The Bridge Partnership

Manage change well

Life is full of transitions. We face professional and personal changes at every stage of our development, and managing these transitions can be crucial to how the next period of our lives unfolds.

Whether we’re making our first moves into leadership, considering how to improve our effectiveness as a leader, or looking to launch ourselves into a new venture, to be successful, we need to understand ourselves, recognise where we’ve come from and work out where we are heading.

The Bridge Partnership is about creating connections between the now, and the not yet – between who we are now and the person we’d like to be. It’s about understanding our potential and actively mapping out how to realise it.

Through expert tailored coaching, mentoring and spiritual direction, the aim of the The Bridge Partnership is to help you build bridges to safely navigate difficult transitions. The bridge is a safe, reliable structure providing a route across tumultuous waters. But the bridge is not the destination – it’s just part of the journey to becoming the person we want to be.

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Contact The Bridge Partnership to begin a conversation about mentoring, coaching and spiritual direction.

What we can do

Our Services

The Bridge Partnership is committed to work to the highest standards of ethics and professionalism. To support this The Bridge Partnership is a member of the Association for Coaching (AC). It also works within the ICF Code of Ethics.

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COACHING

It’s tempting to think that we all navigate through life blindly. But the reality is that we’re each writing a map, charting where we’ve come from and indicating where we’re going.

The aim of coaching at The Bridge Partnership is to help you control your own map, giving you an understanding of your past and present journey, and helping you to set a direction for the future. Coaching offers the challenge to become more self aware, to take responsibility for your own development and to realise more of your own potential.

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MENTORING

None of us have all the answers. There is always more to learn, no matter what your sphere or area of expertise. Getting perspective, wisdom and encouragement from those who have gone before us can help unlock incredible personal development and empowerment.

At The Bridge Partnership we can draw on years of charitable sector insight and significant leadership experience to help you step up to the next stage in your career – or life. This kind of direct and focussed relationship can be the catalyst in helping you to not only define, but reach your goals. 

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SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Unconsciously many of us have detached our spiritual lives from the realms of work and family. We compartmentalise and leave our faith out of serious business  – or even family – decisions. But, we cannot deepen our walk with God without it also transforming our personal and professional lives.

Giving time and space to reflect on, and deepen, our walk with God is a significant opportunity to discover our true, full potential.

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CONSULTANCY

There are times when we need someone to come alongside and help us to get unstuck, to help bring a fresh perspective and a step change to unlock powerful thinking. It is our privilege to be able to come alongside business owners and senior executives to help re-ignite their thinking and work through critical seasons of transition and organisational change. Also, to inspire and shape strategic thought, and to bring an injection of fresh energy to raising and equipping authentic leaders.

Contact The Bridge Partnership to begin a conversation about mentoring, coaching and spiritual direction.

What we offer

How it works

In practice these three disciplines constantly overlap and many people benefit from a combination of approaches, rather than a single focus on one technique. At The Bridge Partnership we work out these conversations in the following ways.

SERIES OF SESSIONS

Four, six or 12 one-on-one 90 minute meetings

GUIDED DAY RETREAT

A day-long intensive and focussed session

“Change is situational. Transition, on the other hand, is psychological. It is not those events, but rather the inner reorientation or self-redefinition that you have to go through in order to incorporate any of those changes into your life. Without a transition, a change is just a rearrangement of the furniture. Unless transition happens, the change won’t work, because it doesn’t ‘take’”.

William Bridges

Meet the Team

Who are we?

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EDDIE LYLE

The Bridge Partnership was founded in 2016 by Eddie Lyle, who has over 30 years of experience managing organisations in the charitable sector. For 16 of these years he held the position of CEO for two separate organisations, managing change and transformation across large and influential teams. He currently has a significant public leadership role with an internationally known and respected charity.

Eddie is a recognised and strategic thinker, team builder, motivational speaker and entrepreneur. He’s also a qualified Coach having gained a Professional Certificate in Coaching at Henley Business School, one of the world’s leading business training centres. He’s a current trustee of Home for Good, a UK based charity focusing on adoption and fostering, and he founded Medic Assist International, a charity providing healthcare to those who need it most.

His unique experience and skills have enabled him to become a significant coach, mentor and spiritual director, providing transformative insight, encouragement and wisdom to many.

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DEBS BUTLER

Debs is a Director of The Bridge Partnership. She is passionate about enabling and challenging others to be all that they can be; to flourish and reach their full potential.

Her professional career has involved holding positions such as Head of HR for a Global Organisation, Head of Department in Education, along with Art Therapy and Pastoral Care positions in a range of sectors. She is currently working as a Leadership Development Specialist.

Debs has been awarded a BA degree with First Class Honours in Applied Theology in Missional Leadership from Moorlands College, Christchurch and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic and Application of the Arts from The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London. Professionally she is accredited with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Debs has worked as a qualified art therapist with both individuals and organisations for more than 15 years and is an experienced facilitator, involved with executive leadership teams in both the charity and corporate sector, using a diverse range of communication models utilising both words and images.

Debs regularly leads creative art workshops and spiritual retreat days, giving spiritual direction to both individuals and groups. Her blend of skills, experience and academic achievements has enabled her to be a creative and intuitive coach, mentor and spiritual leader.

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JUDE ELLIMAN

Jude is an associate consultant of The Bridge Partnership and the co-founder of her own executive coaching company. She is an executive coach with over 25 years’ experience of coaching leaders and individuals across a broad range of sectors.

She has trained more than 500 coaches in the UK and internationally. As co-author of The Story so far – an introduction to Transformational Narrative Coaching, she understands the power of story to both constrain and liberate.

Jude, contemplative by preference, knows the deeper call of stillness and spiritual reflection in her own life.  She is committed to exploring the mystery of the landscape of soul and knows the wisdom this brings.

Soulhinterlands.com is an expression of this inner journey. Her poems and the images she chooses for this website reveal the creativity and beauty of an awakened imagination. Jude’s passion for discovery, helping others be themselves with more skill, find their purpose and own authentic voice infuses everything she does.

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IAN SMITH

Ian is a Director of The Bridge Partnership. This role is built upon 20 years’ experience in senior leadership in the corporate sector, and the last 13 years in senior leadership in the charity sector where he has overseen growth in operations from the UK into 11 countries across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Ian is now part time with the charity as coach and in leadership development.

Ian’s heart is to invest in leaders and in shaping the leaders of the future. Enabling them to be authentic and to be courageous role models and ambassadors is a core component, helping them make a difference to organisational health and culture, empowering individuals and teams to flourish and realise their potential.

A Chartered Engineer, Ian has experience and skills in strategic planning, leadership development, critical thinking, operational and business management, non-profit organisational leadership and team building. He has also completed a Diploma in Biblical and Theological studies at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. Ian qualified as a coach through Henley Business School and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and Association for Coaching (AC). He serves on the board of two European non-profit organisations.

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Contact The Bridge Partnership to start a conversation about mentoring, coaching or spiritual direction.

Email: Use the contact form on the right/below
Phone: 07495 417571
Post: The Bridge Partnership, Unit F02-F03, Cherwell Business Village, Southam Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 2SP.

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The Bridge Partnership is about creating connections between the now, and the not yet – between who we are now and the person we’d like to be. It’s about understanding our potential and actively mapping out how to realise it.