John came recommended to us via one of our trustees and to be honest we never looked back. We were set to undertake a project which involved a major change to the organisation and were up against a tight timescale.  John immediately set to work gathering information and getting quickly to the crux of the issues.  Working closely with managers and staff alike, he was always willing to listen and work towards offering a solution, delivering a successful outcome to the project on time and within budget.    John worked very closely with a member of our management team transferring his skills and knowledge on to her.  His approach and methods of work have made a huge impact and will continue to be used.  John is a professional individual who has a wealth of business expertise. His calming and professional approach was welcomed by all and I would wholeheartedly recommend his services.

Jill Thompson, Head of Finance, Action

John and I worked on a project together and I would highly recommend him as a first class consultant. He works hard and to a high professional standard and is always looking for ways to go that little bit further. He treats everyone he meets with respect and is genuinely interested in them, which means the clients warm to him and like working with him. He is thorough without being overbearing and changes his approach to get the best out of the team. I would not hesitate to work with John again.

Ann Schwarzenbach, Director, Data & Process Advantage


What a difference a meeting can make! John arrived at our office expecting to do some pro bono analysis and coaching but found in himself in a meeting with senior managers who were grappling with a complex change management problem. He listened and asked incisive questions before sharing his insights and offering both creative but practical ideas. His external perspective and analysis coupled with his obvious experience enabled us to get the nub of the issues in just one  meeting. And his subsequent coaching of one of my team made a huge difference in enabling us to achieve the outcome we were striving for.

Jacquie Heany, Director of OD and People, CAFOD

John is providing a very professional service in supporting our Local Strategic Partnership. He is actively taking on projects yet is willing to initiate issues as well as challenge our way of doing things, which I welcome. I have every confidence in his approach and judgement and am looking forward to continuing to work with him over the next couple of months.

Liz Smith, Deputy Chief Executive, Richmondshire District Council

John is extremely professional; his ability to integrate into the organisation and be able to deliver and understand the objectives has been outstanding. Always willing to listen and provide positive feedback has been a welcome input to many partnership meetings, enabling us to take projects smoothly forward. John’s ICT skills and application of PRINCE principles with work programmes, reports and updates is excellent. We could not recommend him as a consultant more highly.

Sue Seddon, Performance and Development Manager, Hambleton District Council

John Matthews provided clear and invaluable support to assist me in leading my large, diverse department towards more productive and efficient working practices.  He was quick to grasp those aspects which were most troublesome and remained solution-focussed throughout the practical exercises which he guided me through. His response to elements which were of most concern was to coach me to find feasible and practical alternatives and this involved saving the department money and yet preserving the essential integrity of the job roles within it. His confidant manner is pleasing and he is a shrewd and experienced professional, with a wide-ranging portfolio of business knowledge and expertise. I would sincerely recommend his methods of  working with college managers as he is approachable, with an agile mind and an ability to see the big picture.

Eileen Elchaar, Additional Support Manager, Wakefield College

I would like to express my appreciation for how John has taken quite a vague and unstructured request, turned it into a really clear deliverable and then inspired key stakeholders to take ownership of it and move it forward.

Jacquie Heany, Director of OD and People, CAFOD

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