"Andrew was a key member of my executive team for two years when I was President, Rolls-Royce Marine Services based in Singapore. He was an excellent sounding board, operated with complete integrity and I valued his support. His style is very collaborative and he gained the respect of everyone in the team during the time we worked together. Andrew has a high level of commitment, is well organised and consistently delivers. During this time, we reorganised the Marine Services executive team into a more customer focused structure and Andrew worked on the design of the structure and the associated roles and accountabilities as well as drove the implementation through. He also led the recruitment of high calibre individuals into the new positions."
"Andrew has the ability to combine good innovative ideas with positive impact on the business. He is supportive, calm in a crisis and has a great sense of humour. All of this makes Andrew an excellent person to work with."
DL, Talent Development Manager EMEA
"Andrew kindly agreed to be the keynote speaker at our EES Celebration Event where he spoke to an audience of over 600 including 300 6th formers/potential engineers. He gave a presentation on engineering careers both at Rolls-Royce and more generally alongside his own career path, which was extremely well received. He chaired a panel of assessors at the same event, providing feedback on their engineering projects to the students. Again Andrew's calm and thoughtful style was well suited to the facilitating of the assessment team of fellow Engineering Managers who were running to tight schedules. Equally though it ensured the students were given supportive and well-structured constructive feedback on their projects."
GJ, Midlands Director at the Engineering Development Trust
"Andrew operated in HR at senior level and has very significant employee development and talent management expertise, as well as senior generalist HR experience in an international environment. Earlier in his career, he was an engineer, and I think this early experience gives him a certain pragmatism that many died-in-the-wool HR professionals lack. Andrew is extremely delivery-focused and can be relied upon to come up with innovative ideas and solutions. One particular example was his work on the highly successful 'Marine Leadership Programme'. I would regard innovation as one of his main strengths. He is also a very accomplished presenter, and I have seen him perform brilliantly in front of 200 seniors. Andrew's international HR management experience includes four years living and working in Singapore, and many of his other roles have been very international in scope. He has worked a lot with Asian and Nordic teams and cultures."
TDS, Senior Vice President Human Resources, Marine and Asia Pacific and Middle East
"I worked with Andrew over a number of years and in a variety of roles at Rolls-Royce. Allied to strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach, I benefited from and valued his expertise, advice and support in the areas of organisational change, employee / team development and high potential talent management."
RT, Senior Vice President Offerings and Commercial, Marine Services
"For several months I had the pleasure of working in partnership with Andrew Deighton from AWD Development Solutions Ltd. I found this company to be very professional in the services they provided in developing our strategy for the apprentice engineering department. During a time when we underwent some major changes to our training organisation, it was clear from the very start that they had a wealth of experience in apprentice training. They were able to support us in making significant steps in how we develop future engineers and skills to meet the major technology changes of our organisation going forward. I would have no hesitation in working with AWD Development Solutions Ltd again and indeed hope to do so in the near future. It has been a pleasure to have engaged them in this contract."
JW, Apprentice Marketing and Development Manager, Transport organisation
"Andrew's CPD workshop was interesting, engaging and highly relevant to the requirements of my professional institute. I have a clear plan now of what I need to do to move forward."
KB, Self-employed bookkeeper
"I found it really useful for focusing on goals I had already set but didn't have a proper plan in place to achieve."
EP, Workshop participant
"Andrew is the consummate professional. Reliable and organised, Andrew is a fantastic sounding board who gave me sound guidance and advice that has stuck with me ever since. Andrew's active listening and thoughtful coaching skills are second to none that I have worked with and I would wholly endorse Andrew to others that have not yet had the fortune of working with him. I wouldn't be where I am now in neither my career nor my personal life if it wasn't for Andrew's consistent support, encouragement and belief in others. For that I am very grateful and proud to call Andrew a friend. I hope to have the opportunity to work with him again at some point in our futures."
DO'C, VP - Training and Field Service Development
"Andrew was involved in a student mentoring scheme with my university and he was my chosen mentor for five months. Andrew was the right mentor for me at that time in my life because I wanted someone with a senior level HR experience and he was the right person to mentor me before I started my career in HR. Andrew and I met once a month, and each time we met we discussed how I was getting on with university and how my life was going and also if I had completed the targets we had set before our next meeting. The life and career lessons that I received from Andrew will always be dear to me, and even after the scheme had ended Andrew was there to give me interview preparation when I needed them."
SA, Business Management & Human Resources student
"Andrew was my mentor with my university mentoring program. I am changing my career to HR and he was a perfect mentor for me in my life. Andrew has a senior level in HR experience and skills which solved my questions about HR and advised personal development. During the mentoring sessions, I can see he is very good at time management and work efficiency. He discussed with me each session for planing the time, topic and replied to me with very fast email that make me feel he is a reliable person. He suggested and introduced me some books for HR career that means he has advance knowledge and love to read books. Also, he respects each other to build up the trust between us. I feel happy that he was perfect to be my mentor."
VL, overseas MBA student
"Andrew recently did some 1-2-1 coaching with me on personal development. Andrew did a great job of getting to the key areas that I wanted to focus on, in order to achieve the goals that I'd set myself for the session and I left feeling focused and motivated. For all those who push their own personal development to the back of the queue I would recommend Andrew to help you get the most out of yourself."
KP, Head of Cloud Accounting
"Andrew was a very good facilitator and kept the course interesting and me focused."
BL, Workshop participant
"Enjoyed this course very much. Was presented very well. Have found it extremely useful."
LH, Workshop participant
"Andrew was very knowledgeable and easy to listen to and didn't mind if we asked A LOT!!! of questions."
AM, Workshop participant
"Enjoyed the 2 day course very much. Very interesting and learned lots of new techniques to help with my day to day job."
AT, Workshop participant
"Andrew’s development workshops enabled the team to contribute to a focused, cohesive & effective approach to strategic planning. Home-Start Erewash will be very happy to work with AWD Development Solutions in the future."
BB, Scheme Manager, Home-Start Erewash
"I used Andrew's services to help me get a better understanding of myself so I could work more effectively with my team. I undertook a Myers Briggs test which generated a profile however the two hours we spent together in the feedback session was what was really valuable. He helped me to understand different preferences I had and we realised that I actually had a slightly different profile to the one that was automatically generated from the answers I gave to the questions. Understanding myself better has already led me to understand better the interactions I have both professionally and even personally in fact. It is something I will keep coming back to I know as I take on board a greater awareness of my leadership style, preferred learning styles and areas I can work on. Thanks Andrew, would highly recommend, and not just for people in business!"
DB, Business Owner