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MY COMMUNITY

I’m a community person. I love seeing the ecosystem of connections around me. Cups of coffee and follow up connecting emails. The suite of logos below represent the web of connections around me. None of my work is ever in isolation. All of my work is through people.
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“I found your facilitation gentle, thoughtful and inclusive, finding ways to invite everyone into the conversation. You were easy to work with. Asking the questions and providing the structure that allowed us to get what we needed from the event. You were also (happily) prompt and organised which I really value.”
LANI EVANS, MANAGER, VODAFONE FOUNDATION
“Silvia brought clarity to chaos. What direction to go became a lot more obvious with Silvia in the room. Even though she has a good understanding of the details, it’s her ability to link that to the big picture and making sure we’re going in the right direction which is one of Silvia’s greatest strengths! Silvia was easy to work with, a sound communicator, a good listener who was eager to understand and make sure everyone’s requirements were captured. She’s very diplomatic and knows when to dig deeper and when to let matters lie.”
MALCOLM SHEARER, OPERATIONS MANAGER, DEV ACADEMY
 “Silvia’s leadership style is one which helps friends, colleagues, volunteers see their shared purpose and find opportunities to move forward within strengths­ based processes which are action orientated.”
CHELSEA ROBINSON, MEMBER, ENSPIRAL
“Silvia was the one we would call when we needed direct answers. Practical and adaptable, with foresight, willing to take measured risks, build understanding and compromise for the better. Her humility as a manager/leader doesn’t go unnoticed. Silvia demonstrates true leadership through clear communication. She has the unique ability to navigate through complexity, and share it whilst it’s happening – in order to collaborate and build the best outcomes with her colleagues. She doesn’t leave her colleagues behind and will make time for people, and share her vulnerability. This is so rare! Silvia asks powerful questions and will adjust work according to the needs of the group/organisation she’s working with. She has great foresight and is willing to explore complex pathways in order to get to the heart of the matter. I imagine her as an explorer moving through the Matrix, or the Labyrinth, holding a torch and ushering her team of friends to follow.
I have witnessed several occurrences where Silvia has stepped in and been a great help to an organisation or project that was floundering. She can take care of people, budgets and set structures. She’s an incredible asset, a uniquely adept manager with years of diverse experience.”
REBEKA WHALE, MEMBER, ENSPIRAL
“A confident collaborator, open to ideas and willing to challenge, always professional and with a focus on the experience of the participants.”
SUSAN BASTERFIELD, CATALYST, ENSPIRAL
“Action + compassion: lead by doing, then support the humans to do it too.”
RICHARD BARTLETT, CO-FOUNDER, LOOMIO
“Your empathy affords you great insight into the group’s needs, your penchant for
stratagems marries those needs to the best collective solution, and your undeniable smile and charisma inspires those around you to follow through on that solution.”
JOSH DEAN, PAST EMPLOYEE, CHALKLE
“As a leader you have great empathy, emotional intelligence and focused drive.”
BART DE VRIES, SENIOR ADVISOR, MOTIF
“Self confidence legitimately gained through experience. You have an impressive track
record of leading teams to deliver large scale and complex projects. An extensive toolkit of strategies and references (including academic and through leader theories) which underpin your direction and decision­making. Integrity – is everything and you have it in spades”
HELEN KIRLEW-­SMITH, PRODUCER, OPEN SOURCE // OPEN SOCIETY
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