22 April 2016
The Leadership Foundation has announced a new Director of Leadership Development. Vijaya Nath will join from The King’s Fund where she is currently Director, Leadership Development. She will take up her role with the Leadership Foundation on 1 July.
Vijaya brings over 26 years of experience in developing leaders in the private and not-for -profit sector. For the past 18 years she has worked with leaders in health and care, in the four countries of the United Kingdom and internationally. She has significant experience in the design and development of innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy.
At The King's Fund she established a portfolio of interventions including networks, open programmes and thought leadership in medical leadership. In addition Vijaya has co-directed and designed Athena, the Fund's flagship programme for senior executive women and supported the advancement of women in medicine. She has led a number of international study tours that feature learning from health and non-health organisations that are leading edge in quality innovation and leadership.
Prior to The King’s Fund Vijaya was Head of Leadership Development and People Management Coaches at Barts and The London NHS Trust. Before that she was Management Consultant/Trainer at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust.
The Leadership Foundation’s Chief Executive Alison John’s said: ‘I am delighted that Vijaya will be joining us at this time. She brings a wealth of experience and innovation to the organisation. Higher education is facing exceptionally challenging times and the transformational aspect of strategically planned leadership development is a significant part of how change can be sustained“.
Vijaya said: Throughout my career I have been committed to developing leadership and personal potential at all levels. I am pleased to have been offered this role, and looking forward to working at the Leadership Foundation and with higher education sector throughout the UK.
Vijaya will be the Leadership Foundation’s first Director of Leadership Development, a role that has been recast to focus on placing individual leadership development as part of the strategic development of institutions and the higher education sector as a whole. This updating of the role was signalled in the Leadership Foundation’s strategy Catalysing Change 2015-2020, where the aim is to further enhance the Leadership Foundation’s position as the leading provider of leadership, governance and management in higher education.
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More about Vijaya Nath
Vijaya's first degree is in modern languages and politics. She holds a post-graduate certificate in Education (Adult Learning) and an MA from The Institute of Education, University of London. She is a European Mentoring and Coaching Council accredited coach with over 21 years’ experience in coaching leaders. She is a visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and is facilitator and chair for Windsor Leadership.
In partnership with faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, she co designed and delivered the Global Health Leadership Forum bringing together leaders from over 33 countries in a learning congress which examined the world's major health issues and challenges.
About Leadership Development at the Leadership Foundation
As specialists in leadership, governance and management focusing entirely on higher education the Leadership Foundation provides programmes, training and development advice to all 156 members - over 90% of the UK’s universities and higher education colleges. Vijaya will be leading a team that is central to the work of the Leadership Foundation.
The portfolio of programmes include options that are delivered face-to-face, online only and also in a mix of both formats (blended learning). They are designed for leaders, managers and those that aspire to such roles from across all disciplines and types of institutions. Programmes and events include one-day events for governors; the flagship Top Management Programme, that has over 700 of the most senior people in higher education in in its alumni including 60 current vice-chancellors. There is also Aurora, the women-only development scheme that has already seen almost 2,500 participants in its first three years.
In this current financial year the Leadership Foundation has launched a selection of new programmes focusing on financial development; increasing diversity at senior levels and events supporting the requirement to meet the Prevent agenda. Delegates from the Leadership Foundation’s member institutions receive a 25% discount when booking places on programmes and events.
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