The Bridge Partnership

Manage change well

We are now living through one of the most tumultuous and challenging times in human history. We have all come to realise that uncertainty is now the only certainty.

The Bridge Partnership has built its professional reputation on helping our clients navigate the storms of transition and uncertainty at key developmental stages in their careers.

Our professional values have been forged through years of good practice, not speculation.

Our specialism is in creating connections between the now and the not yet; between the person you are now and the person you both want and need to become. Genuine transition and change doesn’t happen unless we actively prepare and plan for it. The Bridge Partnership will help you understand your potential and actively map out how you can realise it.

As trusted advisors we provide expert tailored coaching, consultancy, mentoring and spiritual direction to help you find your way forward and traverse between the known and the unknown.

In today’s world we believe that the boundaries between these disciplines need to become increasingly more porous. Dexterity and agility are core to what we offer to our clients.

We are equipped and ready to walk with you in these uncertain days; to identify and maximise your skills, helping you to build your bridge into tomorrow.

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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 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.

ONE-TO-ONE TAILOR MADE COACHING

TEAM COACHING

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

CONSULTANCY

MENTORING

Leadership Programme

The Inside Out Leader

Leaders today face a scale of change and challenge we are unlikely to experience again for at least a generation. We can view these as a mountain too hard to climb or we can embrace them as presenting fresh opportunity. At the Bridge Partnership, we encourage our clients to be embracers of challenge and change, we see our role as enablers to equip leaders as they journey forward.

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As leaders, the months and years ahead will require continual navigational course correction as we are required to be adaptable and lead with courage through uncertainty.

We believe this is only possible if leaders are able to lead from the values embedded deep within them – leading from ‘who you are’, in other words, leading from your inner motivations and passions – it’s all about being an ‘Inside Out Leader’.

A central piece of your engagement with us will be working with you to enable you to give description, voice, expression, character and colour to your values as an ‘Inside Out Leader’.

As an example, the graphic here illustrates our own Bridge Partnership ‘Inside Out Leader’ values.

Values are essential equipping for our journey. Values provide the rudder by which we navigate.

  • What is the narrative of my journey?
  • Where have I come from?
  • How did I get here (where I am today)?
  • Where am I aiming to get to?
  • What have been the key drivers in my journey?
  • What impact would I like to make?
  • What are my as yet unfulfilled dreams?
  • What legacy would I like to leave?

All these components and many more are the areas where we engage with our clients, empowering them to be courageous and adaptable ‘Inside Out Leaders’.

“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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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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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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DEBS BUTLER

Debs is an Associate 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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ROBERT BARTON

Rob is an Associate of The Bridge Partnership. As an executive search specialist, I work on behalf of a diverse range of clients across the public, private and the third sector, and also work by partnering with other specialist companies, providing recruitment expertise and psychometric support as a Thomas International practitioner.

In my spare time I am a non-executive director and a trustee of a national veterans’ charity and local educational charity. I enjoy country life and walking an easily distracted Labrador.

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Phone: 07557 105527
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.