Our Story

Jemima Powell

Founder and Director

Olive Branch Consultancy was born out of a passion for delivering high quality training that genuinely facilitates long lasting change.
​Having spent a decade in the training & consultancy industry and managed over 1700 training events, the company founder Jemima firmly believes in a person-centred, thoughtful approach.

What else?

Here at Olive Branch Consultancy we take the time to really listen to your needs, before working closely with you to deliver the optimum training for your organisation.  Particularly with the sensitive nature of mental and physical health, receiving training and consultancy in-house provides the additional benefit of bespoke delivery and confidentiality.

Our team of specialist trainers are practising professionals and their experience spans a variety of need levels.  They have worked extensively throughout the education, corporate and third sectors.  Our trainers aren’t just experts in their subjects, but also fantastic at imparting knowledge through skilled, differentiated presentations.

We believe that effective learning comes through active participation and reflection, and face-to-face training provides that possibility with unrivaled testimony.  You can expect a can-do attitude, fair pricing, outstanding communication and scrupulous attention to detail.  It is our desire to provide top quality training that delivers tangible benefits.

Let’s talk about what you need.
Contact Jemima today for a no-obligation chat about your specific requirements.


Kathy Compton RGN, MEd, Cert Ed

Having worked with Jemima Powell as a trainer for over 10 years I have been impressed by her professionalism, care and organisational ability. Nothing has been too much trouble, and I have no hesitation in endorsing Olive Branch Consultancy Ltd.”
​Former Independent School Nurse, BSA Nurse Adviser and Independent Trainer

Professor Charles Oppenheim

“I have known Jemima for 10 years, ever since she first approached me to give talks on legal issues for teachers. Working with Jemima was always a pleasure.  She handled all the administration and bureaucracy involved with charm and efficiency.  I don’t think I have ever worked with anyone who is so effective at what she does – thinking about, planning, organising, marketing and delivering training events.  To put it simply: if Jemima every wanted to use me again in her training events, I would jump at the chance.”
Former Head of Department of Information Science at Loughborough University

Natalie Packer

“I have known Jemima professionally for a number of years and, in my position as an education consultant, she is one of the most effective business managers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. She is organised, thorough, passionate about her field and completely committed to any role she takes on. Her personal skills are second to none and she always prioritises the wellbeing of both her clients and colleagues. I cannot recommend Jemima highly enough!”
Natalie Packer Educational Consultancy Ltd

Jim Castle

My professional interaction with Jemima has been through her work as Training Business Manager, and mine as a Headteacher leading staff making provision for young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs.  Over the last 10 years Jemima has consistently demonstrated that she is highly professional and effective, whilst deeply committed to ensuring that training leads to effective outcomes for students. During this period every evaluation that I have seen of her work from delegates and client schools have been consistently positive.
In short her work is consistently held in high regard by education professionals, including those with exacting standards; this includes feedback from my own SEMH staff whose own very high standards, generated 3 Outstanding Ofsteds.

Headteacher, PRU (Pupil Referral Unit)

Meet some of our lovely experts

Meet some of our lovely experts

“​Esther provided lots of really useful and easy to grasp strategies that I can use immediately”​

​”​Please pass on my profuse thanks to Anne. She was as amazing as I remember her to be”

“​Very useful. Thank you for organising and delivering such an important training”​

“​The training was eye opening. The nature of eating disorders more complex than I first thought”

“One of the best courses I have been on in 20 years’”

​”Fab – thank you! Really good grasp of the kinds of experiences we’re having in the classroom, and really interesting activities”

“Travel vaccinations – great update, v. informative. The trainer was personable, professional and knowledgeable”​

​”Informative, relevant, good humour, realistic”​

“Fantastic training. Many thanks Diane. Great analogies to help recall and you made the 2 days informative and interesting”

“Thank you again for such a great training day. It was pitched perfectly for our team and the training you provided met all of our groups’ needs with an excellent mix of learning styles”

“Excellent, very adaptable to different levels”

​”One of the best clinical courses I have ever attended. I have learnt so much and the way you taught it made it easy to understand”

“Really informative and educational. Very good speaker, fun and informal”

​”Provided thought provoking material in a gentle, sensitive and respectful way”

“​Jemima you did brilliantly in ‘finding’ Jo. Her knowledge base was excellent and consequently she was able to adapt the entire day around our needs and our questions. She was very approachable and I was amazed how well she ‘fitted all needs’ as we had quite new nurses along with old cronies like myself!”

“Jo thank you so much for all your time and effort you put in to the Day. It was excellent”

“​Very informative, great content and a thoroughly enjoyable day”

“Really enjoyable – a brilliant end of term inset. Lots of strategies to use personally and with classes”

“​Very good, a lot of involvement and interaction”