What people are saying

We have been using Quirk Solutions for about a year or so now. They’ve really helped us in pressure testing our plans for the various transformation projects we have running right across the business. They’ve been fantastic in helping us test and stress test those plans and make sure they are much stronger; much more complete. As a result I have much higher confidence in our plans and
knowing that our projects will deliver for us and for the business.

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Richard Napthine, Head of Change Delivery, Waitrose

Chris was recommended by a colleague and did not disappoint. Interesting, dynamic and very professional he had an immediate understanding for what we wanted to achieve from the keynote session. Chris brought a highly relevant and applicable methodology to his presentation with several delegates seeking him out after to discuss in greater detail. He has an easy and relaxed approach to speaking and as a result struck up a great rapport with the audience, keeping delegates engaged for the entirety of his address. I would highly recommend Chris as a speaker and will certainly use him again for one of our future events.

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Bryan Verster, Commercial Director, Mallowstreet Summits

As MD of an SME Telecoms business, growth is first and foremost in my mind. I asked Quirk Solutions to help us develop a formal strategy for growth and then produce a plan to implement it. The way that they facilitated the sessions was innovative and so different to the consultancy I was used to. They got our own team to explore the options, debate and discuss the different aspects before being guided in writing a plan for implementation. This meant that my team had not only enjoyed the process, but were ‘bought into’ the plan and wanted to see it succeed. The light touch that Quirk Solutions brought was highly effective and they have been a key factor in our success. We continue to have them on call to help us and for SME businesses, their ‘retained consultancy’ offer is hugely beneficial.

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Rob Vivian, Managing Director, Pure Comms

Chris gave a very insightful guest lecture on wargaming as part of a strategy module on the MSc Business and Management Course at Plymouth University. Chris’s presentation gave the students an introduction into a valuable technique for planning the execution of strategy. This was very well received by the students and they strongly recommended that he should be invited again.

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Charles Thornton, Lecturer in Business Strategy, Plymouth University

Quirk Solutions sent Chris Paton to the Middle East to support Digital Soula Systems in the development of a classified system. Bringing huge experience in defense matters, Chris was quick to understand the nature of the problem and to identify the real needs of the end customer. His deep experience in the arts of strategy, plans and their implementation, produced rapid results and clear recommendations that we have subsequently produced to the great satisfaction of our own clients. Quirk Solutions provided us with a rapid response, flexible intellectual support and written and verbal solutions that were both entirely practical and immediately usable.

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Tarek Fouad, CEO, Digital Soula Systems

Chris has worked with me at Hays to deliver various presentations around war-gaming, strategy and stress-testing plans to audiences predominantly composed of Finance Directors and CFOs. People find his former military career fascinating particularly where he provides stimulus by utilising examples like the UK drawdown in Afghanistan in order to demonstrate that business needs to stress-test plans and approach problems in a pragmatic way, but with a difference! A recent delegate commented ‘Very interesting and relevant for all finance change programmes, strategic development, business reviews and of course risk management.’ Chris is interesting to listen to, makes you think about life in a slightly different way and always gives fantastic delivery. I would highly recommend him.

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Karen Young, UK Director, Hays Accountancy & Finance

Chris delivered a thought-provoking and insightful workshop on the business application of wargaming to an audience of Heads of Strategy from diverse organisations. Participants were completely gripped, and they enjoyed it too. Chris conveyed his message powerfully and effectively, demonstrating relevance in a wide range of situations. We have asked him to speak again on this subject to other audiences.

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Niall Campbell, Executive Officer, The Strategic Planning Society

Having Quirk Solutions show us their way of doing things was not only a great opportunity to develop our communication planning capability, but also helped us reflect on how to improve our planning processes and how to think of our challenges and
objectives from a fresh perspective.

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Sandrine Huijgen, Global Communication Manager, Heineken

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