Natures Way Foods

Client: Nature’s Way Foods, Selsey

Nature’s Way Foods supplies washed and ready to eat salad, salad meals and premium prepared produce to major multiple supermarkets and leading companies in the food service sector. Based in Selsey, West Sussex.

Ann was invited in to work with more than 50 production managers and team leaders, delivering:


  • 360 feedback
  • leadership and management development programmes for the same managers to create High Performing Teams
  • executive coaching sessions for senior managers
What We Delivered.

The 360 feedback sessions are developed firstly by working closely with the client to identify what their company values are.  Ann then used this information to help the staff determine how close they are to achieving these aims, using their own assessment and outside input. The managers were encouraged to ask other people about their performance, to ensure a rounded ‘360 degree’ view. All the information was then collated into individual reports, which Ann went through during confidential 1-2-1 sessions with each individual manager.

Ann helped identify strengths as well as areas where more work is needed, and helped show how each manager could develop the skills necessary to achieve more.

The feedback reports and sessions were then used to develop a three-day management development programme, involving the same 50 managers.

This covered a variety of topics, from identifying what a leader is and what they do, to how to coach your team to bring about effective performance.

The Results.

“People coming out of the session were waxing lyrical about everything they had been doing, they were really raving about it.

“Ann delivers what I call the wow factor in her programmes. She has the ability to engage with people at every single level of the business. She is able to use her experience from her own life to bring her subject to life and illustrate exactly what she’s saying.

 “Ann says she genuinely wants to make better leaders, and anyone taking part in her programme can have no doubt she means it, her approach has total enthusiasm and sincerity.

“I want to do the best in everything I do, which is why I will only bring in the best people to work with. When it came to management training, there was no question about who would do it.  It would always be Ann”.

Kate Stewart
Manager Development and Training
Nature’s Way Foods

Plus Dane Housing Association

Client: Plus Dane Housing Association, Liverpool

Plus Dane Housing Group is a housing association based in the North Midlands and Merseyside, and the Group have consistently performed in the top 100 companies within the UK.

Ann was asked to assist the business and senior management team focus upon developing their current and future leadership capabilities, to enable the business to operate even more effectively and to maintain its top 100 company status.

What We Delivered.

Ann worked with the senior management team to develop a programme of activities to address:

  • Clarify and addressing Business priorities and to complete an action plan.  What needs to be done, how it can be completed and who takes the initiative on which topics.
  • Review progress and identify key areas for the business
  • Involving and engaging the whole organisation to deliver the business priorities
  • Deliver a Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) for each member of the SMT and the SMT as a group.
  • Review progress and identify way forward for Plus Dane SMT.

Ann helped the SMT to both identify strengths as well as areas where more work is needed, and helped show how each manager could develop the skills necessary to achieve more for themselves, the department and the business.

The resulting action plan, feedback reports from the workshop sessions were then used to develop a number of management development programmes, involving the SMT and departments within Plus Dane.

These covered a variety of topics, from identifying what a leader is and what they do, to how to coach your team to bring about effective performance, and how to address change within the organisation.

The Results.

“Ann is an exceptional coach, trainer and leadership consultant. I first witnessed her impact at the Coaching Academy where her training and presentation style had made a lasting impression on delegates, including me. I went on to hire Ann to develop the Plus Dane senior management team at a time of significant organisational change. Her personable approach, highly professional style and deep knowledge of leadership behaviour made an invaluable contribution to ensuring that change was delivered effectively and with full engagement of the team. Highly recommended and a pleasure to work with!” 

Sasha Deepwell
Managing Director (Merseyside)
Plus Dane Group

General Dynamics

What General Dynamics said about the programme:

“My colleagues can look at improving team communications and better understanding of their team member’s values / incentives.”

“More collaboration, more recognition and experience all round.”
“Very useful presentation skills refresher.”
“Better presentations, cohesive elevator messages.”
“By having a greater cohesive view of our aims (e.g. elevator speech!).”
“Better awareness of presentation skills, better relationship with those that you only see every so often.”
“We can work collaboratively rather than combatively.”
“I have already agreed to work with colleagues creating new and improved presentations.”
“I believe we will be in a stronger position to sell the department across the business.”

Derbyshire County PCT

What they said about the course:

“Everyone can learn something from this day – even the most seasoned presenter.”

“Fun day with a serious message.”
“Key points to think about when preparing for a presentation, how to approach situations such as networking.”
“Helped me gain a little more confidence by helping put tips into practice. Confidence is all about knowing your subject, audience and planning.”
“4MAT theory is really useful for applying in meetings. Able to recognise different colleagues styles.”

Accredited Member.

Being an accredited member of world class and industry organisations, shows Ann’s commitment to personal and professional development. These memberships allow you to be confident that Ann adheres to a professional code of conduct, that is current and evolves as standards and practices change.


Ann Skidmore Associates
1 Poolfield Road
WS13 8EB

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