The following quotes are from previous course participants and give a clear indication of style, approach and intention.
Fantastic personal development opportunity - professional rocket fuel!
Lucy Duggan (Director - Light Box Productions) Summer 2016
Masterclass in alternative leadership (e.g. not 'top down') ... this course should be a compulsory activity for all humans!
Samantha Holdsworth (Director - Clowns Without Borders) Summer 2016
It has been invaluable - the most impactful training I have undertaken. My confidense has grown so much for me personally and as a manager and leader.
Lesley Ann Smith (Head of Education & Deputy CEO - Kent Music) Spring 2016
An opportunity to learn about yourself and others that will have a profound impact on your life.
Ellen Chambers (Dancers Career Development) Spring 2016
The RD1st Course is incredible value for money given the catalytic effect it can have on every aspect of your life. I feel it's helped me to be at once more empowered and more empowering to those around me.
Dylan Haskins (Broadcaster and Producer) Spring 2016
If you are thinking about coaching and leadership for personal or professional reasons then there wont be a better course than this. The level of training and care for every participant is simply exceptional!
Fiona Stuart (Royal Northern College of Music) Autumn 2015
Give it a whirl. Be prepared to challenge yourself and your thinking - the rewards are priceless.
Sandra Shakespeare (The National Archives & Clore Fellow) Autumn 2015
What a fabulous experience. My thinking has developed in so many different directions and I come away a different and improving person, with new tools to use in my personal and professional life. Thought-provoking, challenging, enriching and enabling.
Moya Malekin (Deputy Director, Camden Arts Centre) Autumn 2015
Do it! You will learn, you will have fun, and you will know yourself better. It's a wonderfully led and imagined course. Your learning is held brilliantly.
Sam Ruddock (Clore Fellow) Summer 2015
This course will be one of the best investments in your professional development that you will make.
Emmie Kell (CEO Cornwall Museums Partnership & Clore Fellow) Summer 2015 If you think the world can be a better place - do this course. You'll find the solutions that are right for you here!
Emma Ridgway (Curator & Clore Fellow) Summer 2015
Strong, emotive, professional course which provides a brilliant tool kit for coaching.
Helen Watson (Director Exhibition & Collections, Lakeland Arts) Spring 2015
This course really makes you think - as well as teach you how to help others to think. My self-awareness has grown much more than I would have ever imagined.
James McQuaid (Heritage Consultant) Spring 2015
One of the best courses I have ever attended. A truly transformational experience; a thorough and rigorous course that will challenge and inspire you in equal measure.
Sarah Modley (Head of Development, Royal Scottish National Orchestra) Spring 2015
The RD1st course is a life affirming, life-changing eight days. It not only furnishes you with the skills and tools to become an accredited coach, it also helps you increase your self-awareness. A nourishing, supportive environment in which to learn and grow.
Nicky Marr (Writer, broadcaster, Event Host) Spring 2015
I can't recommend this course highly enough for those interested in developing a coaching culture in the workplace.
Nathalie Walters (Clore Social Fellow & Chief Exec. of Safe and Sound, Derby). Spring 2015
It has been an invaluable training programme that has given me the inspiration and tools to implement a coaching ethos across the full range of teams that I manage.
Mary Oliver (Head of Media, Manchester Metropolitan University) Autumn 2014 This course is fantastic for developing a greater understanding of self, others and applying to life and work to dramatic effect!
Kyla Booth-Lucking (Coach, Producer & Trainer) Autumn 2014
I have already recommended this course, I said 'If you are interested in coaching then I expect you won't find a better course!'
Penny Skerrett (Artist) Autumn 2014
The course represents a rare opportunity to get to know yourself a lot better and to learn a set of skills that will add value to all your relationships
Bethia McNeil (Clore Social Fellow) Summer 2014
This course has the potential to change the way you think and handle your relationships either at work or in your life and change the way you communicate forever!
Frazer Hoyle (Area General Manager - ATG) Summer 2014
It will change your approach to many things in your life. It's a very powerful set of tools and philosophy.
