Fundraising Director Martin Bishop says…
We want our fundraisers to be the best in the business and this means investing in developing them beyond their more immediate fundraising skills. We identified a range of needs around them honing their ability to present, build strong relationships and remain resilient in the face of challenges.
Head of HR Nicole Cowins says…
As a growing business with an ambitious workforce we have a strong commitment to learning and development. With no internal function we were keen to develop a strong partnership with a company who could deliver on most or all of our training and coaching needs and we found this when we met Helena and Caryn from Sharpstone Skinner. We had a range of requirements we were able to discuss with them.
RSA Executive Team
Chief Executive Matthew Taylor says…
I head up the executive leadership team at the RSA and while I would have said we operate effectively in our individual areas, I’m not sure we were a high functioning team. I found it challenging to move us from fighting our functional corners when we came together, to thinking like collective leaders of the Organisation. I wanted to engage us in a process that would help us develop and be as good a team and I knew we could be.
RSA Management Development Programme
Head of HR Nick Richards says…
We were keen to provide some high-quality management training for our middle managers, approximately 30 in total. We wanted some consistency across their style and skills and were also interested in developing a forum where managers could jointly problem solve, develop good relationships and challenge each other to be better.
Deputy Head of Upper College, Daniel Evans says…
We engaged Sharpstone Skinner last year to work with members of staff across the college to develop their ability to present, persuade and influence. This went so well that we wanted to spread the success to our Sixth Form students and offer them some personal skills training to help them be the best they can be at Higher Education interviews.
Chief Executive Colin Jones says…
I have worked with Sharpstone Skinner for the past 18 years and in 5 different organisations. From executive coaching to team development they have helped me see through ambitious plans and lead my people to success. When I took over as CEO for this membership firm for family lawyers I knew I would have to lead significant change whilst maintaining the loyalty and motivation of the team. Most important of all in the process was my senior leadership team and this was where I wanted to concentrate my main efforts.
Chief Executive Hillel Horwitz says…
We contacted Sharpstone Skinner when we needed to work on ourselves as a senior team. Our company had grown and evolved over a fairly short period of time and I needed my fellow directors to be fully aligned and behind what we were doing, so they could continue to lead our small but significant team to high performance.
The Outward Bound Trust
Chief Executive Nick Barrett says…
We contacted Sharpstone Skinner when we needed a facilitator for our All Managers Group away day. This is our group of directors and key managers who all have a stake in the running of our organisation. We had worked with someone else over a period of time but about 3 years ago, felt we wanted a change and Helena and Caryn were recommended by one of my directors who had worked with them previously. Helena had successfully facilitated one of our SMT away days and she and Caryn had also worked extensively with our Fundraising Department. On this occasion we wanted to ensure we spent our days away with the All Managers Group, talking about more than operations. We needed to work on how we function and ensure we are in the best possible shape to lead the organisation and grow our plans and activities.
Head of Legacy Fundraising Dan Carter says…
We engaged Sharpstone Skinner at my previous organisation and I liked their approach and expertise. When I took over the Legacies team here at Marie Curie, I had ambitious plans and I wanted a chance to build a strong team around me and develop my own skills to lead them. I also wanted someone I could talk to behind the scenes who understood some of my challenges and could help me plan and problem solve.