Monica LeeIndependent researcher, PhD, RSA, FCIPD, AFBPSs, C.Psychol.
You might know me as Founding Editor in Chief of HRDI (1998 to 2002). I have now retired from mainstream academia, but not from critical inquiry into the complexities of our lives, nor from life itself. I am still in the process of becoming, as is reflected in my most recent book ‘On the Nature of HRD: Holistic Agency and an almost autoethnographical exploration of becoming’. I continue to research and write, and edit the Routledge ‘Studies in HRD’ book series.
As well as reflecting on HRD, I also practice it on a daily basis! I am a Director of L&K Group Plc, and a Founding Director and Company Secretary of B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North). This is a very interesting and visionary community based organisation that provides fibre optic broadband to the north of the UK in areas that the commercial providers have deemed to be not worth getting out of bed for. We have won national and international awards, and provide an intriguing organisational model that has deep community impact and shows that alternatives to selfish and elitist corporate capitalism can and do exist within our western free-market ethos.
Robert HamlinRoyal Society of Arts, Emeritus Professor University of Wolverhampton UK.
Bob Hamlin joined the University of Wolverhampton in 1984 having previously worked as a professional management trainer and group training manager for a number of companies within the UK chemical, plastics, machine tool and engineering industries respectively. From 1989 to 2000 he was Divisional Manager of the People, Organization and Management Division within the university’s Business School (UWBS). Then for the next five years he was the HR Programmes Manager, but from 2002 until nearing his retirement in January 2005 he was also HoD of his old division which had since been re-named the Human Resources Department. Throughout his career within UWBS he has been active as a management training and development consultant, providing bespoke courses for various local and regional private and public sector organizations in the UK. He has also helped deliver consultancy assignments on UWBS overseas projects such as the TACIS funded Tyumen Training Project for the Russian Oil and Gas Industry which involved training management trainers and management academics in Western Siberia as well as in the UK.
In 2003 Bob became Professor and Chair of Human Resource Development at the University of Wolverhampton, a position he still holds in retirement as an emeritus professor. Since retirement he has continued being a member of the UWBS professoriate, and has taught on a number of Master programs including the MA in Coaching and Mentoring, the MSc in Human Resource Development and Organizational Change and MBA, as well as acting as the Director of Studies for PhD students. Additionally, he has provided international consultancy services for UWBS including, for example, being one of the four UWBS expert consultants who delivered the highly successful PHARE funded trainer training project for the Romanian Border Police from August 2007 through to July, 2008.
Bob has authored/co-edited two books and authored/co-authored 20 book chapters as well as over 55 articles for HRD/management related academic journals/practitioner magazines.
Valerie AndersonPortsmouth Business School
My academic career was preceded by extensive HRM and HRD management and consultancy experience in a range of different public and private sector organizations. I specialize in learning and development in work organizations, particularly managerial coaching; how professionals (including academic professionals) learn; and organizational issues associated with strategic human resource development and the evaluation, measurement and assessment of learning. I am a committed researcher-practitioner. For me the best research and the best professional practice occur when both aspects are brought together to challenge received wisdom in order to develop knowledge and understanding. I am a co-leader of the Portsmouth Business School Business Education Research Group (BERG). BERG engages in interdisciplinary research and evidence-based practice relating with excellence in Business Education within the University, with academic professionals in other HEIs and with employers. I am course director of the Doctorate in Business Administration Program and academic lead for the Integrated Doctorate within Portsmouth Business School.
I lead the teaching on a number of University Graduate School workshops and events which are aimed at the support and development of research degree students across the university. My teaching within the Business School focuses on research methods, human resource development, learning and training.
Gary N. McleanPresident of McLean Global Consulting, Inc