Training & Facilitation 


What I do



  • Facilitation of meetings and events

  • Team coaching 

  • Supervision for coaches

  • Training: Coaching skills; Action Learning - skills training and facilitating/establishing sets; Mentoring.

  • Workshops and webinars: e.g. Writing for Wellbeing; Confidence.


Who I work


Current and previous clients include:

National Theatre

  • Individual and team coaching for staff.

  • Facilitation of meetings including The Listening Project - consulting with staff about impact of Covid and related changes. 

  • Coaching on the Step Change programme - career development for performing arts professionals.

Sound and Music

  • Coaching on the New Voices and Embedded composer and creative artist development programme; working with composers resident at organisations including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Radio 3 and South London Gallery.

  • Facilitation of staff away day focussing on values, identity, strategy and brand.

  • Regular facilitated sessions for Senior Leadership Team.

  • Individual and team coaching for staff.

Young Women's Trust

  • Career and wellbeing coaching  for women aged 18-30.
  • Coaching for staff.

ZoieLogic Dance Theatre

  • Organisational Development/evaluation work using Appreciative Inquiry to discover the company's strengths, work out where it wants to be, and design how to get there.

  • Facilitation of staff away day. 

  • Coaching for Artistic Director and staff.


Centre for New Writing

Facilitation of International Literature Symposium.



  • Coaching for staff.


Studio Wayne McGregor

  • Action Learning skills training to enable self-facilitation for PEERS CPD programme.

  • Coaching for staff.

Poetry London

Facilitation of Board and staff meeting to make fundamental decisions about the organisation's future.


Arts Network Sutton

Facilitation of Board Away Day.

Stopgap Dance Company

Facilitation of Board and Staff Away Day.


One Dance UK

  • Mentor on Dance Teaching and Dancer programmes.

  • Speaker on Agile Fundraising training programme.

Culture Shift (while Associate Director)

  • Facilitation for Culture Shift Open Space events, and for clients including Theatre Centre and Hastings Borough Council. 

  • Coaching for individuals and organisations including Brighton & Hove Libraries.

Culture Shift (before becoming Associate Director)

  • Working with Directors to create a business development strategy for creative and cultural learning organisation.

  • 121 coaching and team facilitation for Directors on defining vision, developing leadership and working relationships.


"Thank you for the facilitation you and Gemma ran, it was a difficult conversation to have and I really appreciated how you both approached it and created a safe space. It was really inspiring and made me think about how other challenging conversations can be handled."

Gurjit, participant


“Charlotte facilitated our last team away day. She was meticulous and thoughtful in her preparation, helping design a day that addressed the areas we needed to and had an energising ‘flow’ to it. On the day itself, she was brilliant at creating an environment where everybody’s voice was in the room and being listened to, and thus supporting our good thinking. This is a rare skill.”

Susanna Eastburn MBE

Chief Executive, Sound and Music

"Insightful and thoughtful approach to group thinking and personal development."

Richard Pye, PEER, Studio Wayne McGregor

"Thank you for facilitating our away-day: you were a positive presence in the room, sometimes barely noticeable when we were in the thick of discussion, and reappearing at the key moments to help us draw our thinking together into actions."

Gwendolyn Tietze, Chair, Poetry London

"Charlotte's training was provocative and helpful and introduced Action Learning in a clear, understandable way. The day provided skills and opportunities to try Action Learning and take it forward in to our life".

PEER Artist, Studio Wayne McGregor


"Charlotte undertook an independent review of ZoieLogic Dance Theatre and supported us in business planning with a facilitated visioning day. The care, attention to detail and sensitivity taken to include everyone helped us to work as a team to reveal and pinpoint key themes across our strengths, challenges, mission and company needs resulting in a clear action plan - a deeply rewarding and satisfying day."

Vicky Thornton

Producer, ZoieLogic Dance Theatre

"Charlotte was the perfect facilitator for the Arts Network Sutton away day. She brought a light touch and a firm hand to the day and managed to keep 10 very strong personalities, all of whom had very strong opinions, in check without upsetting anyone."

Alan Fitter

Chair, Arts Network Sutton

"As part of the TL Innovation Award Charlotte delivered two very well structured sessions for new mentors and mentees to set them up for their mentoring relationship. She targeted these well at both new graduates and experienced professionals. It was a pleasure to work with her."

Lucy Nicholson

Alumni Relations Manager and co-founder TL Innovation Award,

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

"An engaging, thought provoking day, challenging us to think and communicate in new, purposeful ways as a set".

Action Learning Training participant

"Charlotte made Action Learning training very easy to relate to and it was an extremely helpful experience."

Sanea Singh, Artist/Dancer

“Charlotte facilitated our Away Day very effectively.  She was very tuned into the dynamics of the group and helped us to realise some meaningful and effective strategies, outcomes and priorities to move on our organisation.  She didn’t utilise jargon, established a relaxed atmosphere and employed humour at times, necessary for working with a number of people with varying opinions at a meeting which could have been quite intense!  Thank you Charlotte and well done!"

Adrienne Roberts

Vice-Chair, Arts Network Sutton


"Charlotte facilitated a really constructive session - thank you so much for keeping us to time and on task."

Jessica Clark, Poetry London

"Charlotte Semlyen supported us to undertake organisational development which encompassed a combination of sharp insights on operational and procedural aspects and, through careful 1-2-1 coaching and team facilitation, make considerable leaps forward with our mission and purpose as well as mechanisms for achieving them. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have found this balance of skill and experience in one person."

Cindy Cox, formerly Co-Director

Culture Shift


"Charlotte Semlyen has represented me on my independent projects for over ten years working successfully with a wide range of commissioners from the CanAsia festival in Canada to the National Theatre in London.

I have no hesitation in recommending her work which is always meticulous in its attention to detail and utterly professional. She has always gone that extra mile to make sure that the best possible contractual arrangement  is reached between two partners.  She is also a pleasure to work with!"

Shobana Jeyasingh MBE

Artistic Director, Shobana Jeyasingh Dance


"I worked with Charlotte Semlyen in her capacity as Business & Development/Executive Director for five years, where she was absolutely central to the achievements of South East Dance. In that time I found her to be extraordinarily supportive while consistently providing clear, objective and appropriate feedback. This encouraged me to challenge my thinking and assumptions, and ensured SED maintained a culture of learning, reflection and high standards.

Charlotte is an excellent facilitator, which supported me to better understand, address and communicate a range of complex issues.

I trust her implicitly on all levels - artistically and organisationally - which was really valuable when SED faced change and challenge."

Jamie Watton

CEO/Artistic Director, South East Dance


"Working with Charlotte was so easy - our working relationship was both fluid and structured. Together we were creative, organised, efficient and extremely productive!"

Antonia Grove

Artistic Director, Probe