Our team

Appreciating People help make positive change happen, in organisations, communities, businesses, charities and individually. We use appreciative inquiry and a variety of ‘strength-based’ approaches, which focus on your strengths, and areas you’re good at, rather than weaknesses.

Tim Slack

… AP’s founder and co-director

Tim has worked in youth work and regeneration for over 30 years, holding a number of senior posts in local government, community engagement and arts organisations.

He has been vice chair of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in Liverpool and Knowsley, and was a non-executive director of urban regeneration agency Liverpool Vision from 2010 to 2012.


Tim specialises in appreciative inquiry facilitation and the creative industries, and has recently completed his Self-Factor coach training. He’s also an accredited consultant for Cultural Transformation Tools.

A part-time potter in his spare time, Tim’s also an avid reader of military history, and is learning how to garden and grow his own veg.

Favourite quotes

  • ‘When you can’t make up your mind which of two evenly-balanced courses of action you should take, choose the bolder’
    Bill Slim

  • ‘People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it’
    George Bernard Shaw
  • Suzanne Quinney


    Suzanne co-founded Appreciating People while working for Riverside Housing Association, where she developed community investment projects and managed a social enterprise, before joining full time in 2009.


    She has worked extensively in international development and regeneration, and the voluntary and community sector over her 30-year career, including work overseas for Oxfam and SOS Sahel. She’s trained UN and NGO staff in PRA (Participatory Rapid Appraisal), is experienced at working with BME groups, and spent eight years working within the Findhorn Foundation, an eco-village and holistic education centre.

    Suzanne is a trained appreciative inquiry practitioner, and teaches and offers individual sessions in The Work of Byron Katie (www.thework.com), which she’s been trained to facilitate since 2000.

    She also loves science fiction, creative pursuits, and is training to be a yoga teacher.

    Favourite quote

  • ‘Anything we can do today to enhance dignity, meaning and community right now, while seeking to make workplaces more productive, is existentially valuable, regardless of how long it remains in use, or what people do with it afterwards…’
    Marvin R Weisbord
  • Helen Bush

    Senior associate

    Senior associate Helen has more than 20 years’ experience across both the voluntary and private sector in youth, health, community and land sectors, including ten years delivering environmental and community regeneration projects across the north west.

    She is a trained appreciative inquiry practitioner, and coach, business mentor and facilitator of collaborative techniques, including World Café and Open Space (OST). She’s also a chartered landscape architect with a keen interesting in sustainable development and the environment, ceramics and the arts.

    Favourite quotes

  • ‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes.’
  • ‘Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.’
    Maori proverb

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