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This is a unique global collaboration bringing together expertise from the United Kingdom and Australia.

Leader-X is a comprehensive program that explains the essentials of effective engagement with external collaborators, external partners, and external funders. 

Over four days structured in two, 2 day blocks, you are  introduced to tools, and processes that will enable you to influence a major change in thinking and behaviour in your organisation.

To drive real change in external engagement, change must be evident at three levels, namely:

  1. Change at the Personal Level

The behaviour, attitudes and approach of individuals to relationship development is critical. People connect to people before data and information.  Personal insight can build confidence and competence in relationship development. Participants leave with new insights into how they may be perceived and what they need to do to be more influential. 

  1. Change of Organisation Systems

The formal systems of engagement management, measurement and record keeping of external relationships are necessary to manage external relationships in large bureaucracies.  Participants will be introduced to a ‘tool kit’ of process to measure the health of your external relationships and systems to guide improvement strategies and effective decision making.

  1. Change of Organisation Culture

Organisation culture is determined by a collection of behaviours, attitudes and beliefs that drive norms of behaviour. Only deliberate and decisive actions create an interruption to established patterns of behaviour.  This requires revised strategic priorities,  new performance expectations, supportive organisation systems, changes in mentoring processes and broad engagement across external organisations will turn a culture toward true external engagement.

More about the Presenters

Tom Kennietom kennie

I'm a founding director of Ranmore where I specialise in work across the higher education sector. In the past I have also done much work in professional service sector (e.g. for firms of management consultants, chartered surveyors, lawyers and software companies).

My work is varied and ranges from;

  • The design and delivery of tailored leadership development programmes,
  • The design and facilitation of workshops for senior leaders to explore issues where and experienced and independent facilitator can help accelerate progress and/or create conditions for candid and focused conversations,
  • The development of high performing senior leadership teams (at Faculty and university level),
  • Global insight visits to explore higher education in different countries – e.g. in Canada,
  • Consultancy to support the development of strategy and the implementation of major change projects,
  • Effectiveness reviews of governance,
  • Work on a one to one basis with senior leaders ranging from Vice Chancellors, member of senior leadership teams to Deans and Directors, and
  • Co-authoring a new book on ‘Leadership Transitions at the Top in Higher Education’ 

In the higher education sector I was the co-founder and co-director of the UK national Top Management Programme for Higher Education (TMP). Over a 13 year period I had the privilege to work with over 650 alumni over 90 of whom have become Vice Chancellors or CEO’s in the UK and globally. For the past 4 years I have been the programme director for the International Association of Universities ‘Leading Globally Engaged Universities’ programme. In addition I have also been for 14 years programme facilitator for a global leadership programme for Senior Dental Leaders which is run annually by the Global Child Dental Fund in collaboration with King’s College London – Dental Institute and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

I also work with over 150 individual universities. Based in the UK I work globally and have worked, or am currently working, in countries ranging from Australia, Canada, France, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Tanzania, UEA, Ukraine, USA.

Prior to moving into consultancy I was Director of Human Resources for DTZ, an international firm of property advisors and prior to this Head of Training and Development for Balfour Beatty an international engineering company. I've also been a full-time academic spending 8 years as Head of Surveying in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey and 4 years at the University of Technology in Kingston, Jamaica. In my earlier career I worked as a chartered surveyor in the construction and offshore oil and gas sectors.

My academic background has included studying geography and topographic sciences (BSc, MAppSci, University of Glasgow), remote sensing and GIS (PhD, Imperial College, London) and business management (MBA, Roffey Park Management Institute, University of Sussex). Professionally I'm qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) as a Chartered member the Institute of Personnel and Development (MCIPD) and as a member of the Institute of Management Consulting (Certified Management Consultant (CMC)).

I am an Honorary Senior Fellow at the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne and a Honorary member of the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG) where I spent a period of 8 years as one of three Vice Presidents. I now support the Federation as a strategy consultant.

Read more about Tom Kennie and Ranmore http://www.ranmore.co.uk/

Mark Douglasmark douglas

BA Dip T Dip App Psych  MAPS MIMC

Mark is an organisational psychologist and established Ethos Consulting in 1991.

Mark has a keen interest in organisational behaviour and decision making within groups. Mark brings to his facilitation skills the proficiency and experience of a qualified mediator. Mark is particularly skillful at facilitating effective group decision-making under difficult circumstances.

Mark's qualifications include BA (Psych), Grad Dip Teaching, He is also an Accredited Mediator with LEADR (Lawyers Engaged in Alternative Dispute Resolution) and a Team Management Systems Master Trainer.

Prior to his work at Ethos Consulting, Mark worked in business consulting for the South Australian Government and before that he worked at the Loughborough University of Technology, United Kingdom as a research psychologist.  In this capacity, Mark worked with the Tavistock Institute on socio-technical systems in organisational change.

Mark has consulted on over 1,000 assignments with over 250 clients across Australia.  He has a keen ability to understand the dynamics of organisations, management teams and organisation culture.  Mark has worked across the professional services, research and science, community services and manufacturing.

Mark is one of a select group of facilitators across Australia to facilitate in deliberative polling though Issues Deliberations Australia. In this capacity, Mark has been part of the facilitation team for:

  • The South Australian Economic Summit;
  • The South Australian Constitutional Convention; and
  • National Muslim Australia


Course Schedule 2019/20

Leader-X is an integrated two x 2 day program
31 October-1 November 2019
and 13-14 February, 2020







Download the brochure and register here