Unlike traditional business consultants, we are able to draw on personal experience of working within different sectors – private, public ,and not-for-profit. We offer individual expertise, but it is by putting our strategic minds and contrasting career backgrounds together that we help you achieve your organisation’s most important goals for the more values-driven world we all live and work in today.
I am a Chartered Engineer with a career spanning nearly forty years. My last corporate role was as Safety, Technology and Engineering Director for Network Rail and, as part of that, I chaired the Rail Industry Technical Leadership Group and was also a board member of the RSSB and Network Rail Consulting. Before that, I spent many years with Rolls-Royce plc, including as Director of Engineering and Technology for Defence Engines, and as EVP of Engineering and Technology for Aerospace Component Engineering. I was responsible for the strategic direction and leadership for all the Business Sector Engineering activities and led an international team of over 2000 engineers across the UK, Germany, USA and India.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Aeronautical Society, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and the RSA. I currently sit on the Industrial Fellowship Steering Group of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and have previously sat on its Leadership Group for Diversity and Inclusion. I am also a DEFRA Secretary-of-State-appointed Board Member of the Cotswolds National Landscape.
My particular expertise and interests are in lean enterprise, innovation, sustainable development, high-performance culture, infrastructure strategy, and change management.
I am a former CEO of a deaf charity, where I led its transformation into a partner of choice for local public sector health and social care providers. At one time the organisation was the winner of a county ‘Best Social Enterprise’ award for our work around employment; at another time runner-up in the national Charity Governance Awards; it also became the first disabled-people’s-user-led organisation (DPULO) in Gloucestershire to be awarded the PQASSO Level 2 quality kite mark. Managing the rise of this deaf charity was rewarding and challenging in almost equal measure. Learning from the inside the kind of obstacles charities face on a daily basis can be a revelation and humbling experience. It required strong and creative leadership to build the charity’s financial resilience and sustainability. But above all, when demand on your services is so high and resources limited, you learn the value of developing a dedicated and loyal team to share the journey.
I am currently studying part-time for a PhD on the subject of marketisation and local deaf charities. I am content curator of the blog The Boiling Frog. I am also a trustee/director of two charities.
I specialise in strategy and business planning, as well as mentoring senior managers of smaller charities.
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What we do
Katie Parker, Community Partnerships Manager, Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
'Jenny brings great insight and clarity to any project or programme she is working on. She is able to engage and collaborate across organisations and systems, and lead with clear values and integrity. An articulate communicator and a valued colleague, Jenny brings depth, knowledge, experience and most importantly compassion and humanity to everything she does.’
Peter Maynard, Practice Business Manager, Horfield Health Centre, Bristol
‘Jenny has the rare skill of being able to distil down difficult and complex matters into logical and succinct reports, so that I always feel I have enough information to allow me to question, debate and decide what to do. The fact she does all the above with good humour and grace is just the icing on the cake.’
Peter Gibbons Chief Security Officer, Network Rail
The ethics and values Graham brought to Network Rail represented a clear change to a more compassionate and engaged senior team, which really helped me develop our capability in my particular area of the business.
Siobahn Ritchie, Resourcing Business Partner, Network Rail
Graham is one of the most collaborative, authentic, approachable, and inspiring leaders I have met. I am grateful that I had the chance to work with him.
I have huge respect and admiration for Graham. Definitely the first time in my 12 years I found an exec to be completely approachable and treat everyone the same.
Things we care about
Join our mission for change at ‘The Boiling Frog’ – a community blog for and about small and
medium-sized charities, and their role in society today.
Written and curated by Jenny Hopkins, a Penleaf director.
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