Sheena Macdonald

Sheena Macdonald

Me: I am an experienced learning, leadership, organisational development and HR professional. I started my career in business management in the commercial sector before moving into learning & development and change management for the Virgin Group. Since then, I have worked in senior leadership roles within a number of prestigious organisations across the private, public and third sectors, building a track record of delivering lasting value through improvements in people capability and organisational effectiveness. Most recently, I held the role of Global Head of Talent Management at the British Council, a large international charity, where I was responsible for a range of early career programmes, strategic succession planning and the development of a strong leadership talent pipeline.

My approach: I have always passionately believed that people are the key to business success. This has led me to work with a wide range of organisations and clients in maximising the performance and potential of their people, building a broad portfolio of experience in leadership assessment, coaching, mentoring, organisational design and development, and the design and delivery of leadership and management development programmes.

My aim: I am flexible, pragmatic and results oriented. I like to build relationships of openness and trust, helping clients to define their desired outcomes, and supporting them in achieving alignment between leadership behaviour and performance, and the culture, values, purpose and goals of their organisation. I particularly enjoy being able to demonstrate tangible shifts and measurable improvements in business effectiveness. I have an interest in exploring the impact of diversity and inclusion practices on organisational effectiveness, and helping clients to leverage cultural diversity, especially in an international context.

Professional skills and expertise: I am a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and an experienced coach, mentor and facilitator. Level A & B qualified, I am trained to use a range of psychometric tools. I have a degree in English Literature from the University of Leicester.

My clients: British Council, De Beers, Essex County Council, The Law Society