Antonia Frezza

When we wanted to develop the 14 most senior leaders in our business, search and we approached a number of providers to put together a proposal for us. We whittled it down to 5 providers that we invited to come and present to us. Shirley and Andy from Azesta seemed very much in line with our values and approach and we were quickly convinced that they were the right people to develop our leaders. Their approach to learning was very fun, interactive and engaging and we ran a series of 6 modules over 12 months interspersed with reading key texts and action learning sets which they helped us to facilitate. Each module was individually designed for us and delivered in a different location with a combination of thought provoking video, group discussion, experiential exercises, interactive theory and interesting anecdote. Our organisational culture and values were reinforced, learning was fully embedded in the organisation and over the course of the year, each individual made significant progress in their personal development. Several people moved on to other roles, myself to Director and one of our Directors to a Chief Executive role at Hull University which was part of what we had hoped for from the programme. The great things about Azesta are firstly, their complete flexibility in terms of designing exactly what we wanted and adapting and developing during the modules themselves according to our needs and interests, secondly their complete transparency over costs and willingness to attend additional meetings and travel to venues free of charge and thirdly the quality of their delivery which is professional, knowledgeable but at the same time fun!

antonia frezza

HR Director Leeds University Union

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