Who we are
Sarah James Willcox
The first thing I would like you to know is that though change can be hard, it’s often simpler than you think.
My assignments for Fairisle range in size and duration. Whether working individually on a mentoring assignment, with two or three leaders of an SME or with a team in a larger organisation, my focus is always the same. With you as my client, my role is to help you realise how much you already know about the change you want to make. I will work collaboratively with you and your team to ensure that your destination is clearly defined, that your plan is realistic and that you are equipped with everything you need to ensure you succeed.
Our clients find me flexible, positive and resourceful. I am good at helping teams work well together, and have excellent listening and facilitation skills. I am versatile, organised and creative and pride myself on my ability to combine vision with pragmatism.
I am a qualified mediator, Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, PRINCE2 and PROSCI practitioner.
Within Fairisle my focus is on product development, delivery and client relationships.
Look, listen and seek to understand – in these three actions I find both the starting point and the answers to any change someone wants to make.
The nature of the projects that I work on with Fairisle usually include change for those involved on a personal and organisational level. Whether it’s coaching managers in their first few months of a new role or redesigning part of an organisation, the process of stepping back and taking account of the current culture and atmosphere is core to understanding what needs to be done by the person wanting to implement change, either for themselves or others.
Our clients have found me to be an insightful and knowledgeable partner who challenges their perceptions on what is possible. I design and facilitate engaging workshops, deliver clear and concise reports and provide effective support in the delivery of change. I’m known for asking questions that cause clients to pause and consider their current position, and then help them move forward.
I’m a qualified teacher, ILM-qualified coach and certified MSP practitioner with over 20 years of experience in Organisational Development.
Within Fairisle my focus is on client delivery, product development and brand and marketing material creation.
I make sure I understand your challenges and opportunities so that I can recommend the solutions that suit you and your business. That way you can be sure that the changes you achieve are the changes you need.
My assignments for Fairisle tend to focus on the technical aspects of change initiatives, ranging from helping clients to envisage what a software solution can achieve for them, to mentoring people on how to articulate what they need clearly. I’m also passionate about the value and importance of agile methods in helping clients to make rapid, measurable progress towards their change goals.
Our clients find me to be focused on achievable outcomes, able to get to grips quickly with complex problems and adept at facilitating productive, problem solving workshops.
I am a Certified Scrum Master, and Certified Scrum Product Owner, with a Masters degree in Business Systems Analysis and Design.
Within Fairisle, my focus is on business development, agile practices and digital marketing.
Attentiveness, courage and simplicity
Being clear in what we say and do
Putting ourselves in others’ shoes
Holding our clients’ interests at the heart of our work
Choosing the best way forward when faced with challenge
Using our practice to learn and grow