• Jo Clift Consulting


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  • Consulting and Policy Engagement

    Consultant, Non Exec Director & Executive Coach

    Consulting services

    I help organisations to understand and engage with Government and Parliament.  I support them in getting the best out of their engagement with Whitehall, officials and opinion formers.

    It might be about selling work, or selling ideas or creating and building lasting relationships.

    I work with a range of organisations from Universities to high tech firms to National Museums.

    I spent over two decades at the heart of Whitehall, mainly at the Cabinet Office.   I held senior roles in policy, communications, strategy and legislation, including a role at Number 10. 

    Policy Engagement for Academics & Universities

    I work with Universities who want to grow their capability in Policy Engagement, and increase their profile within Whitehall and Parliament. I work collectively and individually with academics to help them build their individual profile and the profile of their work.


    Engagement & Interaction with Whitehall

    Helping you and your organisation to work with and engage Government & public sector stakeholders


    Explaining how Government and Parliament work

    When you want to know how government & Whitehall work & how to speak their language


    Strategic & Corporate Communications

    Helping you to represent who you are and what you want to achieve; tailoring communications for public sector stakeholders


    Getting impact in Whitehall and Parliament

    Helping you get your voice heard in Westminster, including Media training and Select Committee training.


    Executive Coaching

    I work with executives who want to bring their whole selves to work

    I help people to overcome the imposter syndrome, and be confident and assertive in the workplace.


    Non-Executive Director

    I sit on the Board of the Institute of Osteopathy

    Personal Development Training

    I deliver a variety of personal development training courses, including Assertiveness for Women in the workplace, overcoming the imposter syndrome, resilience & stress management.

  • About Jo Clift





    I have two decades of experience working at a senior level at the heart of Government, mainly in the Cabinet Office. I have worked directly with over fifteen Ministers.


    I am at my best dealing with complex situations that require strategic analysis and careful handling involving multiple senior stakeholders. One of my key skills is that I am able to find a path through problems by creating excellent networks and relationships - using fine political judgement with stakeholders whilst focusing on the key deliverables.


    After six years in Whitehall as a senior communications specialist, including as Press Secretary to Lord Falconer (Millennium minister), I wanted grow my expertise in change management, so I joined Deloitte Consulting for two years as a senior change consultant. This gave me a great set of change skills and valuable insight into the private sector, but I found that I missed the strategic aspect of working at the heart of Government so returned to lead the shared corporate services work across whitehall.


    As government lead for Shared Corporate Services, I created a new model for sharing back office services. To do this I engaged directly with cab sec, number 10 and senior stakeholders across Whitehall and the public sector . I led and created the strategy for cross cutting shared services which is still used today and has achieved over £10million savings.


    I led the ICT strategy for the Coalition Government and then set up and ran the Whitehall unit for managing the appointments to Boards of public bodies. I also led the new legislation to combine two ombudsman organisations.


    I am now working as a consultant with organisations who want to engage and communicate better with government to achieve their goals.


    Specialities: Understanding government and how to engage with departments to get things done. Working closely with Ministers and senior stakeholders to achieve and sustain goals. Sensitive and strategic communications.











  • Coaching

    121 Coaching

    I provide one to one coaching sessions (currently online). Please get in touch if you would like to discuss. Jo@jocliftconsulting.com or 07904 10 88 66

  • Helping you understand and engage with Westminster

    https://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/opinion/lurching-between-short-term-crises-takes-its-toll-civil-servants Ten years ago, Britain was experiencing a series of terror attacks, including two car bombs that had been safely detonated in central London. Gordon Brown had just moved into No. 10...
    Public inquiries in the UK have a tendency to be long, expensive and not necessarily conclusive. Whilst inquiries are generally set up in good faith by an administration who is keen to get to the heart of a matter, the climate for inquiries these days can be harsh. The inquiry for child sexual...
    However well you know your subject, select committees can be an intimidating experience. In recent years some select committees have become quite confrontational in their approach to witnesses. But with a bit of preparation, you can make the best of a challenging situation. Here are my top tips...
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  • Jo Clift

    Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome Workshops

    Sometimes it's hard to remember our own worth, skills & experience. The Imposter Syndrome is very common, but can be tackled. I only offer 16 places maximum for each workshop so that you can get individual attention and coaching as part of the workshop.


    The Imposter Syndrome describes a condition where we feel that we don’t deserve the position or responsibility that we have. We find it difficult to take pride in our achievements and have the feeling that we are a ‘fraud’. It is staggering how many people suffer from the imposter syndrome.


    Did you know that Meryl Streep, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou all suffered from this condition? It can have a negative effect on your work and the way that you view yourself in the workplace. It can certainly stop talented people from progressing at work and getting the roles that they are capable of.People who suffer with Imposter Syndrome may often also suffer from some perfectionism and a fear of failure, but they often forget to think about all the things that they do achieve and all the skills and qualities that they do have.


    The workshop covers….

    - What is the Imposter Syndrome & how does it affect us?

    - Is the imposter syndrome affecting your current role and your career path?

    - The best ways to tackle the imposter syndrome

    - Reminding yourself about your skillset

    - How to get support on the journey


    I have designed the workshop to be supportive and encouraging to those who have this type of confidence issue in the workplace. I run the sessions interactively, for example unmuting those who want to speak and using the chat box for comments and questions.



    ‘The best training I have done for ages’ Roberta (Global technology company)

    ‘Great course and presenter’ Mark (Confederation for British Industry)

    ‘Excellent presenter…she created a very safe and comfortable space’ Rachel (Senior Manager, Government)

















  • My Workshops

    Join me for online workshops from the comfort of your own home

    Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome (Online 10-4)

    Helping you to tackle the Imposter Syndrome and move on

  • Being a Successful Introvert in the Workplace

    Workplaces can be challenging for introverts; I can help you to navigate this and to train others to support your preferred ways of working


    Many people describe themselves as introverted, or a mixture of introvert and extravert. But many organisations, without realising it, have shaped themselves so they favour extraverts, and people who are good at putting themselves forward. It is not ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ to be an introvert or an extravert. It’s just a part of our human nature, and we need to get better at helping individuals and organisations to help get a contribution from everyone. If you have ever struggled to speak up in meetings, even though you know that you have the answers, then this is the Webinar for you.



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    Jo Clift

    Jo Clift

    Jo Clift Consulting




    +447904 108866



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