Gillian Neish, Principal Consultant, Neish Training




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About me

Gillian Neish works throughout the UK with individuals and organisations in all sectors to help them recognise and fulfil their potential. The focus of her work is power, whether challenging the power inequalities of racism, sexism and the other ‘isms’ or developing personal power through personal development programmes.

Central to all Gillian’s work is her commitment to anti-oppressive practice. She designs and facilitates courses which encourage people to think beyond stereotypes and accept the reality that there are as many differences in any one group as in any other group (even their own group, however they choose to define their group). In a challenging but non-threatening way, she enables participants to explore the nature and impact of power inequalities in society and to develop practical strategies to eliminate discrimination and value diversity.

Gillian works with Jane Elliott,  the international facilitator and lecturer, who developed the eye colour discrimination exercise made famous in the training film ‘The Eye of the Storm’. Gillian now conducts the ‘brown-eyed, blue-eyed’ exercise here in the UK providing an experiential opportunity for participants to understand the impact of power inequalities.

In addition, Gillian has worked with the Springboard Consultancy  since 1991 when she became one of the first trainers to be licensed to deliver the now multi-award-winning Springboard women’s development programme by it's developers, Liz Willis and Jenny Daisley.

She is now licensed to deliver the following Springboard Consultancy programmes:

Springboard - the Women's Development programme

Spring Forward - the programme for women and men on the way up

Fresh Steps - the innovative programme for experienced and/or older workers

Sprint - the ground-breaking programme for undergraduate women with a special version for postgraduates and researchers; and

BOOST - the personal and work development programme for women and men who are relatively new to the workplace and in the early stages of their careers.

As part of her own, ongoing personal development, Gillian continues to study Transactional Analysis (TA) and works, part-time, with individuals and with groups, as aTA counsellor. TA theory, originally developed by Eric Berne, provides an explanation of personality that has proved highly successful in developing self-awareness and, through a clearer understanding of how we communicate, improving relationships. It is also extremely useful in explaining the perpetuation of oppression and gives a theoretical explanation to underpin her ongoing work on challenging power inequalities.

Gillian has an MSc in Diversity Management from The University of Bradford, a BSc (Hons) from the Open University and a Post graduate Diploma in Transactional Analysis (TA) Counselling from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.