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Practitioner Day

Schedule, Presentation Outlines, Presenter biographies.

Schedule, Presentation Outlines, Presenter biographies

The Practitioner Stream will consist of hot topic discussions, case studies, and development workshops, all centred around the theme of Power and Possibility: The Future of Work.  There will also be a one-hour panel discussion and an inspiration wall on the same theme. 

Come along to the Practitioner Day for a day of first class professional development and networking. Draft Schedule now available please see speaker biographies below and view an outline of the Workshops here.

Your Practitioner Day conference ticket also gives you exclusive access to all streams in the main academic conference, allowing you to discover the latest HRD research. 

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Jess Alexander, Learning and Development Manager (Policy Implementation – Leadership), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC)

Jess has worked with the SSSC since 2007 and currently leads on quality improvement and the SSSC’s contribution to the implementation of the leadership strategy for social services in Scotland.  This has recently included the Leadership for Integration project, delivered in partnership by the SSSC, NHS Education for Scotland and the Royal College for General Practitioners in Scotland.

Rob Baker, Founder & Director, Tailored Thinking

I’m at my best when working with people to thrive, particularly at work. To deliver performance when it matters. Finding meaning, engagement and happiness in what we do. I have been exploring these topics all my life through:  my hands-on work with executives, managers and their teams as an HR leader; my study and research in the fields of positive psychology, behavioural and wellbeing science; and as a former international athlete and coach. In different roles I have commissioned, delivered and designed organisational wide transformation initiatives and understand the importance of embedding change, which goes beyond structures and is supported by sustained behaviour change. I am a chartered fellow of both the CIPD and the Australian HR Institute, and have a first class Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne .

Tom Boden, Bruce Durham, SGRE Renewables

Tom is a champion for organisational change by helping people connect with each other physically and digitally. A social media pioneer who is tackling engrained corporate cultures through the power of open and transparent communication.

Bruce likes to try different ways of approaching things that may be steeped in ‘corporate conditioning’ around evocative areas such as safety and culture.

Cath Brown, CBC 

Executive Coach, Team Coach, Supervisor, Trainer, Facilitator and OD/HR Consultant working with a variety of NHS, public, private and charitable organisations.  Works with individuals, teams and whole organisations to support change and embed effective leadership, management and coaching practice at all levels utilising a range interventions including coaching, supervision, action learning and accredited ILM qualifications up to Level 7.

Dr. Rubina F. Malik CEO, RFM Global Enterprises & Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management, Morehouse College

An Assistant Professor and Strategic Advisor helping organizations and individuals successfully navigate the marketplace of performance. A scholar practitioner with a professional background in human resources, training and professional development, coupled with ten years of research, coaching and teaching experience. She combines proven techniques in leadership development with a unique and powerful approach known as Career Sponsorship.

Valerie Metcalfe, VSM Consulting

Valerie is the business owner of VSM Consulting.  She supports clients in building strategic vision, talent and personal empowerment through individual and team leadership coaching linked to organisational success. Her recent work of reviewing a triple star business school and designing coaching and quality improvement programmes in South Africa, has provided a rich source of learning over the last 6 years.  Access to the vibrant African culture and a new take on resilience has been profound.  UK based, she has extensive private sector and international educational experience.  Prior to setting up her own business in 2012, she was director of 2 university careers and employability departments in London and Hull. For over 2 decades she has campaigned for equality and diversity, via research and training delivered across Europe and America.  This background and the achievement of the Matrix quality standard assessments at both institutions, have given her an evidenced record of inclusive, strategic leadership.

Nina Miljus, I am circle 

Nina is a freelance Creative and Coach who has an intrinsic passion for following our curiosity to bring out our innate creativity in order to discover more about ourselves, our intuition and our purpose. Nina believes that PLAY is one way towards inner freedom and letting go of perceptions of how we "should" be in society. I am circle the concept she shares towards freer living and shaping our own way in society.

Julia Morrison, Director, Morrison & Mann  

Julia is a leadership coach, trainer, change management and public sector specialist, with corporate leadership team experience. With more than 30 years of Children’s Services based public sector experience latterly as Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Julia now runs her own leadership coaching business, with a wide portfolio of clients from private sector organisations, local authorities, Academy Trusts, the NHS and Public Health.  In addition, she coaches social workers on the Frontline programme and is an Associate Lecturer with Northumbria University’s Business School, where she contributes as a Professional Development Coach on the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship programme. Julia is also a Leadership for Change coach and contributes to ‘Future Directors’, the national programme for aspirant leaders of public services.

Iman Sarhan, Founder of Leaders Globe (NC) & Founding VP of Gordon Training ( Egypt)

Iman has 15+ years of work experience in multinationals (Vodafone, Kantar TNS, etc.); and NGOs through training healthcare professionals & parents under the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative with UNICEF.  She is passionate about improving employees' well-being, motivation, and productivity. She is doing her MSc in Organizational Psychology (Heriot Watt University).

Beverly Sherratt, Founding Director, The LaunchPad Academy CIC

Beverly is also owner / founder of Profectus 4 People Limited, specialising in organisation and people development. Beverly became passionate about organisation design, development and culture after leading a previous North East employer to the highest position locally in the Best Company Awards and successfully securing £25,000 worth of Challenge Fund money in response to the Dame Carol Black Health & Wellbeing Report. This fund allowed a research project into the impact of organisation culture on mental health.  The project was recognised at the Better Health at Work Awards and Beverly supported SMEs within the North East with her findings, together with significantly reducing absenteeism in the host organisation for the project.


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