(Rebecca Long, Producer, and Founder Quicksilver Films)
I provide advice on both the “hard” areas of strategy and business planning and the “softer” ones of leadership and culture. As a senior Whitehall leader I had to convert new ideas into workable policies and then deliver them. As a result I have done a lot of strategic analysis and have worked closely with some elite practitioners, including McKinsey. I understand how to overcome obstacles and get outcomes in a complex environment.
Recent projects include:
- research on how to make the boards of quangos operate more effectively and advice on breaking down silos
and improving the functioning of the board of a Government Department as a corporate team
- advice on how to capture and reinforce a positive working culture in a Sector Skills Council,
which has grown rapidly over the last five years
- a major exercise to marshal evidence for incoming Government and review forward strategy for a high profile quango
which helped them to survive and preserve their budget at a time of unprecedented expenditure cuts.