Working together to help you to make a difference
We know that we can’t do everything. We’re great at strategy, planning, communications and PR, brilliant at training and awesome at creating supportive communities – but that leaves a lot of other stuff that you’re going to need and we don’t do. And we want to help you find brilliant people who can help you with all the things we can’t do. Every one of the Actually Partners is committed to working with changemakers. And every one of them is known personally to us at Actually.
Catherine Watkin is the UK’s leading expert in heart-centred sales. After a highly successful 20+ year career in sales she now works with business owners who are gifted and passionate about what they do but struggle in business because they feel awkward about using traditional sales approaches to sell their services. She teaches them how to sell in a way that feels authentic and comfortable – and most importantly gets them great results. Catherine is an authentic and inspiring role model for how it is possible to create a successful business without resorting to sleazy or manipulative sales and marketing techniques.
Actually says: Catherine’s heart-centred approach to sales and marketing is such a wonderful contrast to so many of the ‘Make six figures in six minutes with this one great trick’ approach I see so often advertised. Catherine is no less effective for taking a much more principled approach that aligns with integrity and compassion.
Felicity is the Founder and Managing Director of Zen – a brilliant communications agency based in Telford. She has a diverse skill set covering sales, marketing, psycho-linguistics, PR, media training, public speaking and presentation training. But her zone of genius is in helping leaders to communicate with integrity, personality, and genuine impact.
Actually says: Felicity is a brilliant consultant, a genius communicator and an awesome trainer. If you’re about to step on stage as a leader – whether it’s for the first or the 50th time – Felicity can help you to truly shine.
Jim is a senior freelance copywriter with over 15 years’ experience in advertising and marketing. He spent the majority of his career at creative agencies such as Grey, BBH and McCann working on everything from TV and print, to email, websites and social media. He has worked at both small start-up and established international companies; including brands such as Waitrose, Tesco, Hugo Boss, Virgin, DHL, WWF, L’Oreal Paris and Sky.
Actually says: A professional copywriter is worth his or her weight in gold and Jim is one of the best. If you’re struggling to find your words – I highly recommend a chat with Jim. He can usually help.
Website, Visual Branding & Design
The Good Alliance is an alliance of designers, copywriters, marketers & consultants, committed to helping ambitious changemakers turn their ideas into big world changing movements. Whether you are a coach or a consultant or a non-profit or a social enterprise – if you want to change the world, they want to help you do it! Cat’s particularly areas of expertise are around visual branding, design and creating compelling websites…like this one!
Actually says: Cat Townsend is a genius. I worked with her on the Actually branding look and feel – and it was as though she’d read my mind! I LOVE our brand and can’t recommend Cat highly enough.
Actually says: Karen Roswell is not only a brilliant photographer – her work brings out the essence of her subjects. And if she can make me laugh in front of a camera then she can make ANYONE feel at ease!
Helen is a style consultant and advisor with a difference. She is a stand for feeling fabulous instead of simply looking fashionable – because when you feel good, that’s when you look good. She works with entrepreneurs who dare to express who they really are – and need their wardrobes to catch up and support them in shining bright.
Actually says: I LOVE Helen’s work. She understands that how we look and feel in our clothes has a huge impact on our ability to shine, to connect and to be visible.
ACCOUNTANCY / TAX
Actually says: There is no-one else I would trust to provide professional accounting and tax services to me and to my business Actually. Nicola is a sensitive and sensible accountant and advisor for human beings!
FINANCIAL ADVISOR / PLANNER
Actually says: Aaron has helped me to take a completely different approach to my financial future that feels both reassuring and liberating!
Actually says: Debbie is warm, compassionate, kind and brilliant at what she does. If you’re looking for legal advice – I recommend her highly.
Organisational Change / Consulting
As a masters level qualified and experienced Change Agent, Joanna Rawbone, MSc, is committed to shifting the extraversion bias in organisations creating truly inclusive cultures that access the untapped potential of introverts. Since her TEDx talk on the subject, Joanna is in demand to bring about this organisational change through a powerful mix of consultation, facilitation, coaching and training using her proven 3 phase Flourishing Unlimited change model.
Actually says: I adore Joanna’s work with individuals and organisations. If you are an introvert committed to changing the world or if you want your organisation to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce that recognises the gifts and talents of all staff, then speak to Jo.
