Yearly Archives: 2017

‘So, whose achievement was that?’ – Rebecca Winn


Right at the beginning of Springboard Workshop One a question we ask participants is this: “What is your greatest achievement?” We get some astonishing responses, and hearing a whole room-full of achievements spoken out loud really makes your heart sing. One of the answers that crops up the most, though, is this: “My children.” (Please don’t stop reading if you’re not a parent – I promise there’s a bigger picture here!) There’s so much going on in this response it’s hard to know where to begin. An achievement is something you’ve gained by doing something, isn’t it? So if what [...]

‘So, whose achievement was that?’ – Rebecca Winn2020-07-08T21:14:22+01:00

‘Leaving before you leave’ – Rebecca Winn


Have you read Sheryl Sandberg’s bestseller ‘Lean In’ yet? It should (imho) be required reading for everyone, male and female, before they leave school to become the next generation of employees and employers. Certainly it’s a staple of my Springboard resource table. Sandberg is Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and founder of the Lean In Foundation. The book is part of a wider conversation around the lack of women who are seen to step up and take on formal leadership roles compared to the number of men. Times are changing, it’s true, yet one thread that stands out for me [...]

‘Leaving before you leave’ – Rebecca Winn2020-07-08T21:14:22+01:00

Chris Cross


Hello I’m Chris Cross …… and I am a personal development trainer, facilitator and 1-1 coach – and I’m passionate about giving people time and support to learn more about themselves – and decide what they want from life. My training style is professional and inspiring – backed up with expertise gained in a designing and delivering a wide range of training & development. I have worked in UK universities, local authorities, government departments, housing associations and the NHS. I’ve been a Springboard trainer for almost 21 years – and I have guided thousands of women through the Springboard Programme. [...]

Chris Cross2020-07-08T21:14:23+01:00

Alison Trinder


My vision is for every woman who wants it to have the opportunity to take part in and benefit from Springboard. I love running Springboard programmes. There is a particular kind of energy that is created when a group of women work together like this – it’s uplifting, inspiring and motivating, and I continually see the real changes women can make as a result of taking part. I have substantial experience of running the programme as part of my role at the University of Oxford; as a freelance trainer I have also run it for a number of other universities, [...]

Alison Trinder2020-07-08T21:14:23+01:00

Chris Gunning


As Oak Associates, Chris Gunning has worked in the HR field for over twenty five years as a trainer, coach, (including LEAD Wales), facilitator, mentor, consultant, writer and line manager, becoming IPD qualified, and continuing professional development via an MEd, in Education Training and Development at Sheffield University and Level 7 Executive Coaching and Mentoring at Bangor University. Clients ranging from multi-nationals, utilities through to newly formed companies, SMEs/micro and public and third sector organisations in the UK and overseas, (recently Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Hungary). Projects relate primarily to some form of change linked organisational culture/development, teamwork personal accountability and [...]

Chris Gunning2020-07-08T21:14:34+01:00

Andrea Berkoff


Are you looking for a Springboard trainer in London or the South-east? Do you just want to know a little bit more about the programme and me as a possible trainer? I am very happy to speak with you over the phone or meet up for a quick chat to discuss how I can bring Springboard to your organization, with no obligation. I have been facilitating the Springboard programme for ten years, firstly in house with the City of London Police and City of London Corporation and now freelance, in that time bringing Springboard to more than 250 women. It [...]

Andrea Berkoff2020-07-08T21:14:34+01:00

Gill Donnell


At Successful Women, we specialise solely in women’s development. We work with companies to run dedicated Springboard Programmes for their staff and also deliver a number of “Open Programmes” for individual women as well as those businesses who do not have sufficient female staff to run a dedicated programme of their own. Gill Donnell, our Managing Director and licensed Springboard trainer, received an MBE for her work in supporting women’s development, is the author of the inspiring women’s personal development book Celebr8 Success and is a regular speaker on issues affecting women in the workplace. We recognise that many of [...]

Gill Donnell2022-07-28T10:02:38+01:00

Gillian Neish


Gillian Neish works throughout the UK with individuals and organisations in all sectors to help them recognise and fulfil their potential. The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes. She has worked with the Springboard Consultancy since 1991 when she became one of the first trainers to be licensed to deliver the now multi-award-winning Springboard women’s development programme by it’s developers, Liz Willis and Jenny Daisley. Gillian is passionate about personal development and says: “It is a pleasure and a privilege [...]

Gillian Neish2020-07-08T21:14:35+01:00

Adetokunbo Adetayo


At various management levels in blue chip companies, Engr. Adetokunbo Adetayo provided support in achieving business objectives through People Development and Facilities Management. He is involved in Change Management, Leadership Training, Team Building, Project Management, Health, Safety & Environment, Customer Service, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Coaching and Delivery of Personal Development Programs. A University of Lagos Graduate of Engineering, Adetokunbo went on to obtain MBA in Technology Management with Specialization in Marketing. He is a member of many professional bodies in Nigeria and America. His personal forté include Objective Analytical Power and Strong Coaching Skills. He is a warm and effective [...]

Adetokunbo Adetayo2020-07-08T21:14:36+01:00

Zibah Nwako


ello! I am Zibah. It was both Michangelo and Leonardo da Vinci spoke these great words ‘Ancora imparo’, meaning – Still, I am learning. That, to me, is the spirit of what we do at AFFIRM – by providing training, consultancy and life coaching in Personal Development, Leadership and Life Skills, Entrepreneurship, and Soft Skills Management – to organisations, groups and individuals. My career has spanned the education, administration, business and human resources sectors, having successfully established and ran two private limited companies in the UK, with a combined team of 40 employees. Through AFFIRM, I work between the United [...]

Zibah Nwako2020-07-08T21:14:38+01:00
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