Testimonials

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“Jean did a great job for us at AVDC in shaping and delivering a challenging change and transformation programme. She communicated well with senior stakeholders gained buy in for the programme approach, built the team and managed it through the process to the point of final delivery. She is tenacious in her approach and never lets difficult issues remain unresolved. I would have no hesitation in recommending Jean for roles leading major change programmes.”

Alan Evans, Head of Transformation, AVDC

“Jean is great fun to work with. A hard grafter, creative with solutions for clients, a great facilitator and troubleshooter. She is a very safe pair of hands on any change project or team coaching programme. Her work with my team on the custom designed business simulation game and related project leader coaching was very highly rated by the client and reinforced our team reputation with the client.”

Philippa Hale, Director, Open Limits

“Jean, Your contribution to the commercial programme has been invaluable and has given a clear steer for AVDC’s forward strategy in local government.  Its staff have been given a new focus to work towards that will offer plenty of personal opportunity for those wishing to take it in addition to well-thought out exit strategies for those who may feel better placed to work outside the Authority.”

Local Authority Cabinet and Board Member

“Thank you for your rare ability and agility, your cleverness at problem solving and using different tools, your skill at leading us across dangerous spaces.  Thank you for giving so many so much confidence to seize new opportunities.”

Charity Board Member

‘Programme Manager with a passion for successful change delivered with people as opposed to people through effective listening and guidance. Also has an attitude adjustment stick!”

Richard Waller, Senior Project Manager, AVDC

“You have done an extraordinary job in calming things down, listening and introducing some order and transparent process in our organisation.  You have taken a ship on a raging storm into port.  I would also use the word “graciousness” in how you have deal with people.”

Member of troubleshooting client team

“I’d like to thank Jean for her open and constructive approaches.  The sessions have helped a lot to navigate through different approaches, getting different views, and a great guide via questions to broaden my horizon. I’ve been able to test / adjust the discussed approaches in different business environments.  What worked really was was the openness of the discussions and the challenging questions from Jean.”

Corporate Coaching Client, London and Germany

“Just a quick note to thank you very much for your excellent facilitation and leadership at the Midsomer Workshop yesterday. You certainly got the groups talking, which produced some great ideas! Thank you for giving your time to this project. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I hope we shall be working together again before too long.”

Helen Johns, 21st Century Thame

“Thank you so much for the training on Saturday. It was entertaining and enjoyable. I have never known a day pass so quickly. You were brilliant!”

Leadership workshop participant

“Quite simply, Jean was outstanding in many respects. She had excellent people management and leadership skills, with a strong mentoring/coaching style. She managed with a “light touch” and used humour in an effective and engaging way. She is surprisingly well organised and with good attention to detail, and in her interactions with clients was able to grasp the salient points of any situation very quickly enabling her to add value immediately.  

An important aspect of her role was to undertake a training needs analysis of our transformation team and design, source and manage delivery of a programme of training to support their skills development. In particular she led the delivery of influencing skills training to good effect.”

Amanda Burn, Head of Transformation and Technology, Hoople

“Jean is an excellent, benefits-focussed, creative Programme Manager who leads from the front. She will never shy away from challenging any obstacle to the achievement of programme aims and is able to do this in a positive way. Her ability to engage stakeholders and navigate highly political situations is top-notch and yet Jean’s focus on delivery never falters. Able to simplify complex deliveries and situations in to manageable pieces of work, further motivate performing resources/turn-around the performance of under-performers through mentoring. Firm but fair, confident, results-driven programme manager (with a very warm personality and a great sense of humour).”

Richard Waller, Programme Manager

“Not many people combine enthusiasm with attention to detail, and are also able to inspire people, but I have seen all these qualities in Jean, together with a can-do attitude and a realistic approach to change.”

Graham Frost, Division Governor, Toastmasters International

“As a project manager working to Jean in her role as Programme Manager, I immensely appreciated her support and valued her advice. Jean was brought in to manage a programme which had ground to a halt. Through her engagement with stakeholders, her focus on delivery and by establishing simple and efficient mechanisms for monitoring and reporting progress and highlighting risks and issues she turned the programme around and delivered the promised outcomes. She has been one of the best “critical friends” I have ever had professionally.”

Alan Mordue, Project Manager

“I cannot recommend Jean highly enough. She is methodical, creative and does what she says she is going to do.”

David Crowe, Director at Crowe Associates

“Jean has being simply outstanding in managing senior stakeholders at Vodafone. She has certainly raised the bar too high for people to follow. I personally admire her business development capabilities”

Pinak Vedalankar, Architect, Vodafone

“Jean worked with me as a Programme Manager on one of our large and challenging accounts. She is a great all-rounder and multi-tasker, a safe pair of hands you can entrust everything from contractuals to delivery issues with.”

Shubhradeep Guha, Vice President, Sapient

“Jean is an exceptional manager with a deep level of emotional intellligence. Her ability to create teams from the most disparate people is extremely valuable as is her sense of balance in applying the right amount of pressure to under performers. A quality player both in programme delivery and people management”

Terry Boyland, Firm Economics

“Jean is a results leader manger and great motivator. It was fantastic working with Jean, her drive and enthusiasm was matched by her organisational ability. With jean at the helm I was always confident that we would get delivery to time and at the right quality. I highly recommend Jean’s work.”

Neil Wimbledon, Data Centre Migration & Transformation Programme Manager at Centrica