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OSDS Staff Profiles

The following profiles are for all the staff that work within OSDS, contact details for each member of staff has been given.  For general office enquiries, please contact the General Office: +44 (0)1334 46 7198.

Brian Buchanan

Organisational Design and Change Specialist

E: bdb4@st-andrews.ac.uk

Responsibilities:

Brian is responsible for the development and delivery of organisational design and people change initiatives across the University. Brian works closely with the BTPO and HR teams supporting the delivery of projects and programmes.


Background

Brian has a background in operational HR and in recent years he has specialised in change management and organisational design. He has experience in banking, utilities and manufacturing sectors. Most recently he has worked for Jaguar Land Rover working on the creation of a finance shared service function and re-organising the IT function. 

Anne Eadie-Tice

Organisational and Staff Development Practitioner

E: afet1@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 467177

Responsibilities:

 Anne designs and delivers development opportunities for staff and departments. This includes Induction; Passport to Excellence Programmes, development of tools, coaching,mentoring and facilitating workshops.


Background

 

Anne is a global talent specialist with over 20 years of experience in Leadership, Talent, L&D and Change Management working within large organisations across a variety of sectors and countries.

 

Carina Evans

Web & Evaluation Officer

E: cme2@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 462340

Responsibilities:

Responsible for the preparation, creation, and maintenance of the University MEQs and OSDS/CEED evaluation processes, including providing reports.  Web development and management of OSDS/CEED web pages and materials ensuring any links, information and additional content remains updated and consistent, in collaboration with page ‘content owners’.


Carina covers a wide range of duties within her role, some of which are mentioned in the following summary:

  • Responsibility for the OSDS/CEED evaluation process (production of evaluations & collation of data) using specialist system (EvaSys), ensuring evaluation deadlines and targets are met;
  • Delegated responsibility for the specialist system (Evasys) used in the production of OSDS/CEED evaluations, module evaluation questionnaires (MEQ) and any additional ad-hoc evaluations;
  • Joint delegated responsibility (as part of a team with MMS colleagues) for the support and running of the University MEQ process;
  • Produce PDF reports for OSDS/CEED events (filtered, original, special requests), MEQs and any additional ad-hoc reports requested;
  • Produce regular data analysis reports (monthly and annually) to highlight current and comparative performance, highlights, lowlights, areas for improvement and accurate summary statistics on performance;
  • Delegated responsibility for maintaining and managing the unit webpages, ensuring any links, information and additional content remains updated, consistent – highlighting any problems/ issues to relevant colleagues who own the page and content;
  • Produce and develop new web pages and edit sections in-line with colleague requests;
  • Provide support, advice and guidance to colleagues with any web problems and queries, using web skills.

Background

Carina previously worked within the University, as part of the GRADskills team, this involved developing and establishing new procedures as the unit was new; managing and organising large events such as conferences, symposia, field trips; assisting the Director whenever needed; daily administration duties for the unit; managing, organising & arranging workshops, training and special events; interaction with a wide range of groups such as students, staff, Principal's Office, Scottish Government, international speakers and so on; and other unexpected events that occurred.  In latter years as (acting) Coordinator, she also managed the GRADskills programme; wrote reports for the Research Councils and represented GRADskills, as well as still covering the majority of her previous duties as Administrator.

 

As a team of only 2 people, GRADskills organised and hosted a number of innovative conferences such as Knowledge Transfer and the Research Futures series (for which a THES award was won in 2007); along with 150+ workshops for research postgraduates & Postdoctoral researchers.  The Roberts money which funded GRADskills was discontinued and led to GRADskills merging with SALTIRE & Staff development in 2011.

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Jos Finer

Director of Organisational & Staff Development

E: jaf21@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 462599

Responsibilities:

Jos is the Director of Organisational & Staff Development. Jos is responsible for coordinating organisational development initiatives across the University, including wellbeing, staff engagement, mentoring and coaching.  


Jos also has operational responsibility for staff development and manages the OSDS ‘developer’ team which coordinates and delivers professional and career development activities for support staff, research staff and academic staff.

In addition to these responsibilities Jos is founder and CEO of SUMAC Mentoring Ltd, a University subsidiary company. SUMAC is a web-based platform for managing mentoring and coaching schemes. SUMAC is currently in use with around HEIs and other organisationas across the UK. 

Background

Jos has been involved in people development for the best part of 30 years, working in various roles in the private sector, local government, the NHS, industry and higher education.  These roles have included 10 years’ experience managing the training function in a national organisation, and extensive experience in management development, organisational development, employee involvement, staff opinion research, and managing accredited qualification programmes.  Jos has British Psychological Society level A and B (intermediate) certificates in Psychometric assessment and holds post-graduate qualifications in training and development and training management.

