"As Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales, I have worked with Steve since he took up the role of NUS Wales Director in 2015. From the outset, Steve demonstrated a clear understanding of the need to work collaboratively in his role and formed effective relationships across Welsh higher education. He is proactive in addressing challenges and in generating creative approaches to solving them, negotiating effectively to secure the support of, and contributions from, other stakeholders. Although he brought to his role a strong understanding of the context, Steve was sensitive to the need to test assumptions at times and exercised good judgement in determining when to do so. He is intelligent, has good interpersonal skills and political antennae and deploys all to good effect."
Dr. David Blaney
Chief Executive of the Higher Education Funding Council in Wales
"Steve is dynamic and solutions driven. He is a real pleasure to work with as his enthusiasm for an idea is infectious. Steve and I worked together most closely at the start of the #iwill campaign where Steve spearheaded NUS's involvement in the youth social action movement. When he took his leadership to Wales, he continued to be a creative ideas-generator, driving action in the Nation. I hope our paths continue to cross!"
Associate Director for Education at Step up to Serve
"Steve Coole worked in partnership with Share Impact to deliver a Youth Volunteering Showcase in South Wales. Steve was committed to achieving the outcomes set by the brief, bringing his enthusiasm and knowledge to the table to help us to deliver our vision. Steve is approachable, reflective and committed, and he was a pleasure to work with."
Volunteering Manager at the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA)
"I worked with Steve during his time at NUS Wales, and I always found him hardworking, passionate about his job and very knowledgeable about a range of subject areas. It was always a pleasure to meet/work with Steve during his time at NUS Wales as he was a great listener, motivated and committed to the projects he was working on. He provided great support and partnership working for the development of the Welsh Youth Parliament and ensured that NUS Wales fully supported the initiative."
Youth Engagement Officer at the National Assembly for Wales
"I found Steve to be a highly effective and engaging partner to CollegesWales - always proposing constructive avenues for mutually beneficial work. His organisational skills were plain for people to see in the way he soundly managed NUS Wales. I enjoyed working with him and would hope to work with him again at some point in the future."
Dr. Greg Walker
Leader in UK Higher Education
"I invited Steve to conduct an in depth review of our organisation's effectiveness in delivering, and communicating impact. This involved meeting with key stakeholders and gaining a clear understanding of our organisation within a limited time period.I was very impressed by his approach to the project; the way he engaged with our team; and his ability to get to the heart of an issue. He is extremely personable; showed genuine integrity in the way he worked with us; and delivered the project report on time and to the agreed outcomes. Our confidence in Steve's understanding of our organisation, and of the challenges we face, has resulted in our agreeing some further, follow up work over the coming year."
Director at the Hub-Yeovil Community Support Charity (former CEO at Bath Students' Union)
"It’s always a pleasure to work with Steve. He knows his subject and can be relied upon to bring insight and understanding to any situation. But above all he truly walks the walk and embodies his professional and personal values in his work. In my role is CEO of Wales’ post 16 education charity I was fortunate enough to work with Steve on a regular basis and would have no second thoughts in working with him again."
CEO of Colleges Wales
"Steve is a highly motivated leader who brings intelligence, compassion and insight to whatever he does. His values are rock solid and he knows how to make things happen to ensure strategy is achieved. He is also a joy to work with - brave, smart and fun."
"I have worked with Steve in various capacities for many years and what I rate most about him is his positive, enthusiastic, ‘can do’ attitude. That makes him a joy to work with. He always works from a strong values driven position and has the intelligence to make good decisions. Coupled with hard work, commitment and efficiency it makes him a really effective leader. Having worked with many other people who work with him I know that he is respected and held in high opinion by them. He’s great!"
Education Consultant - Director at KJ Consulting Solutions Ltd
"Thank you so much Steve for facilitating such an excellent session with our Board of Trustees. You really got us to think about who we were as a Board, where our strengths and weaknesses were and how to function as a team. We very much enjoyed the day, all members came away feeling positive, informed and raring to go!! We would definitely have you back any time to support us in developing areas of our Union"
Chief Executive Officer, Wrexham Glyndwr Students' Union
"We approached Steve as soon as we knew he was available as an independent consultant. Right from the beginning, Steve had a solid understanding of what we needed from the project, particularly his insights in to widening participation and students entering higher education from non-traditional backgrounds. His ability to engage with students, SUBU staff and the university in a credible and professional way meant we were able to build a comprehensive report of where our gaps are and where we needed to focus as an organisation. His wide networks across the sector also helped us to develop new relationships and contacts. Steve's final report and recommendations formed the basis of a widening participation bid which we submitted to the university that resulted in funding for a joint project to enhance the employability of 50 BAME and Disabled students. We look forward to working with Steve on our next project"
Head of Student Engagement
Students' Union at Bournemouth University
"At the start of our new strategic planning cycle, we approached Steve to support us in writing the story of the SU over the last 4 years and produce a synopsis of the strategic drivers that would inform our future direction between 2019 and 2023. Briefed with historical context, Steve very quickly captured the essence of Warwick and was able to covey our successes on a local and national level in a succinct document that would appeal to staff at all levels. An excellent facilitator, his knowledge of the students’ union movement ignited some passionate group discussions that enabled us to achieve exactly what we needed from the Trustee planning sessions and come away with some positive action points that will lead us into the next phase of our strategic plan"
Chief Executive Officer
Steve Coole worked in partnership with Share Impact to deliver a Youth Volunteering Showcase in South Wales. Steve was committed to achieving the outcomes set by the brief, bringing his enthusiasm and knowledge to the table to help us to deliver our vision. Steve is approachable, reflective and committed, and he was a pleasure to work with.
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