Coaching and Mentoring Joanne James

Joane James

Joanne is an experienced leadership development specialist and executive coach. Working exclusively with senior leaders and their teams Joanne specialises in creating bespoke executive development interventions that make a real difference in the client organisation. Joanne has a particular interest in enabling leaders to create high performing organisations through authentic leadership, team development and creating a coaching culture. As a coach Joanne enables leaders to become more aware of the thinking and behaviours that may get in the way of their impact and performance. The role often entails supporting the personal, professional and intellectual development of her clients.
Joanne has a Masters degree in leadership and management and Post Graduate Certificate in Coaching. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA); Academic Associate of CIPD and member of the Association for Coaching. Joanne’s research interests include leader identity and leader development through developing reflective practice; executive coaching particularly coach development and team coaching. Joanne’s doctoral study involves utilising autoethnography to explore the practice of team coaching.


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Ruth Leggett

With over 20 years’ experience of working as an HRD practitioner in the private and public sector before joining Newcastle Business School in 2007, Ruth is responsible for a number of corporate leadership development programmes and the MA in Coaching. Ruth works as an executive coach with leaders from across a range of sectors and is involved in the design and delivery of bespoke leadership development interventions. Ruth has a BSc from Sheffield Hallam University and an MPhil by Research from the University of Surrey, is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the HEA and a member of the Association for Coaching. Ruth’s research focuses on work based learning and development; particularly the promotion of reflective practice in managers and methods of evaluating the impact of learning and development on the individual and the organisation. She is currently completing a coaching supervision qualification at Oxford Brookes University.

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Professor Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart is former Professor of HRD in business schools at Nottingham Trent, Leeds Beckett and Coventry universities. He is author/co-author and co-editor of 25 books on the topics of HRD and Learning and Development as well as numerous journal articles. The latter include acting as co-editor of special issues of the journals Strategic Change, Personnel Review, HRDI, JEIT, IJTD, Education +Training and EJTD. Some of these publications have been based on streams on CHRD at previous UFHRD/AHRD annual conferences as well as streams at previous CMS conferences. Jim is a former Vice Chair for Research and Chair of UFHRD. His substantive current role is UFHRD Executive Secretary but he is currently Acting Chair of the Forum.




Professor Sally Sambrook

Sally Sambrook is Professor of Human Resource Development, Director of the Centre for Business Research at Bangor Business School and Visiting Professor, Toulouse Business School, France. She joined Bangor University in 1999 as a Project Manager in the Centre for Learning Development, on a research project exploring the quality of computer based learning materials. Sally was appointed as Lecturer in Human Resource Management (HRM) in 2000, and joined the School of Nursing (now Healthcare Sciences) in 2002, where she designed the MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership. Sally was awarded a Teaching Fellowship in 2005 in recognition of her excellence in teaching and enhancing the student learning experience. She returned to the Business School in 2006, as Director of Postgraduate Studies, Business and Management, and then Deputy Head of School 2007-2011. Sally was a founding member of UFHRD and has published widely on HRD and especially on Critical HRD

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Dr. Ronan Carbery

Dr. Ronan Carbery is Senior Lecturer in Management in the School of Management and Marketing at University College Cork, Ireland. Ronan is co-editor of the European Journal of Training and Development. He was chair of the 2015 UFHRD conference in University College Cork.




Dr. T.J. McCabe

Dr. T.J. McCabe is a Lecturer in HRM and Research Methods at the National College of Ireland. T.J. leads a number of post-graduate and undergraduate modules, including Research Methods, Strategic Human Resource Management, Employee Relations and HRD. T.J.’s research interests extend to trust and commitment amongst nursing professionals, and human resource management issues in the health sector. T.J. has presented this work at national and international conferences. He is co-chairing the HRM track for the 14th Annual Conference of the Irish Academy of Management. He has published papers in both academic and practitioner journals. T.J. received the Best Paper Award, for the Healthcare and Public Sector Management Track, Irish Academy of Management: McCabe, T.J., Sambrook, S. (2011), A Discourse Analysis of Managerialism and Trust amongst NHS Nurses and Nurse Managers, 14th Annual Irish Academy of Management Conference, National College of Ireland, Dublin

