Fellowship Profiles

Meriel Box

Meriel Box

1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Creating Staff Networks across our sector for protected groups

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Supporting people through restructure

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Consult people and pilot initiatives

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
A life coach

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Snorkelling in the Indian Ocean

Martin Cussons

Martin Cussons1. The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Lots of initiatives could answer this question: a good example is an OD project for a public sector organisation needing to improve its customer service. This presented a challenging culture, some skills development and lots of organisational issues to take up with senior management. And it worked.

2. The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
A major change and downsizing programme which required managers who survived the cull to radically change how they worked, a culture change in effect and taking place in a very established bureaucracy.

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Listening: seeking to understand the three C’s, culture, context and challenges.
Enthusiasm, “Nothing is so contagious as enthusiasm.” – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
This is not a question I’ve really considered, I moved into staff development as a “temporary” secondment in 1986 and have never considered doing anything else. I’d be in staff development role of some sort, although I’d miss the collaborative nature of HE Staff Development.

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
A mountain, some good boots, a map and compass.

Paula Keane

Paula Keane1. The most satisfying development initiative  you have been involved in:
The most recent is embedding a coaching culture in the University, having a Coaching Case study published by the Well-Being Project and creating networks in the sector

  1. 2. The most challenging staff development situation you have been involved in:

Nominated by a member of the TA who had attended one of the Staff Development Programmes to go out to Bosnia, it was the most rewarding experience.  I was able to talk about University Leadership and Management Programmes.

3. Your top two tips for success in working in HE:
Authenticity and resilience

4. If you weren’t in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
I cannot imagine not working in staff development in HE and this is not something I have considered.  I think I will always be working in a staff development role, working with strategies that enable change and engage staff  with the great network of colleagues in the sector.

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Rowing and cycling

Julie Mulliner

1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
The development and delivery of an accredited 2 year ‘work-based’ programme of study for first line managers; this Certificate in Supervisory Leadership and Management in HE provides a structured, flexible approach to development. To be part of an individual’s personal and professional development during this 2 year period of time is most satisfying for me.

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Implementation of a new annual Performance Appraisal process which included: the setting of business objectives; assessment of competencies; performance ratings; and categorisation of career aspirations and potential. To use the phrase “ruffling a few feathers” by taking this approach doesn’t really reflect the reactions of a number of colleagues.

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Remain resilient and calm at all times – it is all part of life’s journey!

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
A famous DJ in Ibiza

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Reading a ‘good’ book on a sun lounger, on a Caribbean beach whilst enjoying a rum punch

 Helen Walker

Helen Walker1. The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Crikey! There are so many to choose from.
I love working with my Trainers’ forum in the University (we have over 100 staff involved in delivering training) helping them to rethink what they do and why, challenging them to be more creative, reminding them that they can have a powerful positive (or negative) impact when they stand up to deliver.  Seeing them change the way they work is very satisfying

2. The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Delivering lots of change management training last summer whilst in the middle of separating from my husband. Compartmentalising has never been so useful!

3.  Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Be curious about ideas and people: listen, learn, read, synthesise, hone your skills, keep challenging yourself.
Be authentic. Find ways to do the work that matters to you, the training you think is important, and develop events you think should exist to support the work of the institution you work in.

4.  If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
I can’t think of anything I would rather do for a living, so if I couldn’t be here, I would be disrupting the peace and quiet for different people in a different organisation, by inciting change and engaging people in interesting things.

5.  What is your idea of total relaxation?
Spending time in Stratford-upon-Avon, between masterful and wondrous theatre, beautiful British countryside, and the occasional cream tea, I could happily mooch for weeks.

Andy Wilson

Andy Wilson - SDF Strategic Lead

1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Building an integrated staff development service at Loughborough

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Facilitating a 3-day awayday for a group of 36 people with simultaneous translation between English and Portuguese

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Network, network, network
Work with good people

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
The jobs on Helen’s “honey-do list”

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Singing in a group

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