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Bright Futures is a bespoke transformational programme, featuring executive coaching, workshops and individual reflective learning, designed to support businesses through business growth, enabling them to Survive, Thrive and Prosper. Through participation with Bright Futures, business owners and leaders will have new confidence and knowledge to lead the transformation of their organisations in changing and challenging times.
Bright Futures provides an end-to-end transformation experience, with relevance to all sectors and all sizes of businesses. Businesses urgently need to equip themselves with the capability to develop new ways of thinking and working. Bright Futures provides this in a practical, progressive way.
To assist businesses to create an environment which makes sense of the current business context they are working in and to create connections and scenario planning AT SPEED to allow them to trade again, survive, thrive and prosper.
A collection of bespoke conversations to allow companies and organisations to develop their businesses, moving on from their current situations, enabling them to embrace innovation, technology (digitisation, platforms and analytics) and resilience, all leading to enhanced productivity.
The three phases of the programme are illustrated below:
PERSONAL PROFILES & COMMERCIAL CREDENTIALS
Principal, Academic and International Faculty
Susan has recently stepped down as Dean for Teesside University Business School to allow her to focus on her two passions – to further the enterprise agenda and help businesses grow, She was appointed as Dean in June 2017 to relaunch the School and has grown the income by 62% to approaching £12.5mn and increasing student numbers by over 50% to July 2020.
Prior to Teesside, Susan spent more than twenty five years at Edinburgh Napier University where she created a track record of leading innovative courses and ways to deliver learning for those employed.
After leaving Tesco where Barbara worked as a trading director she set up Transform Business and Training Consulting Ltd. Barbara noticed a gap in the market for basic sound business development and training advice and has worked with some key clients both big and small. Transform works across industries and with government agencies and trade bodies. She started with the larger companies such as Mars, Unilever, Heineken, Dolmio, Flora, Walkers, Hellmans and transcended to working with SME’s since 2012 mainly on request from interested parties.
John Parker has started, run and sold a number of small businesses in his time, taking turnover to, in one case, just under £1m. He has been central to the start up, running, turnaround and sale of businesses in his profession, which is executive education and key people development.
During this time, John has achieved a number of accolades. He won the award for Small Business Trainer of the Year from the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative and a number of programmes for which he was leader or a principal have won UK and Scottish Training Awards. Amongst these programmes was Prosper, an end-to-end business programme that sought to develop business leaders and their businesses through a process including action learning, online learning and personal coaching.
Another award winning programme on which John has had a key leadership role since 1999 is the Premier Adviser programme. This involved the development and accreditation of all business advisers in Scotland, over 1000 to date, encouraging them to support businesses to survive, thrive and prosper.
John’s style is uses a combination of executive coaching and practical discussions and suggestions, aimed at focusing on achieving impacts in and for businesses through their leaders. He challenges people to examine new ideas, look at things from different angles and, above all, he supports them in achieving the outcomes that they need and desire for themselves.
John also works in partnership with a number of delivery bodies. In doing so, he brings his approach to workplace based, achievement focused coaching and delivery in what can otherwise be more traditional settings.
John was appointed Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University in 2005. This was bestowed due to his ability to work with entrepreneurs and their supporters in achieving significant results in business.
Dr Helen Wright
As a coach, Helen specialises in challenging leaders to understand themselves and their organisations more effectively, and to become empowered to enact the change that they and their organisations need in order to thrive. She firmly believes that leaders have a purpose, and her mission is to help them discover this, and to become empowered to deliver on this. With a successful UK and international executive leadership career behind her, she brings a deep understanding of people, teams, organisations and their drivers, especially in complex organisations. Since embarking on a portfolio career, she has established a reputation as an incisive and supportive coach, mentor and catalyst.
Helen’s coaching clients include leaders in education, charities, and finance, in the UK and internationally. She has logged 1000+ executive leadership coaching hours since 2016. Over the past few years, she has coached several leaders in a number of different contexts, including: school leaders in UK and international schools, CEOs and Managing Directors of start-up and early stage companies, as well as local and national charities, and CFOs, CTOs and other senior leaders from corporate organisations in the UK and internationally. She has also co-ordinated leadership training for middle and senior leaders in a variety of different organisations, and she leads a team of coaches and mentors working with clients in the UK and internationally.