Regional Co-Chair – Jessie Monck

As a member of the Personal and Professional Development team at Cambridge, I work closely with colleagues across all areas of the University to support learning and development, particularly in the areas of communication, management, inclusion and problem solving.

For me, professional development is all about helping people to feel satisfied in their own work, as a manager and colleague – building the skills that help create a positive environment that benefits everyone.

Throughout my career I have worked as a maths teacher, campaigner, facilitator, trainer, communication manager and development consultant, and my role continues to flex and challenge me to keep progressing.

My driving value is to be open and respectful towards individuals, leading by example to build trust and increase confidence that enables reflection and new ways of thinking to emerge.

Personally, I love learning from and with others so the SDF has always been a great way to connect with others. As incoming Chair of the ERF I’m really excited about rekindling existing relationships in our local area and also to create opportunities for new collaborations.

Please feel free to get in touch if you’d like to join the ERF or speak to me more generally.

Jessie Monck
Development Consultant
Personal and Professional Development
University of Cambridge


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

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