Helena Clayton | Leadership development
I help leaders and organisations change and grow by providing bespoke programmes based on your needs and wants
Leaders, organisations, development, coaching, facilitating, leadership, learning, collaboration

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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 women’s career acceleration programme, run over a year designed to get more women into Executive roles.  The programme combined leading edge research from world class faculty, ‘origins of behaviour’ coaching in groups and 1:1, fireside chats with Board level executive as well as action research to learn from others who had successfully made the transition.
A year long programme for 100 High Potential Mangers to help them accelerate their careers and get ready for leading in a complex world.  We integrated face to face modules with experiential learning, leadership experiments, peer feedback, coaching groups and mentoring and made great use of the peer support network.
A leadership programme for the Board and Top 30 leaders. We 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.