Employee Engagement

Dr Julia Claxton SFHEA julia calxton

Leeds Business School

Dr Julia Claxton has three decades of experience in business leadership, consultancy and academia. She is a Principal Lecturer in Research and organisational Development at Leeds Business School and a teacher, researcher and publisher in employee engagement, student engagement (behavioural, emotional and cognitive), what makes people ‘feel’ valued, innovative assessment design and team coaching. She introduced the stream of Employee Engagement into UFHRD 5 years ago when she noticed more and more interest was developing in this important area. In that time she has published a double special issue in the Journal of Workplace Learning for participants work. She is currently involved in strategic leadership of teaching and learning initiatives, pioneering teaching and learning practice, researching and consulting in learning, leadership learning, leadership development, managing change, student engagement, employee engagement and team coaching. Her preferred research methodologies are grounded theory, action research (interventionism) and phenomenography. She is Research Director for the international network for business and languages and Director-in-Chief of the journal Advances in Higher Education. She supervises doctorates (PhD; DBA; EdD) in organisational development, employee engagement and HE pedagogy, examines doctorates and write reviews for a number of journals.


Dr Janet Astley

Dr Janet Astley has over 25 years’ experience in public sector management and has developed and managed undergraduate and postgraduate awards in Strategic HRM, Leadership and Organisational Change & Diversity. She is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Staffing Lead at Leeds Business School in the subject area of Leadership, Governance & People Management. Janet enjoys the challenge of establishing high performing teams, enabling colleagues to feel engaged and valued recognising their skills and deploying them effectively.
Janet’s area of research relates to senior female career progression and diversity in traditionally male-dominated organisations especially in UK policing with a view to engendering a more diverse workforce and the ethical approach to the deployment of people. Her work considers the implementation of policies and practices at a local and national levels within an organisation that operates under Queen’s Regulations, therefore falling outside the normal auspices of employment legislation. Her research methodologies include discourse analysis and life history narrative. She supervises PhD/DBA students whose research has an impact upon organisational change and diversity.

Global, Comparative and Cross Cultural Dimension of HRD

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Napier University Edinburg

Thomas Garavan is Research Professor, Leadership, specialising in leadership development, HRD and leadership, CSR and leadership and cross-cultural leadership. Thomas graduated from the University of Limerick, Ireland with a Bachelor of Business Studies and completed a Doctorate of Education at the University of Bristol. He is Editor of the European Journal of Training and Development and Associate Editor of Personnel Review. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Human Resource Management Journal, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Developing Human Resources and Human Resource Development International. He is the recipient of the Academy of Human Resource Development, Outstanding HRD Scholar Award 2013.
His research interests include: CSR and transformational leadership, cross-cultural dimensions of diversity training, tacit knowledge in manufacturing, International Human resource management standards and Human resource management in MNCs.
He is currently involved in two major research projects on tacit knowledge in manufacturing firms in the Pharmaceutical and Health Care industries and the role of CSR in the tourism sectors.

Leadership, Management and Talent DevelopmentPaul Tosey

Dr Paul Tosey

Dr Paul Tosey is an independent consultant, coach, researcher and author. He is an Honorary Visiting Fellow at the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, where formerly he was a Senior Lecturer in Management and Head of PhD programmes. His research interests include organisational learning, enquiry-based learning and Clean Language (an innovative coaching practice based on metaphor), on which he has published widely. He is co-editor with Mark Saunders of the Handbook of Research Methods on HRD (Edward Elgar 2015). Paul is a former Vice Chair of the UFHRD (Programmes and Qualifications Committee); he was awarded the Alan Moon prize for best paper at the 2011 UFHRD Conference.


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Nicholas Clarke

Nicholas Clarke is Professor of Organisational Behaviour & HRM and Director of the Centre for People and Organisational Change at the University of Southampton Business School of Management. He has held visiting professor positions at Toulouse Business School and the Universitat of Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Nicholas has spent the past 15 years building a major body of research advancing our understanding of how the quality of work relationships (manager- subordinate relations, team relations, social relations) influence the effectiveness and outcomes of human resource development in organisations. This includes examining training effectiveness as well as leadership and leadership development. His work examining the role of emotional intelligence and respect in relationships has resulted in invitations to give presentations at conferences and seminars in the UK and internationally, coverage in the national press, as well as consultancy on leadership development to the energy company N-Power, Rolls Royce Fuel Systems, and the UK Home Office. He is widely published in the HRD field and sits on the editorial board of Human Resource Development Quarterly, European Journal of Training & Development, and Team Performance Management. His new book, Relational Leadership: Theory, Practice and Development published by Routledge is due out soon.

