Roffey Park announces the appointment of a new Chief Executive

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July 24th, 2018

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Alison Ritchie and the Board of Trustees are delighted to announce that the Board have recruited a new Chief Executive for Roffey Park who will start on 1 August 2018.

Robert Coles is Founder and Director of the Centre for Alternative Leadership and Management.  He has had a distinguished career in Learning and Development; Executive Education; and Organisational Development (OD) Consulting.  He has been a Learning and Development Practitioner, Organisational Coach, and Board Mentor.  Recent roles have been as Director of Research and Learning Solutions at Optima HRC and as European Executive Director for RSM International.

He has also recently completed a PhD, researching dialogic and Confucian mechanisms for encouraging emergent, collaborative leadership practice. This has led to post-doctoral Research and Development into the integration of Artificial Intelligence and collaborative behavioural mechanisms to enhance team dialogue.

“I am delighted that Robert Coles is joining Roffey Park as our new Chief Executive,” said Alison Ritchie, Chair of the Board of Trustees. “Robert’s extensive expertise and track-record is hugely relevant to our organisation and its long-term strategy. I’m very much looking forward to Robert leading the Institute in the next Chapter of its 70 year history.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead Roffey Park,” said Robert Coles. “I’m passionate about the role of leadership and management in making work a better, more humane place, and I’m excited to be able to help contribute to the valuable work of the Institute, as it seeks to lead the debate for change, creating a positive and lasting impact for all.”