Exit and Transition 

We have a range of associates who are able to provide high level sensitive support to organisations needing to manage people towards retirement, redundancy or through restructures. We also have associates with the knowledge and experience to be able to offer employment and TUPE transfer advice.



Abby is an experienced Learning & Organisational Development Professional, specialising in coaching, facilitation of leadership and management workshops, as well as team away days and organisational development projects. She has spent over 15 years in the NHS, including several years at a Senior Level, and has been running her own Learning & Development business since 2015.

Abby is passionate about enabling individuals, teams and organisations to learn, develop, achieve their goals and maximise their potential. She is highly skilled and creative in her approach to designing and delivering training programmes and workshops that fully engage learners, and has a track record of delivering high quality interventions for her clients and workshops that are consistently well received by participants.


Colin W

An individual with a personal drive for excellence, a track record of delivery, high levels of commitment to achieving objectives and a strong reputation across local government both at a regional and national level. A career approaching 40 years in local government, combining substantial experience of both operating and influencing at a strategic level within large and small organisations, underpinned by a broad and deep understanding of the challenges facing the public sector. A proven ability to build highly effective working relationships and long-term partnerships alongside the development of a commercial perspective drawn from over 20 years experience at regional level leading a range of HR and OD shared services to over 30 Local Authorities, within a quasi commercial trading environment.

Substantial experience of advising and providing consultancy support upon a wide range of sensitive and high-profile individual and collective employee relations issues, including numerous investigations, brokering settlement and exit arrangements, organisation wide restructures, executive recruitment and supporting chief executive appraisals. Colin is also appointed as an independent investigator under the provisions of the JNC for Local Authority Chief Executives.


David J

David is a very experienced HR consultant and former senior officer with a track record of achievement in Human Resources, Education & Children’s Services. He has been a consultant for the last six years handling a variety of assignments in over twenty local authorities as well as other public and private sector bodies. David was Head of HR in a successful unitary council for five years as well as holding a variety of Senior Officer and Assistant Director positions in Education and Children’s Services within the public sector.

David has specialised in the provision of in depth investigatory services and advice in respect of grievance and discipline. Many cases have been complex with the capacity to adversely impact on employee relationships and the reputation of the organisation. He has also been involved in mediation services as well as the provision of coaching and mentoring to managers across several councils. He is fully trained in mediation, coaching and mentoring as well as participating in ACAS professional development activities on workplace investigations.

A further area of expertise relates to advisory services in respect of the management of change and the need to restructure senior management within organisations. David has also played a key role as a Head of HR and as a consultant in the recruitment of senior managers, including Chief Executives.


David K

A Senior professionally qualified HR Consultant with significant experience in both Private and Public Sectors, in the UK and Internationally, with a proven record of delivering outstanding results through strong leadership and people management. Experienced at operating at the very highest level, providing HR support, advice and direction at Board, Executive Team and Senior Management levels.

Specialising in the provision of high-level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; strategy development and action planning, vision, values and culture change, workforce planning, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, mergers and TUPE, redundancy, performance management, people management processes and bespoke training.



High energy, Director level HR/Business Services professional and effective leader with a track record of operating successfully at both operational and strategic level; developing and implementing workforce and OD Strategies; creating high performing HR and shared service teams and managing change projects across both the private and public sectors to achieve multi million-pound budget savings.

Offering a number of skills which include; stakeholder management, building strong relationships both within and across organisations including with trade unions; political awareness; coaching and mentoring at all levels; excellent communication skills through both the spoken and written word; brings creative and effective problem solving to complex issues; and is a qualified investigator.

Available for consultancy, projects and interim assignments


Gary C 

Gary is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a qualified coach and member of the Association for Coaching, a Personal Trainer accredited by the REP, a teacher, a qualified workplace mediator, a qualified H&S professional, a distance learning tutor, and more besides.

Gary has worked with Boards, Executives, Senior/Middle/Junior and aspiring managers and staff at all levels. He has experience of working in Central Government, Local Government, Further Education, Social Housing, Pharmaceuticals and Not for profit organisations, and with organisations of varying shapes and sizes.



I have over 25 years’ experience in development, management and senior management positions across the public and third sectors. My career has been spent across education, community development, and health and social care. I have been a senior manager at the Open University, worked for the social care regulator in Wales, a local council, and have also established and run a successful children’s charity. My qualifications include an MBA, Coaching Certificate, NLP Master Practitioner and APM project management. I am also an experienced Action Learning Set facilitator and spent 8 years as a member of the Open University’s Internal Coaching Network, coaching managers and teams across the University.

My expertise lies in: asking the right questions, seeing the bigger picture, connecting across silos, bringing the right people together and helping find solutions to challenging and complex problems.