Learning and Teaching and HRD Rick Holden

Dr Rick Holden

Rick is a Research Fellow at Liverpool Business School (Liverpool John Moores University). Prior to this he worked at Leeds Metropolitan University and Cadbury Schweppes where he was Education and Training Manager for the confectionery division of the company.
Current research interests address the teaching and learning of HRD; training and learning transfer and workplace learning more generally. He recently led a British Academy of Management research project exploring the transfer of learning from formal professional / postgraduate management programmes into the workplace. Teaching responsibilities focus upon DBA and PhD supervision.
Recent publications include the text book Human Resource Development: Theory and Practice, published by Palgrave Macmillan and a Special Issue of the Journal of European Industrial Training titled ‘Innovative practice in the teaching and learning of Human Resource Development’. In 2015 he became Editor in Chief of the new journal launched by UFHRD and IFTDO - The International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research.


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Dr Mark Loon

Mark is a faculty member at the University of Worcester. His research areas are in higher order thinking, skills, L&D in the context of dynamic capabilities, and leadership development. He has published in various academic journals such as the Journal of Managerial Psychology, as well as practitioner reports and books such as with the CIPD. He is currently an Associate Editor with the International Journal of International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy & Research. Prior to academia, he was in management consulting, working for firms such as Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young and KPMG. He had his own company in Sydney, Australia providing consulting and business analysis services to clients such QBE, AMP, Morgan Stanley and the University of Sydney.

Learning in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

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University of Portsmouth.

Heather’s main research interests are learning in SMEs and e-learning; she combined these in her ethnographic PhD thesis which explored e-learning in SMEs. Prior to her academic career, Heather worked in a large multinational in a variety of roles, including developing and delivering courses, before owner-managing her own international SME, where she initiated e-learning. She is a committed researcher-practitioner and has previously presented at several UHFRD Conferences, including UFHRD 2013 where she co-chaired the Technology Enhanced Learning at Work stream which led to her guest-co-editing a Special Issue of the British Journal of Educational Technology. She is currently the Managing Editor of Human Resource Development Quarterly, based at the University of Portsmouth. She also lectures, presents, writes and undertakes consultancy in the area of learning, particularly e-learning, in SMEs.

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Birmingham Business School - University of Birmingham

Mark NK Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods. His research interests include:
Research methods, in particular participants selection, methods for understanding organizational relationships; Human resource aspects of the management of change, in particular trust within and between organizations and organizational learning;
Small and medium sized enterprise (SME) success.
He holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Malta, Surrey and Worcester and is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and a member of the Fellows' College.
Mark’s research has been published widely in journals including Field Methods, Human Relations, Journal of Personnel Psychology, Journal of Small Business Management, Management Learning and Social Science and Medicine.
Mark has co-authored and edited a range of books including Research Methods for Business Students (currently in its seventh edition), Organizational Trust: a Cultural Perspective, Handbook of Research Methods on Trust (currently in its second edition), Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development and Doing Research in Business and Management. He is joint editor for Sage’s Understanding Research Methods for Business and Management Students book series and editor for Edward Elgar’s Handbooks of Research Methods series.

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Dr Aileen Lawless

Aileen is a senior lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Business School. Prior to this Aileen worked as a senior HRD practitioner within an international organisation. Her practitioner background has influenced her approach to teaching, consultancy and research and this is reflected in her interest in action methodologies and her position on the Editorial Board of the international journal Action Learning: research and practice and the Innovations in Practice journal.
Aileen’s research explores the problematic relationship between leadership, management, professional learning, education and work. A particular focus of the research is exploring the potential of management education to achieve change in personal, interpersonal and organizational practices. She is a reviewer for several international journals and has gained research funding both as an independent researcher and as a collaborative partner. Her publications are aimed at addressing the theory-practice gap, focusing on the ‘real work’ that is done in organisations. A distinguishing feature of her work is a focus on application and practice, including the active engagement of practitioners. She has a particular interest in supporting Insider Researchers; researchers who undertake research within their own organisational setting.