Leadership Skills / Team Building
A highly sought after and successful Transformational Leadership Coach, Presentation Skills Trainer, Speaker, Author and Mentor, Cath has over 35 years’ experience in Senior Leadership and Leadership Development. From creating winning presentations with bid teams to developing highly performing individual leaders and teams across a wide range of sectors, she has a proven track record of providing inspirational Leadership Coaching and Training. Her innovative approach enables individuals and teams to become confident, compelling and persuasive communicators and leaders who inspire others to take action. If you are looking to develop your leadership ability, enhance or develop your team, Cath can help.
Actually says: Cath’s has the gravitas, the insight and the experience to work with any leader or team in any sector. If you are prepared to be challenged, to be stretched and to really grow, then Cath will deliver for you.
Presentation / Public Speaking Training
Actually says: Stephanie is an incredible trainer. I’ve been doing presentation and public speaking for decades and yet I have learnt a great deal from her. I thoroughly recommend her work.
Kate Wolf is the creator of StorySchool, which guides business owners to find, craft and share the story that turns them into a Beacon for clients. Kate funnels her in-depth understanding of communication from work in the theatre – writing, performing, teaching and directing – to transform bland messaging into brands that beam with personality.
Actually says: Kate is a natural storyteller with a wonderful ability to draw out the stories of others and to help them shine on the stage and page. Her magical gifts with story made her a natural partner for Actually.
ONLINE MARKETING TECH SUPPORT
Actually says:Jason has been a whiz at helping me to sort out my membership site and – in particular – my ActiveCampaign database. All the things I don’t understand…Jason does and he does it with great compassion for my techno-phobia!
One of Many
Actually says: I cannot praise One of Many highly enough. If you are a woman wanting to create change – in your own life, your industry or the world, then you NEED One of Many.
Actually says: Laura has a refreshing, simple and accessible approach to meditation that makes it not only enjoyable but easy to fit into your life. She’s a brilliant advocate for the benefits of meditation.
NUTRITION / HORMONE HEALTH
Happy Hormones for Life helps you to optimise your performance at work, home and play! A team of qualified Nutritionists specialising in hormones and gut health, they use state of the art health tests to identify underlying imbalances that could be affecting your health. They work with you to create personalised targeted programmes that quickly and effectively address health imbalances. Typical results include improved energy, mood, weight, sleep, digestion, immune function, skin, hair, libido, bone health and more. When your health is optimal you are better equipped to change the world!
Actually says: I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for Nicki Williams, Actually would not exist. After a long period of really struggling with my energy and concentration – she was able to pinpoint exactly what was wrong and help me to put it right so that I had the energy to get on with my life and my work.
Actually says: Ten minutes coaching with Stephanie is like a shot in the arm of confidence, insight and support. If your fear, self-doubt or poor self-esteem are holding you back – call her.
Actually says: Sharon is an amazing coach and I thoroughly recommend her. She is also an absolutely unflappable event organiser so if you’re looking for event management and advice, get in touch with Sharon and tell her Sara sent you. She doesn’t advertise that she does events – but she does. And she is brilliant!
Harriet’s vision is for a world where it doesn’t occur to women that they or their bodies aren’t good enough, where they know, accept and celebrate their true value. As a sought after speaker and women’s leadership coach, Harriet’s clients and audiences show hugely positive changes in how they think, feel and act in their relationship with themselves and their potential. They learn how to ditch disempowering behaviours, feelings of low self-belief and general overwhelm to become confident, healthy, and successful. Harriet is the creator of the fast growing and feisty brand Self-Love & Sass, to be found on instagram at @selflove_and_sass
Actually says: Harriet is an exceptional coach working with women. If you suffer from self-esteem issues; struggle to accept and love yourself or have a constant ‘I’m not good enough’ voice in your head, speak to Harriet. It’s hard to change the world if you don’t believe in yourself.
Inclusion & Diversity
Actually says: Rosa is passionate about helping organisations, teams and individuals to consider their biases and how to tackle them. She has already taught me so much about how to ensure that my communications and marketing is more representative of the diversity of my community and I look forward to continuing to learn with Rosa over the coming months and years.
“Sara was the first person to teach me about communications strategy – what it is, why it’s important and how it underpins a communications campaign to ensure you get the right results.”
UNCOVER YOUR COMMUNICATIONS SUPERPOWERS!
You're NOT bad at promoting yourself or marketing your business. You absolutely can spread the word about your work and attract the right clients towards you. You just need to do it in a way that feels authentic, comfortable and natural for YOU.
Take the Actually Great Communications Tribes quiz, uncover your communications superpowers and stop trying to force your fabulous round peg self into a nasty square hole that was never designed for you!