Born and raised in the South Wales coal mining valleys, I headed up to London after graduating and 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 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 establishing their Leadership Development Practice.
For the past ten or so years, I have been an independent consultant – and I really do love it. My work with my clients is unfailingly varied, plentiful and stimulating – from consulting and coaching through to action learning and leadership development – and I can choose projects that most excite and challenge me, for which I feel hugely grateful.
As well as my own clients, I work as an Associate with consultancies like London Business School and Mayvin. 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 like MBTI and FIRO-B. I also trained as a teacher of the Hoffman Process and am about to complete an 18m training in Systemic Constellations, as well as the Harthill Leadership Development profile.
Every month I write about what I’m doing and learning in a monthly Newsletter – so you might like to subscribe here.
My work is all about conversations and relationships and so I’d love to find a way to have a connection with you. Whether you’re interested in finding out more about my work, want to know about some good books on leadership or teams or share your own experiences of developing leadership, I’d love to hear from you.
You can follow me on Twitter using @HelenaClayton, find me on LinkedIn or email me. Or call, of course.
Whatever, I’d love to be in touch with you – and who knows where a connection might lead.
07771 358 881
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