Amy Golding (Artistic Director - Curious Monkey) Summer 2014
It's fantastic. It allows you to develop key skills for use in personal life and professionally. I'm a changed person.
Penny Sexton (Curator & Clore Fellow) Summer 2014
Do it! It is an incredible learning journey. It has transformed how I think about my life and work.
Richard Whitelaw (Head of Programmes - Sound & Music) Spring 2014
This course provides a major boost to your emotional intelligence and listening skills that will cascade across your personal and professional life, bringing very positive changes.
Laura McDermott (Director - Fierce Festival) Spring 2014
The skills, structure and approach are incredibly empowering. Do it - it's life changing. The best course I have ever done.
Roma Backhouse (Clore Fellow) Autumn 2013
There is much more to coaching than meets the eye. Be prepared to learn as much about yourself as about your new skills.
Greg Jauncy (HR & Training Manager - The Royal Opera House) Autumn 2013
Life changing and supportive. Teaches important skills for every day life and positive working relationships.
Catherine Amor (Senior Clinical Tutor) Autumn 2013
The facilitators are wonderful - never have I experienced such a consistent, joyful, safe, curious and stretching space. It has been profoundly affirming and given me deep, and I believe, long lasting learning.
Kathy Cremin (Hive Co-operative) Autumn 2013
I would say as a leader you can't afford not to do this course. It enables resilience and clarifies your thinking and approaches. Quite life changing!
Alex Murdoch (Artistic Director) Summer 2013
The best training I've ever attended. The result? I'm more myself. Thank you.
John Orna-Ornstein (Director of Museums, Arts Council England) Summer 2013
This is the single most useful training I've done through my (leadership fellowship) and it's given me skills and insight which I will use everyday.
Liz Girling (Heritage Consortium Fellow CLP) Summer 2013
A brilliantly transparent, accessible and de-mystifying approach to coaching and the associated tool kits - low on buzz words and high on impact!
Anna Higgs (Commissioning Executive, Film4)
Whether a collaborative artist, business leader or educationalist, this course will enhance your effectiveness to move forward and your ability to support others in their self-directed learning. The course is as practical as it is inspirational! It was remarkable how all participants noted a positive impact on their personal relationships too.
Caroline Salem (Choreographer and Mentor)
This course has been the best use of Clore resources I can think of - I will take the skills forward with vigour and determination, and believe it has taught me that coaching and leadership are inextricably linked. It will transform my leadership.
Emily Gottlieb (Consortium supported Performing Arts Fellow Clore 2012/13)
I intend to recommend this course - it will take you further than you can imagine!
Alison Gagen (Relationship Manager, Theatre - Arts Council)
It is a great opportunity to refresh your approach to your work and your life, and find new meaning in both! Consultant Clinical Psychologist
There are so many aspects of this course - it is life changing in a very profound and hugely enjoyable way.
Bettina Linstrum (Creative Producer)
It is a fantastic course for developing practical skills. It is intense and hard work and requires a lot of yourself, but this is worthwhile effort.
Richard (Clinical Psychologist)
The course is both life changing and life affirming providing a number of skills that can be utilised in so many different situations and environments.
Gillian Gourlay (National Theatre of Scotland - Learning & Outreach Manager)
There is a streak of integrity that runs through this course like seaside rock. It is rigorous, thorough training if you want to be a coach or indeed, a better, more considered and effective person.
Samenua Sesher (Writer & Coach)
The course is inspirational, down to earth and life affirming. (The facilitators) are absolutely brilliant. Inspiring, intellectually rigorous, great role models with energy and humour. Focused and clear - a great balance between practical work, listening, self-reflection and sharing.
Kate Chapman (Producer)
Amazing! In many ways I have a renewed energy for management and leadership. Gives you the ability to really 'hear' for the first time.
David Wilson (Chief Executive & Clore 8 Fellow)
The RD1st course provides a solid foundation to allow you to springboard into your own personal reflection of coaching, leadership and culture. (The facilitators are) fantastic!
