Julie is an experienced organisational development professional who has worked across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for over 15 years. During a variety of permanent and interim roles Julie has supported colleagues from senior leaders, middle managers and front-line staff to develop the skills, behaviours and mindset needed to achieve successful organisational change.
‘Senior teams often focus significant energy into re-structuring services,’ Julie states. ‘However, structural change on its own will only ever have a limited impact. It is by focusing on the bigger picture and therefore the less tangible aspects of the organisation – its vision, values, culture and leadership style – that you will achieve truly transformational change. I believe that the Discovery Colourful Model of Human Behaviour is a key tool in attaining this. ’
Julie started using Discovery in 2006 whilst working as a Learning and Development Manager at North Somerset Council. The impact on the organisation was immediate: ‘Suddenly we had a whole new language to talk about how we perceived relationships and working practices.’ Seeing the impact on individuals and teams in encouraging feedback, enabling people to safely challenge and bring insight through a range of perspectives, inspired Julie to keep working with the profile. As a result she continues to use it to support organisational development, service re-structures, team facilitation and personal coaching. In recent roles, Julie has been particularly involved in delivering cultural change across Constabulary, Fire Service and Councils.
Having recently moved back to living on the coast after 20 years inland, Julie is enjoying the sea breezes again. Running (or shuffling) along the seafront is a firm favourite to relax, unwind, and restore her calm and empathetic approach, although watching the boats bob up and down with an ice cream seems to work for her just as well!
PAST AND PRESENT CLIENTS INCLUDE:
North Somerset Council
Dorset County Council
Caludon Castle School
Various West Midlands schools