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Organisational & Staff Development (OSD) Cymru

Regional Representative – Sara Mills

I am currently the Learning and Development Manager at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  My main responsibilities/areas of interest are: leadership and management development, organisational change development projects, organisational and staff development policy and strategy development and academic and professional support staff development.

I lead on all staff development initiatives for the University, identifying learning and development needs and solutions, which align with and meet the requirements of the University’s Strategic Plan.  I have worked in industry for most of my professional career specialising in human resource development mainly in the public sector.  I have a keen interest in leadership and management development and organisational change and I am passionate about the business benefits of collaborative working. Over my career, I have developed some professional skills that could be useful to share with the forum including, action learning facilitation, executive coaching and team development (MBTI and MTQ48 practitioner).

I moved into the the higher education sector in 2014 and took up an academic role managing the CIPD programmes for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.  After 2 years, I discovered that I missed ‘doing the job’ and returned to practice in the role of ‘Learning and Development Manager’ for the University. I learned a tremendous amount in my academic role about the demands and challenges of working in academia and the importance of work/life balance!

I am fortunate to live and work in a very beautiful part of Wales and downtime for me is spending time with my children, and walking the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park with my chocolate Labrador when the sun shines!