Michael Jenkins, Chief Executive
Born in Malaysia and brought up in Uganda, Michael completed his education in the UK with a degree from Durham University in Chinese Studies. He left the UK to study Japanese language, politics and economics at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan on a Rotary Foundation scholarship after which, as the company’s first British employee in Japan, he worked for Toyota as a motor industry analyst for four years. Following his return to the UK in 1988, Michael worked at the University of Bath as Director of the University’s Foreign Languages Centre and in 1993 went to Australia on a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship to research the training of Japanese and English interpreters. This resulted in the establishment of the UK’s first MA in Interpreting and Translating for Japanese and English, and Chinese and English. In 1999 he joined the business school INSEAD, based in France, as Regional Director for Japan and Korea, transferring to Singapore in 2001 to become Director of the school’s Executive Education Department. After eight years in Singapore working in executive education and leadership development, Michael joined Roffey Park as Chief Executive in 2009. Michael regularly contributes at conferences on leadership-related topics and has a keen interest in leadership in a global context. He presented at the Singapore Human Capital Summit in 2010 and contributed to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s publication Asian Leadership: What Works (edited by Dave Ulrich and Robert Sutton) in the areas of collective purpose, multi-culture and culture, and leadership transition in Asia. He has given presentations on leadership “East-West, North-South” and strategic leadership and change at the University of Cambridge (Judge Business School), International Christian University in Tokyo and the Human Resources (HRDergi) Forum in Istanbul. He contributed to the 2013 publication The 50 Best Business Leaders (Future Publishing) and was named by HR Magazine in the UK as one of the top 20 HR Thinkers in 2013. He is currently developing ideas around balancing compassionate and caring leadership with delivering results and achieving targets.
Amanda Humphrey, Director of Support Services
MBA, BA(Hons), FCIPD, Cert Ed, FRSA
Amanda was previously Business Planning Manager for Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust, ensuring that continuous improvement plans were developed, implemented and shared with all staff. Prior to this, she was Group Operations and Personnel Director at Fruitful Fundraising, with responsibility for a major expansion programme across the UK, Ireland and the USA, as well as people development processes that resulted in awards such as Investors in People. Her earlier career was with the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux where she was an Area Development Officer for the South East and then District Manager and Company Secretary for the Brighton & Hove Area. She was responsible for corporate and government fundraising as well as HR, finance and legal duties. A qualified teacher with a real interest in developing people, during this period Amanda also taught ‘A’ level Psychology in the evenings at a local adult education centre. At Roffey Park, Amanda is responsible for HR, legal, finance and operations and leads our entry into the Sunday Times Best 100 Companies to Work For survey. She was responsible for establishing our Singapore hub, Roffey Park Asia Pacific Pte Ltd, including locating our new office and recruiting local staff.
Andy Smith, Director of Research, Practice & Qualifications
MA, BA, Cert Gestalt
Andy has 30 years’ experience as a developer, consultant and leader. His work has spanned small and large organisations, the private and public sectors. Recent clients include Biotechnology and Biological Research Councils, BAM, Tebodin, British Telecom, MRC, Civil Service Learning, FCO and Cancer Research UK. Outside of the UK Andy has carried out international consultancy assignments in Asia Pacific, Africa and across Europe. Andy’s career started off at the sharp end of social security operations in a busy inner city office. He gained both policy and operational experience in the Civil Service and had a short spell briefing Ministers on cross government disability policy. The majority of his career has been in organisational development including leadership development, equality issues and internal consultancy. He has led on the people aspects of a variety of change programmes including outsourcing, rewards strategies and career development. Andy is Programme Director for Roffey Park’s longest running programme, Interpersonal Relationships in Organisations. He was instrumental in the launch of Roffey Park’s highly successful OD Practitioner Programme, one to which he still contributes. He is Director of Qualifications and has been Course Director for the MSc in People and Organisational Development and Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Management. He has published research on virtual management and set adviser practice. As a thought leader he has delivered key note sessions at the OD Network Europe, CIPD OD, EFMD and International Association of Facilitators conferences. In 2014, he received a highly commended award for Excellence in OD from the OD Network and most recently he contributed a well-received chapter on chaos and complexity theory to Gower’s Field Guide to OD. Andy’s practice focuses on senior team development, OD consultancy and capability building. His direct style is both high challenge and support. He has been a member of Roffey Park’s leadership team for a number of years and believes this role gives real insight into the challenges faced by the senior leaders he works with.
Gary Miles, Director of International Operations & Associate Relations
MA (Oxon), FCIPD
Gary is responsible for the organisation’s International activities including our operation in the Asia-Pacific Region and for the management, recruitment and development of Roffey Park’s Associate team and has divided his time working between our UK and Singapore offices over the last two years. He has over 20 years’ experience of working in commercial organisations, both as an HR practitioner and business manager, such as Unilever and Reed Business Publishing. At the Kingfisher Retail Group, he obtained a National Training Award for the strategic contribution of learning and development as well as IIP accreditation. With his extensive experience of working internationally, Gary is practised at working with multi-national groups and values the diversity that this brings to the development experience. He has designed and delivered programmes in Singapore, Dubai, USA , Canada, Mexico, Russia, Central and Eastern Europe as well as for multi-national client groups in UK at Roffey Park’s own facilities. Since joining Roffey Park he has been involved in a number of major client projects spanning private, public and not for profit sectors and focussing on HR and senior management development, leadership, talent management and executive coaching. He is programme director of Strategic Human Resources and his client base is drawn from higher education, local government, manufacturing, oil, and IT sectors. Gary is a regular Chair of Roffey Park’s conferences and has project-managed and chaired several CIPD Central London branch conferences in the past. He is a conference speaker both in the UK and overseas on subjects such as Leading Change, HR Business Partnering and Talent Management and regularly contributes to HR publications. Gary has political experience too having served as a Local Government Councillor for eight years in the UK.
Simon Clements, Director of Business Development, Sales and Marketing
Simon began his career in sales and general management with Bunge & Co, international commodity and grain brokers/traders, before moving into management consulting initially with Tripos Consultants in Oxford and then KPMG. Simon then joined Penna plc holding various senior regional operational and business development roles, designing and offering career transition; executive coaching; leadership development; recruitment and interim management solutions for a broad range of private and public sector clients. In 2007 Simon was appointed Managing Director at Skillbase leading a business developing and delivering tailored leadership, management and personal skills development solutions; before moving to the CIPD as Head of Commercial Development, focusing on developing sales across the whole range of membership, training and consulting, publishing and conferencing services. Simon is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants.