ABOUT US

We are a premier social enterprise dedicated to providing support to those leading positive change. We offer a variety of unconventional, transformational leadership programmes. We facilitate, coach and consult individuals, change makers, businesses, social enterprises, and community groups. We have been working to plug the gap between a desire to lead change and having the tools and support to do so since 2014.

MISSIONS AND VALUES

Our mission is to support leaders for positive change. This defines the way we collaborate with you and with each other. Using our unique tools and creative, participatory approach, we exist to guide our clients along the pathway to success on an individual, business, and community level. We believe in a process of continuous learning, supporting ideas driven by passion, and inspiring the courage it takes to make your vision a reality.

Each stage of the BUD process is guided by our 5 core values to ensure that your experience with us is illuminating and inspiring.

EAR

1. TO LISTEN MEANS TO UNDERSTAND

We don’t just listen to you, we make sure we understand your ideas and exactly where you’re coming from.

EQUAL

2. NO PERSON IS BETTER, ONLY DIFFERENT

This is one of the most important components of BUD’s value system and philosophy. We’re all about building up the strengths that make you uniquely valuable!

PRESENT

3. GIVE MORE THAN EXPECTED

We never do the bare minimum. We care about you and your vision and genuinely believe we should go above and beyond.

HEART

4. BE PASSIONATE

We want to be passionate about what we’re doing not only because our work will be of better quality when we are, but because it’s important for us to enjoy what we’re doing! Which brings me to my next point…

SMILE

5. HAVE FUN!

Community, business, and organisational development can be hard work! But it can also be a lot of fun. We get to spend time with great people like you and watch as your ideas come to fruition. We hope you have fun with this too.

MEET THE TEAM

Georgina Stephens

CEO & Founder, Master Facilitator

Bio:

Founder and CEO of BUD has got years of experience as a Community Organiser, Programme designer, Project Manager, Systems thinking, Facilitator, Host and Coach. Her qualifications include FRSA, Level 3 Certificate Community Organising, Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support, Certificate in Coaching and Introduction to Project Management, Level 3 Award in Education and Training, Level 3 GNVQ in Business Management.

Georgina Stephens founded BUD in 2014. Georgina is devoted to facilitating real change and uses innovative, outside the box approaches in her programmes, ensuring that they are accessible for all.

“Through my own experience in trying to lead change and not having a clue of how to do it well, I realised that I needed tools and I needed to connect with people, lots of people! I also realised how important it was to understand and take care of myself first, and how essential is it to empower others in the process.

I believe that every single person is special and unique and has something beautiful they can offer this world, we all just need to uncover it.

So here we are, ready to lead positive change.”

Lee Stephens

LND Manager, Master Facilitator 

Lee is one of our lead facilitators, using practices such as art of hosting, appreciative inquiry, theory U and embedding community organising principles when delivering a session. His experience includes training with local charities, hosting meetings, outreach and engagement with local communities, strategic visioning and planning and public speaking

Marilena Dyranis-Maounis

COO, Senior Project Manager, Facilitator 

Production/Event manager and facilitator, her past experience includes being a Youth in Action seminars organiser, a Global Action Plan ambassador and a Lead Positive Change trainer. Currently Marilena is working as BUD’s COO, coordinating the team, supporting in design and event delivery, while still collaborating with Capgemini Consultancy’s ASE department as support for event delivery. Trained in pitching, strategics, NLP, managing volunteers, funding, leadership, negotiations and marketing, her skills include harvesting, preparing assignments, graphic materials for event input and output and event hosting.

Naz Latif Pauperio

Comms Manager

I believe communications plays a key role within any organisation for all stakeholders to understand the story that needs to be told and engage with it.

Lere Fisher

Master Facilitator 

Lere is a unique and experienced trainer who is able to work with a diverse group of people using a range of learning styles which promote Learning and Development to the people he is working with. His expertise in subject matters Emotional Intelligence, Customer Service, Performance Management and Leadership Skills promises an personable and engaging experience. He is ILM qualified and has 3 years experience in being the Regional Training Manager for Specsavers, including facilitating training to ensure the technical learning of the group is challenging, accurate and business relevant.

