Recommendations

Just a few of the nice things people have said about working with me.

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Steve and I did some coaching sessions soon after I took on a new role as a charity Chief Executive.

I am so glad we connected!  What I appreciated about my sessions with Steve was his ability to ask sharp questions to get to the heart of an issue.

He also has a sense of ‘been there, seen it, done it’ with regard to the charity CEO role, which was a tremendous support for someone in my position.

I felt comfortable being fully open and honest with Steve and (although it’s a cliche), he did create that ‘safe space’ for the coaching work to happen.

Steve also has a wicked sense of humour (in a good way), that both puts you at ease, but also challenges you.

Arriving at the end of 2022, and stepping into 2023, I have some clarity on my goals for the short & middle term.

I look forward to keeping up with Steve’s LinkedIn posts, which are also equally insightful and good humoured.

Mike Findlay MCIPR

Chief Executive, International Network of Street Papers

Working with Steve is transformational!  

Becoming CEO of a VCSE Sector infrastructure organisation at the beginning of the pandemic led to some complex issues and challenges.  Coaching with Steve gave me the space for me to reflect, problem-solve and become confident in my abilities to lead the organisation.  The sessions were productive, thought-provoking and inspiring. 

Being an experienced VCSE Sector leader and ambassador, Steve intuitively knows the challenges faced by charity CEOs and helps them to reflect and see the significant impact they make.

Steve coaches with care, kindness and not a small amount of humour and role models positive behaviours.  He unlocks the potential in those he coaches leading to immediate results but also long-term change for individuals and, in turn, organisations.

It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Steve. Always a learning experience and our sessions leave a lasting impact for me both professionally and personally.

Maddy Sutcliffe

CEO, NOVA Wakefield & District

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.

Tara Spence

CEO, Home-Start in Suffolk

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Steve combines real insightfulness and warmth with the rare ability to show you where (and help you plan how) you need to develop.

This highly thoughtful and skilled approach and his real depth of understanding of the role of the charity CEO (and great use of humour!) means coaching with him is the right balance of action orientated, reflective and supportive.

I worked with Steve in my first year as a new CEO and found his support, insight and challenge an absolute lifeline in navigating the complexities of small charity leadership, in particular leading for change. Cannot recommend him highly enough!

Dee Fraser

CEO, Iriss

Steve has used his skills and experience to develop senior leaders to improve their impact in our charity.  His pragmatic and iterative approach encourages quick progress and a balanced and measured response to every type of challenge.

Steve’s outlook on leadership is refreshing and based on realistic outcomes with authenticity high on the agenda.  I would recommend every senior leader or CEO in the Third Sector to have a session with Steve!

Steve Smith FRSA

Chief Executive, Havens Hospices

Steve facilitated our board away day at North Kent Mind.  He delivered a dynamic, entertaining and thought-provoking day.  Steve gave his time before, during and after the day.  I felt it was of excellent value and our board came away with concrete actions and plans.  His facilitation is first class and Steve is a very likeable, approachable consultant, who makes people at all levels feel at ease.

Lindsey Stukalov-Stone

Chair, North Kent Mind

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Coaching with Steve has helped to restore my confidence following a challenging few months in a previous role and develop my leadership skills and style as I transition into being a first-time charity Chief Executive.

Steve has provided the perfect balance of insightful and honest critical reflection and supportive encouragement.  Our coaching sessions have enabled me to feel more self-assured in leading ‘my way’, and also encourage my colleagues to recognise and develop their own leaderships skills.

Steve’s input has enabled me to learn more about myself as a person, and as a leader, at a crucial time in my career, to grow from his wisdom and guidance and feel better prepared for the challenges that I’m likely to face in my role as a charity CEO.

Gavin Stone

Chief Executive, 4YP

Steve delivered two sessions for us at our NHS Charities Together national conference; one on Terrific Terminology and one on Marvellous Methodology.  Feedback from attendees was particularly positive on the Terrific Terminology session.

