Athena Professional

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Athena ProfessionalAthena Professional helps professional organisations with all aspects of people strategy and development. We provide bespoke services in organisational design, learning & development strategy, training delivery, coaching and facilitation. We can help you get behind the rhetoric around “change”, “innovation” and “adaptability” to set businesses and people up for making real changes to everyday working practices.

Organisational Design, Job Specs & Competencies

We review business structure to ensure that responsibility for key functions is clear. Individuals need to understand what is expected of them; to know what “good” looks like, in order to contribute effectively and efficiently to the business. Building responsibility and accountability into the business makes a big difference to overall performance and also lays the ground work for investment in professional development and growth.

Learning & Development

The SRA also now requires solicitors to demonstrate competence to practise, which can include self-management skills and the ability to work with others. At Athena Professional we have years of experience helping established professional people learn new skills, for example by working on:

Leadership Skills

Management skills including

  • Delegation
  • Team-building
  • Performance management



Stakeholder management

Coaching & mentoring skills

We want to understand where your business needs to be and work out how best to get you there. Taking this kind of strategic approach, we can support your business to get the best from people, demonstrate competence to practice in key areas, and breathe life into the learning process by making it enjoyable and practical.


Activity-based sessions to help people identify for themselves what works, where the business wants to be in the future, and how to get there, including:

  • Facilitating the development of strategy & implementation plans (e. not leaving it on the shelf!)
  • Supporting new leadership teams to come together as a working team
  • Agreeing core values with which the business can identify


We work with individuals and groups to support and challenge them to work out how to give their best, and to hold them account for putting their intentions into practice. We help them deal with the things that can get in the way and support them to gain perspective and move into action.

How we work

At the core of all that we do at Athena Professional is a belief in the value of people; their ability to learn, to work together, and to become skilled, self-motivated, confident people. Our purpose is to be creative about devising ways to engage this potential to serve business need.

We take an intelligent & sensitive approach to working with our clients to identify business needs. Where possible we seek to work with the grain of client organisations by spotting ways to engage key staff, build on existing strengths and being honest about the challenges.

“We were extremely impressed that they listened carefully to our requirements and then proposed well thought out, practical solutions that met our needs rather than trying to get our business to fit around standard solutions.”

Murray Fraser, Director Breeze Plus, Breeze & Wyles Solicitors

“Athena Professional’s workshops gave me and my senior team real tools to use and opened up new ways of behaving in our day to day work.”

Kim Carr, Managing Partner, FBC Manby Bowdler

“Athena Professional’s facilitation of a development session for our new Board saved us years on a learning curve about how best to work together as a group. ”

Shaun Jardine, CEO Brethertons


Nicola Jones

BA(Hons) Oxon, MA Sussex

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Mob. 07799 237479



Jane Green-Armytage

BA(Hons), MBA

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Mob. 07977 932551