I offer a range of services from strategic planning and project management support to engagement with stakeholders, and individual and team development through coaching and action learning.



Jane has what could be deemed a ‘portfolio career’.   She is a part-time Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Worcester, specialising in the design and delivery of mentoring and coaching modules, and leadership and management modules. In addition to this, she runs her own coaching and research company.

Jane delivers a range of careers guidance, coaching and employability support for public and private sector bodies and individuals. She has significant experience in providing 1 to1 and group outplacement coaching support.



A former Executive Director of HR&OD, Deputy Chief Executive and Acting Chief Executive with over 25 years leadership and senior management experience gained in county councils and London Boroughs. Has extensive experience of working with organisations to help them address long-standing employment issues, resolve disputes and long- standing difficulties, improve performance, implement culture change and deliver organisational development. Specialising in the provision of high level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, equality and diversity, TUPE, service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development, design, and culture change.


Julia M

Experienced Coaching and Training professional who spent 18 years as a Manager in the Public, Private and Charity sectors, specialising in the provision of Executive Coaching, Coach Skills Training and Coach Mentoring Supervision.

Julia started her career in Retail operations for Lewis’s Ltd, Littlewoods and Mackays where she learned about the challenges of people management at an early age. After discovering her passion for people development she became a trainer at Help the Aged. This gave her real insight to working under tight budgets and being creative with very little resource. A stint as UK Training Manager for Dedicated Micros, (CCTV and video surveillance equipment) was a leap into the field of a fast moving technology market.

Julia was also the first female Head of Training at Greater Manchester Magistrates Courts responsible for up skilling staff and driving culture change. With this eclectic background and as an Accredited Professional Executive Coach of 18 years standing plus 1500 hours of experience, Julia has worked with all levels of managers in the private, public and third sectors. She also has 850 hours of coach supervision experience and supervises other coaches and supervisors.



Kim has been influential at Strategic & Operational director level, Transformation, Workforce, Talent and OD lead with vision, values and passion for improvement that operates within bespoke consultancy, facilitation and training. She has in-depth experience and a track record of success in leading public & private sector marketplaces, particularly within provider & commissioning local authority & health organisations, with extensive multi-stakeholder partnership with the private sector & expert thought leader networks.

Proven background in leading national, regional & local services within System Leadership, Organisational Change & Cultural Development, Human Resources, Talent, Learning & Development, Inclusion, Graduate/Apprentice & Integration solutions. Managing corporate values, strategy and transformation programmes across high level intra-organisational and integration business functions.

Reputable entrepreneurial style in establishing improved performance, capability & capacity modelling at scale for complex service pathways and their linked workforce. Outstanding team player who adopts a rigorous needs outcomes and collaborative focus for required results & catalyst for change. Strong programme director, decision maker, influencer, communicator and empowerer, with a passion in seeing success for the ‘place based’ and the people Designing organisation, learning & development and workforce redesign that has national trailblazer model status and increased funding investment.

Kim delivers with a motivational, engaging, creative and collaborative style.



Lesley combines a wide range of skills and experience having worked in the public sector for over 20 years, 11 years as a Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development in two NHS Trusts with over 30 years as a qualified CIPD professional.

Since late 2006 Lesley has worked independently specialising as an executive coach and tutor delivering many different coaching and mentoring programmes including ILM 5 and 7 programmes.

Lesley now specialises in individual and team coaching, CPD and supervision for coaches and mentors, encouraging organisations to maximise their use of coaching, mediation training and taking a coaching approach to complex mediation cases as facilitator to small and large groups to encourage everyone to have a voice.



Louis is a highly successful business professional with over 25 years of operational experience in both the public and private sector. He led a number of diverse business units and was Director of Client Services, for a global contract delivery operation, providing business solutions for multi-national blue-chip companies and government departments.

He specialises in leadership development and transformation programmes, delivering behavioural and cultural change across organisations. An experienced workshop leader, facilitator and coach, focusing on delivery of leadership training and development, with emphasis on change management, effective conversations skills and performance improvement.

He is a professionally qualified leadership coach accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF) with over 12 years’ experience of coaching with a diverse range of clients from board members to graduates, high potential managers to apprentices.



Experienced HR professional in both the private and public sector for over 20 years, working for 15 years, and operating at senior managerial level for 5 plus years, for a metropolitan borough council.

Specialising in the provision of high level strategic and operational employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, health & wellbeing including attendance management, policy development and design, organisational development, service reorganisation, restructuring and redundancy.

Patricia CO


A highly qualified and experienced human resources professional with experience at senior level in the areas of strategic human resource management, contract and financial management and professional administration.

