Helena Clayton | About Me
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Helena Clayton - About MeYou already know I’m a leadership development consultant. But I am also (I hope!) a bona fide living, breathing, many-sided human being with a rich, relatable (often wonderful, sometimes frustrating, frequently surprising) life.

My own career has given me plenty of insight into the roles, environments and situations my clients face. I began my working life in a series of strategic and operational HR roles, experiencing first-hand the vast difference it makes to be managed badly or well.

I then spent seven wonderful years at Roffey Park Institute, where I really learned my trade; their philosophy, rooted in 60 years of self-managed learning, still underpins my approach today. There, I spent most of my time doing what I do best – working with clients and colleagues to design and deliver impactful leadership development programmes. In later years I joined the Executive Team and discovered for myself the skills and behaviours needed to successfully lead an organisation, including through a harsh economic downturn.

Then I moved to become Director at Blue Sky Performance Improvement, helping establish their Leadership Development Practice, developed new leading-edge materials, and designed and ran innovative programmes for key clients.

For the past six years, I have been an independent consultant – and I really do love it. My work with my clients is unfailingly varied, plentiful and stimulating, and I am able to choose the projects that most excite and challenge me, for which I feel hugely grateful.

As well as my own clients, I work as an Associate. I regularly return to Roffey Park to run two of their flagship programmes, and teach on their Faculty for the MSc in People and Organisational Development. I also work with Blue Sky, Fresh Air Learning and London Business School. For my own development, I meet with my Coaching and Practice Supervisor every month, as well as regularly attending personal development workshops.

I have an MSc in Leadership and Learning, an ICF accredited coaching qualification, and am qualified to use tools such as MBTI and FIRO-B. I also trained as a teacher of the Hoffman Process.

When I’m not working, you’ll find me spending time with my amazing husband Dom, in Horsham, West Sussex – if he’s not leading a trek to Everest BaseCamp, that is. To switch off, I practice meditation and swim, love a good box set and I’m a bookworm; I’ve always got some fiction on the go alongside my business books.

Please do get in touch – I very much look forward to finding out more about you.