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We are coaches and facilitators 

supporting the progression of

Arts & Culture in the UK 

 

ABOUT

We help people, teams and organisations in the Arts and creative sectors to think, grow and create inclusive, values-based culture.

 

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WE OFFER

COACHING & MENTORING 

Executive or artist, freelancer or employee, returning to work after family leave or at a cross-roads in your career - we support you through experienced one-to-one coaching or mentoring. 

FACILITATION

We design and facilitate fun and productive group workshops that help build shared cultures.

NETWORKING EVENTS

We facilitate interactive networking events that build connections and share knowledge.

PROJECT PORTFOLIO

Includes:

Re-imagining the Next Steps: enabling attendees to identify and communicate their transferable skills, in order to plan for their future.

Virtual Coffee Mornings: a chance for individuals to connect with others in a supportive space.

The Listening Project: Simple in concept, powerful in impact, Listening Project sessions provide a safe and supportive space for employees to communicate directly with the leaders of their organisation. ​Initially commissioned as a piece of work by the National Theatre in 2020-2021 in response to the impact of the pandemic on the organisation, this can be adapted and developed for organisations of any size and location. 

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WE ARE

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GEMMA BAXTER

(Lead)

is a values driven facilitator and personal coach who supports individuals and teams to fulfil their potential. Committed to contributing to the development of a more equitable arts sector, Gemma conceived the SupportSquad as a platform for her and like-minded collaborators to communicate their offer.

Gemma has over 15 years experience of leading career development and participation projects in the performing arts. She worked at the National Theatre from 2009 to 2020 as Workforce Development Manager including running career development programme Step Change. Previously, Gemma held participation roles at the Royal Opera House, ROH Creative Partnerships and Garsington Opera.

Gemma is an Executive Committee Member of Arts Network Sutton and a Trustee of Golden Toad Theatre

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RACHEL BAGSHAW

(Associate)

is a director, coach and facilitator whose practice meets at the intersection of these three roles. Her facilitation work has included projects with the National Theatre, the Young Vic, Royal Opera House and the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme. She has a particular interest in access and has developed several pieces of work around creative access for theatres, drama schools and other arts organisations.

 

As a coach and director, she has also created a strand of work around resilience and creative practice, and is keenly interested in how we sustain the well-being of arts professionals.

 

She is Associate Director at the Unicorn Theatre and on the board of Camden People’s Theatre.

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CHARLOTTE SEMLYEN 

(Associate)

is a coach and facilitator who creates safe spaces for people to explore how they can fulfil their personal, professional and creative potential.

 

She is a coach and supervisor for Relational Dynamics and coaches for creative organisations including Sound and Music, ZoieLogic, and the National Theatre; and for the Young Women's Trust charity.

Previous roles include Executive Director at South East Dance. Charlotte trained as a coach with Relational Dynamics and in Solution Focused Practice with BRIEF; and more recently studied Ecopsychology with the Centre for Ecotherapy.

 

TESTIMONIALS

I wanted to thank you...

... for your wonderful facilitation last week. It was the most successful session in generating group discussion and the two-way flow of ideas and that’s entirely down to Gemma's skill in reading and managing the room. Such a key moment for us and she delivered it beautifully.

Lisa Burger, Executive Director, National Theatre

With Gemma’s brilliant help...

...I was able to listen to myself, set realistic goals and an ambitious long term plan. By creating a safe space for me to explore, Gemma focused my attention on what I wanted to achieve, without judgement or pressure.

Racheli Sternberg

Charlotte offered a gentle...

... yet consistent and firm coaching style which I found enormously helpful in clarifying and moving beyond my limiting beliefs. The sessions have strengthened my confidence and belief in myself, an independent in the arts, as I embark on new projects and 'catch-up' after becoming a mother.

Katriona Holmes

"it was really inspiring"

Thank you Charlotte and Gemma for the facilitation you ran, it was a difficult conversation to have and I really appreciate how you both approached it and created a safe space. It was really inspiring and made me think about how other difficult conversations could be handled.

 

Gurjit, Session Participant

"inclusive and effective"

Gemma quickly established an inclusive and effective way for our group to work together online - something we hadn't done before. We kept to time, heard from everyone in the group, and were able to reflect on the consultation process we;d been through together - all of which was made possible by Gemma's expert facilitation. 

Flo Reynolds, Programme Manager, National Centre for Writing

"enabled me to say everything I wanted"

Thank you Gemma & Rachel so much for the [...] event this afternoon. I have to admit that I've been really dreading it! But the way in which you organised it, with the anonymous whiteboards and chats etc, was so clever and enabled me to say everything that I wanted without worrying.

Jessica, Session Participant