Katherine Gill

Organisational Development Coordinator

E: kjg5@st-andrews.ac.uk

Responsibilities:

Katherine is OSDS’s Organisational Development Coordinator, working alongside the Head of Organisational & Staff Development to support OSDS’s work on staff engagement, wellbeing and induction, in addition to supporting institutional change more broadly.  Katherine’s role also coordinates the university’s wellbeing campaign, which has earned a Healthy Working Lives award, and supports the delivery of other initiatives which aim to improve organisational performance.


Background

Before joining CAPOD in 2017, Katherine spent 13 years’ in management consultancy and Learning & Development roles at companies such as Accenture and Thomson Reuters. Katherine’s most recent role was as Learning Partner for Europe, Middle East & Africa at Standard & Poor’s Ratings. Reporting to the Chief Learning Officer, this role focused on delivering global, regional, and tailored learning interventions that achieved organisational aims on a range of topics from leadership to professional and technical skills, in close collaboration with HR Business Partners and other stakeholders. Katherine holds an MA in Arabic & Medieval History from the University of St Andrews.

Avery Hawkins

Organisational Development Coordinator

E: ah329@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 467177

Responsibilities:

Avery is OSDS’s Organisational Development Coordinator. Working alongside the Head of Organisational & Staff Development, they support OSDS’s work on staff engagement, health and wellbeing, mentoring and bespoke institutional change management projects. Avery’s on-going initiatives include managing the Elizabeth Garrett Mentoring Programme and coordinating the University’s Annual Wellbeing Campaign, which has earned a Healthy Working Lives award, as well as supporting the delivery of other initiatives which aim to improve organisational performance.


Responsibilities

This includes contributing to established staff development programmes such as mentoring and the Passports to Excellence, and supporting the provision of the institutional staff survey.

 

Background

Before joining CAPOD in May 2019, Avery has worked for over six years in the human resource management profession and has held operational and business partnership roles in organisations such as Network Rail Ltd and Santander UK. Avery’s most recent role was as an HR Officer for Historic Environment Scotland, based at their headquarters in Edinburgh. As part of the wider HR Operations Team, their role focused on supporting the Professional Services and Heritage Directorates in effectively addressing people management projects, senior leader development and supporting the delivery of the organisation’s wellbeing campaign to over 300 sites based across Scotland. Avery holds a professional qualification in Human Resource Management from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and is an associate member of the CIPD since they qualified in 2015.

Dr Rikard Jalkebro

Academic Staff Developer

E: asd-osds@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 467179

Responsibilities:

Rikard supports the development and enhancement of academic practice, through the management and facilitation of the University’s Academic Staff Development Programme (ASDP), and bespoke development events for groups of staff.


Rikard designs and delivers skills workshops for the Management and Administrative Passports.

Stephanie Miller

OSDS Administrator (Finance Specialist)

E: sfm21@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 467154

Responsibilities:

Stephanie is responsible for administration relating to OSDS’s finances and is the departmental Health and Safety Officer.


Responsibilities

  • Financial administration to support the OSDS team. This includes: acting as Departmental Designated Person authorising Purchase Orders and processing invoices; assisting in production of annual budget and carrying out budget monitoring; producing reports for financial and other activity metrics; setting up external suppliers used by OSDS on the University systems; non-staff expenses; and staff travel.

  • General administrative support to the Co-Directors and other members of OSDS staff

  • Departmental health and safety officer

  • Reviewing department policies and processes

Background

After studying for a BA in English and American Literature and an MA in Dickens and Victorian Culture at the University of Kent, Stephanie joined Perth & Kinross Council as a Transformation Graduate. In this role she supported the Fairness Commission and worked within the Organisational Development team on a variety of projects. Following this, she worked in Client Services for an Investment Services company before joining CAPOD in 2018.

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Dr Diane Munday

Research Staff Developer (4 days per week)

E: dcm24@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 462241

Responsibilities:

Diane supports the continuing professional development (CPD) of research staff and early career academics, primarily through the management and facilitation of the University's Passport to Research Futures (PRF) Programme.  


Coordinator and facilitator for: 

  • Passport to Research Futures: a structured but flexible development programme for research staff and early career academics which cumulates in an in-house certificate and / or a Development Award recognised by the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM). 
  • Contract Research (CoRe) Skills: a suite of CPD opportunities specifically designed to support research staff and early career academics improve their research capabilities and widen employability (also runs through Passport to Research Futures).
  • Lunchtime Legends: a series of informal lunchtime panel discussion sessions with experienced academics and professional staff from across the University (part of CoRe Skills).
  • Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring (TRAM): a cross-institutional mentoring scheme. Formerly known as ECAM (the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), TRAM pairs experienced teaching and research academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide them with guidance and structured support.
  • Online resources: Epigeum - Professional Skills for Research Leaders Programme
  • The above activities involve collaboration with external or in-house presenters from across the University, event design, coordination, promotion and delivery.

Other areas of involvement

Background

Diane brings to OSDS, over 10 years experience in academic, scientific research, including 4 years PostDoc experience, with 2 years here at St Andrews, based in the School of Biology. She is looking to develop new ideas and strengthen links within the research staff community at St Andrews and welcomes collaborations from across the University. 

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Lynn Neville

Professional Staff Developer

E: lmn@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 462561

Responsibilities:

Lynn is responsible for the provision of development opportunities amongst the University's Professional staff.  This includes the University Induction for new staff; Passport to Excellence Programmes, workshops and much more.


Further details:

  • Designs, develops and delivers a wide range of workshops, courses and awaydays;

  • Responsible for the Passport to Excellence scheme;

  • Runs the Professional Staff Mentoring Scheme;

  • 1-1 coaching sessions;

  • Accredited Belbin practitioner;

  • Accredited by British Psychological Society in the use of Psychometric Questionnaires, including JTI (Jung Type Analysis) and 15fq+.

Marie Paterson

Research Staff Developer (1 day per week)

E: map3@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 462241

Responsibilities:

Marie supports the continuing professional development (CPD) of research staff and early career academics, primarily through the management and facilitation of the University's Passport to Research Futures (PRF) Programme.  


Coordinator and facilitator for: 

  • Passport to Research Futures: a structured but flexible development programme for research staff and early career academics which cumulates in an in-house certificate and / or a Development Award recognised by the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM). 
  • Contract Research (CoRe) Skills: a suite of CPD opportunities specifically designed to support research staff and early career academics improve their research capabilities and widen employability (also runs through Passport to Research Futures).
  • Lunchtime Legends: a series of informal lunchtime panel discussion sessions with experienced academics and professional staff from across the University (part of CoRe Skills).
  • Teaching, Research & Academic Mentoring (TRAM): a cross-institutional mentoring scheme. Formerly known as ECAM (the Early Career Academic’s Mentoring Scheme), TRAM pairs experienced teaching and research academics (mentors) with colleagues at an earlier career stage (mentees), to provide them with guidance and structured support.
  • Online resources: Epigeum - Professional Skills for Research Leaders Programme
  • The above activities involve collaboration with external or in-house presenters from across the University, event design, coordination, promotion and delivery.

Other areas of involvement

Background

Marie brings to OSDS, over 15 years’ experience in organisation development in the NHS. Her main areas of focus were training, facilitation, mediation and quality improvement. She is working as a job share partner with Diane Munday.

Sarah Pollock

OSDS Administrator

E: osdscourses@st-andrews.ac.uk
T: +44 (1334) 467198

Responsibilities:

As OSDS administrator provides support for OSDS visitors, trainers, OSDS colleagues.


Additional responsibilities:

  • Provides administration support to the OSDS team and Office Managers;

  • Works with PDMS on a daily basis, to administer and manage workshops / events;

  • Provides support at OSDS events such as University Inductions (PGR, PGT and Staff), special workshops, training events, conferences and additional ad-hoc events.

  • Manages the PDMS system and is the OSDS point of contact, as well as training colleagues in using PDMS and answering general queries when they arise.

  • Day-to-day office administration duties such as answering telephone & 'in person' queries, paper-work and so on.

Bhavya Rao

Careers Advisor (Physical Sciences) & Researcher Developer

E: br34@st-andrews.ac.uk

Responsibilities:

Bhavya shares her time between OSDS and the Careers Centre, where she is a Careers Adviser (Physical Sciences). Bhavya works closely alongside OSDS colleagues, responsible for the provision of development workshops (career skilled) for PG students and researchers.


Bhavya's role sees her working with academics and support staff responsible for postgraduates within individual schools, in order to provide subject-specific support.

Bhavya's responsibilities include:

  • one-to-one careers advice sessions with students and researchers;

  • development of University careers resources, focussing on physical sciences;

  • liaising with employers and careers professionals on effective careers provision;

  • delivery of workshops on different aspects of careers skills (interviews, CVs etc).

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