Shirley Gregoire McAlpine
Shirley offers over 18 years experience as a Learning and Development specialist. Her work demonstrates an appreciation of the link between organisational and individual development and improving business performance. Providing a range of strategic management and organisational development solutions she is known as a trainer, coach, facilitator, manager, leader and consultant. She has specialised in equality and diversity, leadership and individual development through coaching. She is always intentionally expanding her portfolio.
Shirley provides diagnostic, design, development and implementation expertise to change management programmes. She has worked with a wide range of organisations and individuals from the commercial sector, central/local government and charitable sector in the UK, Europe and Africa. She effectively manages relationships and has a personal presence that wins credibility across all levels from the most senior to the junior levels. She is currently leading a large scale organisational change programme through diversity, called People Matter, at one of M & S leading suppliers, with a multi million pound turnover for the last two years. She worked on the design and delivery of a diversity programme called ‘Daring to be Different’ for all Partners in KPMG and she consulted on a diversity and cultural sensitivity audit of Cadbury’s graduate assessment centre — reviewing both process and content including the competency framework.
She has expanded into the world of film, and co-produced/directed a childbirth education DVD called Birthwise which includes international leaders in this field. This ante-natal education film, Birthwise seeks to inspire and empower women to be informed about their birth choices and to make the most of their giving birth experience. Birthwise is currently in the process of being produced for a US market.
For five years Shirley was an independent diversity assessor for the National Probation Service for the recruitment of Chief Executives, Senior Staff, Board Chairs and community representatives. Her role in these assessment processes was to bring her expertise in the area of diversity to ensure equality and parity in the processes adopted. Her work includes delivering her Gender as Progress programme to the Board of the International Cooperative Alliance - a subsidiary of the United Nations; a range of diversity interventions with Shell Corporation in Nigeria, Shell Chemicals, Shell Retail and Shell Expro in Aberdeen. She was one of a small team of consultants/facilitators who delivered the Diversity Engagement Sessions for the top 1000 leaders in Shell.
Shirley lead transformational programmes to large groups of 100 plus people for six years. Working with individuals to empower them in having the life they want and fulfilling their dreams. As well as having been a facilitator on a one week Leadership programme at Windsor Castle for emerging leaders. Shirley has undertaken work to raise the awareness of the impact of breast cancer in the black community, leading to some fundamental shifts with how mainstream cancer organisations outreached to this community. An independent business consultant over the last 10 years has Shirley bring a business acumen, strategic thinking and commitment to having all her work make a difference.