxed approach to working with staff, families, trustees, volunteers and referrers with ease and confidence. He met and talked to several of our women who had experienced traumatic domestic abuse and they spoke openly and honestly with him as he made them feel comfortable to discuss such sensitive issues. Our evaluation has already been used to source other funds. A very postive experience!
Steve successfully carried out an introduction to business planning workshop for 20 organisations and then follow up one to one meetings to review the final business plans. Steve provided a very creative approach to the workshop blending his own personal experiences of being a CEO transforming organisations with practical tools and techniques for the attendees to build their own business plans. He has an open and personable delivery style which led to all the attendees being engaged. We had excellent feedback from the sessions.
Steve supported me in the development of my Social Enterprise through regular mentor sessions. These have been very helpful in learning about the local business sector, enhancing my knowledge about working with private and public sector businesses. I can talk to Steve about dealing with barriers and strategy within my business, allowing me to carry on my journey. A pleasure to work with!