Rebecca Nestor is regional co-ordinator for the South-East and Eastern regions of England and an international associate for the Leadership Foundation. She is also honorary associate, Oxford Learning Institute, University of Oxford.
Rebecca has particular interests in equality and diversity issues, environmental sustainability, and the role of values in leadership. Her first degree is in English Literature. She has an MBA from the Open University, is a chartered fellow of the CIe, OPD, and is qualified in the use of the personality preference tools Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Team Management Profile for individual and team development. She has undertaken projects for the LF on succession management, leadership in small and specialist institutions, the leadership of sustainability, and the careers of those who have taken part in the Top Management Programme. She is programme co-director for Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership and is part of the core team for Aurora.
Rebecca runs her own consultancy business, Learning for Good.
Judy Harris is Adjunct Professor at Thompson Rivers University (TRU), British Columbia, Canada, and was the first Visiting Scholar to be hosted by the Open Learning division of TRU in 2010. She has been in education-related employment for more than two decades (County of Avon LEA, University of Cape Town, Institute of Education [University of London]).
Her Master’s degree (University of Manchester) was in the Management and Administration of Higher and Further Education. She completed her PhD (Open University) in 2005. Her professional experience and research interests lie at the multiple intersections of further and higher education, non-traditional learners, community, industry, profession, occupation and workplace. These have taken different empirical expressions over the years, most particularly Widening Participation, the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Work-based Learning, and have spanned academic, policy and practitioner dimensions in the UK and in South Africa.
As a freelance researcher, she has recently acted as a consultant to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford and is an international advisor to a South African Qualification Authority national research project on RPL.
Judy co-edited (with Per Andersson) Re-theorising the Recognition of Prior Learning (Leicester: NIACE) (2006). A companion volume Researching the Recognition of Prior Learning will be published in June 2011.
Doug took up the post of Programme Director at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on 1 January 2013. Prior to this he was Head of Staff and Educational Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London). This was a wide-ranging senior role that included responsibility for academic development, educational development, leadership development and core workplace skills.
Doug has worked in adult learning and development for over fifteen years. With experience across a range of organisations and sectors, from the civil service to the arts, from large UK charities to Higher Education, he has explored and considered leadership from a wide range of perspectives: academic leadership, educational leadership, medical leadership, the leadership of public services, leadership in the arts, and leadership in a not-for-profit, voluntary sector environment. He has been responsible for leadership and management development in a variety of public sector roles, including on accredited programmes, and is a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Alongside his passion for leadership development, Doug has also demonstrated a strong commitment to enhancing the quality of learning, teaching and assessment in higher education. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was Course Director of the highly successful Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a course he designed and launched in 2006.
Doug’s work at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also included contributing to development work with colleagues based overseas and at collaborating institutions. He delivered workshops and provided advice on both leadership development and educational development at events in South Africa and Tanzania.
Through his experience across a range of organisations and sectors, Doug has developed a passionate interest in the development of inspirational and transformational leadership and the impact of leadership styles and values upon the performance of individuals, teams and organisations.
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Ginnie is the Programme Director for key Leadership Foundation open programmes, Senior Strategic Leadership, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership, Leading Departments and Introduction to Head of Department. She acts as co director for Scotland and represents the Leadership Foundation on a number of UK-wide committees, and has provided in-house consultancy on a range of topics for a number of HEIs. She is also qualified to administer a number of diagnostic tools (including the Transformational Leadership Questionnaire, TLQ) which are key components of many programmes.
Ginnie joined the Leadership Foundation in 2007 following nine years as Director of Training and Development at the University of Stirling. Having previously worked at the University of Aberdeen and in the financial services sector, Ginnie is well-versed in the nuances of the Scottish higher educational sector and accustomed to working across diverse organisations at all levels. Whilst her professional interests are leadership and management development, her various roles have covered diversity and equal opportunities, organisation development and the implementation and management of change.
Associate Director Scotland
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Jean Chandler joined the Leadership Foundation as Associate Director, Scotland in August 2012, with a wealth of experience in leadership and management in higher education. Her most recent appointment was as deputy director of HR (staff and organisational development) at the University of Glasgow, where she was responsible for the strategic leadership and management development of senior academics and directors of professional services.
Jean has significant experience of leading and developing bespoke programmes in learning and organisational development and is passionate about leadership and management development in the sector. She has extensive experience of using different development tools to help groups and individuals gain and share their knowledge and learning in a practical and supportive way. Jean is also keen that people enjoy learning in a creative and supportive environment, with an element of fun, to ensure people get the best out of each session.
