The Pearlcatchers Difference

Client Feedback

“The difference in the organisation is tangible. Here we are in a time of mid-austerity and yet our performance is better than ever and all because a critical mass of people have been involved in this development opportunity. Our relationship with Pearlcatchers has been an unmitigated success. They created stimulating, inspiring and organised learning events that have absolute relevance to our work. The experience has been excellent and quite frankly, just what we needed.”

Chief Constable Michael Barton – Durham Constabulary

Hear Michael Barton describe the partnership with Pearlcatchers

“Pearlcatchers have an amazing capacity to deliver impactful and outcome driven development solutions. We were impressed by Pearlcatchers’ commitment and focus towards ensuring all delegates had a meaningful learning experience with the intention of not only bringing about real behavioural change but also providing us with a tangible return on investment.”

Guy Strutton, Head of Global Learning and HR – Clinigen Group

“Your flexibility and desire to bespoke the programme to our organisation combined with your engaging delivery and extensive leadership knowledge and experience were key to its success.”

Nicola Bennett, Learning and Delivery Manager – West Midlands Police

“I have had the pleasure with working with Sharon and Pearlcatchers for over 12 years. In that time, I have seen her company grow from strength to strength. I believe this is testament to Sharon’s passion and drive for learning and continuous improvement. This organisation never stands stills and always brings fresh ideas and a different perspective to training… no death by power point! Emotional intelligence is key to excellent training delivery and for me Sharon is so on point. Sharon can immediately scope my needs from a brief conversation and get it right… for me that is rare. But she also wants to understand your business, so will have no issue sitting with front line staff to understand everyone’s perspective before submitting a proposal. She has the kudos and gravitas to deal with all types of staff and I have seen her in action with some challenging senior managers across many sectors. Sharon and team are a pleasure to work with but more importantly they deliver.”

Karen Atkinson, (formerly Training Manager at Adactus Housing Group and Golden Gates Housing Trust) – ForViva Group

“We have been working with Pearlcatchers since April 2015 to deliver soft skills, diversity and programmes to support our staff through change. We have found them to be flexible, creative and focused on delivering what meets the needs of our workforce and the Council as a whole. The training delivery is interesting and engaging and supporting materials are of good quality. We would highly recommend them to other organisations.”

Molly Elliston, L&D Advisor – London Borough of Merton Council

“Thank you for all your enthusiasm and passion for developing our Stepping Up to Sergeant Development Programme. Your flexibility and desire to bespoke the programme to our organisation combined with your engaging delivery and extensive leadership knowledge and experience were key to its success.”

Nicola Bennett, Learning and Delivery Manager – West Midlands Police

“After awarding Pearlcatchers the tender in 2013 they have designed and delivered programmes on negotiation skills; report writing; organisational performance management (change and continuous improvement); and individual performance management. This was part of our wider leadership and management development learning framework. The feedback we receive from their training programmes is excellent – they are dynamic, creative, engaging and will adapt their workshop, on the day of delivery, to meet the learners needs. This flexibility is great and ensures that our managers leave their training committed and up skilled to take this learning back to the workplace. Their level of flexibility on the workshops also demonstrates their knowledge of their subject area – it is second to none.”

Louise Robson, Senior Manager Organisation and Workforce Development – North Tyneside Council

“Everything – communication and support was always available and whenever I asked for help I received an immediate response…I would recommend you highly.”

Danai Pampiglione, Head of HR – Cottsway Housing

“Pearlcatchers are a great organisation to collaborate with…it was a personal experience from start to finish.”

Louise Furneaux, Learning and Skills Lead – Surrey County Council

“What really stood out for us was that Pearlcatchers really did their research and gained a thorough understanding of our culture and people within our organisation. Sharon and her team were able to provide expertise and experience in supporting the council to move forward, in establishing a Smart Working environment and culture, offering appropriate practical solutions and supportive recommendations.”

Vince Webb, Organisational Development Manager – Cambridge City Council

“Pearlcatchers has transformed leadership within Durham Constabulary and has left a legacy of long lasting cultural change. Durham Constabulary is an environment with a thirst for learning and a responsibility for our own development. We are an empowered organisation with a more fulfilled and committed approach to innovative learning. Sharon Young was pivotal with the implementation of our “Altogether Different Programme” and her passion for helping organisations was not only inspiring, but she helped shape our organisation to build strong relationships, to make things happen and bring all Commands together. Sharon remains in contact and is genuinely interested in how we are progressing without her. Sharon’s continued support ensures that we remain a progressive organisation and one of the top performing forces.”

Hannah Bell, Leadership Manager – Durham Constabulary

“It has been a pleasure working with Pearlcatchers and we have found them to be professional, helpful and enthusiastic about their work. Their vibrant training encapsulated the brief of the session and their energetic, interactive approach encouraged people to engage.”

Tracy Tromans and Sarah Tidmarsh, Collaboration and CPD Commissioning – West Midlands Police

“Pearlcatchers have been one of our ‘go to’ training providers over recent years. They take time to understand our organisation and people, and are adaptable in meeting fast changing requirements and a broad range of learning needs. We have found we can depend on them to deliver a high quality, creative and impactful service which has been important in helping staff raise their game at a time of unprecedented challenges. I highly recommend them.”

James Taylor, Learning and Development Manager – Royal Borough of Kingston and London Borough of Sutton

“North Tyneside Council have worked in partnership with Pearlcatchers to design our leadership programmes ensuring they are fit for the authority’s needs, focusing on developing skills for our current and future needs. Pearlcatchers’ partnership approach to working with us means we continually review and develop delivery methods and key messages ensuring they reflect our organisational direction. In terms of delivery, Pearlcatchers engage managers in innovative learning activities, to encourage reflection and understanding of good management practice.”

Helen Davidson, Workforce Development Lead – North Tyneside Council

Participant Feedback



“One of the best training experiences I have ever had.”


“Facilitators were able to flex on the day, rather than fulfil a rigid plan. Content was highly relevant, it pushed me out of my comfort zone and made it very clear what I need to work on going forward.”