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A team of coaches and facilitators

with rich and varied experiences from across the UK Arts, Cultural and not-for profit sectors

 

ABOUT

We facilitate spaces of mutual support, where individuals, teams or organisations can cultivate healthy environments and inclusive cultures, by communicating effectively and engaging in change. 

SUPPORT FOR ORGANISATIONS

 

'AWAY DAY' SESSIONS

Whether it's a day to focus on strategic planning, or an afternoon of "getting to know each other", we can design and deliver a session to fit your team's needs.

Previous experience includes sessions for Departmental Teams, Senior Management Teams and Boards of Trustees; ranging from small arts charities to large NPOs. 

Previous 'Away Sessions' delivered for:

 Boy BlueJerwood Arts,

Immediate Theatre,

Shubbak

 

FACILITATED EVENTS

Planning an event, conference or symposium?

We can provide facilitator hosts for large events, either in person or online, nationally or internationally. 

Previous events include: 

International Literature Showcase Symposium (National Centre for Writing, July 2021)

CAREER FOCUSSED

We can deliver carefully pitched reflective sessions to enable attendees to identify and communicate the transferable skills they've gained from their career to date, in order to plan for their future.

Previous sessions include: 

'Re-imagining the Next Steps'

(Theatre Royal Stratford East, Nov 2020) 

BESPOKE

If you have a challenge to solve as a team or organisation, need to gather input from a range of voices, or want any combination of our other offerings, we can consult with you to design and deliver a bespoke programme of facilitated sessions to address your need. 

Previous bespoke projects include:

group visioning sessions for Shakespeare's Globe (Feb 2022)

and

'The Listening Project' at the National Theatre (completed March 2021)

SUPPORT FOR INDIVIDUALS

 

COACHING

(Individual)

Artist or Executive?

Freelancer or Employee?

Returning to work after family leave?  

At a crossroads in your career?

 

Through experienced one-to-one coaching, we can provide a safe, supportive and gently challenging space, where you can explore your own personal and professional development, and overcome any internal barriers that might be holding you back.

COACHING

(Pairs / Small Group)

Professional Partnership?

Line-Manager & Direct Report?

Team of colleagues? 

We offer coaching for pairs or small groups designed to enhance communication and deepen understanding of what could make your relationship thrive.

MENTORING

(1:1 or Training)

Looking for a Mentor to help you navigate a career in the arts? 

 Charlotte, Gemma and Rachel can each provide mentoring for

individuals who would specifically benefit from our individual expertise and insights.

We can also provide training sessions for those about to enter into Mentoring relationships. 

NB Mentoring is dependent the suitability of any proposed match and our availability; mentoring arrangements could paid or voluntary depending on circumstances.

OPEN GROUP SESSIONS

Support Squad runs affordable, open access Group Coaching sessions, Virtual Coffee Mornings, or Action Learning Sets for individuals (particularly freelancers) working in the arts and cultural sectors. 

 

To express your interest and request more information, please contact thesquad@supportsquad.uk 

WE ARE

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GEMMA BAXTER
 

is a coach and facilitator, who supports individuals and teams to address challenges, seek clarity and fulfil their potential. 

Committed to contributing to the development of a more equitable arts sector, Gemma founded 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. Previously she worked at the National Theatre as Workforce Development Manager and Step Change Coordinator; prior to that she held roles at the Royal Opera House, ROH Creative Partnerships and Garsington Opera.

Gemma trained as an Individual Coach with Relational Dynamics and as Systems Coach / ORSC™ practitioner with CRR UK. She is also an Associate facilitator for Tonic, an Executive Committee Member of Arts Network Sutton and a Trustee of Golden Toad Theatre

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RACHEL BAGSHAW
 

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 
 

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.

Charlotte has facilitated meetings, away days and training for Trinity Laban, Studio Wayne McGregor, Poetry London and Stopgap Dance Company.

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

"it was really inspiring"

Thank you 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