Helena Clayton | Leadership

Jacket 2A true leader is one who is humble enough
to admit their mistakes.


My focus is on helping leaders and organisations change and grow. The work I do helps leaders focus on what really matters to them – within themselves, in their teams, and across the wider business.

Every project begins by developing a thorough understanding of what each client wants and needs through diagnostic work and fact-finding. This may challenge your thinking – that’s part of my role – but it means we’re able to build a programme that’s exactly what your leaders require; one that will deliver results as well as inspire passion and trust.

At every stage of a programme, I build in innovative approaches to ensure that change will actually happen, such as action learning, coaching, collaborative projects and experiential activities. These approaches draw deeply on my clients’ existing knowledge, but are also supported by robust models and frameworks.

And although I’m always practical, I strongly believe that leadership development works best with a sense of playfulness and creativity. I often incorporate unexpected activities to give leaders a new perspective, such as spending time in a school or a prison, a photography assignment, working with horses or learning mindfulness.


‘Helena has been an insightful, pragmatic and impactful consultant to work with, delivering great results across our leadership population.’

Clare Kirk, L&D Manager, Sovereign Housing


Below are some examples of leadership development projects and for more please click here.

A senior leadership development programme for the Top 120 leaders at Virgin Atlantic, centred on a two-day development event designed to test commercial awareness, team working and influencing skills. Supported by action learning sets, the programme achieved significant ROI for the business.
A talent management programme for emerging leaders from the high potential talent pool at the National Audit Office. This innovative programme ran for seven years, combining an intensive residential module with action learning and regular Masterclasses. It had an impressive impact on retention and promotion rates.
A leadership programme for the Board and Top 30 leaders at Carlsberg. This began with a powerful Leadership Summit where a graphic facilitator produced a bold visual which was then used throughout the organisation as a platform for a change programme. The learning from the workshops was embedded via small groups working together on Leadership Improvement projects which cemented the learning and delivered real change in the business.
A four-year programme to develop leadership capability for Sovereign Housing, working with the Board and 100+ senior leaders of this Housing Association by using modules, 1:1 coaching and action learning sets. The programme has been a powerful catalyst for change in behaviours, relationships, and the quality and impact of conversations across the organisation.
Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss any of these case studies and results in more detail, or you would like to explore ways in which leadership development might work for you.