North East & Yorkshire Staff Development Partnership

InkyThinking NEYSDP OutcomeRegional Co-Chair – Chris Pickard

Hello and welcome to ‘NEYSDP’ – a network of organisational and people development practitioners, representing Higher Education Institutions across the North East and Yorkshire region.

I am a People and Organisational Development Co-ordinator at Leeds Beckett University. The role and its responsibilities are extremely diverse and range from designing and hosting the University induction, delivering project-based initiatives such as our annual Colleague Survey, management of the online learning and development offer, management of our corporate development offer and leadership programmes and co-ordinating our internal coaching network.

I am particularly interested in coaching and have recently completed my ILM Level 5 coaching and mentoring qualification. I am also now an accredited practitioner of the psychometric tool Spotlight, developed by Mindflick.

I’ve been at Leeds Beckett since I was 18, when I joined to study Physical Activity, Exercise and Health at Undergraduate level. I then became a Graduate Trainee here and prior to joining the People and OD Team I worked in the Operations and then Systems teams within HR.

I love sport (mainly watching these days!) and, although I’m a proud Yorkshireman who now lives in Leeds, I’ve supported Manchester United all my life.

I can be contacted by emailing:

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