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My name is Stephen (although most people call me Dows). I have worked in the charitable sector and Students' Unions for over ten years. Working in both the private and third sectors. I have helped train and develop hundred's of people in skills around leadership, facilitation, public speaking and campaigning.

Along with that I have spent most of my career working to improve democracy and governance in charities and membership organisations. I want to help more people be the change they want to see in the world. This is why, over 5 years ago, I created Stand & Be Counted.

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My training is designed to be both flexible and bespoke for any client.

I mix practical activities and games with group work to help everyone learn in their own way.


If you are looking to change your system of governance or making decision making easier for your members then I can help.

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If you are looking for a faciliatator for your next away day or a host for your big event then contact me

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About Me

For the last 5 years I have been doing what I love through Stand & Be Counted. Training and developing people.

In a previous life I was a President at the University of Teesside Students' Union, which made me the person you see today.

I love training and developing people, especially around areas such as public speaking, how to campaign effectively, how to get elected in Students' Union and how to chair/ facilitate effectively. 

I am currently a Trustee for Leeds Beckett Students Union and have been working for the Sheffield Steelers (Ice Hockey Club) doing audio and PA stuff. Which I like a lot.


I am a former 'chugger', magician, shelf stacker, white liner, activist and a former defender of democracy and activism at Leeds University Union.

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