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.
Programme Director and Associate Director, Scotland
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Ginnie oversees key Leadership Foundation open programmes, including Senior Strategic Leadership, Preparing for Senior Strategic Leadership, Leading Departments, Introduction to Head of Department and, most recently, our dedicated programme for women leaders, Aurora. She is the Leadership Foundation's co-director for Scotland and represents the organisation on a number of UK-wide committees. 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.
Associate Director Scotland
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Jean joined the Leadership Foundation in August 2012 with a range of experience in leadership and management development design, delivery and facilitation. Jean’s early career was in NHS Scotland, prior to moving into human resources management, latterly as head of staff and organisational development at Glasgow University. Jean has experience of using different development tools to help groups and individuals and is accredited to deliver Myers-Briggs personality profiling. Jean is also a qualified Institute of Leadership and Management level 7 executive coach, coaching within and outside higher education. She is interested in the use of coaching within teams and how this can help improve performance.
Project Administrator, Scotland
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Jill has provided administrative support for the Leadership Foundation in Scotland as part of her role with Universities Scotland. With a background of more than 30 years in Scottish higher education administration, since her retirement from Universities Scotland in 2012 she has continued to provide project support for Jean and Ginnie.
Associate Director Wales
Louise liaises with all the Welsh universities and higher education colleges, developing programmes, events and leadership development initiatives that support and complement institutions' strategies and needs and the national Welsh higher education agenda. Louise works closely with the governing bodies of Welsh universities to ensure that the development days provided by the Leadership Foundation are tailored to meet the needs of the sector. She is also works with WHESDN, the staff developer network in Wales, to deliver the annual conference for the sector.
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.
The Open University, Milton Keynes
07 May 2015
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