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A Bit About Ellis

Ellis Beardsmore (they/them) is a trainee psychotherapist, facilitator, trainer, project manager and celebrant. They specialise in creating spaces where people can connect with their authentic selves, bring deeper awareness to complex situations and celebrate transitions. They have been a CEO of an Educational Charity in Scotland as well as working for the Department for International Development managing £250m education programmes in Pakistan, policy and humanitarian response in Sudan and leading on Youth Participation approaches from East Kilbride. They are a student of processwork and are specialising in working with the LGBTQ+ community, including running workshops on understanding Gender Diversity. They have recently trained as a celebrant and bring a heart-led, creative approach to honouring and marking life’s transitions, specialising in naming ceremonies for the trans community.

 
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Ellis' skills and experiences

Facilitator

Ellis has been facilitating spaces since she was a patrol leader with Girlguiding when they were young. Ellis facilitating style focuses on holding spaces and bringing attention to what is marginalised both internally and by society.

Leader and strategic thinker

Ellis's experience as a CEO and civil servant enables them to understand the needs of organisational clients, from writing a new strategy to developing equality policies. They are experienced in supporting and managing teams and inspiring people to achieve their best

Awareness

Ellis is aware and understanding. Their psychotherapy training enables them to connect to and support people. They are able to bring this to bring the right tone to every setting, from celebrating a wedding to honoring someone's life, to supporting people to be their authentic selves.

 

What people have said about working with Ellis 

 

Ellis took on an interim role at the British Youth Council to manage a period of significant transition including a changeover of Chief Executive. Thanks to Ellis' focus on change management and leadership, they successfully managed this period, holding the team and keeping the work moving. They also brought their innovation and insight to the role, helping the team to think differently and collaborate on projects.


Ellis experience in the civil service and voluntary sector was hugely beneficial and their passion for social change really shone through. They were a huge asset to the team during a challenging period and their leadership and change management skills were put to the test, and they delivered

Jo Hobbs - CEO British Youth Council