Steve really engaged the room, pitching the session at the right level, and managing to get a lot of information across in a short space of time – with a good level of humour and a confident, relaxed style.

The planning and development process wasn’t without its challenges, but Steve turned up and delivered, creating a good foundation for further conversations on impact!  I am looking forward to working together on a webinar later in the year.

Amy Woolger

Head of Evaluation, Learning & Insights, NHS Charities Together

Steve worked with us recently as a facilitator on our Learn, Test, Change series for local trustees.

I find Steve so thoughtful and curious, just as you’d hope a great facilitator to be – he really wants to get the best from working together.

Steve’s knowledge of our work and the wider sector helped greatly and he brought a sense of perspective and humour to some difficult circumstances. I look forward to when we can work together again.

Alan Webb

Assistant Director, Home-Start UK

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We really enjoyed our Values Workshop with Steve, he’s a brilliant facilitator and trainer.

Not only was it fun with amazing colourful sticky notes, pens and string but it felt as if everyone’s views and, most importantly, values were listened to and validated.  That’s no mean feat with such a large group and range of people!

This is what I was really keen to achieve when briefing Steve and I really felt like he spent the time listening to me.  The other great thing is that he adapted his plan on the day to meet the additional needs within the group, so we really appreciated that.

I highly recommend Steve and look forward to working with him again soon.

Amy Griffiths

Chief Operating Officer, Citizens Advice Diss & Thetford

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.

Marisa Batson

Chair, The Mix

If any of my contacts within the charity sector are thinking about coaching for themselves or for their teams, then I can not recommend Steve Allman highly enough.

His knowledge of our sector and the challenges its leaders face is second to none but his style, approach, skills, insight and personality create a really powerful environment that challenges and supports in absolute equal measure.

I really value the time I get to spend with him and I know that I’m a better leader and person for it.

Edd Terrey

Director of Operations & Deputy CEO, Heart of England Mencap

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Steve delivered a workshop on impact for Getting on Board’s Festival of Trusteeship.  He knows his stuff and has a lovely, helpful, practical approach.  He is a pleasure to work with and his experience of working with hundreds of organisations shines through.

Penny Wilson

CEO, Getting On Board

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.

Rowena Seabrook

Human Rights Education Manager, Amnesty International

My goals are becoming achievable. My reality is less foggy. The options are clearer and my will to work towards my dream of ultimate career fulfilment has been invigorated!

Louise White

Programme & Commissioning Manager, Walsall Council

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I approached Steve for some career guidance and coaching as I was lost and unfulfilled in my career but didn’t know why.  Steve listened to my values and helped me to discover and explore my motivations, pairing those with job options that I’m qualified for.

I only spent a few hours with Steve as these sessions provided me with more than enough value to be able to re-evaluate my position.  I left my time with Steve feeling re-energised and motivated.  I found a new role quickly that aligned with my motivations.

Thomas Smith

Curriculum Coordinator, Suffolk New College

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.

Kerry Smith

CEO, Kent Coastal Volunteering

I worked with Steve in his capacity as a facilitator for Home-Start UK.  The work took place over 3 months and had a focus on trustee, governance and succession planning.  

Steve supported the structure of the work-plan and supported participants in the main group and breakout groups.  He made suggestions and proposed ideas to aid conversations and discussions and was at all times flexible when participants had issues they need to explore in-depth.

Steve has an in-depth understanding of the charity sector and of Home-Start.  At all times Steve was personable, accessible, flexible and professional and I would recommend him for similar work.

Tracey Simpson-Laing

Chief Executive Officer, Home-Start Leeds

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Steve has been amazing to work with throughout our time together.  Very rare to find such a human touch.

Celia Hodson

CEO , School for Social Entrepreneurs Australia (former)

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.

Stephen Burke

Chair, Norfolk Family Mediation

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.

Helen Brown

Head of Development, Home-Start Norfolk