We like to ask our clients what they think.
Here’s a few testimonials. You know what to do!
And here are some of the other recent clients we worked with.
Helping the British Council to understand and develop its global leadership population in an increasingly uncertain world
“The KWA team were excellent partners in our work to build the leadership capability, collaboration and confidence of our most senior cadre. They demonstrated strong business empathy and understanding, cultural flexibility, and a willingness to ‘go the extra mile’ so that each individual felt truly supported in their personal development.”
Global HRD (until October 2017), British Council
Helping Virgin Care to identify and grow its talent and build an effective executive team
“The things that stand out for me is the closeness and flexibility of a smaller organisation, with the professionalism and quality of a large one - it’s the perfect balance and makes for a successful and long term partnership.”
CEO, Virgin Care
“I think of Karen as a human ‘generator’…when the energy, commitment and passion has temporarily left the room, she is capable of flicking the switch which turns the lights back on for both our team and the individuals within it, with a few carefully timed interventions. Karen’s support and observations have enabled us to achieve more than we thought possible as a team, and that has made a measurable difference to both the effectiveness and efficiency of the services we provide as a business.”
Dr. Vivienne McVey
CEO, Virgin Care
Karen’s strengths : credible, experienced, trusted advisor and partner. Listens carefully and gets to the heart of the matter very quickly. Commercial and strategy expertise is key; genuinely understands the business issues surrounding her appointments. Never just ‘HR fluff’.
Dramatically different from the many development charlatans and change management gurus that flood the sector. Straightforward and down to earth; takes a common sense approach. Doesn’t try to turn everything into jargon, a model or a chart. Doesn’t treat it like rocket science.’
Paul McAvoy, Global HRD TMF
Genuine rigor of intellect. Ability to listen, learn and deliver a wholly bespoke solution based on client needs. Refreshingly agnostic approach to tools and methodologies. Unusually broad knowledge of proven approaches, and always willing to explore something new. Deep understanding of the real issues facing corporate leaders .Acts as a neutral supporter; a sounding board without creating pressure. Develops real relationships with key clients. Informal coaching is a hidden value. Knows how to apply the right kind of learnings to help people self-develop.
Stephen Robson, European HRD TK Maxx
Extremely capable around the development of senior executives and how they operate as a team. Best I have worked with, and frequently recommends to others. Builds strong relationships, gets on with people. Unusual ability to get people to be honest and admit their vulnerabilities. Very empathetic and human in her approach. Feels like one of the team. Always intellectually up to the task. Unusual in people consultancy. Huge range of contacts, always able to recommend someone who can help even when she can’t. This adds unexpected value.
Bart Johnson, CEO, Linnaeus, Mars Pet Foods
Integrity: KW always tells you the truth, never afraid to challenge. Unlike many consultants, never says what she thinks you want to hear, even if it limits commercial opportunity.
She has a deep understanding of people; holistic approach, far more than just professional assessment and coaching. Unusual emotional intelligence; great at dealing with sensitivities. Helps people share their fears and vulnerabilities. Actually can teach old dogs new tricks. Manages to tell the unvarnished truth, with a varnish. Always willing to recognise and accept when she’s wrong – rare in consultants. Very purposeful; nothing KW says is ever without consideration and purpose.
Pays attention to, and delivers on, the brief. Very conscious of the commercial objectives. Provides uniquely tailored solutions, rooted in the context of the client’s objectives. Never imposes a pre-determined approach. Data driven and evidential – provide real targets and measures around performance.
Huge added value in the relationship. Continuous informal coaching; excellent sounding board. Introduces you to a fascinating network of people.
With CGL, in an unusual sector, KW could see past the obvious differences vs. a more corporate environment, to the similarities - and then make her experience relevant.
Enormous breadth of knowledge. Allows a more agnostic approach to programme design.
Mark Moody, CEO, CGL