We’re recruiting!

We are excited to be adding another Principal Consultant to the Mayvin team. We’re on the lookout for people who share our values, outlook and approach to helping our clients navigate the complexity of 21st century organisational life. Could you thrive in our dynamic, friendly virtual-based consultancy? What’s special about working as a consultant with Mayvin? A place to develop your practice Working with an exceptional team that aims to walk its talk A broad range of sectors to work in Working at the heart of organisations, not always at the top, but always where it matters, here and now What our people say about us “Mayvin occupies a pretty unique place in the consultancy world. It manages to be rigorous and academic, whilst being grounded and connected to organisational realities. It’s sophisticated in its approach, not dumbing down its ideas for general consumption, and yet not alienating or excluding through that sophistication. That’s pretty remarkable.”  “I love working with Mayvin because it is a centre of expertise and deep thinking and creates a home for  OD practitioners. Mayvin creates a real community that I feel I belong to and I know I can go to anyone in the network they have nurtured for support or thinking partnership.” We’re interested in who you are At Mayvin we know that relationships drive results. We see organisations as organic, open systems in which change emerges through the quality of those relationships. So we approach our own growth with a spirit of inquiry about what is possible. We’re not looking to clone ourselves – in fact we’re hoping your difference will help Mayvin be stronger; we’re as interested in who you are and how you show up as in what you know and what you have done. More Information For more info you can view and download the job description and person specification here. Contact us If you think you could be just what we need then we’d love to hear from you. Contact Coral Huggins on for more information about this opportunity and please share it with anyone brilliant you know who would thrive in our friendly and dynamic consultancy. The deadline for applications for this role is 13th November.

The Future of Organisational Learning – Free Online Event

On Friday 3rd March 2023 from 12.30 GMT to 14.00 GMT we hosted an event on: The Future of Organisational Learningand The Mayvin Masters | Hosted by the Masters Faculty and Students | The Future of Organisational Learning  We believe the secret to learning and development that works and sticks is relational practice-based learning. In this event we talked through our approach and the impact it has had for our clients and participants and give you a chance to have a go! The Masters  We are so grateful for all the support we have received from the community in launching our MA in People and Organisation Development. Now we are approaching the end of the first year and planning cohort 2 we wanted to provide an update on how it's all taken shape.We are really proud of our students who have all passed their accreditations for Module 1 and are currently delivering pro bono consulting projects for 3rd sector clients.  Feedback about the Masters Listen in to our podcast made from a recording of the event where two of our students gave feedback about their experience of the masters here: Interview with MA participants A reminder about the MA in People and Organisation Development programme Our postgraduate programme is designed to be flexible, with a hop-on hop-off approach and no long-term commitment. Step 1 - the certificate - one year, part-time, hybrid learning with an inspiring faculty including The NTL Institute. You can stop here if you want. Step 2 - the diploma - but you can take a break in-between if you'd like.Step 3 - a dissertation to make it a Masters, but again there's no rush to do it straight away or at all.  We are very flexible, so that you can find the right balance between studying, family life, your career and whatever else life has in store for you.For more information, please have a look at our Prospectus.

Gosh, it’s December already! Martin looks back at 2022 and ahead to 2023.