Helen Sanson

Project Manager, Consultant

Helen is a versatile project manager and consultant with 18 years of educational experience from teaching, governance to curriculum development and 12 years of business knowledge covering project management, strategy and operations. Her qualifications include Level 6 Dip Careers Guidance, MA Adult Learning and Global Change, L4 Cert Adult Literacy PGCE (PCET) English/Literacy, Pg Cert Film and TV and a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies. She has received training on Theory U (U:Lab), Art of Hosting with Appreciative Inquiry, Circle Way, World Cafe and Open Space, Storytelling for Business, Diversity and Social Justice, Action Learning, Intersectionality and System Thinking (for social change).

Karina Cuji

Online Community Director, Facilitator

I have been designing and planning groups’ processes for more than three years. I have been facilitating workshops, training and conversation in diverse topics such as social action, mental health/wellbeing, planning events and leadership. I have been using and selecting tools that best help small and big size groups between 5 to 25 people to participate and engage and achieve  successful outcomes.

Danny Forbes

Business Development Executive

Jose Augusto Barco

Master Facilitator

Jose is a Colombian Community Organiser, Art of Hosting Practitioner, Founder of Community CoLab and a founding director of Community Organisers Ltd. He is passionate about people power, social change and justice, creating spaces for meaningful collaboration. He understands the complexity of working with diverse groups with experience as a trainer, group process designer, campaigner and consultant. His work is influenced by his creative practices, musical roots and permaculture principles.

Chelsea Whittle

Graphic Designer 

Chelsea is a BA (hons) photography graduate with a passion for all things design. With photography and illustration as her core art background she developed an interest in graphic design. From there she has been creating and designing logos, websites, apps and more for various small and independent companies and is now the core designer here at BUD.

Louiza Hafsi

PA & Brand Ambassador

Louiza is an experienced personal assistant for 4 years within private company and freelance. Languages used such as French and Arabic. Advanced Nutritionist and Fitness coach.

Roz Thornton

Master Facilitator 

Kasia Stepien

Master Facilitator

Trainer, Facilitator and Programme Designer. Kasia has been designing projects on social change, education and personal transformation since 2012.  Passionate about creating spaces for people to grow, learn and connect, inspired by Theory U, Way of Council and nature – connection approaches, she has been facilitating learning and group processes with community leaders, NGO staff, volunteers and educators.

Melissa Vidal

Facilitator 

Mel has almost 20 years of history in youth & community work, supported housing and mentoring. With a growing passion for wellbeing and self-care, the last 4 years have seen Mel upskill and transition towards Youth Mental Health First Aid, Trauma, the Arts Award and Life Coaching & Hypnotherapy. As a Facilitator and Mentor/Coach, Mel always aims to inspire and empower people of all ages and backgrounds in one-to-one and group settings; adding a sprinkle of crafting to the mix whenever she can!

Suzanne Willems

Facilitator 

My facilitation experience includes:

‘Lead Positive Change’ course & Activate Day for Bud 

My own coaching workshops discoaching ‘Kickstart your passion’ & ‘Jumpstart’ 

Business Communication Skills Courses (Public Speaking/Customer service/Conversations etc.)

Sharon Brooks

Facilitator

As a business & well-being coach I coach and consult clients looking to start or launch a business and also work with solopreneurs and leaders of small organisations and social enterprises looking to boost their personal development, growth and productivity of their business.

Melissa Fry

Facilitator

Melissa is director and workshop facilitator of Engage Here CIC. The primary purpose is to engage people living with dementia and their carers, in art workshops as a means of improving their cognitive well-being. The 6-week multi sensory pilot programme, Silk Painting and Radical Screen Printing are some recent project examples.

Marcia Jones

Facilitator

As a BUD Facilitator, I have had the privilege of facilitating some of our exciting sessions, two of which are with the Semble Group. I have facilitated several community groups, for other charities, as well as my own women’s empowerment project, Sister2Sister. I do enjoy facilitating groups: I enjoy the energy, the experience it brings and sharing who I am.

Erica Ras

Junior Graphic Facilitator

After working as an international biologist, I decided to follow my greater passion: visual communication. Trained as a graphic designer I am currently working for a company who produces educational videos. Since last year I also started graphic recording, which combines my listening, associating and drawing skills, allowing me to visually capture the essence of conversations. I love collaborating with BUD with it’s positive and encouraging atmosphere.

Francesco Tassi

Graphic Facilitator

I have discovered Graphic Recording in Canada and developed my skills volunteering for the Transformative Learning Center. I have been working as a graphic recorder independently and in a team, especially with Creative Connection.