• A More Beautiful World

  • I work with leaders, visionaries and pioneers who value a different approach to projects - working together in service of a more beautiful world

    About You

    You may be

    • Leading on a project or programme 
    • Responsible for a portfolio of projects 
    • Developing a new product or proposition 
    • Involved in a pioneering movement
    • The founder of a visionary place, project or platform 
    • The author of a publication
    • A teacher of wisdom for the new earth 
    • Working on a vision of a new future for humanity and the planet 
    • A pioneering, conscious place-maker 

    And perhaps you are

    • Looking for a pragmatic and conscientious partner with solid expertise and values that align with yours
    • Looking for ways to increase your impact and service 
    • Have a calling, a vision or ideas to serve 'a more beautiful world' in a particular way 
    • Inspired at the possibility of having an artist work with you on your project or vision 
    • Keen to work with someone who approaches work as service, and a sacred act 

    Our Work Together

    Our work together can enable you to

    • Deliver your projects in an effective, creative and conscious way 
    • Keen to engage people in an inclusive, sensitive and thoughtful way
    • Create a meaningful, beautiful business plan - in a format that is inspiring and accessible 
    • Develop offerings that meets the needs of your tribe, customers or service users 
    • Have ideas to make things that are useful, beautiful and therapeutic 
    • Needing clarity and improvements to ways of working, structures and processes 
    • At the stage of visioning,  strategy and planning for your initiatives and projects 
    • Be at the end of a project, programme or chapter and keen to harvest lessons learned 
    • Have a desire to create value through business and community partnerships 
    • Seeking engaging ways to teach and facilitate knowledge and understanding of the ways of the New Earth
    And we create a more beautiful world by
    • Cultivate connections between people,  place and planet 
    • Creating more resilience in the places we live, work and learn  
    • Co-creating thriving communities 
    • Make rural and coastal communities and economies more sustainable
    • Bring more healing to the earth's waters, lands, rocks, animals and human beings 
    • Creating arts projects that bring connection, wellbeing and inspiration to people 
    • Heal the feminine in the world - in us all 
    • Help the rights and voice of Gaia to be honoured and protected 
    • Facilitate awareness, sustainability and accessibility of herbal medicine, local organic food and clean water
    • Facilitate the development of conscious, resilient children 
    • Honour and heal the history and heritage of places 
    • Building places and spaces that honour the needs of human beings and nature  
  • Your Project

    You may be seeking support with one or more of the following

    Projects

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    • Be supported in the design, planning and management of your project  
    • Write business cases 
    • Project Management mentoring and coaching using Prince2 and Lean 
    • Review your project performance and success 

    Place

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    • Peace of mind in having your design and build programme in safe hands
    • A design process and engagement approach that includes voices of people, planet and place 
    • Input to business cases and funding proposals 

    People

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    • Thoughtful, sensitive approach 
    • Design and deliver successful learning, wellbeing, change and engagement projects  

    Proposition & Product

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    • Prototype your ideas 
    • Participation of your customers in the design and development process 
    • Clarity of idea, concept and business plan for a viable product 

    Publications

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    • Visual content to communicate key messages 
    • Make publications more accessible and engaging 
    • Carefully craft your messaging for maximum impact 
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    Partnership

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    • Co-design projects that meet real needs and create clear value for partners, people, planet and place 
    • Find suitable candidates  for high value partnerships 
    • Ensure your partnership projects deliver on their potential 

    Platforms

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    • Ensure your user experience is enjoyable and effective 
    • Craft clear messaging 
    • Back-end processes that support optimum delivery 
    • Engage visitors and users with engaging visual content 
    • A safe pair of hands from design to launch 

    Processes

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    • Processes, ways of working and structures that support people in doing their best 
    • Starting from scratch - or improving existing processes 
    • Sensitive engagement of people involved 
    • Visual tools that encourage co-creation and create clarity for all involved 
  • Working with me

    My multi-disciplinary approach has developed through twenty-six years of experience and well-over ten thousand hours of practice in the design, development and delivery of change projects; eleven of which have been specifically dedicated to the shift towards healthier, more sustainable and conscious ways of living and working.

     

    I weave together principles and practices from design and systems thinking, networks, change management, coaching, facilitation, learning and leadership development in business, charity and community contexts; and I apply these now solely with people who are truly working in service of a more beautiful world.

     

    Strengths

    • Brings courage and creativity to problems, decision-making and solutions
    • Supports and facilitates others to discover new ways to solve problems or enhance their work
    • Devises interesting experiences that grow and develop people
    • Provides an excellent sounding board for others
    • A support through times of uncertainty
    • ‘Connects the dots’ between past, present and future
    • Sees patterns, connections and possibilities
    • Builds bridges between people and facilitates valuable partnerships  
    • Invites slower pace for productivity, resilience and creativity
    • Deep, attentive listening - and a skill for harvesting stories and reflections
    • Brings creativity, imagination and artistry to the process of change  
    • Sensitive to physical environments 
    • Strong intra-personal and existential intelligences  
    Skills
    • A multi-disciplinary change toolkit applied with creativity, sensitivity and deep respect for living systems; including project, programme and portfolio management delivery and processes, product development, communications and engagement, partnership brokering, learning and development, business, leadership and personal coaching
    • Research - when it's something that's meaningful, I simply LOVE research 
    • An artist at heart; I apply my creativity as muse, maker, designer, story-harvester and scribe 
    • People say I have a way with words -  I love to craft words that create clarity, truth, love and inspire meaningful action 
    • A growing sensitivity and connection to the natural world; seen and less-seen
    • A space-shaper; working with space and place-makers to engage users in co-design
  • Samples of Work

    Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

    Designed and hand-made a kit to support a group of stakeholders on the Vauxhall Heritage project; whom had very different ideas, opinions and visions about the future of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens; the creative process cut through the politics and resulted in a clearly articulated joint vision statement for the project - a real triumph!

