"Culture is how people’s heart and stomachs feel about Monday morning on Sunday evening"

- Bill Marklein


"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back”

- Maya Angelou


“Don’t work hard just so you can take a holiday. Work hard to build a life that you don’t need to take a holiday from.”

- Steven Bartlett

We are a learning and development consultancy specialising in facilitation and coaching for team and leadership excellence.

Leadership and Management Development

Used to be an expensive three week programme removed from your business.

Our way is grown up, rooted in reality and about results.

Team Development

Used to be abseiling, uncomfortable trust exercises and a one off.

Our way uses your world, your issues and harnesses the wisdom of your people to create a high performing team.

Personal Effectiveness

Used to be a menu of courses to tick off leaving you feeling like you are on a production line.

Our way puts you at the centre so you can make the impact you need to make when you need to make it.

Executive Coaching

Used to be a senior management perk clouded in mystery.

Our way accesses all areas so you can think through challenges and solve your problems wherever you are in your career.

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We like working with Sharpstone Skinner because the delivery is clear, precise and concise, and thankfully it is jargon free. Our students respond well to enthusiastic, confident and passionate people and Sharpstone Skinner embody all those qualities.

Deputy Head of Upper College, Cheltenham College, Daniel Evans

They take the time to get to know us properly, the sessions are a good mixture of the practical and implementable (with the odd helpful theoretical input) and because it tends to be down to earth, fun but challenging. They’re good at what they do and have helped us get better as an organisation.

Chief Executive, The Outward Bound Trust, Nick Barrett

Staff are more engaged and morale is consistently higher across all areas of the business.

Epoq­­­­ Chief Executive Hillel Horwitz

We have worked with Sharpstone Skinner over many years and most recently have been supported by Helena in coaching THINK’s leadership team and running a number of sessions with our wider team, including approaches to new business. Her ability to navigate teams through difficult conversations and her infectious enthusiasm has made an enormous impact on the team’s understanding of how to get the best out of one another and how to reframe our thinking on aspects of our work.

Michelle Chambers, Chief Executive THINK

Helena’s transformative guidance has helped us to develop more unity within our Development Leadership Team, fostering a mentality that is focused and energised. Her excellent work has not only brought us closer together but also elevated our collective spirit enabling us to navigate challenges with even more strength and collaboration.

Dan Carter, VP for Global Development, International Fund for Animal Welfare

I approached Helena to support the Senior Leadership Team to help us work as effectively as possible, at a time when there had been some change in personnel and also when the team was overseeing a strategy review. We have worked with Helena for over a year, and as a result are working much more effectively in particular through the Insights Discovery Tool.

As well as getting the best out of the team, Helena’s executive coaching has helped us to develop new approaches to support the organisation to address cultural change and bring in changes in working practice. Helena is very skilled and adept in understanding the culture of the organisation, cutting through to where the problems lie but without making people feel uncomfortable. It has been a pleasure working with her.

Anand Shukla, Chief Executive, Henry Smith Charity