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Dr Clare Rigg

Clare is a senior lecturer in Management at the University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool University. Following an early career in economic development and urban regeneration in Birmingham, England, she developed an interest in collaborative working that was further fostered through encountering action learning as an approach to management development in 1990. For many years, based at the universities of Birmingham and Birmingham City, she worked with practitioners from across diverse sectors, integrating practice-based learning and research into organisation development, management learning and leadership development. Continuing this work she moved to Ireland in 2005, where she established a work-based learning MBA and various experiential industry programmes.
Clare’s research focuses on two main areas: Critical HRD, Leadership & Management Development, and Organisational Learning through Critical Action Learning and Action Research. All involve ways of engaging learners in questions of power relations and the impact of their practice on others and wider society. She is co-author of Action Learning, Leadership and Organizational Development in Public Services (Routledge, 2006), Critical Human Resource Development: Beyond Orthodoxy (FT Prentice-Hall, 2007), Learning and Talent Development (CIPD, 2011) and Realising Critical Human Resource Development (Cambridge Scholastic, 2016). She is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Action Learning: Research and Practice


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Professor Jeff Gold

Jeff is Professor of Organisation Learning at York St John University and Visiting Professor at Portsmouth University. He is a strong advocate of the need for actionable knowledge that is rigorously developed but relevant for practice. He has designed and delivered a wide range of seminars, programmes and workshops on talent management and development, change, strategic learning, futures and foresight, management and leadership development with a particular emphasis on participation and distribution.
He is the co-author of The Sage Handbook of Professional Doctorates in Business and Management (with Lisa Anderson, Jim Stewart and Richard Thorpe), CIPD’s Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford) , The Gower Handbook of Leadership and Management Development (with Richard Thorpe and Alan Mumford), Human Resource Development (with Julie Beardwell, Paul Iles, Rick Holden and Jim Stewart) and Human Resource Management (with John Bratton), both published by Palgrave.




Dr Valerie Anderson

Valerie is Reader in HRD at University of Portsmouth, UK, where she is Director of the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA). Before commencing her academic career, Valerie worked in HRM and HRD in public and private sector organisations. She is a committed ‘researcher-practitioner’ and the author of the CIPD text book Research Methods in HR. She publishes papers in a range of HRD and HRM peer reviewed journals and is a joint Editor-in-Chief of Human Resource Development Quarterly.
Valerie’s research focuses on learning and development in work organisations, particularly managerial coaching, academic identity and professional development, and organisational issues associated with strategic human resource development.

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Dr Eduardo Tomé

Eduardo Tomé made his PhD in Economics in 2001 at the Technical University in Lisbon, with a dissertation on Vocational Training and the European Social Fund. Since then he published 38 papers in peer-reviewed Journals, 6 chapters in books and presented 64 papers in International Conferences, and 33 of these works are in the SCOPUS database. He also led the organization of four well-attended international conferences in the intangibles domain, from which resulted 3 special Issues in international journals. His main interests are HRD, Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital, and sometimes International Economics and Social Policy. He is a member of several Editorial Boards and reviewers boards of SCOPUS Journals. Since 2013, Eduardo is working at Universidade Europeia. From the Laureatte Group in Lisbon, Portugal




Maria José Sousa

Maria José Sousa (PhD in Management) is a University Professor and a research fellow of CIEO (Algarve University) and BRU-ISCTE/IUL. Her research interests currently are information science, innovation and business management issues, with a particular focus on the learning and knowledge management processes. She is a best seller author in ICT and People Management and has co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters and published in several scientific journals (e.g. I. J. of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Knowledge Management, I.J. of Systems and Service-Oriented Engineering, Journal Business and Economics and Information Systems Frontiers and others), she has also organized and peer-reviewed international conferences, and is the guest-editor of several Special Issues. She has participated in several European projects of innovation transfer (with a total budget of about 1.6 million €) and is also External Expert of COST Association - European Cooperation in Science and Technology and President of the ISO/TC 260 – Human Resources Management, representing Portugal in the International Organization for Standardization.
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