Launching a cross-disciplinary multi-institutional project

I facilitated the launch meeting of a £1.5 million cross-disciplinary multi-institutional project involving academia, big industry, and non-government organisations. Working with the client, we designed a 1-day meeting that brought the multiple stakeholders together for the first time, and left them feeling like a cohesive team ready for action. Professor Mark Reed, who leads this project, wrote this blog a few days after the launch: Teams in academia don’t just happen…

“I’ve worked with many facilitators over the years, but have yet to meet anyone who combines such creativity, flexibility and presence. I found myself relaxing into your quiet confidence, which you used to create a safe space in which we are able to think clearly and build trust and confidence as a new team.”
Mark Reed, Professor at Newcastle University and Director, Fast Track Impact