Philly specialises in personal effectiveness, communication, management development and fundraising. She is an accredited coach, action learning set facilitator and a CIPD Learning and Development Associate.
Philly’s career has spanned both the private and charity sectors, where she has gained extensive experience in communications, fundraising and management. Before joining =mc, Philly specialised in account management and was Corporate Account Team Manager at Alzheimer’s Society working with large scale corporate partnerships that included Tesco and KPMG. Prior to that she worked for performance development consultancy Lane4.
The past few months continue to be a challenging time for many of those we support – with change significantly affecting people’s working practice. During this time, I have been supporting managers at all levels across the sector, from refreshing their management skills in the key areas of their role, to helping them consider their particular challenges and how best they can support their teams. Much of this work has centred around approaches from our Emerging Managers, Advanced People Management and Managing at a Distance programmes – and have taken the form of short modular online learning sessions.
Most recently I have worked with two cohorts of senior and middle managers at the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France, with similar sessions, as well as Care International. I am currently delivering a suite of six weekly online learning modules for managers at Age UK Kensington and Chelsea. It has been hugely rewarding to see how these sessions are not only supporting managers with their skills development but also creating a forum for managers to connect more with their broader team of peers during this time.
Coaching has been especially useful, as a distance management skill and also as a way to reflect on our own practice. I am delivering learning sessions online with coaching as a focus for a number of our customers at the moment, as well as supporting individuals online with 1:1 sessions.
The World Food Programme won the Nobel Peace Prize last year, and I am delighted to be part of the team delivering a suite of online training programmes for them over the next year. Sessions I am delivering for them include presentation and pitching skills, fundraising and influencing and negotiation. These online programmes are supporting their teams all over the world.
I began my career in the private sector, working for Lane4, who specialise in performance development. Initially I worked on internal communications between their global offices, and then moved into the commercial team, launching customer relationship initiatives across the business – such as key account management and an annual feedback process. During this time, I became an accredited coach and delivered internal learning sessions on personal brand and coaching.
In 2010, I moved into the not-for-profit sector and was involved in various projects – researching gaps in care for servicemen and their families on behalf of the Royal British Legion, to helping to develop a volunteer fundraising strategy for Alzheimer’s Society. I then spent four years in fundraising and management, raising funds from organisations and large scale projects; while managing virtual and cross-departmental teams.
Being at =mc, I hugely value the opportunity to work with and support so many different organisations, and see my role as helping to make people’s working lives that little bit easier and more effective.