I am a well-established provider of expert L & D consultancy services, particularly for scientific, technical and professional organisations in the Cambridge area and beyond. I also specialise in first line management development and personal effectiveness - designing & running group workshops and providing coaching. I particularly emphasise strengths-based approaches in the work I do. Most of my work is bespoke and provided in-house, but I also run some open workshops through the Cambridge Network.
Liz Smith has 30 years’ experience in human resources, management and organisational development.
Her experience includes managing and delivering a wide range of learning & development programmes, and designing and facilitating individual, group and team interventions using a variety of approaches and techniques. She has had responsibility for running a learning & development function, and formulating and leading cross-company training and development strategy – working closely with the top team.
Liz's career includes 15 years in the pharmaceutical industry (GlaxoSmithKline and Napp Pharmaceuticals). She has also worked in the NHS and at Harvard University, and has spent time living and working in Germany and in the USA. As a consultant she has worked with a wide variety of organisations in the private and public sectors, on both consulting and training assignments. She has also been a Visiting Tutor (in leadership development) at Henley Business School.
Current areas of particular focus for Liz are effective people management, authentic personal leadership, and using strengths based approaches to enhance confidence, resilience and effectiveness. She also has a passion for helping groups to learn and work together more effectively, and enjoys teaching and facilitating peer coaching, action learning and collaborative problem solving methodologies.
Liz’s first degree is in Natural Sciences from Cambridge, and she holds a Masters in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics. She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, an MBTI® practitioner, Strengthscope® practitioner, and qualified mediator.
Do you have a team that you need to lead through a period of change, and want to explore best practice? Change is often treated as another project to be managed and completed when the plan says it is. Thinking about change as a messy, people-oriented set of challenges might be more helpful, and this workshop aims to explore the knowledge and skills key to transition management.