KoruDevelopment

Specialist business psychology & neuroscience for the workplace.

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Koru offer high quality, cost effective training either in house or on one of our open programmes.

Gill Thackray
Koru Development founder,
business psychologist and Guardian contributor is available to discuss your training needs.

Contact us for a free consultation.

Testimonials

What our clients say about Koru Development.

Clarasys

"Of all the training providers we use use here at Clarasys, Koru are one of the most hassle free training partners to deal with.

We use Koru initially for our leadership alignment days. The feedback from our delegates was only positive, the way in which the days were tailored to us and conducted with our needs in mind made it both enjoyable and a learning experience. Gill is extremely well prepared and professional and each post each of the sessions our teams displayed the concepts of teamwork and communication that we were hoping to achieve.

We now also use Koru development for 1-2-1 coaching, short 90 minute ‘master-classes’ on specific topics and are looking forward to kicking off our first mindfulness program in May 2015. I would absolutely recommend Gill and will use Koru for our future training needs."

Claudia Meyer-Scott, Director, Clarasys

International Planned Parenthood Federation

"We’ve worked with Koru on several occasions, primarily for one-to-one coaching for staff, but also for a team building workshop. Gill is efficient and responsive and interacts sensitively and professionally with our staff. Her international background is a real asset in working with us as an INGO. We have had good feedback from the staff Gill has worked with, and I would absolutely recommend her as a coach and facilitator."

Ellie Cannell, Head of HR, IPPF

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"Having just completed eight weeks with my team working with Gill at Koru I have already noticed a marked improvement in the resilience and composure of both myself and my team. The combination of easily accessible techniques, supported by proven science/research helped the team accept and engage with the programme. It won’t be for everyone, but for those that do give it a go it has the potential to be one of the most impactful/significant pieces of personal development they will do in their careers."

David Cole, COO, UK Sport

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"Koru is a great way of understanding yourself and managing your life.  It helps you work out  a healthier balance between action and thought and creates both physical and mental harmony.  Simple techniques that can be learnt even if you are an experienced manager already. I would recommend the professionalism and wisdom of their approach and people"

Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive, WEA

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"We have worked with Gill Thackray of Koru Development on a number of occasions, including staff meetings, in-house training and as a guest speaker at our postgraduate conference focused on Business and Leadership. Feedback about these sessions has always been very positive, leaving staff and managers confident in the training received. She combines professional and knowledgable content with a very personable approach, which has worked very well for our team. I would warmly recommend Gill for any similar project, and look forward to working with her in the future.

Nina Waters, Corporate Services Director, British School of Osteopathy"

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“Gill Thackray is one of our most popular trainers who consistently gets great reviews from our delegates.

Gill is warm, knowledgeable and an excellent trainer. Her unique international and psychology background gives her a wealth of interesting stories to bring complex subjects to life.”

Sally Pearman, Acting Managing Director at The Centre for Strategy and Communication

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“Gill totally brightened up a Sunday morning training with some insightful psychology on how to work harmoniously with people of different character traits. It was all new to me as a fundraiser (probably shouldn't have been!) and it made me appreciate the different and complementary strengths of my colleagues. Gill was witty, energetic and really encouraging. We all felt the training was immensely helpful.”

Anna Somerset, Head of Development at Benjamin Franklin House

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“Gill’s training session on ‘Mindfulness at work’ was first class. The day was very thought provoking and I came away with a greater understanding around the subject and a list of useful resources. All delegates were engaged throughout the session. I would highly recommend Gill as a trainer”.

Wendy Saunders. Head of development, CABA

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“Gill's session with our team was extremely helpful. We had just had our busiest year ever. She gently but firmly got us to reflect on our stressors and how we could deal with them. The day has provided us with a number of strategies for dealing with heavy workload and for ensuring that our activities are focussed on maximising value. Her approach was non-threatening and gave us all a fun space in which to reflect and grow.”

Dr. Philip Dixon, Director of ATL Cymru

“I have worked with Gill on a couple of projects, in particular relating to stress management.  I have found her to be both perceptive and responsive.  Thorough in her approach, she has delivered sessions that are both informative and stimulating.  I have no doubt that we shall work together in the future.”

Nicki Landau, Head of Human Resources, ATL

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“I had a wonderful working day with Gill on negotiation, leadership management, body language and communication style. Thorough out the session with Gill I was able to learn self-management, negotiation and working under pressure as these are very essential for my current job with United Nations Development Programme for Iraq. I have started applying what I have learnt day to day and shared my knowledge with my colleagues at my office. I would like to thank you Gill for sharing your knowledge and experience with me.”

Zina Habib, Project Associate, United Nations, Iraq

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“This course has been a long time coming – I’ve been here for 15 years and it’s the best training we’ve had”

Birmingham City Council

“Excellent, approachable trainer. Made a complex course easy to understand and encouraged questions”

Homelessness Team, Birmingham City Council.

