About us

About us

Stella Smith

Stella Smith is a facilitator, trainer and coach who helps leading organisations boost performance through strengthening their people’s skills and confidence in management and leadership. She set up her business in 2006 and since then has worked with a small team of Associates to deliver a range of assignments across Europe and Africa in both commercial and not for profit environments.

Stella is MBTI qualified, has a BA (Hons) English, an MBA and has published numerous articles and guides on management and leadership in the not for profit sector, some of which can be downloaded from Resources. She is particularly passionate about improving the effectiveness and skills of the charity sector, is currently a trustee for the Charity Finance Group and a columnist for the British charity sector magazine, Third Sector.

Stella Smith with trainees in Angola
Stella Smith conducts a workshop in Angola

What our clients are saying.

  • World class, original and tailored training coach

    It has been really great working with Stella Smith as she has helped us put together a bespoke leadership training and executive coaching programmes for our management team and senior leaders. Stella offered flexibility and was very responsive to our needs, offering creative solutions and provided us with interactive and clear content. If you are looking for a world class, original and tailored training coach or solution for your business, this is the lady to call!

    Jemma Hardy
    Head of HR
    Voxbone
  • The end result was outstanding.

    I worked with Stella to develop a leadership programme and I was really pleased with the work that she produced and her approach to the project. Stella was excellent at understanding the project’s needs, creating bespoke material, tuning into what would work best and responding to feedback. On time and within budget, she brought a wealth of experience, ideas and creativity to the development of a programme which made a huge impact and received very good feedback.

    Declan Sharkey
    Project Lead
    International Development Charity
  • Excellent mentoring and inspiring team sessions

    I’ve worked with Stella for a number of years and she has provided excellent mentoring and facilitated inspiring team sessions. Stella’s style is very engaging and she puts people at ease quickly. She balances the ability to be creative and fun with being business-focused and challenging. I would highly recommend her.

    Jacqueline Johnson-North
    CEO
    International Academy of Clinical Research
  • Stella is an outstanding trainer, facilitator and mentor

    Given the breadth of her experience, very well honed skills, commitment to go the extra mile and ability to engage with a diverse range of people, Stella is an outstanding trainer, facilitator and mentor. Having worked with her over several years, in a variety of contexts, I have always been particularly impressed how she combines attention to details, whilst keeping an eye on the strategic picture and maintaining a good sense of humour.

    Ian Williams
    CEO
    Concern Universal
  • The feedback has been excellent.

    We have worked with Stella across the group and the feedback has been excellent.

    Andrew Jackson
    Managing Director - Property, Casualty & Special Risks
    Charles Taylor Group
  • We have progressed more than we could have hoped

    I just wanted to say a big thank you for your help this week - we have had two invaluable days and progressed more than we could have hoped.”

    Anne Webb
    Deputy Director
    Oxfam Trading
  • Bringing the learning to life by sharing her knowledge

    I have worked with Stella on a number of learning and development programmes over the last few years. She is always calm, reliable, collaborative and genuinely enjoys developing others. Feedback from course participants is always very positive. Stella has a wealth of experience which she readily shares with participants and fellow facilitators bringing the learning to life by sharing her knowledge working with a varied and wide client base.

    Claire Kingshott
    Learning and Development Manager
    PwC
  • Helped us get some traction on some critical decisions

    Thanks for doing a great job facilitating yesterday - you really helped us get some traction on some critical decisions.

    Ed Rowberry
    Chair
    Julian House
  • Your facilitation and organisation of the event was impeccable

    Thanks you once again so much for designing and facilitating the  workshop this week and, indeed, for your help since March. Not only did the workshop design work well and not only was your facilitation and organisation of the event impeccable but you also showed immense patience and resilience.

    Phil Vernon
    Acting CEO
    International Alert
  • I am very happy to recommend her to you

    Stella is a committed strategy and change management professional. She has an excellent grasp on the strategic environment for not-for-profit organisations and was quickly able to identify key opportunities and issues for FAWE. Her style is business-like whilst being sensitive and she managed to involve and consult widely whilst keeping the planning process on track.  She is hard-working, flexible and worked closely with the FAWE staff team. We enjoyed working with Stella, were pleased with the outcome and I am very happy to recommend her to you.

    Oley Dibba-Wadda
    Executive Director
    FAWE
  • Thank you for making our Away Day awesome

    Thank you for making our Away Day awesome. I came away from the Day with a feeling that it was time well spent. Thank you for all your good work.

    Dr Phil Tamuno
    Trustee
    Concern Universal

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