What we do and why
My Next Chapter creates spaces for individuals and organisations, to help them think and plan for what’s next.
The choices we make are hugely important with the potential to impact for many years to come and now the stakes are even higher. My Next Chapter provides a space to look at their wider context, helping to achieve clarity, set intentions and create a plan to deliver them.
The purpose of this work is to increase impact and effectiveness in the lives of individuals and organisations, and ensure better outcomes of what we do and how we do it.
Who we work with
We work with thinking and doing people, people who make things happen, leaders, creatives, social entrepreneurs, change makers, risk takers and those who want to live and work ‘beyond the pay packet’. Whatever the context, the people we work with have a number of things in common; they are experiencing a time for change and want to make a difference to other people’s lives.
Why people come to us
Individuals and organisations come to My Next Chapter because they:
- Are at a cross-roads, with important decisions to make and want to create a change plan for themselves or their organisations
- Are stuck or confused by too many options or perceived complexity
- Need space and support to generate fresh thinking
- Need to clarify what’s important and what needs to prioritised
- Need to explore and clarify the impact they want to have
- Want to create space to generate well-being and resilience
How we work
My Next Chapter programmes provide space which allows you to ask yourself some hard questions. We do this in a supportive and challenging way to disrupt the status quo and to generate new thinking. Using a coaching facilitation style the process allows individuals and organisations to make important decisions to facilitate change.
We work in a fun and engaging way, providing an environment where people are able to be open to challenging pre-existing thinking and also one where there is fun and laughter in the room.
The sessions draw on thinking and theories from positive psychology, philosophy, resilience, and emotional intelligence and use a coaching based approach to facilitation.
Our core values underpin all our work:
Who and what we are
My Next Chapter is a Limited Company social enterprise using what we do to affect social change. We focus on meaning and purpose; what we love and are good at as a way to ensure we are making our best contribution to change. We are intentionally small-working with a team of expert freelancers and with relationships at the heart of what we do.
About My Next Chapter Founder, Bev Morton
Bev Morton is an accredited coach and facilitator who has worked in the cultural and social sectors for over 30 years. Bev has been exploring what most effectively generates individual and organisational alignment, well-being and resilience as a means of increasing impact.
Bev is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA), she was a Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme (2005/6). She has founded four companies including My Next Chapter and previously set up The Art of Possibility in 2007 providing leadership coaching and facilitation to individuals and over 350 cultural and social leaders and organisations. This also included the award winning Bradford based arts charity, Artworks Creative Communities and Manchester accessories design firm, Blubber.
She worked with Clore as one of the Short Course facilitation team for over nine years in addition to being a coach, workshop leader and active listener for the Clore Social Leadership Programme. She is an accredited action learning facilitator, accredited to Practitioner level in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Member of the Association for Coaching.
Collaboration is central to the way of working for My Next Chapter; this creates in-built resilience for both the work and the impact we have as a result.
From coaching to design work and accounting, the company is underpinned by a number of specialists working in what they are good at and love doing.
The approach is also about the ‘synergy’ of collaboration; the right people working together on the things that drive them and at the right time.
Key collaborators include:
My Next Chapter for Creatives – Jean is an artist, socially engaged practitioner and all-round amazing human being.
Web design and print design – Kevin has worked closely with Bev over the last 12 years. Flexible, patient and an all-round active listener; he makes what’s in your head a reality.
Film maker and photographer – Graham has an amazing eye and ability to communicate with people that generates superb imagery.
Marketing – Rachel brings her expertise of communication, rooted in knowledge, warmth and style.
Social Media – Anna brings a hugely valuable focus on detail to sharpen how we communicate what we do.