We have provided facilitators to hundreds of organisations and we are experts at working with audiences from a wide range of sectors, and designing event agendas that meet your aims. We also provide unique training in facilitation skills for teams and individuals.
Using an expert facilitator leaves our clients free to focus on getting their messages across and listening to their participants while we focus on ensuring the audience is engaged, involved and is able to make a contribution in the available time.
With over 500 events under our belt we have unrivalled experience. We are experts in working with large audiences, and we know how to get the best out of smaller events, off-sites and workshops.
All our facilitators have many years’ experience working with teams at all levels of seniority – from Executive teams, Board Members, Senior Leaders and Government Ministers, to operational teams.
We have worked in most industry sectors for a wide range of organisations, including Dentsu Aegis Network, Tesco, Ford, Deutsche Bank, DAC Beachcroft, and SEGRO, as well as Government Departments and Agencies, schools, colleges and Universities, and the not-for-profit sector.
Working with us
A typical engagement for a WCL facilitator looks like this:
Planning - Our facilitator will meet you and your team to discuss your aims and begin to plan the event and shape your agenda. Using our event planning checklist we will understand your requirements and suggest agenda/exercise options for you to consider.
Preparation - With the agenda and logistics in place our facilitator will prepare the necessary materials, brief speakers & stakeholders, and create a detailed facilitator agenda to set-out the minute-by-minute plan for your event. And of course we will handle any last minute changes…
Facilitating the event - Our facilitator will lead and manage your event from start to finish, allowing you to focus on getting your message across and participating fully in the event. We will introduce the event and speakers, set-up audience discussions and activities, lead feedback sessions, and invite you and your team to comment/participate at the appropriate moment. And if things go awry we will get your event back on track – we’ve seen and managed most situations with the most common being late arrivals, technology failures, difficult audience members, and timing overruns.
Event reporting - As an option, after the event your facilitator can create a summary report with any actions and decisions captured.
Kieron White leads our team of facilitators.
Kieron is WCL's founder and expert conference facilitator, having led over 250 conferences, awaydays & events for clients in the Media, Government, Financial Services and Retail sectors.
He began his consulting career with Ernst and Young before founding WCL. He grew the company to employ 80 people and to be placed 12th in the 2006 Sunday Times FastTrack of the UK’s fastest growing businesses. WCL specialises in business transformation and change management, and has advised nearly all UK Government Departments, as well as numerous private sector clients, on planning and managing complex change programmes.
Kieron’s consultancy experience involved working with over 50 FE Colleges which led him in 2012 to found Think Alumni, a disruptive tech company that provides outsourced alumni communications to UK Colleges and over a million College alumni.
As a facilitator, Kieron works with a wide range of clients on events ranging from team awaydays to large multi-day conferences. He has experience of designing and leading sessions focusing on: team building; strategy development; Board off-site sessions; business transformation; programme planning; change management; psychometric tests; events; and senior management awaydays.
Neil Watkins has over 25 years’ experience as a management consultant working with C-Suite executives and senior management teams in the Private, Public and Voluntary sectors. He has facilitated over 150 events on a wide range of topics including IT Strategy, Business Strategy, Change Management and Government Policy. His core skills include the ability to work with large and challenging groups to get consensus and move ideas forward.
Neil currently runs an IT procurement framework for the UK Public Sector and is active in an international Pharma tech start-up.
Nigel is a senior IT professional with 30 years' experience of management and IT consultancy across a wide range of market sectors.
Currently one of the directors of Think IT, a key UK national public sector IT buying framework, he is a highly experienced facilitator and trainer who has delivered over 200 workshops and facilitation training events and believes passionately in technology as a way of improving organisational outcomes and individuals' life chances, and in the vital role played by people in making any large scale change happen
Philip Sherwin-Nicholls is a senior service designer. He works with the UK Government, health-techs, fintechs and global technology providers and speaks about automation, digital transformation, innovation and user centred design.
Blurring the lines between technology, data and design to solve wicked, population scale problems, he is adept at working with teams to create ‘pixel-perfect’ designs and zoom out to 30,000 feet to get a holistic viewpoint