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Freelance Learning and development professional Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK

Training and development professional, FCIPD and MBA with expertise in HR strategy, leadership development, equality and diversity, e-learning, and personality profiling (MBTI and TMP) in leadership & team building.

Rating:5 out of 5 (2 reviews)
Hourly Rate / Cost:£95.29 per hour (ex. VAT)
Daily Rate / Cost:£762.35 per day (ex. VAT)
Available From:Now
Candidate ID:240272
: Offers a discounted hourly rate to registered charities

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11 May 2011: Apologies for the delay.

27 November 2006: Rebecca Nestor combines an innovative and creative approach to her work with the ability to deliver realistic and implementable solutions for clients on time and within budget. She holds the interests of the client as paramount and is straightforward, trustworthy and committed to the highest standards. She can deal at all levels of an organisation and is able to handle challenging people, as well as challenging situations, with aplomb, discretion and courage. She takes well-judged risks on behalf of her clients and is always willing to go the extra mile in order to achieve the best possibel outcome. She is also great fun to work with.

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CV (Curriculum Vitae) / Résumé

Recent consultancy and freelance work (2010):
Diversity training for academics at a leading London university
Consultancy on establishing a personal development review scheme for cancer researchers
Support for embedding vision and values for an international environmental consultancy
Project on designing a toolkit for supporters at an international anti-poverty charity

Leadership within the role at most recent employer (a leading UK university):
2008 to date: chair of university-wide committee implementing learning and development aspects of new HR system
2007-8: introduced new financial and staffing structures within my department
2003: established an innovative network of Learning Associates, university staff funded to work with the central unit on the delivery of various forms of learning
2001-8: member of the University’s HR Strategy Steering Group; led on the staff development aspects of the HR Strategy·
1993 to date: managed teams of staff working on equality and diversity and later on staff development
2000: instrumental in establishing my department with national Teaching Quality Enhancement funding
1998: instrumental in establishing the University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching in response to the Dearing report on higher education

2009-10: commissioned and edited online course for new managers
2009: commissioned and edited online induction course for new staff
2007-9: designed and established new e-learning courses on recruitment and selection of staff and admission of undergraduate students

Leadership development:
2005-6: secured support for a new and innovative university-wide strategy on management and leadership development using a values-based approach to inform programme design
2002 to date: responsible for leadership development for the University’s senior team, including arranging coaching, external courses and peer mentoring
2002: established from scratch a well-regarded development programme for heads of academic departments, including professional development planning, action learning, workshops, coaching and personal style analysis using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Equality and diversity:
2005-7: established and ran academic leadership scheme aimed primarily at women and ethnic minorities
2002: established Springboard, the women’s development programme, at the University
2001: instrumental in establishing and supporting the University’s career development fellowship scheme, which provides a bridge between research and academic careers and is aimed primarily at women and ethnic minorities

National and international profile:
2010: workshop at national HR practitioners' conference on succession management in higher education
2009 to date: part-time secondment to national body on leadership for universitities
2006: presented paper at the Australian Technology Network Women’s Executive Development Conference Change in Climate? Prospects for gender equity in universities on building leadership potential among academic women
2005-9: established and led collaborative project to run leadership programme for heads of department in research-intensive universities
2006: co-authored published account of gender equality at the university.
2005 to date: member of national group researching and producing web materials on succession management in higher education
2004: paid contribution to a guide to good practice on appraisal for senior managers in higher education
2003: paid adviser to British Universities Finance Directors’ Group on establishing new arrangements for membership training
2003-5: member of planning group for international conference on gender equality in higher education, which took place in August 2005
2003: dissemination of successful approach to working with heads of department (paper to Higher Education Staff Development Agency conference)
1995: author of chapter on managing diversity in edited book on human resource management in further and higher education

Employment History

(May 2010 & ongoing)

Associate Lecturer

Milton Keynes

Teaching on Working and learning: developing effective performance at work.

(Jan 2009 & ongoing)

Regional Co-ordinator


Acting as contact point between the Leadership Foundation and colleagues in institutions in the south-east and east of England

(Mar 2007 to Jul 2010)

Associate Director, Oxford Learning Institute


Co-leading the Oxford Learning Institute, with focus on leadership development and internal day-to-day management of personnel matters. (Permanent role.)

(Apr 2000 to Mar 2007)

Head of Professional Development


Develop and co-ordinate strategy on staff development across the University; lead a team of five professional staff; deliver leadership and management development for academics and support staff. (Permanent role.)

(Aug 1995 to Apr 2000)

Head of Staff Development and Equal Opportunities

University of Oxford, Oxford

Lead two small teams of professional staff responsible for staff and educational development and equal opportunities respectively. (Permanent role.)

(Sep 1992 to Jul 1995)

Equal Opportunities Officer

University of Oxford, Oxford

Policy development and training to promote equality of opportunity within the collegiate University. (Permanent role.)

(Aug 1990 to May 1992)

Women's Officer

Welwyn Hatfield District Council, Welwyn Garden City, Herts

Work to improve the Council’s delivery of services to women and to promote equality of opportunity for women within the district, including for staff of the Council

(May 1988 to Aug 1990)

Equal Opportunities Officer

Borough of Pendle, Nelson, Lancs

Policy development and training to promote equality of opportunity within the Council as an employer and a provider of services

(Sep 1985 to May 1988)

Management trainee

Greater London Council/Inner London Education Authority, London

Graduate trainee based in Architect's Department, then training officer in contract compliance unit, providing administrative support and information to underpin colleagues’ work with the Authority’s approved suppliers to improve their record as equal opportunities employers

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Member of the Chartered Management Institute
Accredited to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Team Management Profile


(Feb 2000 to Dec 2003)

Open University

(Subjects covered: Strategy; Financial Strategy; Strategic Human Resource Management; Creativity, Innovation and Change)

(Oct 1982 to Jun 1985)

University of Cambridge

MA (English Literature), second class
Certificate of Competent Knowledge (French)

Freelance activities

Owner of Learning for Good - learning and development services for the third sector, education and health

Assignment History

(This Candidate has recently been shortlisted or contracted for the following people4 assignments)

  • Speakers at a 10day training Course.: Speakers at a 10day training course on Leadership and Motivation in London. Please apply for more details.
  • HR Trainer: HR trainers required to deliver intensive training to a delegation of HR managers from Kazakhstan. Detailed provisional training structure is available, although trainers may wish to amend this structure. Delivery to be 19-22 October. Please apply immediately for more information!
  • Trainer: We have a regional network, and in November we are hosting an event for the North West region. We are looking for a trainer to run an interactive session for between 10 - 30 administrators & Personal Assistants on Sat 4th December from 10:30 - 11:30 in a hotel in Cambridge. We are looking for an affordable option, who will deliver a great hour of training. I would like to know what your cost would be for delivering this session if you are interested.
  • Networking trainer: Full-time training centre in West London looking for a networking trainer to setup and deliver networking training at our training centre. This is networking as in making contacts rather than IT networking. More details to applicants.
  • Dealing with Change Training Course - Instructor : Dealing with Change Training Course - Instructor Required Short Term Middle East Contracts Scope of Work: 4 Days Courses 1. We require a fully qualified instructor to teach this course at our Blue-Chip client’s site in the Middle East (Gulf State). 2. Must be a fully qualified professional and hold relevant qualifications with certificates. 3. Must possess excellent training experience, 3 years plus and excellent CV.

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