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Bangor University

We’ve worked with John for many years. He was recommended to us by clients because of the excellent feedback he had received. I remember the first time he ran a session for us; I sat at the back and watched the students’ reaction to him. They were spell-bound by his enthusiastic and charismatic style. He really connected with the graduates and he helped them discover their strengths and achievements and he really played a great part in developing their confidence.

He has facilitated sessions for the University on various Career Management Employability topics, including: Alignment, CV Development, Interview Skills and Techniques, Self-Presentation Skills Training, Commercial Awareness and on The role of Confidence in Achieving Success.

He is very used to facilitating diverse groups of people from different ages and backgrounds and cultures. Many of our students and graduates are ‘international’ and his style of facilitation is diplomatic and adaptable.

He’s made an impact on the students’ lives, not just in terms of developing enterprise and employability skills but he also made them think more about their work-life balance. Indeed, several students have come back to me over the years to say that he helped them achieve their goals.

Lowri Owen, Enterprise Champion

Peboc Division, Eastman Chemical Company

John provided excellent support for our employees throughout the four month period leading up to our site closure. His experience and inter-personal skills helped our employees recognise and demonstrate their value to future employers and contributed to the success of our outplacement programme and as a result 70% were resettled.

From both management and employee perspectives, John was very easy to work with. His approach was open and supportive, yet stimulating and challenging when the situation warranted it. He began by leading workshops for groups of employees, discussing the broader issues relating to redundancy, change and approaches to the labour market. He then followed up with several scheduled one-on-one sessions.

During each of many visits to site, John set time aside for 'clinics' where staff could drop-in to review draft CV's and application letters and where John would coach and mentor staff prior to approaches to employers. This was very much appreciated by the employees and helped build their confidence. For many of our operational staff, Welsh was their first language and they felt more comfortable discussing their issues through the medium of Welsh.

At the end of each visit to site John would hold a short debrief session with myself or the HR manager to summarise issues, highlight any concerns and plan the next steps. I'm pleased to say that the Outplacement service was a complete success.

Peter Roberts, Managing Director

Magnox North

I have known Mr John Evans for over ten years having first met him during a particularly difficult period of downsizing our staffing numbers at Trawsfynydd Power Station.

During that time we were tasked to reducing our manning level from 270 staff down to 145 in just over six months. Many of the staff were somewhat fixed in their ways and it was imperative that the Outplacement Service was handled compassionately and professionally. From that point of view we could not have asked for anyone better than John who very quickly engaged with all our people and made them feel totally at ease. The fact that he was bilingual was also very advantageous.

Over and above the outplacement service required, John set up taster work placements for the staff with local employers. These were successful in that they helped the employers see that previous skills acquired in past jobs were still in place. For example a HGV driver who had not worked as a driver in many years was able to demonstrate that this skill was still alive.

He also ensured that staff Health & Safety aspects and insurance issues were dealt with before they went out on placement and was involved with the media and spoke on Radio Wales re the imminent redundancies and talked about the skills-set of the workforce. He organising a “Jobs Fair” which attracted many local employers and he regularly liaised with all the local training providers.

Finally, I hope the above helps to give a clear insight in terms of John’s ability and commitment and I have no doubt, based on what he did at Trawsfynydd Power Station, he is worthy of very serious consideration.

Over 95% resettlement was achieved!

Raymond Jones, Personnel Officer, Trawsfynydd Site

CONNECT Latin America

John Evans is the kind of person that you instantly like from the moment that you meet him. I have known John for almost seven years and he has always proved to be an invaluable source of advice on any of my business and career queries. His dedication to me at all times has always helped me achieve the goals I set myself. I feel fortunate that I can count on someone like John and I would not hesitate in recommending him as an extraordinary business coach.

Iliana Salazar M.D.

PW Financial Management Ltd, Cheadle

‘John visited our office on two separate occasions to assess staff and assist them with career guidance. The feedback was excellent and both my staff and I found the exercise extremely worthwhile and cost effective. John also had some direct contact with staff, which was very much beyond the call of duty but illustrates his commitment and passion in helping people. As a result of this project the staff felt more focused on their future career progression’

Peter Waterfield, M.D.

Right Management

John is an excellent one to one consultant and an exhilarating workshop facilitator. He has energy, enthusiasm and extensive knowledge, sharing this with individual clients and groups. John motivates and empathises with his clients giving them the drive and confidence to move forward in their chosen career paths and personal development. He is highly personable, emotionally intelligent and the consummate professional.

Beverley Wood, Client Services Manager

Leadership & Management Specialist

I have known John for a number of years in my professional capacity as a Leadership and Management Specialist, facilitator and coach and have watched him work on many occasions. He is creative in his approach, dedicated, committed and talented.

