The moment I saw and heard James running a trade show I hired him to host our most important event of the year, the LS symposium. He is a fast learner and acted as if he had been in our industry for years and he performed a great job of keeping the deligates from getting carried away with the time. He ran the event in a very professional way, making a great connection with all the speakers and most importantly with the audience.
I have known James for more years than I care to mention. I have also employed him over a 5 year period and continue to hire him regularly on a consultancy agreement. He is trustworthy, reliable and not frightened of a hard days work. However, what sets him apart from the average is his vast researched knowledge and his personable style, with which he never fails to engage with his audience.
As a longstanding member of the Revels Committee and vice chair, can I thank you for your absolutely brilliant service as MC for our Peppard Revels Jubilee Ball in early June.
It was by no means an easy job. You had to control a crowd of nearly 500 revellers in a marquee over a programme lasting 6 hours. You had to communicate information to keep everybody safe and aware. You had to phase the collection of food for 48+ tables from the kitchen to the marquee with professional and volunteer help – and the clearing of those tables. Then there was the dancing, the raffle, the bar and the fireworks all under your domain and you had to remain charming and entertaining throughout!
It was brilliantly done with a firm hand with lots of humour – sometimes not easy given the inadequacies of the PA system.
Many thanks and I hope you consider doing it again.
It took over 30 years of running the Vintage Festival to get James in. All we can say is, we wish we had done it sooner. An MC to fit any occasion, James injected personality, clarity and professionalism to our event to the benefit of our 4000 customers, 80 producers and us.
Curation and Facilitation
Rebecca worked with us to design, develop and moderate our Penna London Tech week event on Talent and AI. Through Rebecca’s network, we were able to attract an excellent keynote speaker and build a first class panel developing some powerful outcomes through the event. We were delighted with the results! As a result, we would strongly recommend Rebecca as both a facilitator and consultant if you’re thinking of organising a client facing or internal event. She not only has great gravitas but is able to engage the audience in a highly interactive way with impact.
Rebecca designed and facilitated a workshop for us to explore our business strategy exploring different options on how to grow and future proof our business. She quickly got to the root of what we do working together with us. She created a session that allowed us to explore ideas whilst keeping us on task to ensure we created some actionable outputs. She drew on her wealth of expertise to help guide and shape the session, giving us key building blocks from which to progress. She has a collaborative, yet decisive style and I am looking forward to working together again soon.
Fleur Bothwick OBE
I worked with Rebecca for a number of years and watched her knowledge and experience grow in the Diversity and Inclusion space, particularly with gender. I’ve seen Rebecca develop and execute high profile, successful cross company and market facing programmes on a ‘shoe string’, use her EI to influence multiple stakeholders at different levels of our organisation and develop and deliver innovative solutions, often working cross culturally. She is tenacious, resilient and best of all, can deliver all of the above with an infectious sense of humour.
I have worked with many, many leaders throughout my 50+ year professional career, and I can say without any reservations whatsoever that Rebecca stands in the upper echelons of those who have inspired me. Her knowledge, expertise, energy and generosity – not to mention her joie de vivre – as she connects like minds and resources is the antithesis of traditional corporate gridlock. Her innovative and entrepreneuring mind, especially in regard to the economic empowerment of women, is second only to her ability to put those innovative thoughts into action, opening doors and creating opportunities for women worldwide. It is both a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a consummate and compassionate professional.
I started working with Rebecca three years ago as EY and Chatham House embarked on a collaborative journey with W(women)20 to tackle gender inclusiveness in G20 countries. I was immediately impressed by her profound knowledge of the issues to be addressed as well as the strategic thinking, energy, commitment and passion she brought to the project. She is wonderful to work with; a great, reliable, supportive and responsive partner who is an incredible asset for the project. I sincerely hope to be able to continue working closely with Rebecca on the Gender and Growth Initiative for years to come!
Margot von Aesch
I was able to benefit first-hand from Rebecca’s very impressive professional skills and extensive network in the world of diversity when we set out to organise an event for some of our senior female clients in April 2016. She helped us to 1) decide on the appropriate format, 2) identify potentially interesting and relevant subjects for an audience of women in the financial industry and 3) short-list relevant guest speakers. She even committed to stepping in as back-up when logistics threatened the on-time arrival of our designated speaker! Our networking evening was a great success, and Rebecca’s contribution immeasurable. She has a wealth of ideas and a depth of connections which I would gladly make more use of in the future.
When I was faced with a difficult presentation and trying to find the right balance of information and entertainment to a technical audience, James’s skills proved to be invaluable. He was able to provide the guidance and motivation to allow me to deliver a very successful presentation. Highly recommended by me.
I hired James to coach and train six individuals at TLC with a diverse range of responsibilities, but all of whom needed to grow their confidence and style in situations of client interaction. The results were great, and each attendee benefitted immensely from the workshop on many levels. I would not hesitate to employ James again and to recommending his services to individuals or business owners who see the value in growing their people. The session was highly organised, professional and personalised.
My experience of James has been a consumate professional who imparts his knowledge with generosity and enthusiasm. His training provides valuable critique and coaches the best out of individuals. I would recommend James to any orgainisation including academic institutions who wish for their people to deliver improved results.
James is the most effective Public Speaking Coach I have ever worked with. His reassuring coaching skills and techniques combined with his own natural style quickly enables you to have a positive approach to public speaking. He ensures you are able to deliver with a high level of confidence that will have an enjoyable and lasting impact on your audience.