Friday, 31 October 2014

Women at Board Level

On the 22nd October on this blog we ran a piece on "Royal Mail boss is demanding some positive action to have more women on company boards" (See it Here)

This was about the  Chief Executive of Royal Mail Moya Greene demanding that there is tougher action to get talented women to the top of businesses.

Equality and Human Rights Commission E-News that was sent to us a couple of days had a headline "Commission news: Women on boards "

They are saying that Top companies to highlight good practice in increasing the number of women at board level - The Commission will survey the top FTSE 350 companies to find out about the best ways to reach, or exceed, the voluntary target of 25% representation of women at board level. 

Over the next two months we will collect evidence of how board appointments have been made, to identify good practice in increasing board diversity and see where there is room to do more.

As well as the survey being sent to the FTSE companies, the Commission will also seek evidence from search companies, and successful candidates who have recently been appointed. More Here

When we have further information will bring you up to date, but in the meantime  If your organisation is looking for Diversity & Inclusion Training then take a look at the specialist jml Training website here  

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Speen Helping Hospices Annual Christmas Market

For the past few years in the Buckinghamshire village of Speen, a Christmas Market is held. This annual Christmas Market is in aid of supporting local hospices.

This year they are supporting Florence Nightingale House, Helen and Douglas House, Iain Renniw Hospice at Home and The South Bucks Day Hospice.

It is being held at the King William IV pub in the centre of the village (Hampden Road, HP27 0RU) on Friday 14th November and Saturday 15th November between 11 am and 4 pm.

Gráinne Suter of jml training Consultancy is a member of the organising committee and is inviting people who are looking for Christmas Cards, gifts, jewellery and cakes to come along.

Admission is only £1 and whilst at the KW4 you can also have a Bucks Fizz breakfast and they are also serving food all day.

Local Estate and letting agents, The JNP Partnership who have been very busy this year celebrating their 20th anniversary are supporting this venture with flyers and event boards.

Put a note in your diary now for the 14th and 15th of November at the KW4 in Speen 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Royal Mail boss is demanding some positive action to have more women on company boards

The Independent and other newspapers have today run reports about the Canadian born Chief Executive of Royal Mail Moya Greene demanding that there is tougher action to get talented women to the top of businesses.

She had been speaking at a London event to launch 25 by 25 which is an initiative led by excecutive search firm Egon Zehnder

The objective of the 25 by 25 is to help companies develop their female talent and achieve 25 female CEOs in the FTSE 100 by 2025.

The company had issued a press release earlier this month saying that "More than 20 percent of directors on large European company boards are women, a significant increase from 15.6 percent just two years ago and a jump from 8 percent in 2004. These are the findings of the 2014 Egon Zehnder European Board Diversity Analysis, which examined board diversity at more than 350 companies with market capitalizations in excess of €4 billion across 17 European countries. Egon Zehnder has released this report biennially since 2004"

According to The Independent, Moya Greene said: “One of the most important things to do is to help women take ownership of their ambition and aspirations. It’s still disappointing when you see how young women view their ambition – and how others view that ambition.To be a CEO it’s really hard work and you really have to want to do it. For women, even in 2014, that can be a problem"
Childcare -  Ms Greene went on to say that one of the big problems in the UK was the quality of childcare, she said, which was not as good as in places such as Sweden or her home country, Canada. British companies could do more to help with childcare – Royal Mail had its own crèche.

Miranda Pode, Egon Zehnder’s office leader in London is behind the 25 by 25 goal, said companies today had a great opportunity to find and develop great leaders for the future without needing to look outside the UK.

If your organisation is looking for Diversity & Inclusion Training then take a look at the specialist jml Training website here  

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Warning about housing discrimination in Ireland

The July edition of the IPOA News  (Irish Property Owners newsletter) has issued the following warning in relation to the Equal Status Acts 2000-2008 in Ireland.

They say to landlords that you must be very careful to ensure that you do not discriminate when taking in tenants. The nine grounds on which discrimination are illegal are as follows:

Marital Status
Family Status
Sexual Orientation
Membership of the Traveller Community
Religious Belief
Race, Colour, Nationality, Ethnic or National Origins.

If discrimination does occur, compensation of up to €6,349 can be awarded. More information Here

For further information on Diversity and Inclusion training in the UK visit this site 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Leadership Training workshop from jml Training

Leadership – it’s not always easy!

Have you seen situations that could have been handled more effectively?

Confusing action with purpose is not uncommon in organisations when people become immersed in a flurry of activity. Unfortunately it can have a negative impact on organisational performance as patterns of inefficient leadership behaviour become repetitive.


Give your managers time to

·       reflect on how they are currently leading their teams and

·       consider how their habitual assumptions and practices currently effecting their ability to work in different ways can be challenged.


