Ian Whiting

Ian is a learning and development practitioner experienced in delivering new initiatives into a variety of industry sectors, applying well-honed consultancy skills, project management rigour and general pragmatism. Industry sectors include high-tech engineering (European Aeronautical Defence and Space Company EADS), airlines (British Airways), hotels (Inter-Continental Hotels) data marketing (Claritas), maritime (Sea Containers), Travel (Trailfinders) and multi media contact centres (iSKY Europe). This is combined with experience in organisational development and HR. At Oxford Brookes, Ian’s interests have led to the development of a variety of business desired target culture (PDF) including the very popular project management programme, introduction to consultancy skills, facilitating change, negotiation skills and the newly introduced participative process reviews. Acting as an internal consultant within the University Ian works with his link areas on a variety of bespoke initiatives aligned to business operational plans, examples include developing a coaching culture and more recently carrying out an all inclusive staff initiative to define their desired target culture which is now a central point of reference to how the Directorate operates. Practicing what he teaches has seen Ian being seconded to the Senior Management Team here at Oxford Brookes to oversee the implementation of key University initiatives. In 2010/11 Ian was appointed Project Manager overseeing the largest restructure project ever undertaken within the University. In 2012/13 Ian was tasked with setting up and programme managing the “Programme for Enhancing the Student Experience” (PESE) consisting of 12 key University wide projects. In 2013/14 Ian initiated the University's Virtual Project Office (plus) to provide a range of services to support a co-ordinated approach to project management. Ian has an MA in Human Resource Management, is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, ILM Certificated Coach and an MBTI practitioner. Ian also represents OCSLD on the Midland Staff Development Partnership panel and is the key University contact for the Association of Project Management (APM).

Recent blog entries

Ian’s Letter from America

The preamble For a large part of my formative years Alistair Cookes weekly ‘Letter from America’  was a staple in my growing awareness and fascination of what was going on in the world and...

Launching a managers personal change check list

We appreciate that leading change (be it small or large) in a University is never easy and can often be frustrating for many concerned. We also acknowledge that there are lots of factors to...