Kristine Pommert is an award-winning radio journalist and producer, trainer, and career coach, with 20 years’ experience at the BBC.
Whether you are an individual, charity, or small company, I can offer you a tailor-made solution that meets your specific needs – from podcasts for your website and training in how to handle radio and TV interviews, to finding ways of tapping into the hidden job market.
Using my media, training and coaching skills, I can help you achieve your personal or corporate goals through high-quality, practical solutions.
News, April 2018:
Radio and podcasts:
We have recorded most of the material for my latest production, Hashtag Pray for BBC Radio 4, which examines some of the spiritual beliefs of people who would tick the 'no religion' box in a survey. Stand by for atheists with experience of ghosts and angels galore... the programme will air in August.
Several programmes I have overseen are running on the BBC World Service this month. They include Poking the Establishment, in which Magdi Abdelhadi takes the pulse of satire in the Middle East; and Aid in a Turban, in which Nelufar Hedayat travels to Lebanon with Ravi Singh, founder of the Sikh humanitarian aid agency, Khalsa Aid.
My own latest World Service production, a three-part series called The Right Thing, aired in February. Presented by Mike Wooldridge, each episode tells the story of someone who has had to make an incredibly difficult choice - and did so convinced that they were doing, yes, the right thing.
Episode 1 is the story of Sasha Chanoff, who in his 20s faced a terrible choice: should he save 32 Tutsi widows and orphans in the Democratic Republic of Congo from almost certain death, but at the price of endangering many other lives? Hear how a Jewish great-grandmother and a Muslim colleague inspired his choice.
In episode 2 we hear the story of Daniel Deng Abot, one of the 'lost boys of Sudan' - a child refugee who spent all his youth in refugee camps and finally managed to build a new life in Australia with his family. But all too soon, he sensed that God was calling him back to make peace in war-torn South Sudan...
Episode 3 tells the story of some of the priests and nuns of Mar Musa, a monastery in Syria which has made it its mission to unite Muslims and Christians. It was a peaceful life - until the Islamic State group established itself nearby and several priests disappeared...
Impact skills training:
I continue to receive a lot of bookings for my impact skills training for research-active academics, and feedback is consistently very positive:
"Excellent! Great energy and clarity of explanation, and happy to answer questions."
"I would highly recommend attending."
"This session was excellent and well worth attending. 10/10!"
"She was excellent! Great communicator - succeeded in keeping my attention all morning (and this is not easy!)"
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development, University of Chester, April 2018)
"Very rich and informative session."
"Good overview, helpful and reassuring - roll on the next one!"
(Participants, Gathering Evidence to Corroborate Your Impact, University of Chester, April 2018)
"The depth of insight the presenter had on the development of case studies [was particularly useful]."
"I will start looking for impacts in ways I would have dismissed in the past."
"Very knowledgeable. Good communicator."
"Trainer was good, and excuse the pun - made an impact and showed me cases and examples of impact that I personally would have overlooked."
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact: Case Study Development, Evidence Gathering and Writing a Strong Narrative, Aston University, February 2018)
"Learning a huge amount about how scientists might impact policy. Really liked the practical examples."
"Really thought-provoking written exercises."
"Kristine answered questions very professionally, providing everyone with ideas on how to move things forward."
(Participants, influencing policy and policy brief writing for senior reseachers, International Ocean Discovery Program, January 2018)
"Kristine was great, very clear [about] our aims, objectives and a very intersting speaker. She is very knowledgeable."
"Very helpful and approachable."
"Very good at explaining the course material and making it relevant for the group."
(Participants, core impact training for ECRs and introduction to policy impact, International Ocean Discovery Program, January 2018)
"Very well structured and a lot of relevant examples."
"She was excellent. I liked her delivery style and patience with us! Thank you!"
"All very clear / engaging / very useful feedback on my own impact case study."
(Participants, Gathering Evidence to Corroborate Your Impact, School of Oriental and African Studies, December 2017)
"Very good. Clearly understands our needs. Very facilitative."
"Clear as ever. Good session structure and delivery."
"Great communication and relaxed style - led to interesting discussion and relevant insights."
(Participants, Gathering Impact Evidence, Anglia Ruskin University, Health Sciences, October 2017)
"Very knowledgeable and helpful - able to respond to specific requirements of department."
"Very polished, articulate and well-informed - created a very good impression of Bulletin!"
"Less scared of the process now I understand better."
"Excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, approachable and helpful."
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development, University of Winchester, Department of Psychology, September 2017)
"Excellent. Great interpersonal skills. Tailored the session to meet my needs."
(One-to-one participant, Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, September 2017)
"It was really useful and gave us lots of good pointers for moving our case studies forward."
(Team leader, Impact Case Study Development, Anglia Ruskin University, Social Care and Social Policy, July 2017)
"Undoubtedly moved the team forwards in a very positive and supportive way."
"Excellent, thorough, thought-provoking and very positive."
"Kristine was great. Very informative."
"Very well prepared about our work."
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development, University of Winchester, Department of Law, July 2017)
"Excellent as always."
"Extremely helpful. Could do with Kristine working in the Faculty."
"Clear, organised presentation. Good focus on key points as well as discursive ideas."
(Participants, Towards the REF2021: Developing Your Impact Case Studies, Anglia Ruskin University, Health Sciences, June 2017)
"Very useful overview of policymaking and makers. Sample policy briefs were really useful to see and to critique."
"Very helpful and friendly. Listened well/actively. Gave useful feedback."
"Sign up if you get a chance."
(Participants, Influencing Policymakers: Effective Briefs, Open University, June 2017)
"Highly informative. Very knowledgeable presenter. Learnt a great deal."
"We are just at the starting point of our impact case study, so the information provided has provided much clarity and guidance for the way forward!"
"Very clear. Handled difficult people very well."
"Good at time management."
"She was brilliant."
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact and Case Study Development, University of Winchester Business School, May 2017)
"Great. Very informative."
"Very useful. Gives a good 'Outside Bangor University' perspective."
"Very knowledgeable and answered questions precisely."
(Participants, Advanced Research Impact for Mid-Career Researchers, Bangor University, May 2017)
"There was a range of topics that were all relevant to the stage in my career."
"[As a result of this workshop, I will] begin collecting specific measurables and evidence for my impact in research."
"Very engaging and authoritative."
"Very experienced and knows what she's talking about."
(Participants, Building Research Impact Skills for ECRs, Bangor University, May 2017)
"It was all very helpful."
"It was all excellent."
(Participants, Impactful Engagement with Groups, Events and Projects, University of Westminster, April 2017)
"Very clear and well structured."
"Really good, 'insider info'."
"I feel quite confident about going forward now."
(Participants, Policy brief writing, University of Southampton, February 2017)
Further comments are on the Testimonials page.
This lovely comment is from a coaching client I worked with earlier this year:
"You picked me up when I was at an all-time low and set me firmly back on track. Thank you for giving me my confidence in myself back. I'm ready to fly now!"