Human Resources

Presenter Profiles


Anthony Richards

Anthony Richards is director of Dramatic Improvement, a company specialising in effective communication skills.  Having trained in England and the US as a Theatre Director, he spent 20 years directing and acting with his own company.   Since 2001 he has been working with businesses, charities and higher educational establishments in Europe and the US, helping people open up their emotional intelligence and find the positive energy to connect with others.

Craig Smith

Lead Consultant, Flint Spark Consulting

Dave Serpell-Stevens

Autism Practice Coordinator, Autism Awareness

Dave Small

Dave Small is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager at the University of Portsmouth.

Emma Scott-Ward Emma Scott-Ward is an Administration Officer (Secretariat)in the Academic Standards, Quality & Partnerships area within the Department of Student and Academic Administration (DSAA)
HR Advisers
Maria Ainsley, Jaqui Bryden and Tamara York are the HR Advisers within the Human Resources Department at the University of Portsmouth.
HR Compliance Adviser Helen Ducane is the HR Compliance Adviser.
HR Service Centre The HR Service Centre is the main point of contact for HR administration for all University staff and Managers.
Jason Barker Gendered Intelligence is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, established in 2008. It works predominantly with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; it particularly specialises in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.
Julia Carden Julia Carden is a HR Consultant specialising in developing leaders and managers. Having spent 10 years in the Royal Navy she specialised in HR, she has since worked in both the public and private sectors.  Now specialised in assessment and development, Julia is currently working with all levels of management in a variety of organisations including BMW UK, ASDA and Schlumberger.  Julia passionately believes that leaders and managers drive and determine the culture they work within and it is their responsibility to make the university a great place to work.  
Kay Underhay Kay Underhay is a Principal Administrator (Secretariat) in  the Academic Standards, Quality & Partnerships area within the Department of Student and Academic Administration (DSAA)
Kaushar Tai

Kaushar is a Management and Training Consultant.  He is the founder member and Director of Aksaa - that specialises in delivering soft skills training and Islamic Cultural Awareness and Cultural Competence Training for public sector professionals.

Kaushar has held senior management positions in Health and Social Care fields and Regeneration programmes. He is a qualified Health and Social Care professional with experience in managing large and complex projects.  He started his career in accountancy and then moved to Social Services where he worked as a qualified Social Worker for several years. 

Some of the Senior Management positions he has held include Programme Manager for SureStart; Chief Executive of Batley Community Development Ltd.; Health Promotion Manager for the Department of Public Health & Medicine, and Assistant Director of Equal Access at the Leeds Hospitals NHS Trust. He has served as a Non-Executive Director on the Primary Care Trust Board, Dewsbury College Board, and on the Police Authority Recruitment Panel.  For several years he also served as a Lay member on the Employment Tribunal Panel in Leeds and became a Special Member hearing race and religious discrimination cases.

Kaushar has gained expertise in delivering a number of soft skills courses including race equality and diversity training and Islamic Cultural Awareness Training to Private and Public Sector professionals working across various Local and National Government Departments and the NHS.  Since the establishment of his company in the year 2004, over 17,500 people have attended the Islam course in over 80 different local authority locations across the UK. 

He holds an MSc in Social Sciences, a Professional Certificate in Management, a Social Work qualification and a diploma in Business and Management.

Learning & Development Advisers Tracy Elliott, Kathyrn Hawkley, Zoe Irvine, Helen Keetch and Emma Loten are the Learning & Development Advisers, within the Human Resources Department at the University of Portsmouth.
Michelle Spirit Michelle Spirit FCIPD, Stress Management Consultant, has a deep knowledge of psychology, training and human resource practice.  She holds Post Graduate qualifications in personnel management, training and development and career guidance.  She is an experienced and qualified psychiatric nurse, psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, careers advisor, trainer and coach and has written several guides to emotional resilience and managing culture change
Nicola Young Nicola is the Assistant Complaints and Information Disclosure Officer at the University of Portsmouth.
Occupational Health

Penny Buddery - Occupational Health Manager.

Christine Poulter - Occupational Health Nurse.

Both are part of the Occupational Health Team within the University of Portsmouth.

Pam Ringland Pam Ringland is the Mental Health Advisor in the Counselling Department at the University of Portsmouth.
Rayna Baker Rayna Baker, External Consultant, is a trainer, a specialist Investors in People Assessor/Advisor and Qualified Life Coach.
Sam Hill Sam Hill is the University's Information Disclosure and Complaints Manager.
Sarah Arnold Sarah Arnold is the University Records Manager, Directorate

In 2003 Jo and Kathryn Eade set up thinkingpeople with the aim of supporting individuals and organisations to build their cross-cultural competence. thinkingpeople work with a wide range of clients from refugee charities to major sporting organisations. thinkingpeople primarily work in the HE sector, however, working with students, professional services staff and academics on generic and culture-specific training. 

Jo Bloxham - Before starting thinkingpeople Jo worked for 2.5 years in China in teacher training. She has an MA in Social Anthropology from SOAS and specialised in Chinese culture and society. She has recently restarted her study of Mandarin.

Jo also worked for 5 years on an international youth exchange programme run by the British Council, VSO and The Prince's Trust. One of the long-term overseas partners was a Nigerian NGO, Life Vanguards. She worked in close partnership with colleagues in SW Nigeria and supported young volunteers and supervisors from Nigeria for the three months they were volunteering in the UK. She also supported the Nigerian volunteers in their relationships with the UK volunteers, supervisors and host families and has hosted Nigerian visitors to the UK.

Vicky Li -Vicky has lived, studied and worked in the UK for over 10 years. She is an International Student Advisor at the University of Hertfordshire and a qualified Mandarin tutor.

Olu Banjoko - Olu is from the South West of Nigeria and has been living in the UK for more than 8 years. He studied for his Masters in Business Management at UCLAN and is currently a civil servant. He is also a pastor in a Church in Preston.

Toucan Diversity Training

A user led, award winning social enterprise team based in Portsmouth who are accredited trainers who all have a lived in experience of a disability.