Pamela Neal

Springs Information Services

I have worked with John in the outplacement industry for over 20 years. As a workshop leader, his ability to empathise with a group and lead them into wanting to find out more through the use of anecdotal evidence and Welsh whit is unparalleled. As a consultant he did not shirk from asking the client the hard question and telling them "how it is", cutting through the morass of politic and double speak to quickly point the right direction. Always came up trumps in feedback questionnaires.

Malcolm Watt, M.D.

Synthesis Personal Development Consultants

John is professional, fun and has extensive knowledge in the area of career management, change management and leadership development. An excellent facilitator and a first class communicator with the ability to quickly assess and understand customer needs and adapt his style of delivery accordingly.

Beverley Woodhouse

DLM Consulting

I am delighted to write a recommendation for John Evans. I have frequently engaged John over the past few years to provide outplacement coaching to both my private and public sector clients. He has always delivered expert advice. He has a charismatic style, is hugely personable and very approachable. He has delivered high calibre career support at all employee level. I would recommend him highly.

Donna Merrick

Oakridge Training & Consulting

John has extensive experience in consulting, working with groups, individuals and organisations to achieve their goals. He has his own unique style which achieves high results of success for those he works with. When facilitating workshops, John brings the content to life, providing humour together with an array of relevant examples to maximise the learning potential for each delegate.

Eunice Glover, Project Management Support Consultant

Bangor University

John has provided a range of consultancy services which were tailored to identify business needs. The provision was always well structured and delivered professionally and to a consistently high standard. Evaluation and feedback drawn from the process reinforced the fact that his contribution had served to inspire people to achieve both their personal and professional aspirations.

I have always been impressed with John’s fresh and yet highly practical approach to providing affordable business tailored solutions. The services he provided encompassed a range of business issues including enhancing performance, process efficiency, operational improvements and profitability whilst energising and motivating employees who were often engaged in a change process.

Edward Evans, Staff Development Officer, H.R. Department

What Individuals Say

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John is an expert in his attitude towards business with a calm, considered approach to his work and support of others.

Edward Edgington, Project/Performance/Change Management, Airbus UK, Broughton

When I failed to be re-elected to the National Assembly I faced having to prepare for my first job applications in over 30 years. John's advice and guidance proved invaluable to myself - from practical tips on the best approaches to consider down to the choices for CV layout.

Aled Roberts, Welsh Assembly Member, Wrexham.

John provided me with essential career transition support through a number of group workshops and one to one sessions, which meant I really grasped the opportunities ahead of me and continued living the dream. John is inspirational, creative and the ultimate in motivational support, understanding the individual and assisting to find a positive way forward in quite often difficult circumstances. John helped me turn redundancy into sustainable success and happiness for the future.

Liz Parry, M & S Money, Chester.

John is a highly knowledgeable and experienced consultant. He has worked with me over the summer of 2015 to get me fit for purpose so I could tackle the job market head on and ultimately get a senior position following redundancy. John has a direct approach, lots of drive and a real passion to help and develop people. I have no doubt that the work John carried out with me was invaluable and as a result my first application landed me a fantastic job! Thank you, John.

Sharon Williams, Service Improvement - Housing, Health & Social Care.

A number of years ago I had a vision of providing consultancy support to small and medium sized companies which couldn't afford the fees of the larger consultancy corporations, but I didn't have a clear view of how I was going to achieve this vision.

John's coaching actually gave me clarity in a number of ways: Firstly, his sheer enthusiasm and his ability to develop effective relationships. Secondly, the simple skills and techniques he used to allow me to evaluate all my options and create a successful business model and last, but not least, he allowed me to reflect on my own plans and style to really improve my relationships with clients.

Ray Roberts, Performance Matters.

John provided first class support that was a perfect match for my career transition needs. His integrity, expertise, humour and buoyant sense of positivity was a breath of fresh air. As a fluent Welsh speaker he was able to help me draft my CV in two languages – a must in this rural part of Wales. Every employer I approached commented on how different and exceptional my CV was. This raised my confidence level and spurred me on to finding a great job in my locality.

If you are thinking about the right next career move I would highly recommend using Johns services. Thanks very much, John.

Bernadette Beddall, Engineering Administrator, MOD Centre, Llanbedr, North Wales.

I recently attended a Career Transition workshop followed by a few one to one sessions. They were run by John Evans and I must say they have helped me move forward in my life. John challenged some of my attitudes and beliefs and helped me become focussed on my next career path and he also instilled in me how important it is to research, plan and commit in order to succeed in the world of work.

Mark Challoner, Photographer, Airbus UK, Broughton.