Opus Training Development & Design
Opus Training Development & Design

Recent projects include:


2020 - Lewisham Maternity Voice - virtual Open Space event via Zoom: 'Time we got it right' - action on improving the experience of BAME women.

2020 - Virtual Open Space events in June via Zoom for Wildlife Direct in Kenya - see more here.


2019 - Facilitation of Open Space Events for Dorset SEND Information and Advice Service to create a more parent focused service

2018 - March 2020 - Support to Carers Trust East Midlands with developing their corporate 'story' and materials to support re-branding as TuVida in 2020. See www.tuvida.org


2017 - support to newly formed team: Public Health Lambeth, including future scenarios project 'After Tomorrow' for children and young people in 2018.

More here.

2014 - 2018 Co-leading action research study on the impact of chief executive mentoring in Carers Trust network of local charities in UK - publication to be launched March 2018

2014 - 2017 Co-leading arts and health learning network for Guy's and St Thomas' Charitable Trust, London.

2014 & 2017 Stakeholder involvement Open Space events for Patient Information Forum to develop new tools for information providers to deliver consistently effective information to the public


Other important projects in Sheila's track record:

2013 - 2018 PhD co-supervisor at Tavistock Institute for student studying whiteness in organisations.


2013-14 Supporting public engagement and involvement for review of Children's Services in LB Tower Hamlets

2013-14 Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria: collaboration with BMS Consulting to design and deliver materials, workshops and coaching to 100 managers in Nigeria on leadership and cultural change.


2013 support to the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Melbourne, Australia (significant anti-poverty charity) with Maria Duggan to develop strategic ‘futures’ scenarios for Australia in run-up to general election. Designing and running workshops to explore issues and develop credible scenarios.


2013 Support to NHS Lambeth in evaluating its work on equalities 2012-13. Stakeholder events and use of formal rating scale to review progress and make recommendations for the new Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group

2011-13 Centre for Public Scrutiny – development project to evaluate impact of the Lansley health reforms. Co-authored publications including Spanning the System’ drawing on 14 case studies.

2012-2013 Evaluation & review of The Ajahma Charitable Trust’s funding for Headway, the brain injury charity. Involved interviews, discussion groups with all stakeholders, with recommendations for specific development projects.

2011-2012 The transition to adulthood of young people with life-limiting conditions: programme sponsored by Marie Curie Cancer Care for Dept of Health. Phase 1 evidence gathering following by phase 2 developing exploratory projects on the ground in sites across England and Wales and evaluating these. Also engagement of young people and families through co-production.

2010 –11 Qualitative research with Marie Curie Cancer Care to explore the scope of their potential work with families following a bereavement. Qualitative research in 4 regions (with Marsaili Cameron). Resulted in valued service changes and new fundraising strategies that in 2012- 2013 raised over £90k.

1999-2012 Sheila co-developed and co-led two post-graduate (Masters) programmes in partnership with universities and public sector employers. The first concerned multi-professional and multi-agency collaborative leadership in the changing policy agenda in health and social care and its demands on leaders across the NHS, Social Services and voluntary sector (1999-2010), and was developed at Thames Valley University (now Univ of West London). The second built in personal development for leadership through action learning and was part of the Leadership London initiative sponsored by the NHS in London in 2001-04. Initially with Univ of Middlesex and then Thames Valley University (now University of West London) – the programme ran 2001 – 2012 with Sheila as its
programme leader throughout. Both courses were casualties of reduced funding for public sector learning.

To contact us to find out more about what Opus Training Development & Design Ltd can offer you please email :



Sheila's assistant Sue Strachan : strawny@opustrg.co.uk

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