Regional Co-Chair – Tracy Ellis

Tracy is currently working in Organisational Development at the University of Liverpool. She was previously Head of Staff Development at the University of Bolton and prior to that spent 15 years as a part time Lecturer in the Business School at Salford University. Whilst in this role, she also ran her own IT consultancy and worked as a Business Advisor providing advice and guidance to SME business owners in Lancashire.

Tracy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, ILM authorised trainer and ILM qualified coach, CIPD qualified. holds a FE Teachers Certificate, PGCert in Teaching in HE and is Professional Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.



Regional Co-Chair – John Trantom

John is a Leadership & Development Advisor at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). He is one of a team responsible for implementing a blend of organisational development and individual learning and development initiatives. He has a particular interest in coaching and mentoring and runs a variety of ILM accredited programmes.

John is a Fellow of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) and was the driver behind LJMU’s institutional recognition through the AUA Mark of Excellence in 2018 and for successful re-assessment in 2021. He is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a Fellow of AdvanceHE.


Contact the North West Staff Developers Group

Visit the North West Staff Developers Group Website


Member Institutions include:

Edge Hill University

Lancaster University
Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool John Moores University
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Manchester Metropolitan University

University of Bolton
University of Central Lancashire

University of Chester

University of Cumbria
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
Salford University


Further info

Tracy Ellis, Organisational Developer at the University of Liverpool co-ordinates the NW Coaches Network which meets on a regular basis to support coaching practice. Email: or visit for further information.

The North West Cross Institutional Action Learning Scheme supports academic and professional services staff leadership and career development. Visit for more information.