Shearer West

Shearer WestProfessor Shearer West – Provost & Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sheffield

Shearer took up the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield on 1 September 2015, and serves as a member of the University executive team, leading areas of strategic importance to the University in the region, nationally and internationally.

Shearer has responsibility for delivering a number of the University’s key aims and priorities, working collaboratively with academic and professional colleagues and students to shape a strong future for the University and all those who benefit from its work.

Previously Head of the Humanities Division at the University of Oxford, Shearer is an art historian and the author and editor of nine books and many articles. She has also been Head of the School of Historical Studies at the University of Birmingham and was Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Andrew Dodman

Andy DodmanAndrew Dodman – Chief Operating Officer, University of Sheffield

Since 2011, Andrew has led the University’s HR strategy and service delivery for its 7,800 staff, focusing on the attraction, growth and engagement of world class talent. He particularly emphasizes the importance of personal health, happiness and wellbeing in the workplace.

During 2015, Andrew was nominated as national HR Director of the Year (Personnel Today, HR Distinction Awards and HR Excellence Awards) and was listed in the UK Top 10 of HR Magazine’s ‘Most Influential HR Practitioners.

Andrew is the Chair of the Russell Group HR Directors Forum and a member of The Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE) Advisory Group. He is a Trustee Director of the University of Sheffield Pension Scheme and the founder and Director of the University subsidiary company ‘Everyday Juice Limited’.

Andrew was educated at the University of Bath (BSc) and the University of Leeds (MBA) and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD).

Heather Davis

Heather DavisDr Heather Davis – Program Director-Awards, University of Melbourne

Heather is the Program Director-Awards at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management, The University of Melbourne, Australia and also Program Manager for the Emerging Leaders and Managers Program (eLAMP).

Heather is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Association for Tertiary Education Management (ATEM). Her research interests include university leadership and management, shared leadership approaches, qualitative inquiry, social complexity theories and e-learning.

Heather is a passionate practice based researcher of leadership development in higher education, her experiences are showcased in these short interviews and in the stimulus paper: Bolden, R., Jones, S., Davis, H., & Gentle, P. (2015). Developing and Sustaining Shared Leadership in Higher Education. Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, London.

Jim Sheridan

Jim SheridanJim Sheridan – Senior Management Consultant for Administration, Cornell University

A master trainer and facilitator, Jim is currently with Cornell’s Organizational and Workforce Development Department, a part of the Division of Human Resources. Jim is a principal facilitator and trainer for Cornell University’s Leadership Programs, Management Academy Programs, Supervisor Development Programs, as well as training programs on a variety of topics. Jim also designs and facilitates customized programs to meet Cornell client needs.

Before joining Cornell in 2003 Jim was the Director of Management Development for the MONY Group where he was responsible for providing leadership and management development programs across the organization.

Among the programs and instruments Jim is certified to facilitate are Arbinger’s “Core at Work”, Power & Systems’ “The Organization Workshop”, The Center for Creative Leadership’s Benchmarks, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

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Rachel Blanc

Rachel BlancDr Rachel Blanc – Head of Talent and Development, King’s College, London

Rachel started her career in the UK as a post-doctoral researcher working with vaccines and coordinating international collaborative studies for the World Health Organisation (WHO). She then moved onto a learning and development role within the Graduate School at King’s College London where she was looking after the professional and career development of Post Graduate Researchers (PGRs) and Research Staff.

She transitioned to new challenges and joined Amazon in France as a learning and development manager to support the launch of one of their fulfilment centres before taking on the South Europe regional learning manager role where she was heading the learning and development strategy for France, Italy and Spain.

Rachel then decided to bring her knowledge back to King’s College London and started in March 2016 as Head of Talent and Development working across the university on OD projects and collaborating with Academics and Professional Services. Since she arrived, she took the lead on the leadership development framework as well as the talent management initiative.

Jane Ginniver

Jane GinniverJane Ginniver – Director of Leadership and Management Development, University of Sheffield

Jane has worked in Higher Education as a Director of Leadership and Management Development at the University of Sheffield since January 2007. Her responsibilities include leadership, management and staff development across the University, known as ‘Develop; MANAGE; Lead’. The culture change that has resulted from this coordinated approach to development includes people taking responsibility for their own and others’ development, shifting attitudes to the concept of management and the desire to develop skills to manage effectively. Leadership is being seen as something that we can all aspire to.

Jane is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and has an MSc in Strategic Personnel and Development. She joined HE from the welfare to work sector, where she was the Business Manager for several branches of a large national company, prior to establishing and heading up their People Development team.

