… Bob MacKenzie, Commissioning Editor of e-O&P and Company Secretary
I’ve been a member of AMED for longer than I care to remember – perhaps some 25 years?
My main professional interests revolve around exploring the potential for individual and organisational development of the written and spoken word, and facilitating learning conversations in a variety of countries and cultures through the offer of critical friendship. Writing in a social space seems to me to merit greater attention.
In my spare time I read, walk the dog, go to the cinema as often as I can, enjoy live performance and relaxing with convivial company around the table. I live in Southampton and work almost anywhere.
What I really appreciate about AMED is its open, informal, generous and experimental ethos – the encouragement of stimulating conversations. I'd like AMED to continue to grow, flourish, adapt and contribute in what I see as its 3rd Renaissance period - AMED 2020 and beyond.
If you would like to get involved with co-creating AMED's future development - including the AMED Writers’ Group, which I coordinate, or our quarterly journal e-Organisations and People, which I co-publish with David McAra - please don’t hesitate to contact me or browse the AMED website.
… Ned Seabrook, Council Member
Tel: 01202 640223
Having been a member for some time I decided it was time to be more active. I took the initiative and sought ways to help AMED grow. Fairly soon I was elected to council. Why? Because I see this as part of my own growth. Engaging in a variety of conversations with other professionals is an essential element of my own development.
My main interest is in learning more about Learning: how it is undertaken and understood by individuals, groups and organisations. Is learning a response to change, is it the source of change, or is it both and more? Do these applications differ, and if so in what ways?
Based in Dorset, I spend a lot of time working in London and across the South.
… David McAra, Council Member Tel: 01224 735101
I have been a member for more than 20 years. What has kept me so long? Well, in the early days, I went to several events before I noticed how different and special they were. Conversation was unusually direct, open and respectful and the people were more interested in understanding my point of view than in impressing me with how much they knew. I find it worth hanging on to conversation of this quality.
My interests include how we communicate with our members, networkers and the wider world, in particular through the production of our journal, e-O&P. If you have energy to spare or ideas about how to enhance and extend our reach, through our publications and our website, please don’t hesitate to give me a call.
… David Shepherd, Council Member
Tel: 07860 116 429
A past Chair of AMED, I joined the Council again in 2013 after a few years break. My specialist subjects are appraisal, performance management and the
development of short online, moderated and asynchronous courses.
A founding Director of All Things in Moderation Ltd, since 2001, I have
developed e-moderating courses for University tutors, which help them develop, build and run wholly online courses. Our courses have a worldwide following.
My career include senior posts in IT, Personnel, Management training and development.
Currently my particular interest is working on developing online short courses for managers.
I live in Chingford, on the outskirts of London. Hobbies include dinghy sailing, attempting to learn the banjo and am a keen Arsenal FC supporter.
I would be pleased to hear of your experiences of working with participants online.
… Rowena Davis, Council Member since April 2020
Rob has a doctorate in healthcare policy, particularly the interaction between policy and frontline practice. This was gained whilst working as Head of Strategic Change for a large NHS organisation where he worked closely with the Department of Health on a national healthcare initiative. In addition to 14 years in a variety of NHS management positions, Rob has 8 years experience in consultancy working with clients ranging from investment banks, civil aviation, the Ministry of Defence to commercial property.
In between working for the NHS and joining Chichester University in 2013 Rob had academic roles with Cass Business School and London Metropolitan University in subjects such as healthcare, management and leadership.
Rob’s particular area of interest is the role of narrative in organisations and personal development and how this might be used to explore reflexivity, complexity and power relations in groups. This lead Rob and Douglas Board to write The Social Development of Leadership and Knowledge that was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.
Shelagh Doonan and John Sweet are also Council Supporters
Tel: 0300 365 1247
I joined the AMED team in February 2011 and look after membership queries, subscription renewals, website updates and other admin tasks from my home in Dorset.
I also do the bookkeeping and management accounts on Sage. I maintain the membership records and send out renewal notices.
I enjoy watching football and cricket games, getting involved with local community projects and the countryside.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments or suggestions.