Developing Virtual Facilitation Design session

A precursor to the Developing Virtual Facilitation Programme
Delivered virtually on MS Teams

About the Developing Virtual Facilitation Programme

The ‘Developing Virtual Facilitation’ programme, coming to you soon, offers an innovative and interactive development experience for facilitators who deliver leadership training and development interventions virtually.

For virtual programmes to be meaningful, they cannot be just about screen time, and whilst we are keen and excited to use new technology, we know that what leaders really need is time and space to think. This programme is centred around creating the conditions for you to do that, and in offering prompts and questions that enhance their leadership based on methodology of the Thinking Environment. It is about creating compassionate organisations where all can thrive by enabling and encouraging participants to be vulnerable, discuss sensitive issues and draw out learning in a psychologically safe environment.

The programme is designed to develop leadership facilitators by providing a mixture of theory and practice to strengthen virtual delivery. The aim is to deliver confident facilitators in the virtual space, enabling them to understand how existing face-to-face interventions can be successfully converted to virtual to provide an inclusive and enriching learning environment for our leaders.

About the Design Session

You are invited to join a cohort of leadership facilitators to inform the design of the Developing Virtual Facilitation Programme. To ensure you get the most from the programme, we are committed to co-creation. You’re therefore encouraged to share your successes, challenges and gaps in the world of virtual facilitation to ensure the programme you attend as a participant lives up to your expectations and needs.

In this short session, we hope to explore issues, gain a rich understanding of concerns about facilitating in the virtual space and create an opportunity to provide input on what you’d like to see when you join the programme as a participant.

N.B. Please nominate your leadership development lead and/or facilitator to attend the Design session as well as the Developing Virtual Facilitation Programme thereafter.

Design Session Aims and objectives:

  • To develop a peer network of those in similar (though not necessarily the same) career circumstances
  • To create an opportunity for leadership facilitators to pause and reflect on what they have learned to date – and what this means for their future
  • To input personal experiences and development areas which will inform the design of the Developing Virtual Facilitation Programme on which they will be a participant.

Dates and times:

  • Design Session – 10th December 2020 (1300-1600)
  • Programme Session Dates – TBC from January 2021


Mitzi Wyman began her career as a solicitor and academic specialising in International Environmental Law, but she went on to study Organisational Psychiatry and Psychology and train as a coach, facilitator and teacher of Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environment methodology.  She has been supporting leaders and teams for over 20 years in both the public and private sector where her focus is creating inclusive environments where true engagement, intellectual honesty, trust and transparency are expected and the norm.

Mitzi has been a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, a senior consultant at the Kings Fund and member of its Patient and Family Centred Care Faculty. She is on the faculty of Windsor Leadership Trust and an Ambassador with the influential International Integrated Reporting Council, a global coalition of regulators and standard setters transforming the way organisations do business.  She has a particular expertise in diversity and inclusion and brings her lived experience of race, colourism, gender and disability to enable conversations around difference and help others to access the wisdom, compassion and courage that is inherent in their own story.

Mitzi brings a background of producing multi-media CPD programmes at channel 4 and uses this experience to create virtual trainings that are a rich blend of synchronous and asynchronous learning.  She is also a member of the core team at the NHSLA Faculty tasked with transitioning programmes to online delivery and delivers specialist training in virtual facilitation.

Ray Lamb’s passion is working with leaders and senior teams, supporting them to think for themselves, understand their system and uncover new possibilities for their lives and organisations. He has a pragmatic approach whilst at the same time, encouraging access to high level thinking, radical ideas etc. He believes that clarity of purpose, identity & values are crucial for leaders and their teams in all organisations.   He has many years of experience as a leader in a corporate context, before focusing on executive, leadership and management development as a consultant, coach / facilitator worldwide during a period of intense global corporate change.

He is a member of ICF and accredited as a Professional Certified Coach. He has studied with Nancy Kline and is accredited as a Time to Think coach. He is also a graduate of the Business Coaching Programme from Corporate CoachU. At a personal level he is proud to support and volunteer as a crisis counsellor at ‘Shout’ Crisis Textline UK – a service in partnership with Mental Health Innovations.

Ray was a member of CoachU’s global faculty pioneering virtual training of coaches. He led and managed virtual teams at IBM and is a trained coach with Shout, the 24/7 UK mental health text service, using the latest platforms to enable coaches to have multiple coaching conversations for those in need of immediate support.

Register your place:

To confirm your place on the Design session, please follow the link below and book your place. Once you have completed the online form, please ensure you save the date in your diary.

Please click here to book your place.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Commitment:

We are committed to creating a learning and working environment which is inclusive of all our participants. The South West Leadership Academy strives to empower under-represented communities.

We aim to eliminate any disadvantage based on age, disability, marriage, civil partnership, race, culture, religion or belief, lack of religion or belief, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy, maternity or any other minority characteristics.

If we can make any adjustments to enable you to access and participate in our event, please get in touch with our Inclusion Coordinator Mr Erk Gunce (pronouns: he/him/his). We also welcome any general comments on the inclusivity of our events. We will work with you to address your concerns in a respectful, dignified manner.

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