Yvette specialises in personal effectiveness, change and innovation, and leadership development.
Before joining =mc, she worked in HR for several years in both the private and charity sector as an HR Manager. In these roles, Yvette provided advice and guidance to managers, staff and trade union representatives. She also delivered several change projects and worked closely with senior leaders.
I am have recently been developing and delivering a range of modular leadership programmes for organisations going through significant periods of change, including MS Society, International HIV/Aids Alliance, Seven Stories and City, University of London. These programmes give experienced managers the tools and skills they need to step up, be strategic and develop their leadership style.
In other areas, I have been facilitating teams, helping them to evaluate and improve the way they communicate with each other, and how to effectively collaborate with other teams. These structured coaching sessions help people within teams to connect with each other, and create a shared vision for how they work with one another.
I am also an experienced speaker at conferences and events. I am very proud to have convened a panel discussion at the IOF Fundraising Convention 2018 on Women in Fundraising, where we debated the challenges and barriers that women can face, and looked at practical action that leaders can take to better support women in their fundraising careers.
I have also been working with leaders to discuss the challenges in our sector – hosting The Leadership Conversation, alongside my colleague Charlotte Scott. Over 25 exceptionally talented leaders attended to explore issues around change, culture and strategy. We’re planning another event soon, and we will keep the conversation going.
Before joining =mc, I worked in HR for several years in both the private and charity sectors. I started out at a major City Law firm, where I provided a support role to staff, managers and senior management on all kinds on employment issues. Whilst there, I really enjoyed developing and facilitating training for staff and HR colleagues alike. I was also involved in large change projects, working with management to lead change and providing support to staff.
Most recently, I was the HR Manager at ODI. In this role, I managed a team to deliver lots of different HR activities. I particularly focused on designing and implementing the Learning and Development strategy. I also enjoyed providing support, advice and coaching for line managers. Throughout my time at ODI, I lead the performance management procedure. This meant working closely with the senior management team and CEO to ensure the process was strategically aligned, fair and met organisational goals. I also had a key role in providing training to staff and managers, and ensuring staff had development opportunities.
Now at =mc, I am inspired by the work the people on our programmes are doing and how our customers handle the tough challenges that they face. I’m really enjoying seeing people develop as leaders as they go through our modular courses. This means honing their skills so that they are confident to lead others, to make tough decisions, to improve their own performance and develop their teams. I’m always excited when I can see participants applying the practical tools and techniques they’ve learned on the course, and getting tangible results.
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Yvette Gyles, Director