"Thank you so much for yesterday, we felt so grateful for the way you ran the day and really think you helped get the very best out of everyone; a good start cannot be underestimated and we think yesterday was the very best. We feel so appreciative of the time we spent with you as it really has given us much more clarity and direction as a company and helped us to better describe ourselves and our projects to others.Thank you again for your guidance and support - you really are pretty marvellous at your job!!"
Sarah Worth, Executive Director, Highly Sprung
"Debbie Kingsley is one of those people who, once you’ve met her, you never want to lose her number or email. She’s the first person I think of when I’m looking for someone to help, whether it’s as a facilitator, a guide on strategic planning or for some coaching and one-to-one support. Debbie has the fantastic knack of keeping people focused on the task without making them feel coerced. She is rigorous and challenging but she also knows how to make things fun." Julie Crofts, Executive Director, Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
"Just wanted to drop you a line to say that never in the history of our collaboration with Deutsche Bank have the Business Plans been of such a high quality. I know that any project like this is a group effort (the students, their mentors, you, Deutsche Bank, the dyslexia support, etc…), but I also feel that your involvement helped many to be clearer and able to better express themselves through a business plan for having spent time with you." Tim Roberts Higher Education Courses Director and National Teaching Fellow, Circus Space
"Just to say a huge thank you from us both for co-ordinating a wonderful day. Everyone has said how inspiring and positive it was; thank you for driving us through safely." Judith Kilvington & Jenny Sealey, Joint CEOs, Graeae Theatre Company
"..worth every penny. Thanks again for all your patience and your terrific advice. Feels like a real turning-point for the business, and one that wouldn't have happened without you." Ian Francis, Director, Flatpack
"Thank you so much for helping us yesterday with discussions about our future. I am absolutely sure that especially for our newer trustees the day was invaluable.... you kept us well on track and very relevant. Being able to do all that note taking, keeping us moving and on topic, run a farm, catch up with lambing, build bird boxes and not scare a board or an arts organisation is a true talent that may well be unique to you. I am very appreciative of it all." Kate White, Joint CEO, Circus Space
"Wanted you to be one of the first to know that we were successful in our G4A bid! Thank you so much for all your support and guidance!" Sarah Worth, Director, Highly Sprung
"Thanks for today - I feel very relieved and amazed by how much we achieved. A huge step forward!" Helen Legg, Director, Spike Island
"Thank you Debbie. You have been very much a part of the Playhouse’s success in securing future funds." Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, Executive Director, Salisbury Playhouse
"A quick note to say a big thank you for such a vigorous, convivial, thoughtful, reflective, well-constructed event. It was a pleasure and a privilege to be there." Amanda Jones, Director of External Relations, Crafts Council
"It was a no stone left unturned process, which at times was very difficult and demanding, but which resulted in my feeling very well equipped and thoroughly knowledgeable about managing and developing as a small arts organisation...It left me very excited about what I do for a living!” Sarah Worth, Director, Highly Sprung
"Thank you Debbie for being so marvellous and facilitating another key planning day" Michelle Carwardine-Palmer, Executive Director, Salisbury Playhouse
"Better than Clore and a lot more lively" Board member, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
"... thank you for...a very enjoyable day which I think means that it worked. I liked your role, oscillating from being one of us to that of the facilitator. Chatting with folk as we left those sentiments were universal...it was good to be able to walk away with...specific action points...[but] personally it was the ethos and strategy of the day rather than specific actions that were most important to me. I reckon that problems and opportunities will come in equal numbers but we can’t be sure where and as Napoleon said “Plans are useless, planning is indispensable”. I think that is precisely what we were about." Michael White, Chair, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
“QuickSmART has made a massive difference; I feel like a leader now. The programme has been like fairy dust. We now have strategic objectives and focus, clarity of purpose, we have a vision, we are clear about the structural changes and the future of my position.” Jan Robinson, Project Manager, Festival of Diversity
"I feel re-energised as an arts leader and I now want to put my energies into developing my company in a more focussed and strategic way. Thank you" Participant, QuickSmART programme
spent some time with the Associate Director of Marketing at
Manchester Business School. She said
our business plan was one of the best she has ever read for a company
our size. So it is thanks to you for all your help and support on this!" Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director, Graeae Theatre Company
“Thank you so much for yesterday. It was a really successful day and I think that it will provide us with a great launch pad for developing the Business Plan and the organisation.”
“Just been through the notes and they are brilliant. You have really managed to capture everything…that is some skill! The wonderful thing is how overwhelmingly positive the notes are and how on message everyone is already.”
“The Board were very positive about the plan. They thought it told a story, was exciting, brought together the varied elements of the company's work, and was the most mature presentation of us they had seen.”
“Thank you so much for yesterday – it was great – left me confident and inspired and motivated.”
“It’s a fantastic piece of work. The process has been very important for the development of the company and they have a great respect for your professionalism and the rigorousness of your approach.” Arts Council England
“Random, instinctive and philosophical thinking is really coherent clear thinking strategy in disguise. You helped us unmask the first so that the second could make the case for RFO status and thousands of pounds of funding.” Nick Walker, Talking Birds
"Thank you again for this morning; it was really very revealing and uplifting, a bit like having a cheerleader down the phone."
"It has given me a real insight into the practicalities of keeping animals and will help us with our decisions for purchase".
"Really warm, friendly and welcoming, lovely hosts." "It was very well run and very informative. Thank you."
"We have been meaning to email you as we wanted to say thanks again. We have been discussing our smallholding plans every moment that we can and, each time we do, we realise how much we learnt on our weekend with you. It really was amazing how much you packed into the weekend! Catching and holding the badger faced lambs was a particular treat. Our weekend in Devon confirmed for us that we really want to pursue our smallholding/self-sufficiency dream."