Meet the Committee – Introducing our Chair

Jacqueline harris

Meet the Committee – Introducing our Chair

Hello I am Jacqueline Harris, Director of Breath of Fresh Air and Chair of the Festival of Business Woodley organising committee.

This will be my third year on the committee and my second year as Chair and you may be wondering why I am involved. I have lived and worked in Woodley for 17 years and think that it is a great place to live and work.

Until I discovered Woodley Business Club and the Festival 3 years ago I did not realise how many amazing businesses there are in the town as they are all tucked away. I had been networking all over the Thames Valley and had not looked on my doorstep. Not only do I want to spend less time in my car and do business locally but I want to enable others to do the same.

What I have also discovered, through being part of the committee, is how great it is to work with a team of people who come from different backgrounds and industries and who bring a variety of talents and skills.

In the meadowSo what do I bring to the Festival Committee? I love well run meetings (this is one of the subjects that I train people in) and I am an experienced chair and facilitator. I believe that I am a good organiser, coordinator and communicator, or at least I try to the best of my ability.

I also hope that I bring my leadership skills to the team as in a previous life I was recognised with a world award for my leadership and management skills within a voluntary organisation.

For my day job, I am an Executive Coach and Trainer and help business leaders and their teams understand exactly what they want and identify and learn how to get it. I do this through strategic planning, one-to-one coaching and group workshops. Our training topics include sales, customer service, leadership and management and team development.

Some of the work we do is indoors and some outdoors using our unique Breath of Fresh Air® walking workshops. There are some fantastic open spaces in and around Woodley and I meet a lot of my coaching clients at Dinton Pastures.

If you have any questions about the Festival or would like to explore how I can help you and your business to realise your aspirations, deliver your strategy or handle some challenges, call me on 0118 9690783 and email me at