Gosh, it’s December already. Christmas, Chanukah and the Festive Season are again upon us, and Claire is nudging me to write another year end / new year blog. Did you know that the Roman god Janus, for whom the month of January is named, is depicted as having two faces, one looking back and the other forward? Janus was the god of beginnings, endings, transitions and gateways. Very OD. I shall try to summon up the spirit of Janus as I write, though I imagine he’s quite busy at this time of year. This time last year I shared my hopes that the lockdowns were behind us, and mercifully that has come to pass. But, in our business, in our families and in the wider communities with whom we work, Covid has been very present, and it is with gratitude that I notice it feels less figural now than it did even a few months ago. If 2020 was about survival and 2021 about recovery, then 2022 has felt more about healing and convalescence. That takes time and energy. I feel there is plenty more still to be done. Not that we have sat on our hands. If you’re remotely interested in what we get up to at Mayvin, you’ll have seen the delight and pride we take in the successful launch of our Masters in People and OD, which kicked off in April. This is very much a labour of love – our contribution to an important field of practice that makes the world a better place. And we were no less excited at the recent launch of our Tony Nicholls’ first book, Managing Change in Organizations, in which he challenges us to look at management through new eyes. Hear him talking about this in two podcast episodes an interview with Tony and The future of organizations/organizing. And look out for programme offerings underpinned by his ideas. Mayvin works with organisations looking to make things better for their people, their customers, clients and service users, and for the wider world. Sometimes the work is complex and detailed; sometimes it’s simply creating a space for people to pause and reflect for a moment so they can discern the next wise move. At a time of great uncertainty and unrest we are proud to be supporting organisations across the UK Civil Service and its many agencies; local authorities; universities; many parts of the NHS; major charities and NGOs; and companies in sectors as diverse as financial services, energy and media. Many describe our work as ‘life changing’ and it is an honour to feel so trusted. We look forward to more good work in 2023 and already have some very significant development programmes lined up. Janus is also the god of boundaries; and the crossing of boundaries, great and small, is always charged with emotion. (That’s why we have ritual.) On 31 December, Tony Fraser, our much-loved founding Chair, will finally make good on his threat to retire. We’ve managed to stave this off a few times in the past but it would appear that this time he is resolute, which is fair enough after 12 years. We will miss greatly Tony’s incisive questions, his clarity, his wise and always useful perspective. From January, our James Traeger will chair our Board (albeit with a more hands-on remit than Tony’s) and my role will become more overtly CEO-like. Sarah Fraser, meanwhile, will step into a more COO-type space, Rachael Geddes will also take a more strategic operational role across the business and our team of brilliant Client Relationship Managers will be led by Sarah Rahim. We are excited about the future and look back at the past with fondness. As we close the year we also remember with gratitude two giants in our field whom we have lost in recent months, Wendy Palmer and Mee-Yan Cheung Judge. Both were inspirational practitioners and wonderful people who will have touched many reading this blog. May their memories be for blessing, as we say in Judaism.  Wishing you a good Christmas and a happy new year. Martin Saville December 2022

Mayvin team walking

Reflections of 2021: being influential, artful and skilful in OD & D, which also means taking a good look at our own messiness…

Well 2021, our 11th year in business, has been another big one for Mayvin. Like everyone else in the UK we started our year in lockdown, and of course, are all hoping against hope that we don’t end the year in the same state. I wonder what we’ll do if we run out of Greek letters for new Covid variants? Client work and events We’ve been busy! In financial terms our turnover doubled between 2020 and 2021 and we’ve done some amazing client work. Ranging from redesigning a government agency, to developing leadership capability in a University, to academically accredited Organisation Development and Design programmes in the private sector (including a financial services company and a large media organisation). Not to mention 7 cohorts of our accredited Practitioner and Advanced Practitioner programmes for the UK Civil Service. We've completed 26 cohorts in total now. Other highlights include our ground-breaking programmes of free events for our growing community of practitioners. Most notably Mindfully Moving Towards New Working Patterns and our Artful Start the Week sessions which have really taken off this year. Why not come along and give them a try? If you’d rather engage with us in your own time, have a listen to our shiny new podcast. Or take a look at our latest animation - in which we try to put our finger on what it is that we do for our clients and what makes us different. Prof. James and the Masters Also in 2021, James was honoured to be named as one of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers for the second year running. As well as being promoted to Professor of Practice in Leadership and Management at Hult Business School. Plus he was personally invited (by the Vice Chancellor) to host an open lecture (“Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?”) for our accreditation partner, the University of Chichester. Talking of which, our other big news is, of course, the launch of our Masters in People and Organisation Development in partnership with the University of Chichester Business School and featuring powerful input from NTL Institute. We are so excited to be making this contribution to the field of Organisation Development and judging by the comments of those who have seen the prospectus, others are excited too. Modesty aside, I have to say it’s a pretty cool programme so do let us know what you think, and if you like it tell your friends. What’s been happening inside Mayvin Meanwhile inside Mayvin, exciting things have been happening. In the last 18 months our employees have doubled in number. We are now 15 employees and 32 Associates – tiny in comparison to our clients of course, but to me we feel like a proper business. I couldn’t be happier at company meetings when I look around the Zoom grid (or the meeting room) at the amazingly talented group we have attracted.  It's not been without its challenges of course. The addition of each new person brings further complexity and we've found ourselves treading on our colleagues' toes from time to time, needing to work out who is responsible for what. My personal journey has been of constantly reinventing my role, while learning to let go, look further ahead and increase my capacity. Back in the Spring we started thinking about customer journeys and our operating model - grown-up stuff! All of which suggests a rational and sober process, but in truth it wasn't always. We've started to discern our shadow and notice the places where what we say is at odds with what we do. Of course, these are the very dynamics our clients experience. We try and head towards them and learn about them, both for the health of our own business and so we can be useful to our clients. This is what we call Practice-based Learning. So, as I close this blog and we look to the close of the year and on towards 2022, let me thank you, the Mayvin community, for your ongoing support of our work and, more broadly, of what we stand for. We have always seen Mayvin as a business that supports a community of practitioners. We stand or fall by our relationship with you and the work you and we do is important, perhaps now more than ever. Martin Saville  December 2021

