I have worked with Natalie, for a number of years, on a highly innovative and impactful program for Saint-Gobain - Fit2Lead. Natalie designed a thoughtful, highly relevant and very powerful learning journey for the participants, focusing on physical and mental health. I know, from speaking to participants, that their learning on the program was literally life changing - often at a personal as well as professional level. It was always a pleasure to work with Natalie and her team, to be part of a program that had health and compassion at work at the heart, and for it to be seen as so strategically important in the organisation - that was, I am sure, down to Natalie, and her passion for the program and the content.
Natalie stimulated fresh thinking; asked intelligent questions, making others think; she challenged, enquired to understand the detail, brought in the information about new technologies or more modern ways of doing things; she made things happen! Natalie was able to reshape the project and infect people with her ‘energy’ and ‘can do’ attitude, stretching their ambition. The value she added was absolutely palpable - things moved, people got enthusiastic, there was much more clarity for all involved parties within a short time. The results were also tangible, with projects and programmes completed, but also a change of culture towards more energy, innovation, and responsibility.
I can honestly say Natalie is the best L&D professional I have come across in many years of my HR career. First, she is a natural innovator - scanning horizons, suggesting and implementing new tools, providing customised creative solutions. Second, she is a real energy generator - Natalie can make things happen, working hard herself, but most importantly, inspiring others to act. Her enthusiasm is infectious, her project management and organisation skills are at the highest level. These two strengths - innovative thinking and energy in implementation - ensure all Natalie's L&D programmes are of the highest quality and delivered on time. Natalies third strength - leadership, coupled with business understanding and solid HR experience - allowed her to go beyond just producing L&D programmes. She can help a business to build a highly relevant people development strategy and ensure practical steps are taken in order to make it a reality.
I had the privilege of working with Natalie to develop the Saint-Gobain in-house career coaching programme. Natalie demonstrated passion, commitment and drive in setting up and maintaining a successful adjunct to HR policy which enabled employees to take control of their career and development. She ran the service with a high degree of professionalism, honesty and focus. She is someone not afraid of innovation and her energy is infectious.
I have had the great pleasure of working for and with Natalie for the past ten years, consistently finding her inspirational and passionate to work alongside. Her innovative and creative approach to learning and development resulted in powerful, leading edge programmes, bringing the world of virtual learning and wellbeing into a practical and innovative space, which she encouraged and enabled leaders at all levels in the business to engage with. Bright and enthusiastic, creative and always at the forefront of the research in her profession of learning, development, coaching and HR, Natalie is a pleasure to work with and a fabulous asset to our profession.
I always thought that a Career Coach was someone for other people, in other more important jobs.
I heard more and more reference to coaching sessions, so I plucked up the courage to see how it could help me.
Natalie was welcoming and set me at ease from the very beginning. The thought provoking conversations and tools used during the sessions, really helped me get to the bottom of what I wanted for my career and how I perceived myself professionally.
With Natalie’s guidance, small meaningful changes and exercises, my confidence has grown and I have clear direction for my career.
Thank you Natalie for your enlightening, practical and thought provoking workshop “Developing the skills for virtual learning success”. It is a real challenge to take learning materials and re-design them for the virtual classroom but your workshop provided me with the guidance I needed to overhaul our presentations, plan our working groups and most importantly to engage virtually with our international group of participants. The feedback we received after we delivered our first session confirmed that it had been engaging, inspiring, well prepared and well structured. I am in no doubt that your workshop had a direct impact on our success and I would recommend it to anyone who is taking the step into the world of virtual learning!
Absolutely phenomenal! I have learnt so much over the past 2 days and feel excited about trying new approaches to virtual training & meetings - Exceptional
The impact on my personal and professional life has been phenomenal, and we’ve only just begun. Not only have our sessions refocused me, regained my passions and goals but they’ve also been responsible for me regaining confidence in myself and lifted me out of a place that I wasn’t happy in being.