Lynne Howlett was presented with the award by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the Staff Development Forum, at the Queen’s Hotel in Leeds, on Thursday 11 November 2010.
Lynne, who is Leadership and Management Development Adviser in University’s Staff Development Unit, won the award against strong competition from other universities and colleges all over the UK.
At Newcastle University, her role is to develop, implement and review the University's leadership and development strategy, so that there are appropriately skilled managers in place to drive the organisation forward. She ensures that leaders have access to dedicated coaching, specialist training and funding for career development.
Lynne said: "2010 is the first year this prize has been awarded and it is particularly valued as it is judged and awarded by a panel of UK staff development peers and members of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education."
Professor Tony Stevenson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources, commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for Lynne and the University. It demonstrates our commitment to the development of management and leadership that is vital to the future of higher education, especially in the period of major change we are now entering.
Lynne is a graduate of Newcastle University, with over 20 years experience in training and development, including 12 years specialising in higher education. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
In her role, Lynne has devised the University’s first leadership frameworks and, having achieved a Leadership Foundation Fellowship, she has developed and launched a Development Centre approach for prospective academic leaders within the University.
* Leadership Foundation home page
* Leadership and Management Development at Newcastle University
published on: 17th November 2010