Our Artful Calendar 2022

**Update** For the most up to date list of upcoming events please visit: Our Events Calendar With 2022 just around the corner, and a consistent increase in attendance month on month at this years Artful events, we wanted to share our 2022 Artful Calendar with our community so you can book in and ensure you don’t miss out.  James continues to deliver a diverse programme, with a mix of internal and external co-hosts, as well as fresh themes we’ve not yet explored in an Artful way at Mayvin, so it’s with great excitement that we share this line up and hope you’ll find it equally as appealing.    We will send out all the details of each event and how to sign up to them via our mailing list throughout the year. If you aren't already on it and would like to receive these emails, let us know on and we will add you to the list. JANUARY:  Monday 24th January, 10-11am GMT – Embodiment (1/2): Radical Rest with Sophie Tidman FEBRUARY: Monday 28th February, 10-11am GMT – Poetic Activism with Margaret Gearty MARCH: Monday 28th March, 10-11am GMT - Embodiment (2/2): Living From Centre with Tom Kenward  MAY: Monday 9th May, 10-11am GMT – How does Frankenstein relate to Artful Inquiry in a post human age?: Celebrating the Publication of the Special Edition of the Action Research Journal on Artful Inquiry with Rob Warwick JUNE: Monday 13th June, 10-11am GMT – Check-Ins with Claire Newell and Zoë Morrison JULY: Monday 18th July 10-11am GMT - Headless Way with Richard Lang SEPTEMBER: Monday 12th September - TBC OCTOBER: Monday 17th October, 10-11am GMT - Making Sense of our World: Photography and diptychs as an aid to cooperative inquiry with Tony Nicholls and Rebecca Herbert DECEMBER: Monday 5th December, - TBC

James Traeger to host lecture on “Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?”

On Wednesday 25th May from 6-7:30pm our Director James Traeger will be hosting an open lecture at the University of Chichester on “Practice-based Learning: What difference makes a difference?” For more information and to RSVP view the official invitation on Eventbrite. James was personally asked by the University's Vice Chancellor Prof Jane Longmore to host this lecture, which given their prestige and ranking as one of the top 30 Universities in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2021), is quite the honour. Mayvin has built a strong relationship with the University over the years, most recently we have partnered with them to design our Masters (MA) in People and Organisation Development programme, which commences in April next year. The session aims to address the gap between theory and practice in a way that illustrates the challenge for those of us involved in accredited executive development and applied/vocational organisational learning. How, in a fast paced and ever-changing world of processes do we keep the learning relevant to the learner? James said: "Goethe rejected the separation of Cartesian mind-body dualism at the core of the western science mind in favour of a more entwined, researcher engaged form of knowledge development, which he called ‘delicate empiricism’. In this type of study, the learner learns as much about themselves as they do the object (or process) of study. This was how nature worked, in his view, as he said: ‘the eye owes its existence to the light’. So how can we stay close to the grain of our work in developing our knowledge in practice, whilst keeping in contact with quality, validity and criticality." Rather than just talking about these lofty questions, this session will aim to have a go and in the spirit of practice-based learning work at our own ‘juicy edge’ (to quote the late, great artful action-researcher, Chris Seeley), evaluating our own practice together through experience, narrative inquiry and dialogue. And maybe have a bit of fun too with lemons.