Testimonials for Circling Squares

What’s it like to work with Allen Graham and Circling Squares? Here’s what some of our clients have to say.

Independent consultancy support

Circling Squares provided support for an independent investigation. The investigation was conducted efficiently and comprehensively with a quality report being provided which provided us with confidence to inform decisions.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Allen to any colleagues in the public sector, his experience, skills and strategic leadership can be applied across a wide variety of areas from change management, governance, sector improvement and transformation—an excellent addition to any team and Circling Squares were exemplary in providing independent external challenge and support.

Bev Smith

Chief Executive, North West Leicestershire District Council

Recruitment support

Allen and Circling Squares provided a comprehensive package of support which included reviewing applications and psychometric tests and designing the assessment process and content. Allen was the technical expert for the main interviews and observed or chaired other elements of the assessments. His measured, impartial advice was invaluable particularly in relation to interviewing internal candidates. He also provided face-to-face feedback sessions and development plans for all the candidates.

It was a real pleasure to have Allen’s support throughout this recruitment. His wise, professional and empathetic approach meant that we got the best from candidates in relation to their technical ability and their interpersonal skills. He also provided me with a different perspective and some insightful challenge.

I wouldn’t hesitate to use Allen again for high-level recruitment and I would wholeheartedly recommend him to others seeking similar support.

Sophie Hoskins

Former Chief Executive, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council

Recruitment support

Really enjoyed working with Allen, his input written and verbal was excellent and the level of agreement on candidates was healthy which is always a good test.

Julie Towers

Penna plc

Mentoring support

Allen brings a wealth of experience and insight to his coaching. His friendly objective style has allowed me to navigate a number of difficult scenarios in the first 12 months of a new role.

He has a great understanding of the sector and the dynamics of different elements of governance and can draw down on experiences to help navigate the politics of leading a large multi-functional organisation. His commitment to leadership development shines through his support.

Michael Greene

Chief Executive, Scarborough Borough Council

Mentoring support

Allen had a very good understanding of what I wanted to achieve from our sessions and had a structured approach. He challenged openly and fairly, was honest with his feedback and created a good environment for us to work in. Sessions were full; Allen was flexible on how and when meetings ran, and I felt I benefitted significantly from our sessions.

Paul Ellis

Deputy Chief Executive, Craven District Council