People Spark Solutions

ABOUT US

People Spark Solutions was launched in June 2020 to support organisations with their Learning, Talent and Organisational Development needs. In a short space of time we have built a strong client base.

Our highlights so far have been:

• Transforming face to face learning to online, including re-design of materials and train the trainers sessions with high levels of engagement
• Employee engagement linked to workplace of the future project, design of bespoke surveys for entire workforce, focus groups, line manager interviews and recommendations paper
• Review of a complex L&D provision for a large organisation including external benchmarking, end to end review and recommendations
• Shared our own research on ‘Performance Management’ trends and the ‘Future of Work’ through our extended network and added value for our clients including 3 events which attracted over 50 attendees

People Spark Solutions

MEET THE TEAM

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Founder and Managing Director

Scott set up People Spark Solutions in the Summer of 2020 after a successful career working for large organisations.

He holds a BA (Hons) in Leadership and Management from Northumbria University which had a huge focus on organisational change and how organisations learn. At this time Scott was part of a large complex organisation with a huge change agenda and was central to people change, and subsequently developed a project and commercial edge to his work.

Extensive experience of creating the desired culture following mergers and acquisitions and subsequent transformational change

Most recently Scott has completed his CIPD Level 7 in Human Resources Development, a qualified coach and mentor, and is currently the Vice Chair of the CIPD North East of England Branch.

Supporting local communities is a big part of my work, and have recently signed up to be an Enterprise Advisor supporting local schools.

Dustin

Dustin Hafki

Business Consultant

Dustin has recently been appointed to Business Consultant with a focus on People and Research.

He holds a BA in Organisational Sociology, where he focussed on industrial relations, specifically the German duality of works councils and trade unions, as well as employment law. During this time, Dustin took on part-time work as a student researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander Universität in Erlangen (Germany) and supported migrant teenagers at a local school by organising a weekly Careers Service.

In September 2020 he successfully completed the MSc programme “global Human Resource Management” at Newcastle University. During this programme Dustin developed an interest in the future of work, work life balance, and sustainability, where he closely follows the academic research.

Following a University project, he joined People Spark Solutions for the business launch in July 2020 on an internship before transitioning into his current role as Business Consultant (People & Research).

Dustin has been supporting clients understanding more about their people and disruption caused by the pandemic with bespoke surveys and focus groups.

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    FUTURE EVENTS

    We are delighted to share with you some events coming this September

    ‘Facilitating your people to adapt to new ways of working’

    CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards

    Detail: We are delighted to sponsor this year’s category “Excellence in Organisational & People Development” at the CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards.

    Date/time: June 11th 2021

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    CIPD Northern Annual Conference 2021

    Detail: We are excited to talk about Gen Z at the CIPD Northern Annual Conference 2021 as part of the panel on “Focussing on young people to build your talent pipeline”.

    Date/time: May 6th 2021

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    Establishing a resilient mindset and preparing for future disruption

    Detail: Are you and your team ready and resilient for what’s coming?

    Date/time: 10-11am – September 8th

    Key words: Resilience, strengths, leadership development, coaching

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    Future of work and work life balance

    Detail: Exploring the new workplace and workforce post Covid and what this might look like for the new generation

    Date/time: 15th September 10-11

    Key words: Networking, insightful talks, special interest group

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    Performance Management Conversations

    Detail: Insights and conversations about trends in relation to what’s next in the revolution of people performance

    Date/time: 29th September 10-11

    Key words:  Networking, insightful talks, special interest group (added extra of offering), opportunity to consult in organisations

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    TESTIMONIALS

    During lockdown 2020, Scott facilitated a remote session for me and my team using MBTI and the concept of virtual teams, very apt given the global pandemic and the fact that my ‘new’ office based team were now working remotely from home which was a new experience for them but also for me given that I had only been with the business 6 weeks at this point in time.

    Given that Scott has not had any previous interaction with my team, he facilitated a really engaging and thought-provoking session.  Scott was exceptionally well prepared, giving lots of his own examples to bring the session to life but also had lots of discussion questions for the team and even shared some fun bits with the team afterwards.

    I will definitely be working with Scott again, when the right project comes up as he certainly has a lot to offer.

    Lindsay Muers - Assistant Director of People, Bernicia

    Back in 2018, like a number of other L&D Teams, we were heavily reliant on face to face delivery for our training. We were keen to exploit the benefits that a more self-led, digitally blended, and bite-sized learning model could bring us – especially dealing with speed of change and expectations of our people. We instigated a project led by Scott to start to address this.

    This multi-faceted programme involved developing a self-led learning culture within our business, investing in carefully selected digital tools that would create a straight-forward and engaging learning experience and upskilling our team on the design and delivery of training through these new modalities.

    Two years on and blended, digital learning is part of our business as usual, with 87% of our entire course catalogue delivered in this way. As you can imagine, when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, this put us in a superb position to be ready to react and we were able to convert the remainder of our training to virtual classroom for those times when only face to face training will do. We are more agile, we have saved costs and our learners still remain as engaged as ever in developing the skills, knowledge, and behaviours to help us succeed.

    Jen Usher, Head of Learning and Development, Computershare

    We commissioned Scott to develop and deliver an engaging and practical mentoring workshop for senior HR professionals.

    Feedback on the value of this and Scott’s delivery style was exceptionally positive, with attendees commenting on his ability to create an open and rich learning environment in which experienced coaches and mentors could share and learn from peer practice.

    Elouise Leonard-Cross – CIPD North East Branch Co-Chair

    Scott used the personality profiling tool (MBTI) to facilitate a feedback session on my strengths. I was able to use this back in the workplace with my team and in doing so helped me identify areas of focus for my career and development

    Dee Lunn - Head Of Digital, Defacto Designs
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