We offer a number of Leadership Development workshops that we recommend to you: 

Ø  Developing the Thoughtful Leader – building relationships, trust and engagement using emotional intelligence

Ø  The Art of Communication – inspiring and motivating high performance

Ø  Understanding Your Organisational Culture –helping or hindering effective leadership and performance

Ø  Leading Empowerment – growing leadership at all levels to increase agility and effectiveness

Ø  The Art of Teamwork – tapping the benefits of collaboration within and between teams to achieve results

Ø  Building Sustainable Change – lead and engage people with on-going change and innovation.

We would be delighted to talk to you about your organisation’s development requirements and to explore how components of these workshops could be developed in line with those needs.

Who we are

jml Training Consultancy was established in 1987. We provide bespoke training, development programmes, coaching and consultancy for clients in the UK and overseas. Our consultants are highly experienced, work in the public and private sectors and have facilitated workshops and seminars and delivered highly successful training in many countries.

What we offer

We are skilled in designing and implementing distinctive, innovative and effective professional development. We adopt a work-based learning approach tacking skills based training to service provision issues.

We create the conditions in which participants feel able to share experience and understandings in order to develop awareness and understanding of alternative approaches and develop practical, workable solutions to common business/organisational issues and problems.

We seek to develop critical thinking – to think differently about different and possible outcomes.

We focus on embedding learning in the workplace.

Our services

·       Facilitation of Team Building and Team Development Workshops

·       Leadership Development Programmes

o   Emerging Leadership

o   Enhanced Leadership for Senior Managers

o   Women In Leadership

o   Inclusive Leadership (Building a Diverse Workforce)

·      Delivery of a range of Skills Based Courses, for example Developing Emotional Intelligence

·       Coaching

·       Diagnostic Assessment Tools

·       Diversity and Inclusion

For further information about the range of services we provide please do have a look at our website or call us on 01494 488787.
If you know of anyone who might be interested in hearing about our services, please do forward our details.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

New Diversity and Inclusion website launched by jml Training Consultancy

Following on from the launch of the re-designed jml Leadership Training Consultancy website earlier this month (See the jml training blog here) a brand new new specialist Diversity and Inclusion site has just been launched.
This brand new site covers Diversity and Inclusion training. A subject that is certainly not new to jml Training Consultancy.

The company has been offering  diversity and inclusion services since 1997 in the UK.
During that time in-house training courses have been produced for numerous clients including Housing Associations, Colleges and Universities, District and County Councils, National Government Departments, NHS Health Authorities and in the last couple of months HM Government Ministers, MPs, Members of the House of Lords and Members of the European Parliament.

Full Press Release is here

The new jml Diversity and Inclusion website has been designed at the training company wants to encourage organisations to take a more holistic approach to diversity, to see beyond the differences and concentrate much more on the process of inclusivity. To this end it has revamped its website to make this process easier to navigate.

Most organisations will have diversity and inclusion  issues and jml Diversity and Inclusion Training Consultancy is well equipped for training in this area . This ensures that this subject stays as a key organisational priority and does not get squeezed by other demands and requirements to one side.

Find out more about Diversity and Inclusion by visiting the new site here


Monday, 10 February 2014

jml Training have launched a new website

Back in 2004 jml Training Consultancy launched their first website.

This was based on a major part of jml Training Services output of Diversity and Equal Opportunities. The website was updated over the years to take into account the variety of in-house training products being offered by the company.

Today a brand new site has just been launched. This has been designed to make it even easier for clients to navigate and to arrange for their in-house training and development programmes for their employees.

To quote the press release that has gone out today -  "More importantly, jml Training Consultancy looked at the many business challenges organisations were facing. For example;
  • developing the capabilities of teams to manage in a volatile environment
  • developing the ability of managers to inspire, motivate and build the capacity of teams to deliver change
  • improving internal communications, relationships and collaboration between teams
  • developing more empowered work cultures, where leadership and team work was enabled at all levels,
In response they have designed a range of leadership programmes, courses and other services – a one-stop shop – designed to help organisations integrate the most appropriate elements of learning and development to address these challenges" See Press Release Here.
jml Training Consultancy has been providing training services for over seventeen years now and is run by Grainne Suter who has more than twenty five years delivering training.
For more information about the training services offered by jml Training Consultancy visit the Learning and Development Services page here After all There has never been a better time to invest in your organisation's future than investing in training now

Friday, 7 February 2014

Is there a momentum growing for greater gender equality in the workplace or do we need quotas?

Grainne Suter of jml Training Consultancy - Professional Trainer ♦ Executive Coach ♦ Facilitator ♦ Results-focused training and development that works. 

I have always believed that quotas were an insult to women and that women should be accepted on boards and in senior positions because of the skills, knowledge and experience they had to offer.

However, Chris Blackhurst’s article in The Independent 29 January 2014 has made me reflect on this again. I found some of it very disconcerting.  He suggests that in places where men gather, for example bars, football grounds and golf clubs true feelings about gender equality are expressed. These voices are far from supportive of women in corporate directorships, in fact commitment is only skin deep and many actions are lip service. He argues that quotas are unavoidable if targets are to be met as progress to date has been so slow.

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has also come to this same conclusion. 

“I grew up in a big international law firm that I love but the number of female partners was so low and had been so low for such a long time that I soon realised that unless we had at least targets, if not quotas, there was no way we were going to have numbers of females in the partnership” Now, says Ms Lagarde, she is, “pro-quotas, pro-targets.” 

Francis O’Grady the new boss of the TUC has also advocated the need for quotas and the EU has approved proposals to make large companies fill 40% of their non-executive board posts with women.

But before we move further down this road surely more effort needs to be focused on better childcare tax breaks for women returning to work, casting the net wider for female talent and companies investing in mentoring and development to help the women in their organisations rise to the top.

The IoD has appointed a senior consultant in diversity, as they continue to focus on gender equality in boardrooms. Let us see more appointments like this building networks and bringing women together to promote female participation in senior positions.

Whilst on the subject of equality, the gender pay gap is at 19.7% or 9.6% excluding part-time work. Women are still waiting for pay parity with men even in high-performance work places where there is greater emphasis on team working and functional flexibility.

An inclusive leadership approach pro-actively adopting best practice on equal pay, building an executive talent pipeline, tackling the organisational obstacles and, most importantly, challenging the institutional mindsets in both public and private sector may help us avoid the introduction of quotas.

Let us all work within our sphere of influence to encourage those we know  with clout, to show leadership and take steps to break this monoculture. Do it not only because it makes good business sense but because it’s the right thing to do.
Grainne Suter February 2014

Looking for Diversity and Inclusion training for your organisation?

Visit the specialist jml Diversity Training website here or email us at  



Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Unemployment levels are falling so it is a good time to arrange more training for your organisation

UK unemployment rate drops to 7.1% is the headline on the BBC News website earlier. It is now close to the point at which the Bank of England has said it will consider raising interest rates.

According to the Office for National Statistics 
  • The employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 for September to November 2013 was 72.1%, up 0.5 percentage points from June to August 2013. There were 30.15 million people in employment aged 16 and over, up 280,000 from June to August 2013.
  • The unemployment rate for September to November 2013 was 7.1% of the economically active population, down 0.5 percentage points from June to August 2013. There were 2.32 million unemployed people, down 167,000 from June to August 2013.

Commenting on this the CIPD issued a press release saying  the Labour Market Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Mark Beatson, Chief Economist at CIPD, said: "We have recently seen unemployment start to fall quickly and forecasts being revised downwards but, even so, today's figures are a surprise with the headline unemployment rate falling from 7.4% to 7.1% in a single month. 

We should remember these figures are statistics with margins of error attached to them and this does not mean we should expect to see falls of this size every month.  Nevertheless, today's figures are consistent with the state of the labour market last autumn." 

Minister of State for Employment  Esther McVey MP told the BBC "Creating jobs and getting people into employment are central to our economic plan to build a stronger, more competitive economy, so it is very encouraging news that we've seen a record-breaking rise in employment over the last three months"

With more people being employed and workforces growing it is vitally important that work standards are maintained and productivity increases. One way of making sure this happens to arrange TRAINING for your staff. Whether it be a Leadership Training Development programme, one to one coaching or a specialist course on Equal Opportunities this is the time to arrange your organisation's training.

Training is very cost effective, you might think you are spending out a lot of more, but do remember the average company will be able to gain tax relief on their profits. For local Government, NHS divisions, Housing Associations, Colleges and Universities the staf are more efficient and more productive.

jml Training Consultancy has a great selection of training programmes. The advantage of going to a bespoke training company like jml Training Consultancy is that they make the training to suit the individual client's requirements. Training programmes are all in-house. Open courses are not held.

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Forget the gym professional training will keep you ahead of the game in 2014

The February 14 edition of "The Negotiator" arrived in the post last Saturday.

The Headline "Fit for the Job? Forget the gym, professional training will keep you ahead of the game in 2014" caught my attention.

Moving swiftly inside the magazine I came across the article. Naturally being a lettings agent and estate agent's publication it is geared to that market however the objectives are the same no matter what business you are involved in.

The majority of topics covered apply to all - Professional Knowledge - Efficiency and Standards - Cost  Implications - Return on Investment - Greater Earning Potential - Competitive Edge and Quality Assurance.

If you are wanting to get more from your staff in 2014 and everyone needs to keep up standards and develop learning skills, or you are a member of an organisation that could do with more training, then this is the time to plan ahead.

jml Training Consultancy does not hold open courses, but designs bespoke in house courses for organisations. Courses can be a one off course, a series of courses or a complete development programme over many months.

Keys areas are Leadership, Coaching, Team Building, Diversity and Equality and International Training Services.

The company has been delivering training services since 1997 and during that time have provided training services for  Government Ministers, Government Departments, NHS Trusts, Housing Associations, Local Authorities, establishments in the University and College sector Corporations and smaller companies.

Size does not Count: It does not matter what size the organisation is, to stay ahead of the competitors or purely to achieve greater goals in the present workplace it is essential to keep training up to date and be fit for the job. Find out more about jml Training Consultancy Here