Lucy Burke

Training Consultant

Lucy Burke

Lucy's career began in the education sector, with roles in Spain and Wales. It was in New Zealand that her training and consulting career commenced as an IT trainer and later, she moved back to her home country to London working for Allen and Overy, where she designed, and conducted a broad range of courses. Since 2005, Lucy has lived in the Middle East, where she has worked extensively training and consulting to companies from the finance, oil and gas, healthcare and retail sectors.

Her style is lively and interactive that is finely attuned to individual needs. Lucy draws the best out of participants by adopting a flexible, relaxed and pragmatic approach. She has a reputation with participants and clients as reliable, creative and motivational, drawing on real-life business examples to bring global experience to the local learning environment.

She specialises in management development, consulting, English-language development and education. Lucy's training spectrum covers team building, competency-based interviewing, creativity and innovation, time management, report writing, proposal writing, customer service, business etiquette, business English, creative problem solving, decision making, professional business writing and interpersonal communication.

Lucy holds a BA in Languages for Business, Post-graduate Certificate in Education, TEFL Certificate and Professional Certificate in Executive Coaching.

What three adjectives best describe you?

  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Creative
  • Personable

What attracted you to become a consultant?

I was attracted by the opportunity to combine all of my professional qualifications and experience and to work in a role where I am constantly developing my own skills.

What most excites you about the learning process?

I enjoy interacting with the participants and having an open discussion about the theories and their application in real-life situations. I like being able to use a wide variety of activities to engage them and to ensure they feel at ease throughout the learning process. I really enjoy observing them experience their own progress by the end of the training course.

Our Training Consultants

Focus has always prided itself on the quality, education and experience of our consultants.

  • Embrace change

    08 02 2015 Sunday UAE

    The long-held received wisdom is that people don’t like change. As Niccolo Machiavelli said in The Prince, “There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction…

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  • Happiness Means Good Business

    08 08 2016 Monday UAE

    Research proves that happiness leads to better business outcomes and a healthier bottom line. Companies can easily implement initiatives that reap the benefits of workplace happiness.

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  • Women in leadership can boost profits by up to 15%

    23 10 2016 Sunday UAE

    Research of 22,000 companies proves that promoting women into senior leadership drives bottom line results. Taking steps to develop women has proven benefits for company leadership.

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  • Expatriates staying ahead

    13 04 2015 Monday UAE

    Expatriates are often skilled at making things happen. More often than not they are recruited because of competences (attitudes, skills and knowledge) that are not readily available locally. They arrive and get straight on with the job. At the same time, they…

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  • Mentoring for talent development

    10 06 2015 Wednesday UAE

    With population and unemployment figures on the increase, attracting and retaining talent would be should be getting easier. However, some startling statistics suggest otherwise.

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  • Motivation myths

    03 08 2015 Monday UAE

    What makes people behave the way they do? Why do some people seem to be motivated to do well in their work, while others do not? The study of motivation is endlessly fascinating as it concerns the driving force within individuals by which they attempt to…

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  • Selection matters

    29 09 2015 Tuesday

    Mark is the CEO of an SME in the engineering industry. He has just recruited a key member of staff, John, and is beginning to regret it. Instead of getting on with the job the new recruit seems to be needing an awful lot of Mark’s time – time that is already…

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  • Targeted training brings many benefits

    19 11 2015 Thursday

    It is sadly common for some companies to look at the cost of training and not see the numerous benefits stemming from it. Some take a short-term view and see training purely as a cost. Others see training as an investment in the future that derives many…

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  • Does leadership philosophy matter?

    01 02 2016 Monday UAE

    The Global Financial Crisis was the worst market correction since The Great Depression. So devastating was its impact, after seven years it is still an event from which many economies are still struggling to recover. It’s common knowledge that the catalyst…

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  • The Leadership Challenge: Interview with Jim Kouzes

    06 03 2016 Sunday UAE

    Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, sat down with Focus' David Brennan to discuss leadership in the 21st Century, the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership, what it takes to be a truly great leader and if leadership is different in the rest of…

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  • Keeping the team on track in challenging times: grief and change management

    21 03 2016 Monday UAE

    Challenging markets can often mean cost optimisation of which staff reductions may be required. Whilst the process of realigning the staff profile is relatively clear, moving the remaining team forward is less so. Dealing with the grief of losing colleagues…

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