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Mark Legg 

Managing Directer CDM Contractors Ltd

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Our initial meetings with Gethin were very positive and we felt after reviewing we really wanted him on board with our company.  He was very engaging, clear and precise with our staff and made them all feel at ease from Day One of his delivery. 

Our staff have been very enthusiastic about working with Gethin as they felt his content and delivery was very down to earth and they could relate to his mind-set.  He has an excellent approach, people skills and sense of humour”. 

Gethin started programme with the “The art of communication” keynote. We then ran the 6 week training programme to two leadership teams. The strategies are now being rolled out across the company and Gethin is delivering 121 coaching sessions to myself and other senior managers.

I would highly recommend Gethin services.

Paul Baker

Director of London and Thames Valley Prisons Group

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Gethin is one the most inspirational speakers I have ever heard. His personal story of transformation lit up the room at a recent event I hosted, and the audience listened with spellbound attention.

His is a story of hope in the face of adversity and resilience in the face of a society which is quick to condemn and slow to offer redemption. His narrative that people, not systems and processes, change lives will offer hope to organisations of any size that it is the people they employ who have the power to become instruments of personal transformation and that their effort is worthwhile and of real value every day of their lives.

I recommend Gethin to anyone who is seeking to inspire and revitalise a workforce or individuals that they matter and that achievement and success is a state of mind.

 

Matt Mason

Centre Director – John Pounds Community Trust

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After meeting with Gethin it was clear he ‘got us ‘ as a business and individuals. I could see the programme would not be off the shelf, but shaped for the team’s needs. Gethin’s professional background had clearly given him a good understanding of various teams’ dynamics and an understanding of the pressures I was experiencing.

Planned with the business in mind, at a time and place that best suited us. Which helped achieve successful outcomes for all. ‘Staying in touch ‘ by follow up emails promoting thought into action worked well. 

The team are talking about the programme with each other and trying to implement positive change. Individuals are more positive in themselves and when supporting their colleagues.  Individuals have a more positive approach when dealing with problems and the day to day pressures of their role. 

 

Natasha Porter

Chief Executive and Founder Unlocked

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Gethin grasped the organisation aims, the significance of the event and the audience very quickly.  As such, we were able to discuss his ideas around appropriate content from very early in our communications.  He was the first speaker of the evening and it was pitched at the perfect level for the audience and set the tone for the remainder of the event.  The speakers following referred to Gethin’s speech as comparison points.  His playful approach did not distract from the serious and thought provoking elements of Gethin’s story.  It did, however, create a more relaxed and personable environment for the audience to fully understand Gethin’s transformation path.

 

Sandra Barefoot 

Programme Manager, The Forgiveness Project 


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To hear Gethin speak is to realise the incredible journey another human being takes through life that presents such difficulty and yet who shows the immense resilience to choose a different way of living. 

Gethin spoke of where new seeds were able to be planted in his life and where they couldn’t be.  In reference to his life in prison he said, “how can you plant seeds within contaminated soil?”.  This powerful question has stayed with me as I ask this of myself and of all the work I deliver within the prison system.

Gethin illustrated so powerfully how seeds began to be planted by individual people who believed in him, by those who kept by his side and by those who didn’t waver in their knowing he had the strength to change and with this, Gethin’s resilience and courage began on his journey of change. 
 
Gethin’s story speaks of what it truly is to be human and how the internal resilience comes to show its true strength within all the suffering and struggles that life presented to him.

 

Cheryl Harper-Duffin

Head of Operations at Learning Links (southern) Ltd

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Gethin delivered Leadership sessions to the Learning Links management team. This was commissioned due to a restructure in the organisation.
 
Gethin has a style of delivery which seems to suit every learner. He makes you feel like you are having an informal chat with a friend but he manages to inspire you, impart information in a way that makes it easy for you to absorb and gives you the desire to learn more. Everything he delivers seems to tie perfectly into your particular role but also manages to do the same for everyone else no matter how different everyones role is.
 
Gethin has helped me become a better manager by giving me the tools to better know myself and my team’
 
 

Liz Crate

Operations Manager Solent Jobs Programme at Southampton City Council

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Gethin had delivered a “Seeds of belief development” programme to our clients and due to the success of this programme I asked Gethin to deliver his “Art of Communication” workshop to the support workers. These was a mixture of staff from Portsmouth City Council, The Wheatsheaf Trust and Southhampton City Council.

Below are a selection of comments from delegates

I found Gethin a very inspirational man and an excellent workshop. It really made you think about how you communicate with clients and how different approaches / changing approaches can benefit your working relationship with a client to gain the best possible outcome for them.

Gethin’s personal story – though extreme – was fascinating. The part of the training I found most useful was probably the transactional analysis. It made me reflect on my own style of practice when working with clients.

Gethin clearly knew his subject and his delivery was engaging.

Yesterday’s training was really enjoyable and I feel that we covered the objectives that were set at the start of raising awareness. It was eye opening and I can definitely find myself referring back to certain sections to make sure I am more effective with my delivery.

 

Sara Sweeney

 Service Leader Portsmouth City Council

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Gethin listened to brief and understood the work team carry out on a daily basis. With this information he was developed an empowering workshop that allowed practitioners to reflect on their practice and see things from another perspective.

The session was both relaxed, informative and the style allowed for free thinking and sharing of ideas. Working with to develop ideas rather than being ‘lectured’.  

In discussion with the team they really liked the presentation and felt it enhanced their learning.  Some practitioners felt is enabled them to move away from the rescuing and creating dependency mode and enabling their young people to seek solutions with support, rather than be provided with the answers.

The session offered great value and expressed how “one size does not fit all’ – lets start looking at the bigger picture and remember change is possible, and keep persevering.

 

Sarah Newman

Deputy Director of Childrens Services Portsmouth City Council

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Gethin’s  workshop fully met the brief. It was particularly useful to revisit engaging for change and motivation for change

The content was interesting. It used personal story telling, which is meaningful and inspiring. The workshop allowed the team to revisitHow they working with complexity from a different perspective and offered some valuable nuggets in terms of creativity, intensity and persistence

 

 

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