Led by Josie Hastings, Josie Hastings Associates offer practical interactive training solutions that engage managers and staff.  With over 16 years experience, we have a comprehensive understanding of employment law and aim to assist participants in dealing with challenging situations at work, promptly, fairly and legally.

We offer a range of interventions: trainer led workshops; workshops supported by professional actors as role-players, 1:1 coaching with actors and e-learning.

Our training is always participative, informative and engaging.

The Team

Josie Hastings – Owner
A consultant and trainer with extensive experience of delivering training and advice in all the areas offered by the company.

Carol Weston
A trainer and facilitator with comprehensive experience in all aspects of  communication skills training

Ann Baker
E-learning designer and trainer

Louise Clare – Director of ReCreate
E-learning materials designer and project manager

Andrew Morrison Director of ReCreate
E-learning materials designer, implementation specialits and trainer

Actor Coaches

Josie Hastings Associates work with a number of actor coaches to support our training.

Our actor coaches are:

Sakuntala Ramanee (see Sakuntala in action as Rita in our online films); Robert Lockhart (see Rob in action in our online films); Roger Lloyd Thompson who acts as our scriptwriter and director; Sarah Cartwright,Claire Harding, Patricia Gibson Howell, Farzana Begum, Marianne O’Connor, Caron Samaru, Parminder Sekhon and Charles Armstrong.

Using actors to support training

All our courses offer the option to work with professional actors to bring the ‘theory to life’ replacing the need for participants to role-play on courses. Our actors are trained in coaching skills, giving effective feedback and questioning techniques and have worked with a wide range of corporate clients, NHS organisations and the public sector.

The types of interventions they offer include:

Forum Theatre
The group watch a scene tailored to a real situation from their workplace and then get to re-direct the action. It’s an invaluable way to experience the changes in a relationship when the participants adapt their conversations and behaviour.

One to One interactions
This allows for an in depth practise with an actor/coach of a delegate’s real-life challenging conversation with a staff member. They are able to stop-start the dialogue and get honest feedback from the ‘other’ person? It’s an opportunity for some life changing light-bulb moments.

Demonstration of Theory
Our actors bring ‘theory’ to life. They will skilfully and realistically create scenarios that allow the group to experience theory in practice. Participants then practise how to deal with the situation themselves.