Prof Beverly Alimo-Metcalfe

Prof Beverly Alimo Metcalfe International Psychologist Leadership Speaker at Great British Speakers

Beverly, a Chartered organisational Psychologist, has an international reputation in the field of leadership studies - an area of interest for over 30 years. She has a passionate interest in translating rigorous applied academic research into a form that is practical and accessible to organisations. She supports Boards and Executive Teams of organisations to embed the ethical application of leadership, increase valuing diversity, and strengthening their capacity for engagement, collaboration, innovation and effectiveness.

While Chair of Leadership Studies at the University of Leeds, as a result of ground-breaking research into the nature of engaging leadership, involving over 6,000 managers and professionals in the NHS, wider public sector, and FTSE100 companies, she established a Leeds University spin-out company, Real World Group. The company undertakes research into leadership, culture, governance, diversity and inclusion, creates robust diagnostic instruments that are utilised worldwide, and undertakes major cultural transformation projects across the public and private sectors.

Beverly consults widely on leadership and culture change at Board level nationally and internationally and has been involved in extensive research regarding Board development and Clinical Commissioning Group Board leadership. She has undertaken a wide range of advisory roles regarding leadership development over the past decade and is a patron of Women in Management.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

• BEd (Hons) – Education & Psychology
• MSc – Research in the Sociology & Psychology of Education
• MBA – Occupational Psychology and Personnel Management
• PhD – Microskills of Leadership
• Chartered Occupational Psychologist
• Fellow of the British Psychological Society
• Member of Division of Occupational Psychology

Range of Experience

• Member of the founding ‘Guru Group’ of the UK Government sponsored MacLeod Review of Employee Engagement
• Member of the British Government’s Training Agency Advisory Board on Management Education
• Council for National Academic Awards
• Membership of the Register with special reference to Women in Management
• Special Adviser on Women in Management to Department of Health’s NHS Executive Women’s Unit in connection with response to Opportunity 2000 initiatives
• Advisory Group Member for The King’s Fund Senior Management Development Programme for Ethnic Minority Women in the NHS
• Member of Steering Group of the UK Neonatal Staffing Study funded by The NHS Executive
• Advisor to NHS Staff College, Wales. Top Management Programme "Leaders From Within"
• Member of the Commission for Racial Equality’s Transformation Team
• Advisor to the UK Government Cabinet Office’s Project: “Redefining and renaming the Fast Stream”
• Independent member of the UK Government Home Office’s Police Leadership Development Board
• Member of UK Government The National College for School Leadership think tank
• Member of Editorial Advisory Board for international journal: Women in Management Review and Abstracts
• Book Reviews Editor, Women in Management Review
• Previously a regular reviewer for a range of academic journals including Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology; Journal of Organisational Behaviour; Journal of Management Studies; Personnel Review; British Journal of Management; International Journal of Selection and Assessment; Human Resource Management Journal

Selection of Speaking Events and Expert Activities

National radio appearances: BBC Woman’s Hour – on gender and leadership, BBC Sunday Programme – on leadership and religion (what religions can learn from business) 

Keynote conference presentations:

Pfizer, JP Morgan, Bibby’s Line Group, Singapore Civil Service College, Singapore Ministry of Health, Australian Institute of Police Management, Australian College of Health Service Management (speaking tour of Australia), Canadian Academy of Administrative Sciences, Canadian Health Service Annual Conference, CIPD Annual Conference (twice) Norway Annual HR Conference, Hotel Industry Annual Conference, Safety Industry Conference, DLA Piper, Women in Management, Odgers Berndston, PwC masterclass, UK Border Agency, NHS Employers, NHS Confederation, PPMA Annual Conference, Large number of NHS Trust conferences, Large number of Local Government organisation conferences, Advisory Council Memberships, National Police Leadership Advisory Council, CMI Academic Council, Engage for Success original Guru Group, NHS QIPP (alongside then-CEO Sir David Nicholson)

What the clients say:

Thank you so much for this morning's session - I found it truly inspirational and engaging (for want of a better word!).

Senior Associate, DLA Piper

Over the last 30 months Beverly has regularly delivered a half-day session on 'Engaging Leadership' to senior police leaders on the Senior Leadership Programme Business Skills Module that I run. Beverly's session has consistently received high praise from delegates who cite, amongst other things; its relevance to today's leadership challenges, its practicality and simplicity as well as the manner in which the session is delivered.

Beverly has a wonderful way about her of making academic theory and research come to life so that the practical implications can be easily grasped. There is no pun intended when I say that she is a highly engaging speaker and provides a live demonstration of the Engaging Leadership model. To be more specific, Beverly presents the research and the model with humour and humility and interacts with the group, asking them thought provoking questions, without judgement. She enables individuals and the group to think for themselves so that they not only understand the concept but begin to experience the potential impact of adopting the 14 principles of Engaging Leadership.

Several of the co-facilitators on the Senior Leadership Programme have observed Beverly's session several times and on more than one occasion have commented that they never get bored with the session - and learn something new each time.

Jon Speed, Director - Senior Leadership Programme, National Police College

At the SPDS conference Beverley was a fast-paced high energy speaker. Challenging, relevant and witty. She went down a treat.

Sharon Beattie - President, Society of Personnel and Development Scotland

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