Our team

Appreciating People help make positive change happen, in organisations, communities, businesses, charities and individually. We use appreciative inquiry and a variety of ‘strength-based’ approaches, which focus on your strengths, and areas you’re good at, rather than weaknesses.

Tim Slack


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… AP’s founder and co-director

Tim has worked in youth work and regeneration for over 30 years, holding a number of senior posts in local government, community engagement and arts organisations.

He has held a non-executive director of urban regeneration agency Liverpool Vision and Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) role, and is currently Chair of the Social Enterprise, Before I Go Solutions.

Specialities

Tim is a recognised thought leader in Appreciative Inquiry and has been the co-author on a number of Appreciative Inquiry publications.

A keen ceramics collector, Tim’s also an avid reader of military history and is a supporter of Rewilding Scotland and regenerative agriculture.

Favourite quote

  • ‘If you want people to think, give intent not instructions.”
    David L Marquet
  • Suzanne Quinney


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    Co-director

    Suzanne specialises in a strength-based approach to change, engagement, quality improvement and safety and particularly enjoys helping people learn more about their thinking. She is an experienced facilitator and event organiser, practiced in the use of World Cafe and Open Space Technology. She designs and delivers seminars and masterclasses, and was part of an award-winning training combination for the Health Services Journal.

    Specialities

    Suzanne is the author of nine strength-based and Appreciative Inquiry-related training materials, articles, and book chapters. The most recent is Reflections: an Appreciative Journal and Practical Resource Book. Her working life began in Africa, and she has worked in the UK public sector for 25+ years since. She is interested in the connections between AI and spirituality, and enjoys sci-fi, yoga and dogs.

    Favourite quote

  • ‘Anything we can do today to enhance dignity, meaning and community right now, while seeking to make workplaces more productive, is existentially valuable, regardless of how long it remains in use, or what people do with it afterwards…’
    Marvin R Weisbord
  • Helen Bush


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    Senior associate

    Senior associate Helen has more than 20 years’ experience across both the voluntary and private sector in youth, health, community and land sectors, including ten years delivering environmental and community regeneration projects across the north west.

    She is a trained appreciative inquiry practitioner, and coach, business mentor and facilitator of collaborative techniques, including World Café and Open Space (OST). She’s also a chartered landscape architect with a keen interesting in sustainable development and the environment, ceramics and the arts.

    Favourite quotes

  • ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’
    Proust
  • ‘Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.’
    Maori proverb

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