Liz is an organisation specialist, facilitator and coach with over 20 years experience in the public and voluntary sectors.
‘I see organisations as made up of people and relationships. In my OD work, I am keen to pay attention to the quality of those relationships through creating spaces for people to have the conversations they need to have with each other about those issues that matter most. I do this through large group processes, like World Café, Appreciative Inquiry and Open Space with public sector organisations and their partners/stakeholders. I also use my strong facilitation and relational skills in working with difference and ‘stuck’ situations, in order to free up energy, new insights and creativity for change and better social outcomes. I am interested in longer term relationships with clients where I can accompany them over time, building their own internal capacity to handle change in a complex and ever-changing environment.
I am an experienced action learning facilitator and individual and team coach at senior and executive level. I particularly enjoy this kind of work, as it gives a regular reflective space for leaders and managers to inquire into dilemmas they face in their practice, and the opportunity to think and act differently. I find that this also plays an important part in supporting a learning culture within organisational life.
I have a strong track record in the design and facilitation of long-term innovative leadership development and OD practitioner programmes. For example, I have co-directed a Masters level programme for civil society leaders in Central and Eastern Europe, designed and facilitated modules for leaders and managers in the NHS and in local government, and I am currently piloting an OD practitioner programme within OPM.
Through my background in the Third Sector, as well as internationally in Africa and Asia, I see the importance of recognising our inter-dependence and bring a commitment to working with issues around sustainability, equality and diversity and partnership/power relations. I seek to draw on this experience in my work with others to support workplaces and communities where people and the planet matter.’