“Gill made the day fun, enjoyable and interesting for everyone. Loved the case studies”

Policy Advisor, Birmingham

“Very knowledgeable trainer, approachable and friendly”

Birmingham City Council.

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“Gill delivered a coherent, well-planned and sympathetic redundancy workshop. Her materials were appropriate and of high quality and her presentation of the issues pitched well for her audience. I would highly recommend her for future workshops.”

 Kath Dunn, Partnership Manager, Connexions Oxfordshire

"Gill's leadership of our Connexions Personal Adviser trainee schools has been impressive as she has combined professionalism with an excellent rapport with all of the trainees."

Gordon Bernard, Chief Executive, Connexions Partnership Kent & Medway Ltd

“Gill is always an absolute pleasure to work with. She is flexible and efficient in organising the training she delivers. Feedback from delegates is always positive, she is knowledgeable on her training subject and delivers her message in a clear and varied manner appealing to all learning styles. Gill is professional, approachable, well read and has a genuine passion for the training she is providing and the people she is working with.”

Jackie Bridge, Workforce Development Coordinator, Berkshire Connexions

"Gill's mentoring and coaching skills are helping me develop and maximise my full potential as a Connexions Personal Adviser"

Lou Badman, Kent, England

“Surpassed all expectation”

Participant Thames Valley Connexions Programme

"Gill's leadership of our Connexions Personal Adviser trainee schools has been impressive as she has combined professionalism with an excellent rapport with all of the trainees."

Gordon Bernard, Chief Executive, Connexions Partnership Kent & Medway Ltd

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“Excellent. First rate training’”

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

“It was a pleasure to work with Gill, she is an inspiring teacher and facilitator. It was worth the investment of time and effort over a precious weekend to gain the benefit of her insight. I would happily attend further seminars facilitated by anyone with this level of skill.”

Dr Hannah Turton

“Gill Thackray is a very good trainer.  She has a confident, approachable teaching manner. She enthusiastically lead us through the different subjects with her lectures and very efficiently facilitated our group sessions.”

Dr Jonathan Cubitt

“Gill has written a selection of high quality business psychology articles for us at ‘Interview Guru,’ Gill’s writing has received extremely positive feedback & she has always impressed with her attention to detail & ability to keep to tight deadlines. I would thoroughly recommend Gill for future projects.” 

Andy Turner hired Gill as a Writer/Editor in 2010

“Gill was hired to develop and deliver an induction training programme for newly recruited support workers, most of whom had no previous sector experience. Gill's speed of response from the outset was excellent, and the quality of the training provided and training materials has been first rate. Gill's style of delivery has kept each induction group fully engaged, and the feedback from trainees has been highly positive. 

Gill has been flexible in adapting the programme over the six months it has run, and constructive in suggesting changes. 

I would happily engage Gill in the future, and have no hesitaion in recommending her.”

 Atoll Craigmyle

“Gill is always an absolute pleasure to work with. She is flexible and efficient in organising the training she delivers. Feedback from delegates is always positive, she is knowledgeable on her training subject and delivers her message in a clear and varied manner appealing to all learning styles. 

Gill is professional, approachable, well read and has a genuine passion for the training she is providing and the people she is working with.”

Jackie Bridge

“Gill is very hard-working and dedicated to projects. Gill's ability to focus in and help ascertain needs has been extremely helpful in bringing our project through to completion. She was able to identify, recommend and project plan in a challenging environment. 

I would not hesitate to re-engage Gill again.”

Dee Lewis

“Very Interactive & good use of examples.”

Jill Anderson, Newcastle

“Incredibly Interesting.”

Margaret Gardner, Newcastle

“Very well delivered, very informative, all relevant.”

Lesley Mole, Newcastle

“Thanks for a great and useful day. Materials Excellent.”

Joy Neville, Berkshire

“Very Enjoyable and thought provoking.”

Caroline Robey, Berkshire

"Koru produce high quality, engaging training which is perfectly pitched and professionally delivered. On a personal level, Gill is very committed and consistently goes above and beyond"

Michelle Coles, Kent, UK

"Koru training has helped me re-evaluate who I am and who I want to be"

Stacey Castle, Ramsgate, England

"Knowledgeable and interactive, enabling learning from others."

VT Enterprise, UK

“Liked the trainer’s style, very inclusive. Made us think”

Choice Based Lettings Scheme.

“Koru provided excellent, comprehensive training for our staff team. Feedback from staff was extremely positive and requests for further courses have been made by all. We will definitely be using you again!”

“The course that Gill delivered was of an exceptionally high standard. The feedback we received was excellent from all of the delegates that attended. Gill was very knowledgeable on the subject matter and was happy to answer any queries and address concerns as they were raised throughout the day.”

Rosie Hutchinson, Tyne & Wear

“The trainer really knew her stuff and made sure that by the end of the day, we did too”

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. You made a difficult subject easy to understand. This will definitely improve my working practise”

Homelessness Team.

“Excellent. Cleared up some grey areas that I’ve been struggling with for ages”

Policy Advisor.