• Leela Grace

    Design for Change | Facilitator | Inspirational Space-Maker | Soul-Counsellor

  • "The Most Constant thing is Change" - Heraclitus

    It makes sense to get good at it then.


    Change requires Resilience, Creativity & Collaboration - the key focus areas of Leela's practice.


    Leela is well reputed for her unique approach to change; combining her innate creativity and imagination, multi-disciplinary toolkit and thoughtful design with a deep sensitivity and empathy for people and their needs, hopes and desires.


    Support is offered in four main ways:

    * One-to-One sessions - supporting inquiry, learning, change and transition

    * Group Sessions - to work collectively to foster, design and support resilience, creativity & collaboration

    * Shadow consultancy, commissioning and creative direction support for leaders, consultants & facilitators

    * Sourcing, design and making of tools, resources and experiences that develop resilience, creativity & collaboration


    20 Years of Multi-disciplinary Practice

    Leela's practice has been developed over almost 20 years working in corporate, charity and enterprise sectors: by:

    • Supporting Leaders with Change & Engagement in UK & global brands and institutions since 1998
    • Design & Facilitation of Learning Journeys & Resources since 1999
    • Set-up Creative Engagement Consultancy 2006-2018
    • Coaching practice since 2006
    • Consultancy in Workplace Wellbeing & Organisational Energy at enterprise and corporate level since 2006 - inc. Awards from IiP, HR Excellence & Great Place to Work
    • 8 years in Corporate Project & Change Management inc. ways of working, processes, culture change initiatives
    • Designed & co-hosted corporate Senior Leadership Learning Journeys in partnership with local schools & community groups
    • Partnership Development & Brokering accreditation & experience
    • Experience working with artists, designers, urban planners & architects, wellbeing practitioners, local government and community groups.
    • Engaged in study and experiments in consciousness since 2002 - including the healing arts, ancient wisdom and indigenous ways
    • Learning and cross-pollinating from sectors and disciplines including the built environment, humanitarian, corporate, enterprise, community, education and health & social services.

    Supporting Leaders, Groups & Individuals through Change & Transition

    Leela works with Leaders, Groups and private individuals in support and facilitate change and transition by:

    • Supporting you to explore, design, plan and deliver change using design, metaphor, story and visual thinking
    • Co-designing solutions that truly meet the real needs of people, relative to the context and timing
    • Facilitating your wider perspective of the big picture and the small detail
    • Connecting the dots’ between past, present and future
    • Seeing patterns, connections and possibilities
    • Exploring and solving wicked problems with courage and creativity
    • Devising interesting experiences that facilitate learning, new possibilities and ways of being and doing
    • Supporting you/your team through times of uncertainty
    • Nurturing your capacity to grow and develop
    • Building bridges between people - creating connection, collaboration, partnerships 
    • Providing an excellent sounding board for ideas, problems, plans, solutions, products...
    • Helping you to discover new ways to solve problems or enhance your work
    • Inviting slower pace for productivity
    • Bringing her introspective, reflective and insightful nature to your situation, need or journey
    • Working with Nature to build Resilience and cultivate Creativity
    • Incorporating ancient wisdom and indigenous ways in support of change

    Leela works in the UK and Internationally via Skype & Zoom, in Central London and in the Ashdown Forest (close to Gatwick airport). Leela works at client-site visits as needed.


    Leela Grace & Associates

    Cultivating Resilient, Creative & Collaborative Leadership

    May 2017 – Present

    For leaders who have the courage to do things differently

    * One-to-one sessions and journeys

    * Group sessions and journeys

    * In-house and shadow consultancy, commissioning and creative direction support

    Leela Grace

    Learning Journeys & Tools for Resilience, Creativity & Collaboration

    Jun 2017 – Present

    Learning experiences, tools and resources that cultivate Resilience, Creativity & Collaboration


    * Hunting, sourcing & Commissioning of great tools, kits & resources

    * Design & Production of bespoke tools, kits & resources

    Beautiful Business Consulting

    Making Business Beautiful

    Jun 2017 – Present

    Working with small and micro-enterprises with soul - combining practical business practices and tools alongside ancient wisdom and indigenous ways.


    * One-to-one journeys

    * Small group learning journeys

    * Ad-hoc sessions



    Charting the Seas of Change

    Supporting people in navigating their journeys towards new horizons and safer shores

    Jun 2017 – Present

    A new initiative in it's pilot phase - working with leaders, groups and individuals to help them connect with their stories about change - and to weave together a cohesive story for the next phase/chapter of their journey.


    Charting the Seas of Change is a hand-made kit that uses sea metaphors and visual imagery to help craft stories about change - creating a safe space to share stories without content, and still in a way that facilitates understanding, connection and


    A handful of words from people I've worked with

    Hege Sæbjørnsen

    IKEA Sustainability Mgr


    ‘Professional, Responsive, Receptive, Creative and Innovative.'



    Martin Deakin

    Senior Employee Engagement Professional

    ‘Leela is utterly unique and I know no-one else quite like her. Each time we meet or work together the experience leaves me inspired. She is so giving in her knowledge, her energy and unparalleled authenticity that I find myself - as a storyteller - short for words. Wise enough to know her limitations but always hungry to seek out new experiences and knowledge, Leela is a firebrand, a soul-counsellor and, superlatives aside, a great person to work with. I am incredibly grateful that our paths continue to cross.'