Committed to her own professional development as well as others’, Jean has a master’s in management and leadership learning (MAMLL) and is a chartered member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She is also working towards a level 7 executive coaching qualification accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and is accredited to deliver Myers-Briggs personality profiling.
Associate Director Wales
Louise has a wealth of experience of the higher education sector in Wales where she has worked for over 15 years. She has worked with the Welsh Government to undertake a study on how the government might work with Welsh universities to increase the levels of Research Council income. The outcomes of the study formed the basis for a ministerial approved report which has impacted on policy. Prior to this she was also involved in the establishment and delivery of the National Science Academy for Wales.
Louise originally trained as a scientist, before moving into management, her research focused on freezing oocytes from patients whose fertility is threatened by chemotherapy or radiotherapy. She now uses her own experience of being a research active academic to help others fulfill their potential. She regularly contributes to cross institutional development events such as the Effective Researcher and the award winning Welsh Crucible Programme.
As Associate Director for Wales, Louise will liaise with all the universities and higher education colleges there, developing programmes, events, and leadership development initiatives that support and complement individual institutions strategies and needs and the national Welsh higher education agenda.
Mae gan Louise doreth o brofiad o sector addysg uwch Cymru lle mae’n gweithio ers dros bymtheng mlynedd. Mae wedi cydweithio â Llywodraeth Cymru i gynnal astudiaeth ar sut y gallai’r llywodraeth gydweithio â phrifysgolion Cymru i gynyddu lefelau’r incwm o’r Cynghorau Ymchwil. Deilliannau’r astudiaeth hon oedd y sylfaen i adroddiad a gymeradwywyd gan y gweinidogion ac sydd wedi effeithio ar bolisïau. Cyn hynny, bu hefyd yn rhan o sefydlu a chyflwyno Academi Wyddoniaeth Genedlaethol Cymru.
Cafodd Louise ei hyfforddi fel gwyddonydd yn wreiddiol, cyn symud i mewn i reoli, ac roedd ei gwaith ymchwil yn canolbwyntio ar rewi öosytau cleifion y mae eu ffrwythlondeb o dan fygythiad oherwydd cemotherapi neu radiotherapi. Mae hi erbyn hyn yn defnyddio’i phrofiad ei hun o fod yn academydd a oedd yn weithgar mewn ymchwil i helpu eraill i wireddu eu potensial. Mae’n cyfrannu’n rheolaidd at ddigwyddiadau datblygu ar draws sefydliadau megis yr Ymchwilydd Effeithiol a rhaglen arobryn Crwsibl Cymru.
Yn rhinwedd ei swydd fel Cyfarwyddwr Cyswllt Cymru, bydd Louise yn cydgysylltu â holl brifysgolion a cholegau addysg uwch Cymru, gan ddatblygu rhaglenni, digwyddiadau, a mentrau datblygu arweinyddiaeth sy’n cefnogi ac yn cydategu strategaethau ac anghenion y sefydliadau unigol ac agenda cenedlaethol addysg uwch yng Nghymru.
Becky Bull commenced her career working in higher education as an Editorial Assistant for the Regional Studies Journal whilst following part-time postgraduate study at the University of Sussex. She joined the Management of Small Higher Education Institutions Network (MASHEIN) Project, a Hefce funded project based at Bishop Grosseteste University College, in 2002 as the Project Officer. In this role she explored the distinctiveness of small institutions, their management and leadership, and models of collaboration and partnership. She disseminated the findings in a project report submitted to Hefce. In 2003, with other members of the MASHEIN team, she successfully secured follow-on funding from Hefce to identify the feasibility of a joint staff development project for small institutions. Following the success of this project, the MASHEIN team made a successful bid for continued funding to the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Becky’s role was re-designated as MASHEIN Project Manager in 2007, reflecting her increased responsibilities arising from the development of the MASHEIN network and the expansion of its programmes and activities.
From January to May 2007 Becky was seconded to GuildHE on a part-time basis as a Policy Support Officer with responsibility for the areas of Employer Engagement and the United Kingdom Arts and Design Institutions Association (UKADIA). Within her own institution she served on the Research Group from 2003 – 2009 and the Research Ethics Group from 2008 - 2009. She has been a member of the Leadership Foundation’s Membership Advisory Group since 2008.
For more information about the work of the regional and national co-ordinators contact your regional co-ordinator or Professor Bob Thackwray, Director of Membership and Networks.
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