How we work
At MY Consultants we believe that effective organisational development requires a deep understanding of the context that our clients work in. That’s why MY Consultants’ coaches and facilitators have a keen awareness of the higher education, further education, and research contexts. Our development and facilitation interventions are tailored to the client group and the organisations that they operate in. At the end of an intervention the client is in a position to develop a clear action plan leading to long-term organisational improvement.
We have delivered over 2000 days of development and facilitation within the higher education and research sectors with over 30 organisations – read about what our clients say about our work.
COVID – 19 Update: MY Consultants is continuing to offer high-quality development through a mix of synchronous webinars and asynchronous learning resources. Feedback on the development activities has been very positive. You can read more about what we are doing in the online space here. As an organisation committed to higher education we have also developed a new fee structure to support clients offer development at this challenging time – get in touch to find out more.
Dr Robin Henderson
Dr Robin Henderson is a higher education consultant with a strong track record in delivering leadership and management development, and in supporting change-management initiatives within research-intensive universities. He works with a wide spectrum of staff within HEIs, including academic staff (from PhD students to senior professors) and professional service staff. He has worked with over 20 research-intensive universities within the UK and Europe. Within this work he brings a detailed understanding of the HE sector combined with direct experience of both academic and professional service roles. Recent projects have included the delivery of senior leadership programmes within research-intensive universities, the delivery of programmes for new academic staff and provision of support for change initiatives within both academic and professional service units. He has also recently taken on a role supporting the Association of Heads of University Administration with leadership and management development. Prior to working as a consultant, he was an academic researcher with an international profile in the field of materials engineering. He is an MBTI and Firo Element B practitioner, an NLP Master Practitioner and a professional member of the Association for Project Management and Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Dr Tracey Stead
Dr Tracey Stead is a facilitator and coach, with over fifteen years’ experience in higher education and the public sector. Tracey has a clear and direct communication style and is driven by curiosity and a passion for developing people. Since gaining her PhD, Tracey has worked in both the UK and the Scottish governments, evaluating policy and practice, and as a manager and trainer in higher education: designing and delivering a wide variety of skills, leadership and career development programmes for researchers, academics and professional service staff. She has delivered over 500 days of development within the higher education sector. Her clients include the universities of Bath, Bristol, Oxford, Strathclyde, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff, as well as organisations such as the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Vitae, WISE and the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement. She also contributes to a British Council-led initiative to enhance the research capacity of universities with delivery internationally including Brazil and Thailand.
Dr Chris Russell
Chris is a training and development consultant working across higher education in the UK and internationally. His main interests are leadership, collaboration and communication and he works extensively with the research community, including PhDs, post-docs and academic staff. His work is typically a mix of workshops, focused on leadership, communication and research process, and facilitating events focused on collaboration between academia, industry, governments and the third sector. He has worked for over 20 HEIs across the UK, and his international work has taken him to institutions in Japan, China, Russia, Spain and Chile. Prior to his consultancy work, Chris was a post-doctoral research fellow dividing his time between a small, charitable funded research institute and a university research group. His research, in medical laser diagnostics saw him collaborating between various university departments, industry and the NHS.
Doug is a highly experienced facilitator and improvement consultant who works with education and public sector organisations across Scotland, the UK and internationally. His focus is on supporting middle managers to move from managing to leading. Doug has recently been working with colleges and universities to develop their partnership working, strengthening links and making sure that they can meet the needs of employers and students. He has also designed and delivered leadership and management courses for local authorities throughout Scotland and England. Doug is influential at a strategic level, on national Educational policy across the UK and most recently in the Middle East where he was responsible at a national level for creating and implementing a strategic plan for further and higher education. Doug has worked on a number of programmes with MY Consultants including supporting the Programme Leaders Development Programme at the University of Glasgow, supporting the delivery of project management qualifications at the University of Newcastle and supporting undergraduate student employability initiatives.
After a decade of working in higher education, with a background in organisational development and design, Kim now operates as an independent specialist leadership consultant, facilitator and coach. Still operating as a trusted partner in the university sector, she also supports other sectors including, FE, health, finance, media and charity. Kim spends her days designing and delivering engaging and effective development experiences with and for leaders and teams. Taking a human-first approach, she uses creative ways to help leaders understand and fine-tune what they do, make different choices, and develop their own solutions. Her clients within the Higher Education sector include Bath Spa, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Warwick, Durham, King’s College London, York, Southampton and Oxford Universities alongside the Association of Heads of University Administration (AHUA) and the Committee of University Chairs (CUC).
Lara Isbel has over a decade of experience in higher education, predominantly based at the University of Edinburgh where she worked in the Institute for Academic Development with a remit which included supporting equality and diversity, public engagement, and developing the next generation of researchers by managing the Chancellor’s Fellows development programme. Since leaving the University of Edinburgh she has completed a Saltire Fellowship before becoming a freelance facilitator and coach working predominately in HE. She has worked with MY Consultants on several projects including facilitation of workshops, coaching of academic staff and delivery of training linked to the visNET project to support early-career women academics in STEM subjects.
Dr Jen Allanson
Dr Jen Allanson is an established academic with an international research profile. In the late 90s she pioneered a field of user-interface research called Physiological Computing whilst studying for her PhD. She later worked as a lecturer at Lancaster University and then as a senior lecturer in Computing and Mathematical Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University. Jen first became interested in the training and development of PhD candidates and new academic staff in 2000. She now runs a successful business providing bespoke training, professional facilitation, mentoring and executive coaching to clients across the UK and works with MY Consultants particularly in the area of PhD supervision and research skills. She also continues her research work and holds an honorary lectureship in the School of Natural Sciences and Psychology at Liverpool John Moores University.
MY Consultants works with a wide range of Higher Education and researcg organisations across the UK and further afield. Organisations within the sector with which we have worked include:
- University of Edinburgh
- University of Glasgow
- Heriot-Watt University
- University of Strathclyde
- Newcastle University
- University of Bristol
- Durham University
- University of Stirling
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- University of Aberdeen
- Robert Gordon University
- University of Dundee
- University of St Andrews
- Imperial College London
- University of Warwick
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- Queen’s University Belfast
- University of Sheffield
- University of Birmingham
- Northumbria University
- Keele University
- University of Essex
- University of Bath
- Dublin City University
- James Hutton Institute
- UK Trial Managers Network
- Universities for the North East
- Glasgow International College
- University of Luxembourg
- Masaryk University
- University of Glasgow, Singapore
- Cancer Research UK
We also work outside the HE sector supporting organisations who have technically experts develop leadership and management skills. Organisations we work with have included:
- Fifth Business
- Aberdeen City Council
- Grampian Police
- Grampian Chamber of Commerce
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