Testimonials for Richard Winfield
Consultancy | Coaching | Facilitation | Training
Consultancy | Coaching | Facilitation | Training
Richard Winfield founded the Brefi Group in 1983, following a master's degree in Management at Technology.
Originally, the company was called Transport, Management and Marketing, because that's what we did.
However, as he left his transport career behind to focus on management development he changed the name to Brefi Group.
Richard's expertise has developed over a series of careers and specialisms, always combining his love of learning with his talent for systems and communication and a commitment to helping individuals and teams realise their potential.
The result is a rounded individual with comprehensive international experience and knowledge that is both broad and deep.
“Recognise him for his sharp interventions and a wicked sense of humour. If you think he is being direct, notice the warmth in his eyes. He is driven by curiosity; he wants to make things clear.” Jason Jackman
Director Public Affairs and Communication
I contacted Richard because I was dissatisfied with my current role. After two sessions on Zoom I decided that I would be happy to stay for a couple more years but, in the meantime, lay the foundation for a new role thereafter.
"Richard puts you at ease without you knowing it. I thought I was having a casual conversation with Richard but by the end I realised that he had identified an entirely new perspective of my skill set. That's the power of a good listener!"
John Morris, Director Public Affairs & Communications.
"We approached the exercise with an element of cynicism - after all, we know the business better than others right? How wrong we were. Through careful and thorough pre-meetings and detailed analysis thereafter, Richard brought together the strengths and exposed the weaknesses in the organisation. The resulting clear actions have improved business no end."
Nigel Payne, Chairman, Hangar8
"Thanks for the two days if your valuable assistance and expertise. The structure was most successful and in your quiet and diplomatic way you kept us on track. It was a most worthwhile exercise and we really progressed our strategic thinking."
Kevin Foo, Chairman, Victoria Oil and Gas
"Richard Winfield is the most passionate and effective advocate of coaching I have yet encountered. His blend of integrity, attention to detail and insight ensure that his corporate coaching approach is one you can trust - giving a sure foundation to build upon."
Lex McKee, Productivity Coach, Trainer and Mentor
“Thank you for facilitating our meeting last week.
It's amazing how much clarity and harmony can be achieved by an hour or so of quality interaction and reflection. Great feedback from the team and raised levels of enthusiasm for new monthly meetings. Neil has already organised the next one in the Midlands.
Thanks again for your expert intervention.”
John Skivington, Director, LHC
“Richard was a very capable facilitator who understood the brief that we set. He facilitated from a position of knowledge and experience, but did not impose this on the group; he kept the meeting flowing and managed the time well.”
Ann Bentley, Director and member of global board, Rider Levett Bucknall
“Having an external facilitator enabled people to say the things that concern them that possibly they would not raise normally. Everyone felt listened to and that what they had to say mattered. By agreeing processes/the way forward and having individuals take ownership and others supporting that person in their ownership has really helped move the organisation on.
“It has brought things to the surface, made difficult conversations easier to have and really cleared the air, if not necessarily on the day with all the follow up work that happened after. “Our direction, operationally and strategically is a lot clearer now that we are all singing from the same hymn sheet!
Paula Fowler, Managing Partner, Fisher Jones Greenwood
“This project was well organised with the right mixture of internal and external input. All member feedback has been positive and for the first time we have individual and organisational development plans, which are already being implemented.
“Richard Winfield listened to our requirements and delivered a quality process, which he managed professionally from beginning to end.
“The fact that we have positive feedback from all our members and effective outcomes speaks for itself. A very well managed project.”
Chris Almgill, Chairman, Worcester Community Housing
“Thanks for a stimulating two days, which has resulted in my senior management team reviewing the way they work, plan and implement. The biggest change has been in how they work together as a team! We are now already using 10 minute brainstorming sessions very productively. We are very pleased that a number of important business issues have been identified and already worked upon with the next steps clearly identified. In summary, excellent.”
Roger Randall, Managing Director, Biomet UK.
“Thorough, competent, knowledgeable and an excellent communicator capable of articulating his knowledge in a well paced manner.”
Richard Pearce, Birmingham City Council
"The retreat organised by Oando PLC and facilitated by Richard was extremely professional. The team enjoyed the retreat and followed through actions has changed their behavior. The facilitation style was very easy to follow and interesting. The outcome of the retreat was also used to develop the outline of the Quarterly Management retreat."
'Demola Ogunbajo, Manager, Avaizon Consulting, Nigeria
"Thank you very much for delivering the training for NF Gold team.
"We enjoyed working with you, and I was personally very happy to see how responsive you were in adjusting the program when required. We went through a lot of material, and I am convinced that the participants will be able to recall and hopefully apply many of the techniques presented in the sessions."
Dejan Popovic, Director, New Frontier Group, Austria
"The day exceeded our expectations and a great deal emerged which will be very valuable going forward. You brought a refreshing and innovative approach to the day and the personality profiling which you did in advance and used to illustrate board behaviours was inspirational."
Peter Maskell, BHSF, UK