Linda Green (Development Executive BBC)
Do it! - it's transformational in a way which feels light and tangible. Energising and motivational. It has improved my communication skills and confidense and I'm already using the skills in my work.
Emily Wilkinson (Artist & Coach)
(The course is) transformative, practical, useful and generally fantastic. Massively influential on my way of being with people, in and out of work. Jo Black (Clinical Tutor)
The course has given me insight into my own approaches to work, life and interacting. It isn't a course just about coaching, but about thinking, listening & empathy in everyday life: invaluable to anyone.
Charlie Morrison (Head of Operations & Clore Fellow)
The course offers new insights into essential leadership skills - active listening, empowerment and leading alongside, with and behind.
Anne Bonnar (Consultant)
Life transforming. I now have skills I will use for the rest of my life. I understand myself better and I have found something I feel passionate about - the potential of coaching to make better, more productive work environments.
Claire Hodgson (CEO Diverse City)
A challenging exploration in how to give others a voice, this course is immensley practical and enjoyable. It gives skills and confidence in communication for individuals and organisations.
Sue Mitchell (Charity Director)
This is an excellent course for anyone looking to lead and communicate with others more effectively. It's a great opportunity for both professional and personal development and to make transformations in both areas.
Jan Kofi-Tsekpo (Relationship Manager - Diversity in Arts Practice)
For someone who has been operating at a senior level for sometime, this is a rich and rigorous experience. You can't fail to take away new approaches and practical techniques to improve performance - and it was fun!
Its been the keystone to what feels like a monumental shift in my life. The facilitators are two of the most inspirational and generous women I've had the pleasure of meeting. What I have learned will have a long lasting positive impact on my life and others too.
Emma Haughton (Coach, Creative Advisor, Producer)
The course has provided several 'light-bulb' moments to support my development as a coach. A fantastic introduction to coaching - the approach of the facilitators sets it apart and above more commercial organisations.
Jane Hughes (Zest Coaching)
You not only gain a valuable qualification, you will pick up skills you can use throughout your life and gain valuable insights about yourself. And make great friends! This course has really helped me when facilitating large groups. A coaching style is very powerful.
Jane Clancey (Head of Brand Strategy - BBC)
This has beenthe best in-depth training I've received for years. Thorough, detailed insight into a range of coaching styles and techniques in an extremely supportive and relaxed atmosphere. I couldn't recommend this course highly enough. Thank you.
Mark Labrow (Creative Facilitator)
This course is full on. Skills, skills, skills and a massive impacton every aspect of my own professional practice.
Michelé Taylor (Trainer, Coach & Facilitator)
I've already recommended this course! I would say it is one of the best and most sensitively run courses I've ever been on (and I've been on loads!). The perfect balance between learning loads and being transformed by the process - quite magical!
Elaine Burke (Freelance Arts Manager & Consultant)
This has been one of the most challenging yet fulfilling experiences of my life.
Alison Turnbull (Head of Research & Standards)
RD6 has had a huge impact on my relationships and interpersonal skills. I have re-learnt how to listen, how to tackle difficult situations ... how to consider my intentions and how to help others find their own solutions.
Kate Fellows (Learning Manager - Leeds Museums and Galleries)
Brilliant facilitation - they created a trusting and safe environment. This course is a fantastic opportunity to think about your self awareness and interaction with other people; without feeling self indulgent, pretentious or judged.
Gill Hart (Clore Fellow)
An essential training for anyone who hopes to support others in clarifying their thoughts or achieving their goals - with the side effect of unlocking your own potential too.
Lisa Craddock (FCD Programme & Professional Development Manager)
The course has made a valuable contribution - both personally and professionally. It is positive and rewarding - all CEO's need to get on board!
Ken Smith (KWS Consulting)
The course offers a range of powerful insights and tools to improve how you get the best out of others and yourself. It's shifted my thinking and approach ... essential experience for anyone leading in the arts, in any role.
Claire Antrobus (Independent Arts Consultant & NESTA Clore Fellow 09/10)
Deeply relevant to anyone seeking to create a context for positive change.
