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Working in public affairs? Looking for support? Then you’ve found the right place.

Public Affairs is a highly rewarding and stimulating sector, but it’s also challenging and competitive. That’s why I work with my clients to help them perform at their best.

Together we can take the time to reflect, explore new ideas and possibilities, and focus afresh on your goals and how to achieve them.

You can be confident that the support will be provided by a senior practitioner with direct experience of the problems you are facing, and a track record of helping others.

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Training in Public Affairs
Coaching in Public Affairs
Mentoring in Public Affairs

What others say

“I found my time with Nikki incredibly useful. In such a fast-paced and high-pressured industry, which is extremely competitive, it was very helpful to talk through my career and how I can perform best. Having a coach with specific experience in Public Affairs made a real difference and I would ...
Ros Trinick, Director, PLMR
Nikki has a unique combination of objectivity and insight from having “been there” in her own career that we have found incredibly valuable. The ability to understand both the position of those running an agency and those seeking to progress in their career has enabled us to pinpoint where to de...
Gareth Morgan, Director, Cavendish
The training we have received from Nikki has been excellent.· Her background in public affairs and her understanding of agency life means that she provides sessions that consistently hit the mark with our consultants.  
Naomi Harris, Managing Director, Newington Communications
“The training we have received from Nikki has been excellent.· Her background in public affairs and her understanding of agency life means that she provides sessions that consistently hit the mark with our consultants.”·
John Rowland, Executive Director, Cicero Group
“The course was a great success. The content was highly relevant, engaging and well-structured.  Feedback from those who attended has been very positive and demonstrate the value of the training.”
Simon Watts, Head of Communications, City University London
"We’re definitely seeing the impact. It’s great to know we have someone who we can come to in the future, and who can provide tailored support on an individual level as well as training.”
Elin de Zoete, Managing Director, PLMR
“Working with Nikki over the last six months is the single most rewarding thing I could have done for my career. ·She has helped me to navigate the challenges...while also leaving me better prepared to face whatever comes next.”  
Lisa Townsend, Head of Public Affairs, Octopus Group
"Nikki da Costa provided me with some excellent coaching sessions.  She was strategic, challenging, brilliantly-organised and excellent at follow-up.  She helped me to achieve the goal I wanted.  I would totally recommend her!"
Craig Beaumont, Head of External Affairs UK, FSB

Blog

Brexit, the General Election and the Parliamentary Process
April 24, 2017
A few weeks ago I published a guide to how the official Brexit process will mesh with the work Government and Parliament must do to ensure that EU law has been replaced or incorporated by Ma...
The timetable for Brexit and the Parliamentary Process
March 23, 2017
Building on last week's articles I wanted to provide some clarity as to how the official Brexit process will mesh with the work Government and Parliament must do to ensure that EU law has be...
Three possible dates for an early General Election: 8 May, 22 and 29 June???
March 17, 2017
I went down a bit of a rabbit hole this week. Want to join me? It started with a rather enjoyable blog by John Rowland - ‘After NICS: are we heading for another General Election?’...
How messy could it get trying to hold an early General Election
March 15, 2017
You know you’ve enjoyed an article when it starts sparking ideas, and John Rowland’s consistently excellent blog did just that tonight. In his article – ‘After NICS: are we he...
Do you need to do a little coddiwompling?
Do you need to do a little coddiwompling?
January 11, 2017
This week I came across a wonderful gift - a new word. Coddiwomple: to travel purposefully toward an as-yet-unknown destination. It struck me that this is such a beautiful word for the...
Essential skills and behaviours for public affairs consultants
January 11, 2017
  This self-assessment tool is designed to help you focus on your development; to identify your strengths and where you may be weaker. It's based on seven key areas and the behaviou...

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