Katie Venner

Senior Associate

With an extensive background in arts and leadership initiatives Katie has held senior posts in voluntary and public sector organisations as well as providing organisation development consultancy with local authorities, public sector bodies and creative businesses. A creative and original thinker, Katie now works as a coach and change agent.

Action Learning facilitation and training

A highly experienced action learning facilitator Katie has facilitated virtual action learning sets for the Australia Council for the Arts and face to face action learning sets for teachers and creative practitioners for the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO).

More often Katie now delivers accredited action learning facilitator training such as for the Australia Council for the Arts. With Ruth Cook and Di Bligh she developed the well received Leadership Facilitation Skills programme for the Cultural Leadership Programme. Recent customers include Creativity, Culture & Education, Devon County Council, British Council (Beirut) the RQIA (Belfast) and Partners in Creative Learning.

Katie delivers experiential workshops introducing action learning at conferences and seminars. Katie’s group facilitation includes planning, visioning, reflection, team building and problem-solving with voluntary sector boards, senior management and project teams in the public and private sectors.

Consultancy and experience

Katie has contributed to a range of research and evaluation programmes. She has recently been involved in a three-year longitudinal evaluation of the Public Art Programme at North Bristol NHS Trust, and has contributed to a range of research and evaluation programmes.  Her research interests include learning histories and the use of image making in reflecting on organisational change on which she presented papers at the UFHRD conferences in 2009 and 2011.

Katie is the author of ‘Developing facilitative leaders; action learning facilitator training as leadership development’, in Action Learning in Practice (4th edition) Gower, 2011, and the co-editor of A Cultural Leadership Reader, 2010, Arts Council England. development’.


  • Approved by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) to deliver action learning facilitator training (2008)
  • MSc (Dist), Surrey University, 2008, in Change Agent Skills and Strategies, Research project in inter-organisation collaboration and action learning
  • FACET5 accredited
  • BA Hons University of East Anglia, History of Art & Film Studies