My teaching methodology is outcome focused and based on years of experience helping people understand UK and international politics.
I can work with your needs and your level understanding to achieve your goals.
I'll begin by agreeing your goals and objectives, whether that's targeting a particular grade for GCSE, 'A' level or some other course, or just broadening your understanding of a vital area of life, we start with what you want.
Then I'll put together a lesson plan based on how much time you have available, and we'll get started.
That's where you come in. You'll need to attend lessons on time, via a video-chat software like Skype. You'll need to deliver on any assignments that you're set, and carry out any reading, making a list of any questions that you have for the next session.
Understanding politics is vital for understanding the modern world, and the environment in which you'll live and work.
I have ten years experience in government and before that read Politics and Contemporary History at university, and then went to law school.
I've designed and delivered training on UK and international politics for senior leaders both in UK government and foreign governments. I've taught UK politics, from the fundamentals of democracy to the day to day practicalities of political institutions, to people from all walks of life and all backgrounds. I can help you, too.
We all face unexpected circumstances from time to time, so lessons can be rescheduled at up to 48 hours notice.
• I’ve provided training on UK Politics, Leadership, and Strategy, through an internationally recognised training company with clients including senior civil servants and military officers from the UK and foreign governments as well as the private sector.
• I have worked with the government’s COBRA crisis management unit, including being trained to “Silver Command” level.
• I’ve built and led a public affairs team of 28 people to address a major national political issue.
• I sat on the DfT rail franchising boards for Policy, Programme Risk, and the Programme Management Office panel that assesses updates from each of the (£1b+) franchising projects running at any given time.
• I was project director for one of the largest open data projects ever undertaken by UK Gov.
• Overseeing a Bill team responsible for preparing high priority legislation.
• Leading on the initial response to Covid19 for key local transport sectors.
Jan 2018 – Present
Coach and Trainer
• Working with clients to develop a clear set of shared expectations.
• Designing and developing course material, including hand-outs, exercises and follow-up reading lists.
• Delivering courses throughout the UK, meeting and exceeding clients’ expectations.
• Subjects include Leadership, Strategy, Personal Impact, Negotiating, and UK Politics.
• Providing coaching to senior leaders and aspiring leaders through key moments in their career, including adapting to new positions and preparing for crucial events.
September 2018 to 31 March 2020
Deputy Divisional Manager, Buses and Taxis
• Leading multiple teams, supporting and developing the team leaders, ensuring they have appropriate levels of support and stretching goals.
• Project Director for a major open data project in the bus sector, ensuring it kept to time and budget.
• Setting high level policy direction for areas including accessibility, taxi regulation (including implications of new technology and business models, eg Uber), and Brexit. Successfully managing and meeting ministerial expectations and keeping stakeholders on board even when their view of the policy differed from the department’s.
• Providing robust challenge on policy detail and products for publication where appropriate. Ensuring that all published documents and private correspondence is written to a high standard and enhances the department’s credibility.
• Leading stakeholder engagement across the Taxi and PHV industry to successfully build an increasingly positive view of the department in the industry, and increase co-operation.
November 2014 to September 2018
Head of Public Affairs, Passenger Services, Rail Group, Department for Transport
• Leading a team of 28 people, I was responsible for outward messaging and engagement on matters relating to rail franchising. Audiences included parliament, the public and (via the departmental press office) the media.
• I identified messaging and engagement as key drivers of rail franchising’s strategic success and, with support from my Managing Director and senior team I built a team focusing on nine discrete activities, ranging from briefing ministers to delivering large events for the rail industry.
• I scoped new work streams; designed and built a new, significantly expanded team, working with existing members of the team to ensure they embraced the change, and keeping our internal and external stakeholders comfortable with what I was doing. All this arose from my clear understanding of the strategic direction and challenges of facing rail franchising so the team was explicitly designed and built to meet those challenges.
• My team co-ordinated and quality-assured ministerial submissions and briefings and worked to ensure a clear, co-ordinated message to ministers and parliament.
• I worked with all form of external messaging, including co-ordinating with press office, leading on publications, consultations correspondence and speechwriting for officials.
• I also sat on the Passenger Services Boards for Programme Risk and Reporting, and for Policy, and the Programme Management Office panel that assesses updates from each of the (£1b+) franchising projects running at any given time.
• In this role I pushed for an ethos of continuous improvement, which allowed us to keep pace with the growing size of Passenger Services and the increased public and political spotlight on franchising. It also allowed us to exceed expectations by, for example, delivering our biggest and most ambitious industry day yet.
Ongoing Learning and Development: Institute of Leadership and Management, Level 7 qualification in Coaching and Mentoring.
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