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What The Clients Are Saying

We’ve recently worked with Rachel to help us develop a case study for Midland Lead to be included in the 2017/2018 Parliamentary Review. A first for both Midland Lead and Rachel. But from the initial contact that I’ve had with Rachel to delivering the finished case study – it all went smoothly and professionally. Rachel’s proactive approach, ability to create concise content for awards and case studies, eagerness to learn about the company and the people and her professional writing skills were fantastic. It was a delight to work with Rachel and I would highly recommend her to anyone who considers entry for a business award or something similar to use her expertise – we certainly will continue to do so in the future!

Francoise Derksen, Midland Lead

I have recently been working with Rachel reviewing a charity’s systems processes and governance structures. I found her both systematic and insightful as well as someone with an excellent way with words. Her ability to work in both the commercial and charity sectors equally effectively have been amply illustrated and recent award nominations are a testimony to her skills.
She has been a pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending her services

Elliot Harris, Strategy & Governance

Rachel is a fantastic person to work with, positive, upbeat and she brings lots of ideas, energy and different perspectives. I have known Rachel many years and she has always gone out of her way to help others and is passionate about all that she does. I can’t recommend Rachel highly enough!

Sarah Loates, LoatesHR

My business, Stuart Mobility, has utilised the services of Ask The Chameleon on more than one occasion and we have been so pleased with the positive results from the collaboration. Rachel is professional, understanding and seems to get under the skin of your business so she knows how you tick. Highly recommended.


Justina Nurse, Owner, Stuart Mobility

Rachel has been providing countless hours of pro bono consultative work, and even more tangible results for Shoe Aid.

At Rock Fall, we were aware of her reputation in the bid-writing and her expertise. After several years of successful awards as a base, we have recently started to work with Rachel on a Queens Award submission.

Our first meeting put us straight to the point and Rachel has shown confidence and assurance which makes us feel very positive about our chances. Something we are elated by as we operate in a sector that is not typically recognised by mainstream audiences.

We have no hesitation in recommending Ask the Chameleon to businesses looking to up their game

Paul Wilson – Rock Fall Safety Boots

Rachel is an experienced, well organised and professional consultant who you can always rely on to do her best, she is hard working and passionate about what she does, I would highly recommend Rachel she is a important member of our business strategy team and a brilliant asset to First Steps.

Cathy Cleary – CEO & Founder First Steps

Rachel helped me with the start up of my business. I had no previous business experience so a lot of the information I was given prior to Rachel was confusing, however Rachel was able to thoroughly explain each aspect of the roles I was expected to do. She approached each situation in a professional but friendly manner, offering advise when needed. The main reason I would recommend Rachel is she makes you aware of points you wouldn’t think about especially if you had no prior business experience, these pointers are key to success. My business has now improved indefinitely due to Rachel’s help and I’m very thankful for the time she gave me.


Sean Garavan

I’d like to publicly thank Rachel Hayward. This was always going to be a challenging assignment and it proved to be just that for a number of reasons. However, Rachel’s patience, perseverance and attention to detail has been the cornerstone of the bid. We were very fortunate to secure her services and the submission is stronger for it.

Andy Lock – Head of Operations (England) Coalfields Regeneration Trust

Having worked myself in the third sector for many years I had met Rachel Hayward on several occassions, so when I heard she was now a professional bid writer I was eager to contact her to see if there was a possibility we could work together. I am so glad I made that telephone call!

Not only has Rachel built up a portfolio of our achievements, she has advised on the logistics of future projects Steps for the Future wish to achieve. She has written and submitted funding applications for us and has been such a great help and support to me personally. I have been invited to networking events, introduced to many influential people who hopefully will take an interest in our charity, and has given me sound advice, which I have willingly accepted.

I love and appreciate the enthusiasm and dedication shown to us, and have no reservations in recommending Rachel in her chosen field. Together, we are a great team.

Maggie Attenborrow – Founder & CEO Steps for the Future

I have worked with Rachel for over 9 years and have always been impressed with her knowledge and energy to make a difference. Not only is she an excellent NLP Master Practitioner she is an around great person to be around. I have been teaching NLP since 2002 and people like Rachel come along very rarely.

Owner – Kevin Dennison and Associates Ltd

Rachel is a very organised and analytical bid writer. She takes time to research her subject before putting pen to paper. She is very organised and ensures that she responds effectively to the brief which is given. She consults well with stakeholders in the bid to ensure she has fully understood their needs and regularly checks with them that the progress she is making is effective. Her knowledge of the local region is strong and she is well connected with some of the key organisations that are critical for her to understand to ensure that her bids can reflect local strategies effectively. She enjoys a challenge and is very good at responding to deadlines which are set. She has been a pleasure to work with during her time at Derby College.

Louise Curd – Director of Enterprise & Innovation at Derby College

Rachel has the ability to cut through the clutter of noise that surrounds both bid writing and business planning. She works hard to get results for her clients and is very knowledgeable and professional. Rachel is a pleasure to work with and I would not hesitate to recommend her services as a Business Coach and/or Bid writer.

Lindsey Newman Wood – Passion Marketing

Rachel is an extremely knowledgeable and skilled bid writer in the field of employment and skills, I have worked with her recently of two significant partnerships bids both of which were complex and detailed with a range partners across the East Midlands. Rachel has outstanding attention to detail with in depth knowledge of the sector and delivers a great service on time.

John Endersby – Employment & Skills Director Futures Advice, Skills & Employment