Julie Drybrough – Founder
“I wanted to make the space I wish I’d had when I was learning my craft. In 20 years of working with culture and with change in organisations, pretty much everything I have learned about facilitation has been through trial and error. So I wanted to create a dedicated space to trial and error, a place to explore and experiment, to talk and sense-make with others, to enable practitioners to fast-track their development and confidence.
In 2012, I started an MSc in Organisational Change from Ashridge Business School which demanded reflection-into-action and taught me the absolute importance of developing yourself, your skills and capability first, before trying it out on anyone else. So the philosophy of the Shindig is “rattle your foundations” – get to know your core beliefs, values and habits and give them a shake-up to try new things or truly embed things that work for you. We are unique in what we bring – how can we deploy it well?
At my heart, I am a practitioner – I believe the doing is more important than the talking, but that thinking before doing is also wise, at times. The Shindig is meant to be a space to think and act.. and joy… it’s a little about the joy of the work too.”
Fiona McBride – Community Director
Fiona is a freelance learning & development consultant who is simply wonderful at bringing people together. She co-founded LnDCoWork in London and then across the UK & is a well known and respected L&D practitioner.
“As a learning professional, I believe my own continued professional development is crucial to enable me to support others with their learning.
I have an MSc in Personnel and Development and I am a Chartered Member of the CIPD and current Vice-Chair of the Central London Branch committee.
I am active on social media and I find it is one very useful way to build my knowledge and help me keep on learning. As much as I am a fan of technology, I am also a believer in the benefits of networking and learning from others.
Meeting others and testing out new ideas is what drew me to the Facilitation Shindig. I am an Alumni of the very first Shindig in Manchester in 2017. The opportunity to gather with likeminded individuals, hear different experiences and really get the chance to challenge my facilitation practice and myself was one I couldn’t pass up.
I was delighted when Julie asked me if I’d consider being part of the Shindig team as Community Director. I will be bringing my community building skills into the Facilitation Shindig space to help it grow and develop, both online and face to face. Additionally, I am keen to support the future Shindigs around the country starting with the London Shindig in 2018.”
Katie MacDonald – Shindig Support
Katie has been a vital part of fuchsia blue ltd since 2012 and has co-ordinated the Facilitation Shindig since its inception in 2016. Through her business, Virtually Does It, she manages our logistics, venues, inquiries and generally makes stuff happen.
The Shindig would be much more shoddy without her.
Contact us: Hello@facilitationShindig.com