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Eastern Region Forum for Staff and Educational Developers

Regional Co-Chair – Julie Stock

I am a member of the Organisational Learning team at the Open University, part of the wider Organisational Development Area of Expertise. I work closely with colleagues across all areas of the University to support learning and development. Particularly focussing on leadership and management development, core skills and managing the University’s coaching service. My career has been varied, having worked in marketing, academic support, recruitment and having been a facilitator, trainer, coach, coach supervisor, development consultant and service manager.

My passion for learning and development is built upon a philosophy of supporting leaders and managers to co-create a great employee experience.

Values that are important to me are respect for individuals, being open to new and different experiences and holistic reflection to ensure balanced thinking. I love learning especially from others, for me the SDF will provide an opportunity for me to learn more about what others are doing, share good practice, and being able to have an up and out perspective outside of my own University. As a new Co-Chair of the ERF, I’m really excited about being able to support others in my local area and create opportunities for more great experiences.

Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to join the ERF or speak to me about anything learning and development wise.

Julie Stock
Learning Programmes Manager / Coaching Service Manager
Organisational Learning
The Open University

Regional Co-Chair – Rinku Raina

I work as a Learning and Development Manager with University of Cambridge.

I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in HR (Human Resources) and Learning and Development; starting with a Software organisation and then moving to Manufacturing and Textile sector in India. Having relocated to the UK in 2010, I started my professional journey with Telecommunications mass media, moving to a Local council before I joined University of Cambridge in 2017.

In my current strategic role at the University of Cambridge, I’m responsible for creating the right mind-set and foster capabilities through a lifelong learning and coaching culture. I focus on cultivating agility, creativity, upskilling, reskilling, and empowering leaders, and managers.  I love to create space, and curiosity for individuals and teams in their development journey. I thrive on building and sustaining relationships within and outside work. I strongly believe  a positive workplace culture is dependent on its people and with the right mindset, development, coaching and support everyone can succeed and perform at their best.

I have a degree in Human Resources Management, CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Level 5 and ICF (International Coaching Federation) certification.

Outside work, I am a mum to two lovely boys, who make me more empathetic and are a great reminder of my priorities.

Joining ERF (Eastern Region Forum) is a way of giving back which brings greater joy and satisfaction to me so, please feel free to reach out to me, should you need any help related to learning and development.

Introduction to the region:

ERF regional forum group meetings and event provide staff developers in the Eastern Region an opportunity to share practice, exchange ideas and provide a mutual support network of experienced staff development practitioners.

Format of the sessions

The sessions are informal in nature and usually start with a round table review and sharing of current activities, issues, and opportunities.  The agenda for each meeting is collectively agreed by the group members and, whenever possible, we aim to invite members or guest presenters to share and demonstrate examples of innovations in staff development.  Meetings and events are open to colleagues in other SDF groups by prior arrangement.

Universities in the region

There are 11 regions that form the Eastern Region SDF:

  • University of Suffolk
  • University of Essex
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • Cranfield University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Cambridge
  • Norwich University of the Arts
  • University of East Anglia
  • University of Essex
  • University of Bedfordshire
  • Open University

 Contact the Eastern Region Forum