Kelly Niven (MCIPD) is a coach/consultant from Glasgow and Author of the Book, The Key to Mental Health. Kelly helps individuals to change any area of their life (health, relationships and career) by supporting the growth process. Kelly helps leaders to drive engagement through change by developing a strong emotional connection with their people. An approach proven to gain The Sunday Times Best Company accreditation.

In 2010 Kelly found herself as a fully qualified HR professional with strong technical skills gained through many transformation projects. Whilst successfully executing the projects, she found the approach taken by most leaders disengaged their people.

On a personal level, she also found that she was coaching leaders from a theoretical perspective rather than from a place of authenticity. It was time for change. She was experiencing major personal change and returned to University to study a post graduate in counselling. Marrying the theory with personal experience, she began coaching individuals who were making changes.

Returning to HR in 2015, Kelly began working with a talented Director who was changing his organisation to a high-performance culture. This time, she supported people through the transition by helping leaders to maintain a strong emotional connection with their people. Not only were people engaged, the business gained The Sunday Times Best Company engagement award.

“Change or should I say growth is difficult. We meet with inner and outer resistance. It is easy to spot the flaws and faults of others – not so easy to acknowledge and be accountable for our own. With the right level of skill/support and creating the right environment, it is possible to navigate this difficult process successfully, connecting with our people and achieve high performing, fully engaged teams”.

In the words of Brene Brown “I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”