What Our Clients Say…

“Fran is a natural facilitator. She blends a wealth of personal experience with an in-depth subject knowledge pitched at just the right level for her audience. In her presentations she has the ability to relate the conceptual to everyday experience in an engaging and effective manner. Would we ask her to run a workshop at COI again? No question.”
Robert Levison, Senior Design Manager, Central Office for Information

“Fran is a branding expert who I interviewed for the Politics Show Wales for the BBC. She is an excellent interviewee on camera and was able to provide digestable insight and analysis.”
Charlotte Dubenskij, Journalist, BBC

“Visual minutes were a very effective way of summarising  the essence and key messages of our two seminars.  The ‘live’ capture of discussions through vibrant, colourful images provided an immediate and easily accessible summary of key points raised.”
Dr Ceri Cryer, Growing Older in Wales Programme Manager, Age Cymru

“Fran facilitated our internal brand audit, leading two high-energy sessions using a series of innovative methods that assisted us with our future planning and also had the additional benefits of enabling us to identify our personal skills and strengths and build the team dynamic.”
Susanna Cook, MD, Allies Design

“Fran is a good designer but her offer goes way beyond than that. She has a blend of skills and knowledge that includes commercial, writing and coaching. Working with Fran is a pleasure. She works to the highest standard and contributes to all aspect of the project. I would recommend her to any business that wants to succeed.”
Shelley Zhu, Director Prospect China & XYZ Communications

“Fran has been a key contributor to the Professional Practice component of our undergraduate programme for a number of years now. She brings a wealth of commercial experience and empathy to the students and is able to motivate and provide guidance and insight for their career development. She has been a major factor in successfully preparing our students for work in the Creative Industries.”
Ian Weir, Senior Lecturer, CSAD, Cardiff Metropolitan University

“It is notoriously difficult for Universities to concisely convey the range of capabilities they have to offer, and it is becoming more important to communicate with our full range of stakeholders and funders, particularly industry and the Welsh Assembly Government. This brochure is the best example I have seen of delivering this challenging goal. Not least, Fran did a wonderful job of ‘herding the wild cats’ that is academia, to produce a world-class standard brochure.”
Professor Phil Bowen BSc PhD CEng MIMec
, Director of School of Engineering, Cardiff University

“The Older People’s Commission for Wales have worked with Fran in producing a variety of publications and in developing our communications style. We have always found her to be very creative and approachable with ideas and suggestions that stimulate discussion balanced  with a good understanding of how we can more)effectively communicate and make our documents more accessible. Fran’s expertise in design and report writing have helped us deliver some of our most critical documents, including our 2009/10 Annual Report and the well publicised “Dignified Care?” Report.”
Kate Hughes, Communications and Engagement Manager, Older People’s Commissioner for Wales

Working with Fran O’Hara on the planning of my new web site was rewarding, fun and insightful. Through discussing my goals and desired end result for the site and by drawing on her communication skills Fran put structure and professionalism to my words concisely and clearly but without losing my personality within the content. After developing the initial plan of the site, using her specialist graphics knowledge she adjusted the prototype to pull the design of the site together. Maximizing the layout and choosing the right fonts the web site is now slick and inspiring, a true representation of Sunrise Interiors and an asset to the company.
Claire Parsons, Director, Sunrise Interiors

“Fran’s unique ability to apply in-depth commercial understanding to creative solutions puts her miles ahead of the competition! I would recommend her for any creative challenges – you’ll be amazed! Plus she’s always fun to work with.”
Fiona Karsberg, Director, Insights For Performance International

“Fran takes a proactive approach, thinking about the broader key objectives of a project before launching into the graphic design. This ensures real value added results with an excellent end product. She is also great to work with and meets deadlines.”
Simon White, Director, White Associates

“Fran has a meticulous eye for detail and is a creative designer with a sharp business mind.”
Martin McCabe, Director, Atticus Digital

“Product development workshops led by Fran O’Hara were a great asset to our NPD process as by having in effect a ‘process leader’ enabled us to work through the ranges in a focussed way, and not get distracted as often ‘round the table’ development sessions can. A facilitator who has a wide industry knowledge, and who can bring to the table product samples/visuals etc.is also of great assistance in the process. Having someone who can take ideas from the group and visually display them whilst discussions are underway is extremely helpful – this works in two ways: (1) from reinforcing that the ideas that come up during the session could work, when seen visually and (2) eliminating those that won’t, by simply seeing the whole range alongside each other and not as individual lines.”
Vickie Johns, Business Development Manager, Baylis & Harding

“The School wanted some promotional material that would get their message out to the business community. The clients and their colleagues were delighted with the final product.  The brochures have been disseminated widely to a range of customers and high profile visitors to the School. The School believes that it has helped put their Energy Institute on the map.”
Cherrie Summers, Publicity and Marketing Manager, School of Engineering, Cardiff University

“Taking part in a group session lead by Fran O’Hara inspired me enormously I was ready to change my patterns of behaviour. The open and frank discussion triggered that change, now I am doing what makes me really happy.”
Alice Sheppard Fidler, Alice Shepard Fidler Design