Honorary Fellows Profiles

Clive Betts

1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Designing and running our Aspiring Managers Programme at the University of Exeter – our delegates absolutely love it!

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Talking about the concept of customer service to a room of 30 hostile academic staff (pre-student fees).

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Network with other staff developers and keep in touch with your networks. Try and think of the strategic value in everything you do.

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
I would be (and am in my spare time) an entomologist working in the environment and conservation education or research sector.

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Watching mining wasps burrowing in our ancient garden wall in the dying heat of the summer sun with a glass of strong real ale in my hand and Ibiza chill-out music in the background.

John Doidge

John Doidge - SDF Consultant1. The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Steering a University through its first Institutional  Quality Assessment.

2.The most challenging staff development situation  you have been involved in:
I led a team which went to the Western Highlands of Ethiopia to develop and deliver a leadership development programme for staff at the new University of Gondar.

3.Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Always be  fully aware of national developments and their likely implications  and effect.
Remember you are a key part  of the business  and need to look for entrepreneurial opportunities to help fund your work, just as others do.

4. If you were not working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
Either working in politics, conservation or landscape  gardening .

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
A game of golf, a day in my garden, or a coastal walk in good weather!

Matt Levi

Matt Levi1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Getting HEaTED going because Technical Specialists are fantastic and underrated professionals and people. The equal opportunities agenda motivated me there and I only ever had one angry conversation!

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Someone reading the Sun in the front row in one of my early parks days Health and Safety talks!

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Get people together and talking!
Always treat yourself exactly the same as all other learners and believe in learning.

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
Living in the South of France listening to Pink Floyd and the Beatles or if I had to work it would be creating fabulous gardens for people and growing my favourite organic vegetables, hops and vines.

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
Aside from sleep and nice dreams it would be eating beautiful food with a beautiful person! (Anyone remember Suzanne by Leonard Cohen?)

Bob Thackwray
1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Creating a new staff and organisational development unit for a university

2.The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Feeding back to an organisation as an IIP assessor when they have not even slightly met the Standard

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Know your institution and be known in it.

4. If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
Stand up comedy

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?
A beer with family and friends

Keith Willis

1.The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:

Setting up a Regional Leadership Programme for senior managers and leaders, initially for the Midlands region but now offered to other regions. A good stretch for my own development and my colleagues; but very satisfying nonetheless.

2. The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:

Probably the creation and the setting up an in-house coaching strategy and its connected roll-out programme within Nottingham Trent, and indeed for regional HE colleagues. Always difficult to state the quantifiable benefits in such an approach to everybody.

3. Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:

Never underestimate the impact that you have on people – it will always be significant.

Keep going! Don’t give up at the first challenge or hurdle; work closely with your own convictions and values.

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

A people role somewhere. I actually left school to be a Social Worker. I sometimes wonder if I apply some of that mind-set now?

5. What is your idea of total relaxation?

Somewhere where I can see and preferably hear the sea, sitting with a good non-fiction book. Probably because I have managed to live in the middle of the country equidistant from any coastline in Britain!

Sally Wilson

Sally Wilson1. The most satisfying staff development initiative you have been involved in:
Of several examples – developing collaborative working with academics and senior managers to effect change

2.  The most challenging staff development situation you’ve been involved in:
Supporting restructures and developing behavioural frameworks with focus groups

3.  Your top two tips for success in working in staff development in HE:
Develop effective internal & external networks
Accurately read ‘political’ runes and take positive action

4.   If you weren’t working in staff development in HE what would you be doing?
Organisation psychology (if I had my time over again) or having my own consultancy & professional development service

5.  What is your idea of total relaxation?
Salsa & Ceroc dancing

 

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