Sally Pearman

History and experience

Sal is the Centre's Learning Adviser and has worked with the Centre for 10 years. Sal specialises in Human Resource Development and often delivers focus groups, workshops and retreats on the themes of values, identity, and meaning full work.

Sal holds an MSc in Human Resource Development and Consultancy from Birkbeck, University of London and this helps her ensure the learning approaches in our training are up to date and firmly grounded in theory as well as practice. Sal is a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and has led workshops, research and consultancy projects on the themes of inclusive workplaces, values creation, and designing people strategies.

Sal works closely with HR and L&D teams to create learning solutions that are tailored and reinforce the culture, priorities and uniqueness of the organisations she supports. Sal is part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team with a special focus on unconscious bias and gender equality.

Sal’s work is driven by a passion for accessible and practical learning for everyone irrespective of background, gender or societal barriers. This has led them to work in a range of contexts from social housing, not-for-profits and charities right through to multinational corporations and retailers.

Sal is an Accredited Belbin & FIRO B Practitioner and uses these tools in coaching, awaydays and team building projects to help individuals and teams maps their strengths and areas for development.

Outside of the Centre, Sal volunteers with young people in North London and is a Thrive Career Mentor with The University of Reading. Sal is a trustee of Queen Mary Students’ Union, a role that enhances her understanding of contemporary governance as well as enabling her to support a complex membership organisation.

Originally Sal trained as an archaeologist and still manages to apply some of those experiences and stories to their work here, although Sal emphasises that it's nothing like Indiana Jones!

Clients

Sal’s work is driven by a passion for accessible and practical learning for everyone irrespective of background, gender or societal barriers.

This has led Sally to work in a range of contexts from social housing, not-for-profits and charities right through to multinational corporations and retailers. Recently Sally has worked with Cineworld, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, The Association of Commonwealth Universities, the British Library, Ascential, Southampton Football Club, FSCS, and The Geological Society.

Training style

Sally’s approach is pragmatic and personal and their own values, and interest in diverse and inclusive organisations, shines through in the way they build and deliver projects.

Using a facilitative and collaborative approach Sally likes to make her workshops practical, driven by research and best practice, and tailored to the needs, interests and challenges of each group they work with. Creating unique action plans for each learner is central to Sally’s training style – ensuring that each person gets the attention and support they need to succeed in their role.

Courses

Sally primarily develops bespoke development programmes for staff and managers and works closely with organisations to ensure these long term projects exactly meet the needs, plans and challenges of each workplace. Sally facilitates team, department and board awaydays and offers L&D and HRD consultancy which includes coaching, policy writing and focus groups. Sally is also part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team with a special focus on Gender Equality.

Testimonials

Sal has a great understanding of, and empathy for, the challenges and obstacles that those of us in the L&D space encounter on a daily basis. Sally's consultative, pragmatic and warm approach has helped enormously in our evolution from an organisation where people train, to a learning organisation.

Organisational Development Business Partner, Financial Services Compensation Scheme

Thank you Sal for being so perceptive and able to read the room so well. It was a great mix of session styles that seemed to meet everyone’s needs. Thank you.

Marketing Projects, ONE

We receive exceptional support from the Centre, they know what works for our organisation, and they always invest the time to listen to our needs. Their very personal approach and first class delivery has helped to transform our L&D culture. They are thought of with high regard throughout our organisation!

HR Manager, Association of Commonwealth Universities

Sal really took the time to discuss our organisation and ways of working to understand how she could best advise us. Lots of useful information for us to think about in the future. I’d recommend to anyone.

Learning and Development Manager, Crisis

Enjoyed it, it helped me understand my personality profile. Sal was knowledgeable, approachable and answered all of my questions.

Digital Projects, Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy