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Diversity and Inclusion Workshop Bios


Roger Kline

Research Fellow, Middlesex University Business School

Roger Kline is Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School. He was the author of Discrimination by Appointment (2013) and The Snowy White Peaks of the NHS (2014) and became joint Director of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard from 2015-2017.Roger is co-author with Michael Preston Shoot of Professional Accountability in Social Care and Health: Challenging Unacceptable Practice and Its Management (2012) and author of The Duty of Care (2013) both of which address professional accountability in public services. He has written extensively on discrimination, bullying and whistleblowing for The Guardian, The Independent, Nursing Times, Nursing Standard and Health Service Journal. Roger has helped develop innovative approaches to help reduce disproportionate disciplinary action against Black and Minority Ethnic staff in the NHS and disproportionate Fitness to Practice referrals of nurses and midwives. Roger is currently undertaking research for the General Medical Council on the disproportionate referrals of some groups of doctors to the regulator. He has just completed a scoping project for Skills for Care on race equality and management in adult social care. Roger was the co-author of the first ever estimate (2018) of the financial cost of bullying to the NHS. Roger is currently inclusion adviser to the NHS National Talent Management programme. Roger was previously a member of the Social Work Reform Board and the Board of the Higher Education Equality Challenge Unit and a senior official in eight different trade unions.

Kate Lee

CEO, CLIC Sargent

Kate Lee became CLIC Sargent’s Chief Executive in November 2015. Prior to this, Kate spent five years as Chief Executive of the Myton Hospice Group in Coventry and Warwickshire. Since graduating in Public Sector Administration in Sheffield, Kate has always worked for UK charities, and has a passion for organisations that embrace volunteering. Formerly Director of Strategy for British Red Cross, Kate was a board-level Director at Red Cross for nine years, covering both Strategy and UK Operations positions. She is a Clore Social Leadership Fellow and is passionate about the role and development of the social sector.

Mel Barrett

Chief Executive, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

Mel is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a BSc(Hons) in Land Management and an MBA from City University. He is experienced in the management of large scale customer facing services, the management of organisational change and transformation, and in the delivery of large scale regeneration and development projects. 94% of Basingstoke and Deane residents are either satisfied or very satisfied with living in the borough. Prior to joining Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Mel has held Executive Director posts at both the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Oxford City Council, as well as being a previous Director of the London Development Agency.

Sarah Hobbs

Managing Director, Talent & Potential

Sarah Hobbs is the Managing Director of Talent & Potential, a consultancy business working for a wide range of clients on their graduate talent programmes. She has a passion for creating inclusive talent management strategies that cater to the many rather than just the chosen few.  Before joining T&P, Sarah worked for several large corporate organisations heading up talent and learning and development. In 2017, she came out publicly as a transgender woman and began her transition process.

Oli Lewington

Director of Marketing & Communications, Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Oli is a storyteller with a background in film and theatre, currently leading marketing, communications and digital for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. In 2007 he began to breathe with new lungs after having his old, faulty ones swapped out for a new pair donated to him by someone he will never meet nor be able to thank. After spending his early career in theatre, Oli changed tack to filmmaking following his transplant, producing films and online videos for brands and broadcasters. As social media and digital platforms grew in popularity, he evolved into a storyteller dedicated to helping people reach their target audiences with content that would engage and enchant them. He spent two years successfully reshaping the storytelling style of World Vision UK’s social media, before joining the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in the summer of 2014, where he's introduced the same story-based execution and seen significant growth in both financial and non-financial results.

The Team

Lesley King-Lewis

Chief Executive, Windsor Leadership

Lesley became CEO of Windsor Leadership in 2013. She has over 30 years’ experience in both the private and voluntary sectors, having been an international banker, working in London, Johannesburg and New York, as well as a leader in the voluntary sector. Lesley has been a Trustee of numerous charities, including the Mayor's Fund for London and the Barbican. Currently she is Trustee of The Lloyds Bank Foundation and The European Union Youth Orchestra, as well as a Non-Exec Board member of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS). Lesley is passionate about effecting social change, making a real difference and creating a better society for future generations.

Ashley Arnold - Chair

Head of Business Development & Academy Lead, Windsor Leadership

Ashley joined Windsor Leadership in 2015, following a career in hospitality, business and higher education. He holds a BSc (Hons) in Hospitality Management, an Executive MBA and an MSc in Business and Management Research from Henley Business School. In 2017 he established the Leadership Academy at Windsor Leadership, to focus on continued development of leaders across multiple sectors, post-programme. Ashley is an avid advocate of personal development and continually encourages his team and others to commit time to finding their own pathway. At Windsor Leadership, Ashley leads the Business Development and Marketing teams as well as being the Academy Lead for the Leadership Academy.

Vijaya Nath

Vijaya Nath

Independent Leadership Development & Executive Coach and Founder, Contemplative Spaces

Vijaya is founder of Contemplative Spaces and Programme Director with Advance HE, she became a Trustee of Windsor Leadership in 2017. Formerly Director of Leadership Development at the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (now Advance HE) and think tank The King’s Fund, she brings over 26 years’ experience of developing senior leaders in the private and not-for-profit sector. Vijaya has significant expertise in designing innovative leadership programmes and senior organisational development consultancy and is an accredited executive coach with considerable experience of supporting individuals and executive teams in the UK & internationally. She is visiting professor at Milan's SDA Bocconi School of Management and is a Windsor Leadership facilitator and chair. Vijaya has designed and led a number of international study tours and experiential leadership development interventions and has influenced thought leadership in Medical Engagement, Quality Improvement in Health, Equality and Diversity, and the importance of advancing Women in Leadership across sectors.

Liz Ward

Alumni Relationship and Marketing Manager

Liz joined Windsor Leadership in 2013 and has over 20 years’ experience in audience engagement and volunteer management. Initially Liz secured all chairs, facilitators and speakers for programmes before establishing the Alumni Relations department in 2015, launching an Alumni Portal. She now works closely with all teams at Windsor providing re-engagement opportunities, recording and sharing programme impact and seeking ways in which to both add value for Windsor Leadership alumni whilst also strengthening the support base for the charity. Prior to joining Windsor, Liz had worked mainly in the not-for-profit sector in events management, including marketing and visitor experience, most notably for the National Trust at Cliveden. She is a Trustee of Ascot Life Church and runs wellbeing courses with the charity Hope in Depression. Liz is passionate about enabling transformation in the lives of individuals and capturing the impact this has on their organisations and wider society.

Melissa Newlyn

Communications & Marketing Manager

Melissa joined Windsor Leadership in November 2018 as Communications and Marketing Manager. She has over 20 years experience working in the UK and Asia. She developed her marketing and account management experiences working in multi-nationals in cross-sector industries that include Ogilvy and Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi,, Courtaulds Textiles and Hop Lun Brands. Moving back to the UK in 2014, Melissa joined UKFT, London, as Business Development Manager overseeing membership and advising brands on developing their export strategies as well as working with DIT on a trade mission to Hong Kong with 27 fashion brands.

Upcoming programme: 16-20 September 2019 (Emerging Strategic Leaders)

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