Kathryn Winterburn

Kathryn is an inspiring and accomplished organisation and leadership development consultant.

Her work helps people see the context of their systems from different perspectives. She is skilled at challenging norms and behaviours, generating new possibilities for lasting change. She possess a rare mix of international, public and private sector experience gained over 30 years, including 16 years in highly complex and fluid NHS environments.

She works with individuals, teams, boards and other diverse groups supporting their development and learning with a range of approaches. Kathryn is a strong advocate of experiential learning and reflexive practice. She has designed and delivered a broad range of leadership programmes including clinical leadership development, board development and aspiring director programmes. She has successfully established communities of practice and learning networks that provide places of learning, inquiry, peer support and reflection. When working one-to-one, her coaching style is challenging but empathetic, working holistically with clients to create ideas and craft new ways of thinking, seeing and being. Using penetrating questions as well as a range of creative methods, working with Kathryn is a rich client-centred and supportive experience.

Before establishing herself as an independent consultant, Kathryn worked in a senior leadership position as head of the NHS Yorkshire and the Humber Leadership Academy, a regional resource for the provision of leadership development and organisation development for senior leaders within health and social care across the substantial geography. Prior to this, Kathryn held a range of OD & HR positions in the NHS, at both regional and local levels. Kathryn’s early career began at British Telecom where she worked as an HR specialist on a major process re-engineering project delivering service change. Her work in the USA included operational management in the publishing industry and HR roles within chemical and manufacturing environments.

Kathryn is a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of the dynamics of organisations and systems. Her consultancy practice is built on a strong theoretical base and academic research, grounded in the real work of people in organisations. At the centre of her work is the power of reflexive practice and learning, situated in the challenges of today’s complex world.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Management Learning and Leadership from Lancaster University. Her academic interests continue and she has published articles in the field of leadership development and action learning. She is a co-associate editor of the international Journal of Action Learning Research and Practice, a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and ODN Europe. She is also a Trustee of Forget Me Not, a West Yorkshire-based children’s hospice.

Outside of work she enjoys photography, wide-open spaces, poetry, art and theatre.

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