Stephen Hart

Stephen HartDr Stephen Hart – Manager, Organizational Development, Brisbane Catholic Education

Stephen is a highly regarded results-oriented executive leader in the portfolio areas of talent development, leadership, organizational learning and capability building.

Stephen has a wealth of experience in large, complex, geographically and culturally diverse blue-chip organizations including Telstra, Queensland Health and the University of Queensland.

Stephen combines his practical, grounded experience and doctoral level education to enhancing stakeholder value through strong and effective strategy development and implementation.

Phil LeNir

Phil LeNirPhil LeNir – President and co-founder of CoachingOurselves

Phil is president of CoachingOurselves but thinks he is still just an electrical engineer working on the incredibly complex challenge of helping organizations develop their leaders. He co-founded CoachingOurselves with Henry Mintzberg after adapting Henry’s ideas on management education for use directly in his place of work.

Phil has a Masters in International Management and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal. He also almost completed his Bachelors in Music from Concordia University but quit during his second-to-last semester to start an internet company in 1994.

Prior to CoachingOurselves, Phil held senior management positions in software firms specializing in speech recognition. He developed a patent in speaker verification systems and was responsible for developing speech recognition systems used by, or some might say inflicted upon, millions of people each year.

Phil has authored numerous articles on leadership development and even one on a novel multithreaded computer architecture. He also wrote a book on social and informal learning for management development which, much to Phil’s surprise, has done well in Japan.

Jonathan Gosling

Jonathan GoslingProfessor Jonathan Gosling – Emeritus Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Exeter

Trained as an anthropologist, Jonathan worked for several years as a mediator in neighbourhood conflicts in London, founded the UK‘s first community mediation service and was the founding Secretary of the European Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution.

At Exeter he led the growth of leadership studies towards a consisted research and publishing profile, significant contributions to undergraduate education, and headed Executive Education for several years. In 2009/10 he collaborated with Jean-Paul Jeanrenaud at WWF International to co-found the One Planet MBA, the first MBA designed explicitly to build on the implications of a fundamental but seldom-questioned assumption: that we have just one planet – and we’ve all got to get along on it!

Jonathan held an Otto Mønsted Fellowship at Copenhagen Business School (2014), working on ’the pleasures of power’, and was 2009 Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership Development at INSEAD, France, working on experiential methods in leadership development. He has held similar posts at at McGill University, Quebec, Lund University, Sweden and IEDC Bled School of Management, Slovenia.

He retired from Exeter in July 2015, much before the official retirement age, in order to focus on more immediate and impactful contributions to society; he remains active as an Emeritus Professor at Exeter, and can be contacted at

Maria Wolff

Maria WolffMaria Wolff – Organizational and Workforce Planning Consultant, Cornell University

Maria is responsible for leading the design, development, and implementation of workforce planning, succession management and talent development strategies and services for the university administration.

Prior to her current role, Maria was the Diversity Retention Program Manager with responsibility for implementing university equity and diversity retention initiatives focusing on diverse and underrepresented staff employees.

Maria began her career at Cornell as the Program Manager for Work/Life, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of programs that strategically addressed employees’ balance between work and family life.

Maria earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Psychology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is certified in the Hogan Personality Assessment tool as well as being a certified Human Capital Strategist.

Susan Grant

Susan GrantSusan Grant – Assistant Director of Organizational & Human Development (OHD), The University of Waterloo

Sue has been a member of the University of Waterloo community since 1990 and joined the OHD team when the department was formed in 2006.

Sue has experience in program design, and leadership development that includes the University of Waterloo’s Student Leadership Program, the award winning Principles of Inclusivity Program, in addition to the immersive Leadership Essentials and Leadership Foundations programs. She is credentialed as a trainer in Coaching for High Performance®, Level II Personality Dimensions® and is a certified facilitator through Achieve Global™.

Sue strives to create development opportunities that support reflection, life-long learning and wellness.

Nancy Arnold

Nancy ArnoldNancy Arnold – Senior Advisor, Office of Quality Initiatives, Carleton University

Nancy joined Carleton University as a member of staff in 2001. Her involvement with leadership development at Carleton began in 2012 as a member of a multi-disciplinary team responsible for assessing the experience of leadership at the university and connected to this, the possibilities for innovative leadership development.  Since its inception, she has contributed to the development and delivery of Carleton Leader as lead facilitator of this unique “for Carleton, by Carleton” leadership development.

Nancy brings a depth of experience to her facilitation, having worked in a variety of roles and contexts at Carleton, from university-wide initiatives, large-scale strategic projects, to assisting departments in advancing their goals.  She maintains a strong network of colleagues in the field of leadership development within higher education and beyond. Nancy is a proud graduate of Carleton University; she feels both delighted and privileged to contribute to its future through her work with Carleton Leader.