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Prof Beverly


Beverly, a Chartered organisational Psychologist, has an international reputation in the field of leadership studies - an area of interest for over 30 years. She has a passionate interest in translating rigorous applied academic research into a form that is practical and accessible to organisations. She supports Boards and Executive Teams of organisations to embed the ethical application of leadership, increase valuing diversity, and strengthening their capacity for engagement, collaboration, innovation and effectiveness.

While Chair of Leadership Studies at the University of Leeds, as a result of ground-breaking research into the nature of engaging leadership, involving over 6,000 managers and professionals in the NHS, wider public sector, and FTSE100 companies, she established a Leeds University spin-out company, Real World Group. The company undertakes research into leadership, culture, governance, diversity and inclusion, creates robust diagnostic instruments that are utilised worldwide, and undertakes major cultural transformation projects across the public and private sectors.

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Beverly consults widely on leadership and culture change at Board level nationally and internationally and has been involved in extensive research regarding Board development and Clinical Commissioning Group Board leadership. She has undertaken a wide range of advisory roles regarding leadership development over the past decade and is a patron of Women in Management.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• BEd (Hons) ...

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Thank you so much for this morning's session - I found it truly inspirational and engaging (for want of a better word!).

- Senior Associate, DLA Piper

Over the last 30 months Beverly has regularly delivered a half-day session on 'Engaging Leadership' to senior police leaders on the Senior Leadership Programme Business Skills Module that I run. Beverly's session has consistently received high praise from delegates who cite, amongst other things; its relevance to today's leadership challenges, its practicality and simplicity as well as the manner in which the session is delivered.

Beverly has a wonderful way about her of making academic theory and research come to life so that the practical implications can be easily grasped. There is no pun intended when I say that she is a highly engaging speaker and provides a live demonstration of the Engaging Leadership model. To be more specific, Beverly presents the research and the model

- Jon Speed, Director - Senior Leadership Programme, National Police College

At the SPDS conference Beverley was a fast-paced high energy speaker. Challenging, relevant and witty. She went down a treat.

- Sharon Beattie - President, Society of Personnel and Development Scotland

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