Exciting developments in Connor’s People Development Practice

As many of our valued clients will know, our People Development (PD) practice has been an integral part of Connor’s service offering since our inception and has grown significantly in the last three years under the leadership of Julia Nickless. During this time, Julia and the PD team have developed and delivered critical and ground-breaking programmes to meet our clients’ requirements, including Wellbeing and Resilience, Leadership and Management Development, Culture Change, Executive Team Coaching, Executive Individual Coaching, Hybrid Working and Parental Transition programmes. Recent global events have meant these services have become even more pertinent as our clients reconsider their People Development strategy in line with their revised organisational objectives. 

At Connor, we are now embarking on the next exciting step of our growth journey, setting in motion our three-year plan which includes further investment in the People Development line of business.  With that in mind, I am delighted to announce that Julia will be taking on a new role in-house as Senior Consultant and Executive Coach, as not only is the delivery of coaching her absolute passion, but her knowledge of this space is also something that has become increasingly sought after by our clients. Creating the right roles for our people to thrive is core to our values as an employer, and we’re delighted to continue to provide career opportunities that retain great talent, provide personal growth for our people and support our organisational growth.

With Julia taking up her new role from January 1st 2022, this created an opportunity for Connor to recruit someone new to lead the PD practice. We are delighted to welcome Cathie Donaldson to the team as Director of People Development. Cathie has extensive experience in Leadership and Management development and organisational transformation. She has combined her academic and L&D background with leading several business change agendas and, therefore, has considerable practical experience to draw on which supports not only Connor’s business aspirations, but that of our clients also.

Julia and Cathie will work closely together and their collective expertise will shape the future of People Development to ensure we continue to deliver innovative and first class solutions for our clients. This change, in conjunction with the recent acquisition of our business by NFP, means that we are excited not only about Connor’s future, but also how we can continue to help our clients succeed with theirs.

To find out more about our People Development Practice, the services we offer and how we can support your people to thrive during times of change, visit our People Development Services page, or contact us on 01491 414010. Alternatively, complete the below form to arrange a call back from one of our experts.


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