Jay Haigh (Interim Manager - Pioneer Projects)
It's improved my self-awareness and in turn my confidence. I will certainly bring these techniques into my management and leadership style.
Joanna Rowlands (Arts Marketing & Communications Consultant)
If your work involves dialogue with people thenyou can't afford not to do this course.
Claire Eddleston-Rose (Arts Council England Relationship Manager)
A greater awareness of my own values. A deeper understanding of my personal emotional intelligence. A huge variety of practical models for exploring reaching goals and potential. Tools which I will use every day in personal and professional contexts. A transformational, life-changing course. The course, course leaders and participants have been exceptional (and I’ve done a lot of courses!). It was thorough in content and rigorous in assessment.
Lesa Dryburgh - (NW Clore Fellow 07/08)
All I can say is - thanks so much for a really stunning course. The diversity and richness of content was superb and made it completely relevant for future application in so many ways. It was an incredible experience – one which none of us will forget, and one which has made us all think twice and three times about some pretty important stuff.
Ruth Churchill-Dower (Director - Earlyarts)
The RD1st course was exactly what I needed - a mix of models, practice, reflection and discussion. I had full confidence in Deb & Rivca as facilitators and particularly appreciated the different contributions and style each brought to the course. Gave me time to reflect on my own style, values & communication skills which greatly raised my self-awareness. This has impacted on the ways I relate to people both personally and professionally. I am able to make decisions and conduct relationships with much more clarity and ease!
Anne-Marie Logan (Director - Panda Arts)
I thought that the course was excellent – the best I have ever attended. Learning how to coach has helped make sense of so many aspects of thinking and doing. It has been fascinating on a philosophical level and relevant on a practical level. It has stimulated new interests and has refreshed my desire to read and learn more. It has been expertly facilitated in a friendly, honest and fun atmosphere. Kate Whitmarsh - Creative Producer (Clore Fellow).
If you are open on going on a journey, personally and professionally, this course offers insights and techniques and is solution orientated - RD has accelerated my development enormously.
Jean Cameron (Producer Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art)
An excellent course - does what it says on the tin. You were great and your skills excellent - and I'm fussy!
Ruth Sacks (Organisation Development Consultant & Coach)
This course gives you everything you need to begin working as a coach and also gives the space to explore how coaching skills can impact on leadership and life skills. It's specifically relevant to anyone working in the creative sector. Highly recommended.
Jenny Wilson (Consultant, Producer, Facilitator, Artist)
It's been fantastic - very good for helping me to understand how and why I do things and to make some significant changes in my life. It's excellent - quite possibly the best course I have ever been on! Louise Govier (Clore Fellow 08/09)
Thanks very much - this is the best course I've ever done.
Hassina Khan (Professional Learning Manager - CCE)
The course was well structured - a fantastic learning journey. I feel an inner resource - a flow to a way of working and living, being and doing, can now be drawn upon. I have the courage to dream and make moves to what I want. Thank you. Erinma Ochu (Consultant)
I thought the course was excellently run - well paced with a good mix of practical and theoretical exercises/discussions. Both trainers were excellent and very supportive. I'd like to thank you for one of the best courses I've been on. Hazel Marshall (Trainer - BBC)
Be prepared to be challenged in a wonderful way on many levels!
Rachel Liggit (Education & Training Co-ordinator)
An insightful learning experience with real opportunities to be coached and coach. The course has increased my self awareness and strengthened my practice and improved communication skills.
Vicki McCorkell (Artist Development Co-ordinator)
I have been able to explore, in depth how coaching and effective leadershipare intertwined and the potential coaching cultures can have on the workplace. The course has enabled me to learn more about myself as a person and leader. Christopher Stafford (Theatre Producer/Clore Fellow)
Lancaster is lovely. Relational Dynamics is radical. Deb is delightful. Rivca is real. Coaching is the way forward for the cultural sector. This has been life changing.
Ros Fry (Director AMONITE, Cultural Leadership Programme UK).