Improving your business through people development

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Learning – I am always doing that which I cannot do in order that I may learn how to do it


Real results for real people… what our clients say about us

What do you need to sort out?

It doesn’t matter whether it is consultancy, facilitation or coaching (or a mix of all three) emc can pitch in at any level to enable you to move forward. Take a few moments to read the case studies and testimonials to see what we mean…

From the horses mouth client case studies on business coaching, change management, business consulting & more.

Consultancy testimonial


Tricia Durkan, Chief Executive


“emc were commissioned to carry out personal development with the Chief Executive of a supported housing/general needs provider based in London. This included revisiting leadership and strategic thinking style, plus up to date psychometric personality profiling.


A programme of team building with the Executive Management Team followed by a team building day with the Board. emc were then asked to facilitate the annual staff conference on the theme of building effective teams throughout the organisation.


Re-assessed, redefined and strengthened existing relationships within the context of ongoing challenge and transformation within the organisation.



  • emc spent time with key people scoping each brief and submitted a totally bespoke proposal
  • emc gained an early and crucial understanding of the culture, ethos and values of the organisation together with current and future challenges
  • emc engaged effectively with staff at every level
  • emc quickly gained the confidence of the Board, Executive Team  and staff by creating a safe and positive environment in which to identify issues and collaborate on addressing them
  • emc ensured the programme for each event was unique, thought provoking, challenging and fun
  • emc ensured the conclusions and outcomes were viable and effective for all the Board and staff
  • emc proved excellent facilitators of a large scale event
  • emc were highly professional and excellent value for money


Thank you emc.”


ICH (Irish Centre Housing – now known as Sapphire Independent Housing)
December 2013 


Facilitation testimonials

Pete Daykin, Managing Director


“When I was told that Action Learning sets were part of my Leadership course with Teesside University, I panicked. Listening to a bunch of skinny­-latte­-supping, dolphin­-friendly types banging on about their dull business problems – and not being able to tell them what to do – is pretty much my idea of hell. How wrong could I have been!


Under Tina’s tutelage I worked with a small group of, north eastern manufacturing/techy types for six or so months at a time when my business was undergoing major transformation. Finding a solution was vital.


Action Learning gave me valuable opportunities, space to talk about the challenges I faced and time to think them through in a considered, analytical way. Fellow members of the group helped by probing and teasing out the nuances and implications. I had to commit to a clear course of action. Each and every issue I aired was resolved to my absolute satisfaction by the time of the next set. It was magical…


I learnt much from active participation in the issues of my colleagues… We asked questions and listened. In every case the person who aired the problem had the answer – but required validation or affirmation that they had it ‘right’. Since then I’ve adapted the art of questioning into my working life as a leader, it is working. I am getting there – slowly.

Business can be lonely at the top. Having a small group of people in an Action Learning set worked for me. It is both comforting and liberating in equal measure… Engaging a skilled facilitator, like Tina, to show us and keep us on track ensured time well spent. We appreciated the effortless, light touch guidance, patience and counsel delivered with a mix of experienced wisdom and youthful exuberance.


Having experienced the value of Action Learning I ask “what would be better for you – if you could talk through your business issues with supportive peers who understand, and have experience of problems just like yours?”.”

Daykin and Storey
April 2015


Paul Wilcock, Partner


“I attended a great workshop last week which was run by Tina. It was well organised  and she had some great ideas to get people communication and working together to solve problems. It was very effective and I came away with some action points to implement straight away and improve my own business.”

Montpelier Accountants
March 2011


Jane Arschivar


emc designed and ran a leadership programme which I was involved with for the NHS. I began the programme lacking both career direction and confidence in my abilities. The programme  gave me the tools to further myself and my career and boundless support from Tina and set peers has been invaluable. Since completing the programme I have got myself a new job as a Project Manager and a promotion; which in the current climate within the NHS is nothing short of a miracle! None of this would have happened without the support of Tina. Thank you emc.”

June 2010


Jacqueline Jackson, Head of Family Business Engagement


“It is always a pleasure to work with Tina who is extremely professional and approachable in her manner.  I have commissioned Tina to work as an Action Learning Facilitator on our highly acclaimed LEAD programme for a number of years, and would have no hesitation in continuing to commission Tina to work with our business and academic audiences.


I have also had the pleasure of working with Tina directly as part of our Fusion project in London; her developmental coaching style is well balanced with the realities of business and management – very much real world, practical, powerful and a real help to individuals, teams and leaders alike.”

Department of Entrepreneurship Strategy and Innovation, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS)
July 2015

Coaching testimonials

Kayleigh Hemphill, Business School Administrator

“Tina successfully delivered our Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership workshops for Barchester Healthcare throughout 2014 and 2015. Tina and her team have always been very polite and professional both with the admin staff within Learning and Development and with our staff whilst delivering our workshops. Overall our staff have rated her workshops either good or excellent and have found Tina approachable, friendly and a great facilitator with a good knowledge and understanding of the workshop.”
Barchester Healthcare
April 2016

Dr Andrew Walker, Managing Director


“I have been working with Tina, from emc, since 2012 to nurture and enhance leadership skills within our organisation.  Using the Action Learning set model, I have had the opportunity to discuss, develop and implement strategies with Tina resulting in significant improvements to the focus and wellbeing of staff and, ultimately, the company.  It has been, and continues to be, a pleasure working with Tina drawing on her knowledge and understanding of people and business management.  I would recommend Tina and her associates at emc to any person or organisation who is serious about growing their business.”
Filtration Services Ltd
February 2015

Dave and Amy


“Tina’s approach suited us really well. She listens with empathy and gets to understand goals before she helps you work out how to get there. She is very collaborative in her approach and allows the sessions to take their own direction to a degree, while pulling things back to the key issues to avoid us digressing too much.”
May 2015

Dr Sue Smith, Assistant Dean


“Tina of emc,  has worked on numerous leadership development programmes for me for the past 11 years. My role is to create opportunities for owner-managers of SMEs to grow their businesses. Action Learning has been an integral feature of this and Tina has worked with hundreds of SMEs to help them address real life problems in a supportive, constructive way. Tina has always shown the utmost professionalism whilst being compassionate to the business owners and sensitive to their needs. I look forward to working with Tina for many years to come.”
Teesside University
June 2015

Stephen Weston, Owner


“Tina, from emc, has a strong belief in ethical management that permeates her work. During coaching sessions this approach enables and empowers people to speak freely. Tina’s approach develops lasting changes in working attitudes.”
PiXie Harnesses Ltd and Weston Handling Consultancy
November 2011