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HR Director - Keele University
Rachel is an experienced HR professional with a career spanning more than 25 years. She was appointed as HR Director at Keele in 2018 having worked in the...
University since 2001. Prior to this she developed her HR career in the private sector, most notably at JCB and Fujitsu/ICL.
Rachel leads the University's Human Resources team which supports the 2000+ staff across the institution with timely, expert advice on all employment matters. She is responsible for delivery of the University's People Strategy which has a strong focus on staff health and wellbeing and is underpinned by a commitment to promoting equality, valuing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion.
She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (FCIPD)
Restoke & Man Up
Paul is co-artistic director at Restoke - a Community Interest Company based in Stoke-on-Trent who puts the people of Stoke-on-Trent at the heart...
of artistic adventures.
Producing performances in surprising locations - from pottery factories to disused chapels, from swimming pools to a working mens club.
Paul takes the lead on their Up Men program - which promotes positive mental health through creativity and connection.
Director - Workbest & Women in Sustainability
Claire embraces and advocates for flexible working. She has worked from home since before home working was trendy! Having...
achieved great work in remote or home-based roles, and worked flexibly on different projects, Claire has a wealth of experience on what makes flexible working work in all its many forms, both for business and individuals. Believing that more work can be done flexibly for the benefit of business and staff, Claire set up Work Best to share her experience through talks, workshops, training and writing to help more companies benefit from agile ways of working.
Claire has worked in different sectors across a range of roles. She is currently self-employed, undertakes associate work for The MemberWise Network and leads the Women in Sustainability Network for Stoke and Staffordshire. She has also worked for the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and The Prince’s Trust.
Keele Entrepreneur in Residence
David has successfully run his own Business Consulting and Coaching Company since 2003, and he is highly regarded locally and regionally as an...
excellent business partner for anyone seeking to benefit from a powerful combination of objective insight and sound practical experience.
He is a business graduate who started out in the world of mechanical and production engineering, but who today possesses wide ranging business know-how and experience which spans a number of sectors. This includes practical experience of actually managing, growing, and directing a truly diverse range of small businesses, as well as having worked within the larger and more corporate world.
He is a first class problem solver who possesses a rare ability to assimilate wide ranging information and either add strategic value to it, or simply apply it to solve practical day to day difficulties.
As a consultant and coach David has successfully assisted a large number of SME’s over the last 17 years to both grow and to innovate. This included for example being designated as an ‘Enhanced Coach’ under the government’s last national flagship scheme for business support - ‘The Business Growth Service’ incorporating both Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service.
His work as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Keele has built on that experience, especially in the innovation space, and whatever the project or task David applies his trademark energy, enthusiasm, focus, and commitment to making a real difference.
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