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 programme 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 has supervised doctoral candidates in international business schools (Ashridge/Hult, Middlesex University) 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.
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 Action Learning Facilitator Accreditation Programme as a means of consolidating his interest and activities in this area. David has completed 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.
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.
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.
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. She is completing a professional doctorate with Middlesex University researching cultural aspects of international communication in business. 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.
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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