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About Action Learning International

Directors of Action Learning International

Dr Richard Hale

Dr Richard Hale

BA (Hons), MA, DMgt, FCIPD, FIMCA

Richard Hale is Managing Director of Action Learning International and a specialist in action learning based approaches to organisation development and transformation. He works in the UK and Australia. His early career was originally in the Not-for-Profit Sector (Rehabilitation of Ex-Offenders) and then he pursued a business career in industry with General Electric Company (GEC Computers & Marconi Avionics) in the UK where he held responsibilities for management development.  After this he joined BSkyB where he established the Training and Development function at the point satellite television was being introduced into the UK. He has worked in interim and consultancy roles with international corporations ranging across government, FMCG, financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, engineering, construction and professional service sectors. In recent years he has worked closely with public service and government ministries in Africa to support government reform. He developed of the Action Learning Question (ALQ) approach and has over the past 15 years applied this internationally, linking it to postgraduate accreditation. He developed the first client based Action Learning Question Masters programme with for financial services organisation Clerical Medical and then established, co-ordinated and delivered similar programmes with Lloyds TSB Asset Finance Division and Westbury Homes. Richard is widely published in the the field of leadership development and action learning. He also supervises doctoral candidates in international business schools (Ashriidge, Middlesex University, IMC) and has assessed doctorates typically in the context of action learning, action research and organisation development and change. Richard provides outplacement support for executives managing thier career transition. 


Senior Consultants

David Rosenbaum

David Rosenbaum

MBA(UNE), Grad Cert Mgmt (UNE), Dip Bus Stud (Monash), GAICD, Cert IV (Training & Assessment), FCPA, MRMIA, MIMC, PhD Scholar (ACU)

David leads relationship management and programme delivery for Action Learning International in Australia. He is the principal of Optimum NFP, an independent management consultancy focused on the Not for Profit Sector. He has over 36 years of senior and executive management experience across many industries and sectors. David is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant Australia, Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of the Institute of Management Consultants and a Member of the Action Learning Action Research Association of Australia. In his consulting activities, David has developed Action Learning programmes as part of change management strategies within the not-for-profit sector where he has successfully achieved both organisational and personnel development outcomes. David has successfully completed the Value Improvement Projects Action Learning Question Facilitator Accreditation Programme as a means of consolidating his interest and activities in this area. David is currently completing his PhD in Change Management in the NFP Sector and has presented internationally in this capacity. He holds undergraduate qualifications in accounting and finance as well as postgraduate qualifications in management.

Dr Barry Smith

Dr Barry Smith

MA (Cantab), DMgt.

Barry is based in Melbourne. His experience includes directing the HR function of an Australian trans-national organization with some 20,000 employees on three continents and he has consulted to major organizations in Australia, New Zealand, South-East Asia, United States and the UK, specialising in top team turnaround and action learning based business improvement and manager development. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and has completed an IMC Doctor of Management program with Professor Charles Handy as one of his assessors, who said of it - 'This is the most thorough and complete review of a working life I have read'.  He is the author of the Kimberley Trilogy of Australian historical adventure novels.

Dr Nadine Riad Tchelebi

Dr Nadine Riad Tchelebi

BA (Hons) International Business, PG Cert HE, PhD, Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching

Nadine Tchelebi has been teaching and practising in the field of Organisational Development for more than seven years with particular focus on action learning for leadership and team dynamics, and she holds a PhD in this area. Nadine’s earlier career was in the car manufacturing industry, where she managed international public relations projects and offered executive support, as well as holding responsibility over mentoring junior staff. Her academic training has provided her not only with sound and rigorous theoretical underpinnings for her business practice, but also with advanced analytic skills so as to systematically diagnose organisational dynamics within the business context in which they occur. In her academic role at the Bristol Business School, Nadine has been supervising and mentoring junior staff, PG students and doctoral candidates and is also the UK Editor of the international journal ‘Organisational and Social Dynamics’. She is a Visiting Lecturer at Tavistock Consulting in London, where she prepares future management consultants for taking up their role. Nadine has been leading national action research projects in the UK, as well as international ones in Switzerland and North Africa, thanks to her being multilingual. Her experience in management consulting and creative executive coaching spans a wide spectrum from large public sector organisations such as the NHS and Environment Agency, to private SMEs and international virtual networks. Nadine has profound experience and training in the running of experiential learning methods such as practised by the Tavistock Institute, The Bayswater Institute and the NTL Institute (T-groups).

Nadine povides faculty support for Action Learning International's postgraduate and doctoral level programmes and contributes to the research agenda in particular helping to contextualise the professional practice of Action Learning Questions within its theoretical framework.

Dr Tracy Kite

Dr Tracy Kite

DPhil, MA, RMN, MAC, AssocCIPD, FInstLM

Tracy is an experienced leadership and management development specialist, delivering organisational change through the personal development of leaders and managers. She works as executive and leadership coach; action learning facilitator; team coach; mediator; professional trainer. Tracy has held a lead faculty role in the delivery of a Masters in Management programme with 70 professional graduates with a major care homes provider. She supervises doctoral candidates on action leanring based programmes nationally and internationally. Tracy has over 20 years experience of managing large, diverse and geographically dispersed teams and is qualified to use psychological interventions in executive coaching.  Her DPhil thesis focused on research in coaching and its application to organisational development through leadership coaching. In her early career she was a Registered Mental Nurse (RMN), with experience of acute mental health environments, crisis intervention, drug and alcohol detox, mother and baby care, continuing care and dementia care settings. Tracy is an experienced assessor of Action Learning Questions.

