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Tim and Suzanne are co-founders of Appreciating People. Established in May 2006 and based in Liverpool, UK. Appreciating People is a Management and Development Consultancy specialising in organisation development through working from a strength based approach and undertaking whole system change. At the core of the consultancy is the use of Appreciative Inquiry, Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) and Participatory Appraisal (RPA).
They provide appreciative organisational development support and training to SMEs and to community organisations and social enterprises. They have recently delivered two master-classes to social enterprises in North West England – one on strategic planning and one on organisational learning, and are currently delivering two Connecting Communities programmes (for the community Development Foundation) , providing community leadership training to twelve neighbourhoods in the North West.
Tim has worked in youth work and regeneration for over 30 years, starting his professional career as a youth and community worker in a Nottinghamshire mining community. He has held a number of posts including Principal Youth Officer, Social Inclusion Manager, CEO for a New Deal for Communities project, senior manager for SRB and EC Objective1 programmes, and R&D director for a Groundwork Trust.
Co-founder of Appreciating People, Suzanne joined AP full time in August 2009. Prior to that she worked for Riverside Housing Association’s Regeneration Department, developing a number of community investment projects, managing a social enterprise development project, and producing best practice profiles on a range of Supported Housing schemes. Her professional career spans 30 years working in international development, regeneration and the voluntary and community sector.