Extensive experience in the provision of HR support within the public sector, specifically local councils, higher and further education and secondary schools. Expertise in all aspects of people management, including; disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development and design, HR compliance, and diversity and inclusion.

Key skills:
• Chartered Fellow of Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD)
• Former Chair of Birmingham Branch of CIPD (now Vice Chair)
• Highly experienced in the development, management and continuous improvement of a strategic HR function
• Up to date knowledge of employment legislation and best practice HR
• Experienced trainer and tutor on a range of HR subjects
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Ability to consolidate complex data from a range of sources and present in a concise and clear manner
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Proven ability to interface effectively with, and gain the confidence of, internal and external stakeholders at all levels.
• Proven track record as an effective people manager in both the private and public sectors
• High level of awareness of the strategic and business context of organisations
• Highly numerate
• Proficient in the use of a range of IT packages including word, excel, PowerPoint
• Compassionate and empathetic
• Commitment to equal opportunities, diversity and ethical people management practices

Patricia CO

Steven J.

Experienced HR professional worked across multiple industries including District and County Councils

For both type of Councils, I have worked as a Project Manager (Single Status), Job Evaluation Consultant, undertaken reviews of multiple processes such as corporate complaints and consulted on restructures

During the last few years I have focused on HR and business improvements using the Lean methodology

Patricia CO

Richard P.

Experienced HR professional having operated at senior managerial level for 7 years within both District and County Councils. Specialising in the provision of high level strategic employment advice and services across a range of subjects including; disciplinary and grievance matters, TUPE, consultations on service reorganisation and restructuring, redundancy, policy development and design, culture change and equal pay.

Patricia CO


A CIPD qualified learning and development professional, dedicated to achieving results through the development of people. A skilled coach and facilitator, responsible for the successful design, delivery and evaluation of strategic and cultural change programmes.

Jan 2006 set up own company Next Steps Learning & Development Ltd. In 2008 became  an ILM Approved Centre to deliver and assess ILM qualifications. Re-approval achieved in 2016. Sean has completed the ILM Level 7 Diploma in Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.


Sue E

I am a leader, people professional and experienced practitioner in Human Resources, Organisational Development and Learning. I have experience in building and leading high performing teams, implementing good practice HR and Organisational Development and leading change in complex organisations.  I am a strategic thinker with experience of developing strategy and policy which deliver successful outcomes for the business. I am skilled at enabling and supporting others to achieve their goals and develop their expertise. I am a skilled facilitator and can design and deliver effective learning interventions at any all level.

My commitment to public service is reflected in my career history. My recent work in Local Government has provided me with experience in a political environment where the need for sensitivity and the ability to work together with a range of people is essential. I work collaboratively and well with people at all levels. I have a wide network and a national profile as President of the Public Sector People Managers’ Association

Key Strengths

My key strengths are in leading, communicating and influencing, delivering results through engaging and involving people, building effective partnerships and managing a wide range of different stakeholders. I am organised, determined and confident.



I run my own management and personal development consultancy, which I started in 2016. As part of this consultancy, I am an Associate of West Midlands Employers, delivering various interventions from training through to coaching across the West Midlands region.

I have over 30 years’ local government experience, the last 15 of which were in corporate organisational development at principal officer / senior management level in a unitary council.

I have extensive experience in the development and implementation of corporate learning & development interventions. I also have comprehensive experience in implementing organisational wide eLearning together with designing blended solutions and Learning Management Systems.

I have developed and implemented a variety of leadership programmes ranging from pre management programmes through to senior leadership development programmes. These programmes were accredited with ILM and underpinned by bespoke competencies, 360 degree appraisal and coaching.

As an associate of WME, I have also delivered their Accelerate and Step Up leadership programmes across the region, together with a wide range of other management and personal development interventions.

I have also developed and delivered a wide range of personal development workshops from Induction through to Confidence Building, Effective Communication, Train the Trainer, Neogitating and Influencing – to name but a few! I am also a qualified and experienced Assessor and Internal Verifier.

I am a Licensed Suzy Lamplugh Personal Safety trainer and have extensive experience of delivering all aspects of this training to a variety of audiences both within Telford & Wrekin Council and externally. I have also supported the production of policy and best practice guidelines.

I have played an active role regionally, being a key player in the development of the West Midlands LG 360 tool and have also been a member of the board of the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool.

I am a highly skilled trainer, facilitator and coach. I have extensive experience of giving 1-2-1 feedback of 360 degree appraisal report, a range of psychometric tools including 16pf and TotalSDI and continue to be a coach within the West Midlands Coaching and Mentoring Pool.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Training and Organisational Learning (FITOL).

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