Chair – Nick Gallagher-Hughes (Harper Adams University)

Nick Gallagher-HughesNick has been Staff Development Officer at Harper Adams University since 2002, following a career in Hospitality & Catering, Further Education, local government and Staffordshire Police.

He is responsible for all staff and management development across the institution and has a particular interest in individual and team motivation & development, personality profiling and leadership coaching.

Outside of the University environment, Nick is a competitive ballroom dancer and MD of a dance related business.

Deputy Chair – Kathy Ashton (Leeds Beckett University)

Kathy AshtonAs Head of People Development at Leeds Beckett, Kathy’s key areas of responsibility are supporting the delivery of key strategic priorities such as talent management, leadership and management development and coaching.

Kathy chairs a citywide coaching network for Leeds, engaging with coaches from local NHS Trusts and Leeds City Council in order to trade workplace coaching across organisations.

Kathy’ areas of expertise are coaching, emotional intelligence and the use of psychometric tools to improve team performance.

Treasurer – Albina Shashyna (University of Westminster)

Albina ShashynaAlbina Shashyna is Staff Learning and Development Coordinator at the University of Westminster. She took on her role as Treasurer in November 2016.

In her role at Westminster, Albina was involved in setting up and is now maintaining a comprehensive Learning Performance Management System (LPMS), in particular the Training and Development modules. She co-ordinates, administers and evaluates all non-credit bearing programmes, and assists with the organisation and collection of information related to annual planning, monitoring and reporting of staff development activity across the University, Albina also assist with the administration arrangements for in-house, externally presented, or joint training and development programmes.

Communications and Marketing Officer – Rossana Espinoza (Middlesex University)

Rossana Espinoza Rossana Espinoza is an Online Content Developer at Centre for Academic Practice Enhancement at Middlesex University. She took on her role as Communications Officer in November 2016. She specialises in social media and digital marketing (tweetchats and blogs).

Whilst at University of Westminster, Rossana managed a team to implement new online platforms for performance management & learning management system and developed online support and training programme for staff at all levels for the change of systems. She developed an e-learning module entitled Working with the Prevent Duty, and implemented compliance e-learning modules on Health and Safety, Data Protection and blended learning modules i.e. Recruitment and Selection. Rossana was a change agent that supported all staff to adhere with performance management framework and e-learning compliance.

Outside the university environment Rossana loves cooking, Zen meditation and travelling

Liaison Officer – Dorota Tworek-Uptas

Dorota Tworek-UptasI would describe myself as being passionate about Staff Learning and Development. My role at London South Bank University allows me the opportunity to seek new challenges and opportunities, enabling me to learn more about Learning and Development and Organisation Development that I am then able to put into practice.

My strong interpersonal skills help me easily develop rapport with those I come into contact with and to work effectively with colleagues on different levels and from different backgrounds.

I am familiar with challenges, opportunities and administrative processes, which will enable me to work effectively with the administrative element of the role, and my previous work in the accountancy and financial sector will assist in the complexities of the role, such as that required by Companies House.