"Victoria engaged everyone in the room. One of her key strengths was being able to challenge and probe appropriately and very effectively. We received excellent feedback across the firm and we are already seeing the impact of this training programme. We would have no hesitation in working with byrne∙dean again in the future."
There is nothing quite like that light bulb moment! When someone in the room (so often a hugely “successful” leader) begins to see and understand how they might be viewed by the people they intend so genuinely to influence positively. It is because of moments like this that I remain as passionate and committed to my work as I was when I started facilitating in 2005.
I am never more at home (in a work setting!) than when I’m on my feet enthusiastically engaging with people in workplaces around the world, challenging them and being challenged back, gently but firmly helping and guiding them to see another perspective and to develop greater self-awareness. I don’t preach. My style is warm, personal, high energy and with just the right amount of humour to ensure a safe but thought provoking learning environment.
I am regularly asked to deliver impactful and dynamic keynote presentations at industry conferences and for boards, senior leadership teams and C suite populations. I lead the inclusion & diversity work and use emotional intelligence principles to connect with people on their level. My analytical and communication skills developed over several years in an international law firm allow me, particularly, to engage with leaders. My credibility and expert facilitation skills ensure that participants reflect, move forward and “continue the conversation”.
I have developed particular expertise in working with boards and senior leadership teams to create and maintain sustainable inclusion strategies. The work in this area varies but can include implementing diagnostic tools, analysing employee responses, conducting psychologically safe interviews and making appropriate, realistic and stretching recommendations to help create cultural change. Outside byrne·dean, I am a Pilotlighter; using my experience to guide others in charities with helping people more effectively.
2016 – current: chief executive of byrne·dean
2005 – 2016: byrne·dean facilitator
1994 – 2005: trainee solicitor, then associate, then managing associate, Simmons & Simmons
Southampton University (English)
College of Law, London (CPE and LLP)