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ACT Now Creative Training & Déborah de Paola, Admiral Group

The Challenge

The Arts Organisation
Adrienne O’Sullivan founded Act Now 20 years ago. Her team of creative trainers, facilitators and practitioners implements the unique and valuable processes used in the arts to empower people to create confidence and success.

The Development Need
Through Skills Bank, Adrienne wished to refresh ACT Now’s business plan, research the feasibility of a new training offer and formalise how best to position the new packages in the marketplace.

The Adviser
Déborah de Paola, Executive Recruitment Manager at Admiral Group

The Development Need
Déborah wished to gain exposure to a different sector, develop her coaching skills and develop her network.

The Results

For Act Now Creative Training:

  • A refreshed and hugely useful business plan
  • Improved internal processes that can be replicated across all current and future course offerings
  • The development of a new Arts Based Training course, resulting in new income streams for the organisation

For Déborah:

  • Improved confidence and networks
  • Deeper understanding of the operation and challenges of a smaller organisation and experience of working in a different sector
  • Broadened thinking around inclusion and diversity, which is being transferred to her work within Admiral

The Endorsement

Déborah’s insight has been both professionally and personally outstanding. Her infectious enthusiasm, confidence and supportive style has encouraged and enabled the research, development and pilot for this exciting new course offer. Undertaken alone this would have been daunting and, at times, insurmountable.

Adrienne O’Sullivan, Director, Act Now Creative Training

Adrienne has been an incredible source of inspiration, as a successful, passionate artist. I have learnt from her on many levels. Working as a HR professional for a FTSE100 company, these learnings have impacted the way I work and decisions I’m now making in the business. I also feel more confidence to step into Leadership roles. This partnership allowed me to apply different types of techniques and strategic thinking.

Déborah de Paola, Executive Recruitment Manager, Admiral Group