    Earthwatch

    A process of drawing out the story, key messages and language to clearly articulate Earthwatch's work and focus areas; harvesting, distillation and information architecture; co-designed with Graphic Designer. This artefact enabled Earthwatch teams and advocates to engage internal and external stakeholders, sponsors and audiences in their four key areas of work.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Greener Streets

    Supported Vauxhall One in developing an engagement strategy for local community groups and residents to understand community needs and identify key projects and activities that could be supported by Vauxhall One and local businesses. This is a workshop with local residents and stakeholders to discuss their proposals for improvements in the public realm.

     

     

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

    Family Learning - RSPB

    Ran a programme of family learning and engagement events in the Midlands for the RSPB; using craft to engage children and caregivers/families in conversations about conservation on nature reserves, public parks and private estates.

  • Kind Words

    Leela is like no one else I’ve ever met, she’s quite simply brilliant. She is a unique blend of creativity, intuition and smarts.

     

    Her crystal clear ideas process took me on an amazing colourful journey starting from a spark of an idea and ending with a fully formed concept and business plan. Like a spiral, Leela’s questions led me deep into the core of the idea.

     

    One of the keys of the process is the visual map, of the conversation, that Leela creates during the session.

    This map helped me link things together differently, see new possibilities and ultimately come up with a better concept.

    Dawn Gosling

    I came to Leela after my organisation saw a series of unexpected changes in resources, size, and leadership.

    As a constant in the changing organisation, I felt overburdened with responsibility and workload and worried about the outlook of my organisation and my own wellbeing. Over 6 sessions Leela has helped me strengthen my own resilience and that of my team. Through talking to Leela I have learnt to reflect on, and have been empowered to address, challenges at work related to people, place and policies.

     

    My awareness and application of my own strengths has increased substantially; 6 months on and I have now instigated a team resilience programme, tackled performance-related issues across my team, supported others struggling with change management, and most importantly have a confidence in myself to continue navigating us through the growth of my organisation.

     

    Leela provided me with the tools and the space to become a resilient leader and I would recommend her to anyone wanting to strengthen their people management and adaptive capacities, or simply wanting to think through everyday challenges such as work-life balance.

    Lucy - Global Programme Manager

    “Leela is a joy to work with. A high spirit and drive are allied to a thoughtful planned approach and she is always looking for more. More aspects, more avenues and especially more marketing directions. She worked on a wellbeing project with me and I would have never got it up and running without her.”

    Brent Curless - Entrepreneur

    Leela's approach is creative, leftfield, technically excellent all wrapped up in great stakeholder management. She is a refreshing change from the 'formula' approach in her field."

    Bill Dudman - OD Professional

    ' We greatly enjoyed working with Leela to create a visual representation of what we do; the process really helped us think carefully about the how we wanted to share the artefact and who it was for – and this ensured the end result is great and represents us very well.'

    Steve Gray - CEO - Earthwatch

    ‘A creative and resourceful coach, Leela is very thorough and helps you to see all possibilities related to your potential. Leela helped me define my coaching profile, which has given me and my clients clarity about what it is that I can do best for them."

    Edson Williams - Coach

    "Leela is utterly unique.. I know no-one else quite like her. Each time we meet or work together, the experience leaves me inspired. She is so giving of her knowledge, her energy and the unparalleled authenticity that I find myself - as a storyteller - short for words. Leela is a firebrand, a soul-counsellor and superlatives aside, a great person to work with."

    Martin Deakin

    "I never had such an experience before. I think many people need such coaching to take out their hidden dreams and show to them. And also showing them the possibilities and way forward.”

    Shiva Prakash - Ayurvedic Practiitoner

    "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. The amount of thought and work that had gone into the planning and preparation for the two days from you was fantastic – that just got us so much further in the time than we could have hoped for."

     

    Fleur Pollard - Director

  • Practicalities

    Sessions

    For some people, working through a series of sessions works really well.

     

    Fees vary according to the number and frequency of sessions, plus your honest selection of a place on the fee scale which is fair for you and your circumstances.

     

    I have allocations of space in my diary for specific rate bands - and can be offered when the fee you have selected on the scale, becomes available.

    On Retainer

    Retainer arrangements can be explored once we have worked together over the course of a series of sessions and/or journeys. Alchemy is everything.

    Commissions

    When capacity allows, I accept commissions for artefacts that help to create a more beautiful world. Commissions are invited by email; if appropriate, a half an hour consultation will be offered, where the hourly rate scale will be discussed and agreed for any further engagement beyond the half an hour.

    Other

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  • A More Beautiful World

    If my work and approach resonates with you, please feel welcome to send a message and your contact details