As neutral and independent facilitators we work with groups who have never met before, which meet very rarely, or who sit together every day: we understand the different challenges represented by eachRead more
We offer both Executive Coaching and specialist one to one Personal Impact coaching. To each session, you bring an agenda of issues to resolve, and your coach will help you solve problems, establish priorities and make the most of opportunities. We challenge, offer alternatives, and provide support.Read more
We use our background as theatre professionals to write and perform scenarios, forum theatre and role plays based on research and consultation with you and your organisation, and participants then get to rehearse challenging situations and receive specialist feedback. Some of our recent work in this area includes Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination, Managing Under performance, Managing Tough Conversations, Customer Relationship Management.Read more
Our popular creative Community Building challenges include The Dissonance and Harmony singing workshop and The Bigger Picture painting session. These make an ideal ice-breaker or end of session group challenge and by taking participants out of their comfort zone help bring some of the themes from your session or programme to life in a practical way.Read more
Mary-Louise has been working as a facilitator, coach, trainer and programme designer for sixteen years with experience throughout the public and private sectors. For the past 9 years she has provided business consultancy, facilitation and coaching for the cross Whitehall creative thinking facility The Innovation Space (formerly futurefocus) for Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (formerly BIS/BERR/DTI). She is an I
CF accredited Executive Coach and has held coaching contracts with Department for Business, London Development Agency and National School of Government. She is a member of the Oxford Said Business School Coaching Community and coaches for them on a number of programmes including the Executive MBA, Oxford MBA, High Performance Leadership, Transition to Leadership, Women Transforming Leadership and Advanced Management and Leadership Programmes. Mary-Louise has ongoing team coaching relationships with a number of Senior Leadership Teams in both academia and government. Having originally graduated from Cambridge University she worked as an actor for the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company and ran her own practice as a vocal coach. Drawing on this experience she developed her specialist personal impact and communication skills coaching. Mary-Louise has worked with most Whitehall Departments and has been involved with a huge variety of projects including over 50 Government programmes. Mary-Louise was Programme Director for the Department of Communities and Local Government 2013 and 2014 Autumn Leadership and Policy Schools designing and delivering a tailor made programme.
Mary-Louise also designed and facilitated the NHS Leadership Academy Board Level Conference on the theme of Ethical Leadership which included researching and creating bespoke, interactive Theatre Based training highlighting current ethical issues for NHS Commissioners and Board members. This is just one of a huge variety of theatre based training interventions designed and delivered for clients around topics ranging from performance management issues, bullying and harassment, difficult conversations, giving and receiving feedback to doctors giving bad news and work with sales teams across the sectors.
Mary-Louise was co-designer of the Industrial Smorgasbord Symposium in Copenhagen for Green Templeton College, Oxford which explored how creative industry practitioners can bring value to business and the corporate world. Mary-Louise also runs the popular creative team building workshops The Singing Workshop and The Bigger Picture. Mary-Louise is accredited to use various psychometrics including Lumina Spark and NEO. She is also an expert user of the online collaboration tool Meetingsphere.
Mary-Louise works with a small number of specialist associates including actors, writers, coaches and facilitators with expertise including diversity, mindfulness, scenario planning and forum theatre.
Mary Louise's enthusiasm and fun is exhibited in everything she does and I have found her to be a dedicated and spirited professional who I would not hesitate to recommend. Whether leading workshops on personal impact, rousing sometimes sceptical groups, of over 300 on one occasion, to perform African lullabies or coaching high potential future leaders I have found her talents to be varied and her work to be highly valued by the people she engages with.
Many thanks for your help, patience and honest feedback. The three hours spent together are at the top of the list of most valuable time spent on the programme
As a tribute to how much the participants enjoyed the singing workshop; the next evening they all broke out in song during our college dinner! It was quite an experience and lovely to see what an impact you had made on them.
Mary-Louise has worked with our Department and within my team for several years. She is a highly able facilitator and is the facilitator of choice for many of our clients. She works effectively with teams of all levels, mixing a broad range of skills to enable each to tap into their own talents, overcome hurdles and find new and innovative ways to address their priorities