Leadership skills



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Tom Davie: Lead advisor (1)

Tom Davie has 35 years of experience in the careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) profession.

As Head of Sunderland Futures and the Careers and Employability Service, he was responsible for developing and implementing a unique offer providing students and graduates with support in, 'Getting skills', 'Getting experience' and 'Getting noticed'.

Tom was also Deputy Head at Durham University Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre. He provided careers advice and guidance to students, early career researchers and staff. He also line-managed careers advisers and other careers professionals.

At Sunderland and Durham, he collaborated with senior academic staff on enhancing skills and attributes within the curriculum.

Tom currently retains his commitment to CEIAG by working part time, advising and guiding students and graduates at the University of Newcastle and supporting colleagues with his delivery of training on AGCAS/University of Warwick Career Education, Information and Guidance in Higher Education courses.


Dr. Jon Howden-Evans: Lead advisor (2)

Dr. Jon Howden-Evans is the Head of Swansea Employability Academy at Swansea University. Jon oversees delivery of employability and enterprise support to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including Engineering, Medicine, Arts and Humanities. The Academy coordinates a central careers service and innovative engagement initiatives between Academic Colleges and the Students' Union.

Jon, a qualified company commercial solicitor, joined Swansea University 12 years ago to develop and teach a professional postgraduate diploma for law graduates wishing to enter practice. As part of this role he worked with employers to inform the skills agenda and placement learning. Jon has taught with the Open University and whilst working for a national law firm, he provided legal compliance and skills training to a range of clients. Jon is an external examiner for other institutions.


Sharron Frammingham: Author

Sharron is Founder and Trainer at 70x7 Ltd. She is passionate about helping people and organisations to fulfil their potential and overcome the obstacles they face. She has worked in schools, universities, businesses, hospitals and prisons pursuing this passion and helping people to achieve their best; including performance training at corporate team away days, growth specialist sessions for sales teams, goal setting with undergraduates and group coaching with people who have been long-term unemployed.


Rae Bowdler: Reviewer

Rae is currently a Senior Educational Technologist at City University London. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an employee of City University London, she relishes opportunities to develop learners. Specifically, she is part of a multi-disciplinary team aimed at fostering a culture of educational excellence and improving educational practice. This is done by championing the work of LEaD within the law school through building effective relationships, communities of practice and communication channels.

She works closely with staff in law to introduce and support innovative and effective practices. She liaises closely with the Associate Dean in the delivery of the Law school's educational development priorities to provide the infrastructure for educational change to support their needs. She is particularly interested in the growth of the learning spaces arena which is about helping to shape the future classrooms that can aid various learning styles.


Wilma Alexander: Accessibility Advisor

Wilma Alexander has recently retired from the University of Edinburgh, where she was part of the central e-learning team for over 15 years. During that time she promoted the importance of usable and accessible digital practice, tutoring on the groundbreaking Master's in Digital Education, developing online staff training on accessible e-learning and online tutoring skills. Since 2007 she has worked with Epigeum, now part of Oxford University Press, on improving the accessibility features of their courses, and on ensuring content emphasises accessibility and usability where appropriate. Wilma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has a Master's qualification in Human-Computer Interaction and Information Science.

The diagram below explains the chronology of the course.

Course highlights include:

  • Identification of different concepts of leadership and different kinds of leaders
  • Video of employers detailing what they consider a leadership mindset to be
  • A comparison of CVs to show how you might display leadership to an employer
  • Some practical steps to becoming an effective leader, and displaying leadership in challenging situations.

The Skills and Attributes for Career Success programme has been developed in conjunction with the following institutions:

  • James Cook University
  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Ulster University
  • University of Newcastle, Australia
  • University of West London.