Lynne Howlett
Assistant Director (Leadership Talent)

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  • Address: Newcastle University
    Level 2
    Science Central
    Bath Lane
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE4 5TF


Lynne Howlett is Newcastle University’s Assistant Director (Leadership Talent), employed to facilitate the development of its most senior leaders in line with the University’s strategic priorities which includes identifying leadership talent and supporting and developing these leaders for the future. She works to ensure that Newcastle University has key leaders in place with the necessary skills to take the business forward over the next 5-10 years.

Lynne’s current areas of interest include leadership talent management processes, leadership frameworks, development centres and executive level coaching. She works on a collaborative Academic Leaders Programme with Durham University and the Leadership Foundation and has recently contributed to a number of sector working groups looking at succession management for leaders in Higher Education. In 2006/7 Lynne's work in the field of leadership succession won her a Leadership Foundation Fellowship and a Times Higher award for Outstanding Contribution to Leadership and Management Development.

Lynne’s previous experience in human resources and training and development was gained in retailing and manufacturing with the John Lewis Partnership and Cussons UK Ltd, a manufacturer of toiletries and household products where amongst other things she gained the British Psychological Societies Level A and B license to use a range of psychometric tools. She was the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's HR Practitioner of the Year in 2010 and the Leadership Foundation's Staff Development Practitioner of the Year in the same year.

Lynne holds a degree in English from Newcastle University, a Postgraduate qualification in Human Resource Management and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is a qualified coach and her part time work is supplemented by occasional associate/consultancy work outside the university.