insight, intelligence and innovation

Track Record

the proof is in the pudding

We thrive on word of mouth. Check out what clients, coachees, workshop participants and others have to say about working with Plan B Collective.

Testimonial
“A total self-starter... able to quickly grasp and interpret the situation and, crucially, come up with solutions that don't just sound good, but work.”

—Jackie Brock, CEO, Children in Scotland

What we do

consultancy services

  • innovation, service design, strategy
  • business transformation, change management
  • brand, identity, culture, reputation, profile
  • mission, vision, values
  • organisational development
  • talent management, team building, coaching
  • stakeholder relations and engagement
  • consultation, participation, facilitation
  • project creation, curation, production
  • team and project direction and delivery
  • research, evaluation, monitoring, reporting

what you get

  • award-winning results
  • remarkability
  • innovation
  • stand-out success
  • strategic and conceptual thinking
  • creative problem solving
  • measurable results
  • capacity building
  • access to rich network
  • powerful engagement
  • proven track record
Testimonial
“Very impressed... exactly what we are looking for from a comprehensive communications plan.”

—Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary, Scottish Government

Work

consultancy & advisory roles

Aberdeen Performing Arts

Business Planning and funding application
Customer Experience strategy/facilitation
Organisational development
Fundraising for £7 million Music Hall Transformation
Equalities, Diversity & Inclusion lead

Horsecross Arts

Business Planning
Marketing Strategy

Mischief La Bas

Executive Coaching

NHS Palliative Care Services

Media Awareness Training for Scotland-wide consultants

CRUSE Bereavement Care Scotland

Feasibility Study to evidence need for new service

Glasgow Life

Branding workshop

Good Life Good Death Good Grief

Communication strategy review

Stirling Council

Review of in-house Communication service
Training and coaching for in-house Communication team

Scottish Government

Curriculum for Excellence communication strategy
Chair, Smarter Scotland communication forums

Culture Republic

Equalities Diversity & Inclusion campaign
Writing, editing, design
Social media campaign
Conference/event support

Dundee Rep/SDT

Mission, vision, value - change workshops
Developing culture change materials

Macrobert, Stirling

Mission, vision, value - change workshops
Developing culture change materials

Glow Co-create

Developing and delivering a digital arts bank for the schools intranet

Scottish Government, Education Directorate

Team building

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children & Young People

Communication strategy development

Creative Scotland

Advisor, Audience Development

Scottish Wave of Change

Workshop facilitation and project development

Central Govan Action Plan

Arts project press launch

Stirling University

Advisor, PR Degree Course

in-house roles

New Campus Glasgow

Director, Marketing & Communication

Horsecross

Director, Marketing and Communication

Stirling Council

Head of Communication

Edinburgh Council

Press & Publicity Services Manager

Scottish Arts Council

PR & Information Officer

Testimonial
“Brings professionalism, energy, depth of understanding and creativity — just what we needed to set things up for the long term.”

—Iain Marley, Programme Director, New Campus Glasgow

About

Barbara Chalmers, Director

Barbara Chalmers

I’m a practitioner, a pragmatist, a polymath. To trade, I’m a communication strategist. I have a Masters in Design Innovation. I’m also a project developer and manager, facilitator, coach, adviser, trainer.

With decades of experience under my belt, most of them at senior management and Board level, there’s not much I haven’t turned my hand to. I am used to partnership working, collaboration. I have great networks to pull on to match the people to the task; that’s what the Collective is all about.

I facilitate workshops and conversations; audit and review services; develop options appraisals and strategies; coach in-house staff; deliver one-day training and workshops at all levels; provide strategic inputs to build capacity in teams. I give talks and presentations, from Pecha Kucha blasts to keynote speeches.

My greatest strength is working with people – listening, sharing, building understanding, developing ownership, creating team spirit and partnership ethos.

“I bring creativity, fresh ideas, energy and enthusiam.”

I’ve worked with celebrities, politicians, Lord Provosts, Chairs, CEOs, MDs, Boards, community groups, committees, staff teams, elected members, academics, unions, children and young people, students, the public.

I’ve worked across diverse areas from economic development to education, lifelong learning to public arts, housing to environmental issues, construction and development to social change projects.

I’ve been integral to shaping, launching and growing organisations and teams; creating change; communicating complex policy; driving award-winning projects; building stakeholder relations; directing high profile campaigns.

I’m a qualified Executive Coach (Strathclyde Business School), qualified in Counselling Skills (COSCA), Life Coaching (Scottish Institute of Life Coaching) and a qualified independent celebrant.

non-exec directorships

The Arches
Social Care Ideas Factory
Kinning Park Arts and Community Complex

The Collective

the collective

I work with a network of inspiring people who help build capacity, complement my skills and bring a breadth of expertise, ideas, experience and energy to build the best team for the job.

creative engagement

design, illustration, photography, film, copywriting

project management

Projects

creative projects

Check out some short videos about recent and current projects.

IRSS :: Final Fling

Produced a series of films as web content for www.finalfling.com working with IRISS, the Institute for Research & Innovation in Social Services. The aim: to improve communication around death and dying.

“Most Outstanding Contribution to Understanding Death” —Good Funeral Awards

***** “Best New Website” —Web User Magazine

HumDrum 100 Years of International Women's Day

Plan B Collective working with And Then She Said created an event to celebrate International Women’s Day’s 100th anniverary in Scotland, commissioned as part of the Scottish Wave of Change cultural olympiad project.

Hooks+Bites Digital artbank development

Creating a digital artbank for Glow Co-Create for Scottish schools intranet, workshopping with children and young people from nursery to senior pupils. In partnership with Horsecross Arts Limited and Perth & Kinross Council. Funded by Creative Scotland and Education Scotland.

Testimonial
“Sharp intellect and ability to think outside the box.”

—Ian Coldwell, Pagoda PR