The Woodward Lewis team has developed an excellent reputation for the quality and reliability of its work. All members of the team are exceptional facilitators, have relevant qualifications in their fields of expertise and extensive experience of working with Hidden Insights®. The team members below are working on current projects and we have several other excellent coaches and facilitators who also work with us.
The workshop was brilliant, the best we’ve had. It ended with clear actions and a real sense of possibility that we can find a way forward that really will make a huge difference.
Trained by “the co-creator of positive deviance (PD)”, Jerry Sternin, and mentored by Richard Pascale, author of “Surfing the Edge of Chaos”, Jane has close links the Positive Deviance Initiative and PD practitioners around the world. She has created and led the UK’s first PD projects, both in organisations in the community.
These projects have delivered both time and cost savings and social value. They have enabled Jane and the team to adapt the positive deviance approach to the developed world for organisational development and performance improvement. This is Hidden Insights®.
Jane has lectured on PD on the Oxford University-HEC Paris Consulting and Coaching for Change master’s programme and at Oxford Brookes University. She and the team provide training, coaching and facilitation in the Hidden Insights® approach. They have worked with the Home Office, Southwark Council, West Sussex County Council, NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and Gosport Borough Council.
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Specialises in long-term projects and interim management, primarily in the public sector. Nick has been part of highly successful project teams delivering major programmes in the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office, and has also been a key part of teams setting up new agencies and shared service centres. He was part of the team that set up the new shared services centre for HM Prison Service at Newport, Gwent, which saved millions of pounds in its first year of operation. More recently he has led change programmes at board level. Hehas acted as interim Finance Director of the Design Council, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and NACRO.
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Vivienne has a background in leadership coaching and change management consulting and is a teacher, trainer and consultant specialising in organisational behaviour. She works with teams and individuals in the public and private sector and has a particular interest in communication styles and techniques. Viv is a trained PD facilitator and has an in-depth understanding of positive psychology. She is also a qualified hypotherapist and has been a member of the faculty of Oxford Brookes University.
Bernadette is an experienced training and development specialist, whose particular strengths are in developing personal skills to make delegates more effective in a personal capacity and as part of a team.
With extensive experience of developing staff and managers at all levels, her focus is on strengthening the individual skills and interpersonal relationships that ultimately drive an organisation’s success. This has been achieved through coaching and formal training workshops. Bernadette is trained as a PD facilitator and consistently gets outstanding feedback from her work.
Angela has been working in the field of organisational change over the last 20 years. An experienced Chief Executive and Company Director, creator, through dynamic cultural change, of award winning organisations. A professional background in management, personnel, marketing and research, is balanced with the ability to think outside of the box and enthuse others to challenge the status quo. Used by charitable organisations as a trouble-shooter trustee to sort out difficult issues and by Chief Executives, Chairmen and Directors as a mentor and performance coach. She has successfully facilitated a range of community coaching and positive deviance exercises across the UK, including local elements of the Home Office project.
Beverley is an experienced facilitator/ trainer with strong empowerment, coaching and mentoring skills. She has diverse management and development experience with a range of public and private sector companies and organisations. A varied background incorporating coaching, training, change management, housing stock transfers and re-organisation, consulting, facilitation and networking combined with excellent conference and event organisation skills. These skills are brought to community coaching and positive deviance exercises including work for the Home Office and local community groups in Hampshire.
Audrey is an innovative, determined and inspiring project facilitator and leader, who has proved herself on key projects with London Probation and on community coaching projects in Southwark and for the Home Office. She has built on her background of performance management and improvement, delivering practical wins such as Recognised for Excellence (R4E) accreditation, and helping diverse and creative groups to work together to deliver real results. She has been an active facilitator of community PD projects in Southwark and is currently working on the major project to align agency support to communities using the Hidden Insights positive deviance approach.
Adeola brings a strong background in regeneration, community engagement and in project and programme management. She has worked at a senior level, leading on partnership development, programme delivery and cross-thematic projects in regeneration within complex political and stakeholder environments. She is also skilled in empowering teams and community groups. She is experienced in bringing people together, building and maintaining strong relationships and helping stakeholders understand and address difficult issues. Adeola is facilitating positive deviance community coaching projects in rural and urban areas of SE England.
Bernie has developed award-winning organisational development activities during a long and successful career with Marks and Spencer. As a consultant, she has experience of both field and consultancy roles, covering the public and private sectors. An accomplished practitioner, with an excellent record of achievement, Bernie now uses the FIRO framework extensively for coaching and personal development. Adaptable and organised with strong interpersonal and project management skills, Bernie is accustomed to working in both a fast paced commercial environment and with the complexities of the public sector.
Jenni has wide experience of identifying and measuring the impact of initiatives and programmes and particularly of social return on investment of innovative public services. This includes analysing costs and benefits but also the value to communities of improved well-being.
Jenni has helped many organisations to identify and account for how they make a difference; analysing stories, measuring outcomes and modelling financial implications. She started her career in capital investment programme management in a FTSE 100 company and has since gained over 10 years experience of informing and evolving decision making in the public and third sectors. This has included working with the Cabinet Office, National Audit Office and Department of Health. She has delivered many social impact studies for charities and public sector clients, and consults to local authorities to develop whole systems commissioning practice. She also brings knowledge of a range of action research approaches from her MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at University of Bath.