    Fleur Pollard

    Acting Director - IPPF


    Everyone hugely appreciated your facilitation skills and the approach to the design of the agenda. I was so happy with how much we achieved all of the outcomes of the meeting both in terms of content and team building and buy-in/ownership of the content.'


    Richard Reid

    Pinnacle Therapy


    ‘The sessions were thought-provoking and created ideas that were able to be implemented on a practical level; meaning that the new insights had an immediate effect.’


    An outline of almost 20 years of roles supporting & facilitating change

    Endless Possibilities

    Creative Engagement Consultancy

    August 2006 – January 2017

    • Designed and facilitated an Away Day for 25 Communications Professionals in support of their transition to a new organisational structure and ways of working.
    • Designed and facilitated an engagement and learning journey for a British & US Senior Leadership Team of 65 in a FTSE 100 corporation - co-creating a cohesive narrative about their transformation journey and equipping them with engagement tools and storytelling skills for use with their (disengaged) teams.
    • Consultancy, thought-leadership and facilitation with Propellernet CEO and Senior Team over a 4.5 year period - resulting in a culture of wellbeing and winning national and regional awards including Great Place to Work Winner, HR Excellence and Investors in People for Wellbeing.
    • Supported CEO with Visual Leadership mentoring and consultancy - resulting in the visualising of the MoneySupermarket Social Strategy - using ‘social’ as a lever for creating company purpose and a more positive culture and resulting in two 3 metre hand-illustrated storyboards and a take-away book for the Exec Board.
    • Consultancy and commissioning with Cineworld resulting in the visualisation of the Strategic priorities and key employee engagement messages.
    • Researched, co-designed and co-ordinated a series of 4 projects/learning experiences for British Gas leadership teams - taking them into schools in deprived areas to teach leadership to young people with an inter-generational event as the vehicle for project-based learning.
    • Consultancy for a Leader at UnLtd - co-designed a journey and supporting artefacts to engage the team in strategic planning
    • Co-facilitated team Strategy Days with Sky leadership team, Global Action Plan and LVSC
    • Designed and facilitated ‘Leading with Energy’ workshops for MD’s of local businesses in Brighton.
    • Designed and visualised business processes for Cosmic ID (Digital Marketing Agency) as part of client e-commerce site to provide a route to market for Australian vineyards as part of Government micro-enterprise scheme.
    • Facilitated workspace insight and co-design processes with Propellernet and Hubud Bali - designing wellbeing, creativity and collaboration into their working environments.
    • Numerous graphic facilitation & visual leadership assignments with corporate, charity and social enterprise clients inc. Cineworld, MoneySupermarket, Sky, Propellernet, Save the Children, UnLtd, CBHA and Partnership Brokers Association.
    • Business Development, Contract Negotiation and Project Management

    Marks & Spencer

    Change Manager

    June - December 2007

    • Implemented new project governance and assurance process within IT department.
    • Managed key senior stakeholders to buy into and actively support the new ways of working.
    • Coached and mentored the project managers to adopt the new process.
    • Set up and hosted Project Governance meetings with Leadership Team
    • Created a centralised, consolidated list of all projects and programmes in £250M portfolio.  
    • Delivered engagement and communications in support of change.

    Visa Europe

    Change / Engagement Lead

    September 2006 - June 2007

    • Design lead and Project Manager for five e-learning projects as part of IT Change Programmes
    • Facilitated internal teams to structure the story, content and messaging; followed up with copywriting. and editing through to sign-off by corporate communications and brand. Managed external supplier for Flash development.
    • Designed internal communications materials to support launch of e-learning packages.
    • Initiated and delivered first-ever process document to standardise e-learning design across Visa.
    • Designed new team structure to manage e-learning and communications going forward.

    Cable & Wireless

    Change Manager

    June 2003 – June 2006

    • Delivered change and business improvement projects across operations, service, sales and marketing inc. product development, business processes, departmental integration, project and programme governance.
    • Led virtual teams of project and departmental leads and managers across four UK offices with budgets of up to £12M
    • Produced two strategy papers for the Executive Team for engaging employees and managers post-merger entitled ‘energising the business’.
    • Designed and co-ordinated learning events for 70-strong Project Management Community.
    • Led a large programme team through a comprehensive review of the ‘order to cash’ process, identifying quick wins and advising the management team on strategic options.

    Cable & Wireless / Energis

    Project Manager

    February 2001 – June 2003

    • Responsible for a £12M construction build programme to deliver 43 new sites across the UK; delivering phases 1 and 2 to time and budget (see below).
    • In response to weak business performance, secured a £5.75M saving through proactively re-auditing site capacity and reducing build programme by half, cancelling contracts and mothballing sites.
    • Project Management, Budgets, Virtual Teams across UK sites, Supplier Management and Reporting.


    Project Manager

    April 2000 – February 2001

    • Overall responsibility for construction build portfolio of 230 projects with £3.5M budget
    • Project Management of planners, designers and construction supervisors across five London offices
    • Liaised with sales and marketing to ensure new developments were targeted for sales
    • Role ended due to NTL restructure and withdrawal of construction build budget
    • Department was closed in 2001 to save capex, post buyout from Cable & Wireless Communications (to NTL)