Gillian Jones-Williams

Gillian is the founder and Managing Director of Emerge Development Consultancy.  She is also an author, a motivational speaker, a Master Executive Coach, and a passionate supporter of Women’s Development.

Gillian was one of the early adopters of coaching in organisations and has co-authored 2 books on the topic – 50 Top Tools for Coaching (now in its 5th edition) and How to Create a Coaching Culture (CIPD 2nd edition).  She works with many organisations to support them in creating a coaching culture, particularly linked to inclusivity and engagement.

She also published ‘Locked Down but Not Out’ in early 2021 – a diary of the Pandemic and the struggle to save the business when Covid-19 shut down training rooms.  Thankfully Emerge survived the crisis and is flourishing again, and all proceeds of the book go to the bereaved families of NHS workers.

After working with so many amazing clients for 25 years at Emerge, she is still supremely passionate about what she does and she loves a challenge – working with boards that need to untangle their dynamics and get focused on their vision, individuals who need support with their behaviour or understanding where their careers are going, or organisations who are seeking transformation or culture change. She has led many D & I initiatives to help organisations strategise, but also in times where situations have happened that meant emphasis needed to be put on specific groups of people i.e. delivering Sexual Harassment training in the music industry, #BlackLivesMatter and more recently delivering Male Allies workshops for Women’s Safety.

Gillian is the founder of the award-winning RISE Empowering Women’s Development Programme, which is delivered around the world, including Saudi Arabia.  She was also nominated as one of the top 100 UK female entrepreneurs in the f:Entrepreneur #ialso100 2020 campaign, which is a celebration of inspirational businesses led by women in the UK.

In her spare time Gillian loves keeping fit, skiing, gardening and live music, but most importantly spending time with her children and beautiful granddaughter.