Meet Ann Burton

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Passionate about nurturing talent, Ann Burton is a highly motivated and enthusiastic learning and development facilitator.  Ann enjoys the excitement of a dual role, the founder of Training by Design Ltd and a Regional Director for the Athena Network.

Training by Design Ltd, an innovative and forward thinking leadership development and coaching company, offering a comprehensive range of management and leadership development programmes including fully accredited ILM courses, as well as personal and performance coaching.

Ann is qualified in several psychometric tools including MBTI.

Her genuine interest in learning and development has won hearts and minds, attracting a loyal client-base and many accolades. For example, two of Ann’s delegates have been named the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Learner of the Year on two separate occasions.

Ann is a natural communicator and her fresh approach to learning is based on the core values of trust, respect and clarity. Her ability to bring a subject to life so that trainees stay interested and engaged is all about instilling a sense of fun into her training sessions, as well as providing unrivalled support for each and every delegate.

Throughout her career, Ann has changed attitudes and maximised people’s confidence and potential. She is equally passionate about her own self-development and has many post degree qualifications including completing her ILM Level 7 in coaching and mentoring.

From a background within the educational and business sector, Ann has dedicated her entire career to date to people development, including previous roles as a part-time lecturer with Manchester Metropolitan University.

She has insight and understanding of commercial performance challenges, yet is equally knowledgeable and passionate when it comes to personal coaching.

Ann facilitates regular leadership programmes and workshops, and launched the first Athena networking group in Rugby in March 2016, email Ann for details.



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Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

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“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

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Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

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"I've been an Athena member since Rachel Maunder launched her first group in Hampshire. And I'm still a member because it has transformed my very individual business by providing me with the professional and personal support system I used to enjoy in corporate life at Marks & Spencer, before I was inspired to put my commercial skills at the disposal of the Third Sector. Whether it be IT products and services, social media training, business strategy advice, personal image consultation, financial advice and planning and last but by no means least great, supportive friends it's all at Athena NEHants."   


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