Dr Elyssebeth Leigh

Dr Elyssebeth Leigh

EdD, MEd GDE, BA DipEd

Elyssebeth has more than 30 years experience as a professional educator. She is an experienced learning facilitator and has published four books and numerous articles and conference papers on various aspects of adult learning and teaching practices. She has worked in many countries and is experienced in enabling learning in multicultural contexts. She has also worked in both the public and private sectors in Australia during her career. Action-oriented and experiential learning, including simulations and games, are her chosen means of facilitating organisational change and personal development. She is a Board member of Simulation Australia and the RosettaStone Project, a means of using metadata methods to collate and make accessible a rich resource of terms and concepts used across all aspects of simulation and games. Publications include: Nygaard C, Courtney N, Leigh E (2012) Simulations, Games and Role Play In University Education; and Wills S, Leigh E, Ip A (2010) The Power of Role-based e-Learning, New York, Routledge. As an academic supervisor and research examiner she is familiar with the complexities of planning, creating and completing research work at Masters and Doctoral level. She was a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Wollongong in NSW Australia working on a project for integrating indigenous ways of knowing and learning into the practice of engineering education. She provides senior faculty support for the masters and doctoral level programmes offered by Action Learning International.

Dr Jouko Huju

Dr Jouko Huju

BBA (International Business) MBA, DBA

Jouko Huju is Action Learning International's senior consultant based in Finland where he is Chief Executive Officer of the Finnish Marine Industries Federation. His previous career includes positions in the Finnish exporting, communication and export promotional industries serving both the private and governmental sectors. His fields of specialty include international business, strategic planning, communication, export marketing and interest representation (lobbying), organisational management and leadership. He is currently a board member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (London) and the International Marine Certification Institute (Brussels) and is also heading the marine industry research program in Finland. Jouko has supported action learning doctoral candidates in Finland from government, technology and creative sectors.

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

BSc, MMgt, FIMCA, MCIPD, ALFA, CertIBET and Advanced Certificate in Executive Coaching

Alex is a management development, action learning and language learning expert. She runs a management development consultancy and a language training centre - Abbey Communication -  which specialises helping foreign executives extend their competence in English in an international context. Her previous career has included senior management roles in the pharmaceutical industry and health service, as well as a senior HR role in a direct marketing company.  Her fields of expertise include cross cultural management, language acquisition, human resource management and leadership development. She is an accredited Action Learning Facilitator (ALFA), is a full member of the British Institute of Learning and Development and Association for Coaching.  She is also a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Learning and Development. Alex has recently developed the Certificate in International Communication for Abbey Communication and she supports Action Learning International in its accreditation of Action Leanring Questions through professional and management bodies. 

Dr Jennifer Bowerman

Dr Jennifer Bowerman

BSc(Soc), CACE, MA, D.Mgt

Dr. Jennifer Bowerman was born in England where she obtained her obtained her BSc in Sociology, later a Masters degree from the University of Saskatchewan, and, after many years working in government organizations specializing in human rights, employment standards and safety services, she obtained a Doctorate in Management from Southern Cross University and IMCA.  Her doctoral research focused on Action Learning, learning resilience and organizational problem solving. For the past 12 years, in both Switzerland and Canada, she has taught undergraduate and postgraduate classes in subjects such as organizational culture, leadership and learning, organizational behaviour, and international business. Always a strong questioner of the organizational status quo, Jennifer is currently assisting former doctoral colleague Dr. Hale, in his major action learning change projects in the UK including assessment roles in a majr goverment organisational devlopment capability building programme. Jennifer has a strong multicultural focus influenced by recent business and educational trips to Brazil, the Czech Republic and Europe. She is a published author, editor, motivational speaker, lecturer and facilitator emphasising the power of action learning as a business pedagogy that incorporates change for ever increasing competence and know-how.  Presentations include “Developing Future Employees for New and Emerging Constructs of Business: Are Current Educational Models of Teaching Business up to the Task?” in Oxford England in June of 2016, and “Action Learning Questions: Making Sense of Organizational Chaos” in Prague in November of 2016 with Dr. Hale.  Jennifer is the Editor of Leadership in Health Services, as well as on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Business and Retail Management Research.


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Jo Denby

Jo Denby

BAdmin, MPhil., PGDip

Jo Denby (retired) was founding editor of Questioner, the Action Learning International sponsored journal. She is an experienced practitioner of Action Learning and worked with Professor Reg Revans himself to design and develop programmes for professional associations which would lead to MBA and Doctoral Programmes. She has worked both in the UK and world-wide with organisations such as Fina, Swan Hunter and St Helier Hospital Trust. She edited and published the UK’s first professional journal for Executive Secretaries and continued to do so into the mid 2000s.

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