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University of Bath

Abigail Phillips Deputy Director (Culture & Inclusion)

Member of the University of Bath internal coaching network

Role

In her role as Deputy Director (C&I), Abi is responsible for identifying and implementing actions across the University, from major change programmes to behavioural nudges which define and deliver our University culture. She works with the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience to create the best possible learning environment with an aim that students emerge from university with a competitive edge. She also collaborates with the Vice-President of Community & Inclusion, aiming to dissolve barriers and tackle institutional issues by listening to the voice of the University community and being honest in our limitations. Abi works with other teams to establish policies, processes and systems designed to be supportive, progressive and underpinned by wellbeing so that our workforce can succeed. One of her key priorities is increasing diversity within the University by attracting and embracing the best talent, be it students or staff, from as diverse a range of backgrounds as possible.

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Research

Particular areas of interest in relation to coaching:

  • business direction & development
  • professional & personal development
  • career direction & development
  • preparation for redeployment, redundancy & retirement

Career

I am a highly experienced HR leader with outstanding interpersonal skills and held multiple high-profile professional roles which reflect my dedication to HR and my ability to unify and enshrine business policies in complex, ambiguous and business sectors. I regularly develop strategies to deliver organisational change by interpreting business strategy, with an analytical and reflective approach that uses considered and structured ways to augment overall team performance. I directly support the Vice-President of Community and Inclusion and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience in delivering the Community pillar of the University Strategy and bring a proven track record of successfully delivering change from my 18 years’ experience. I am a self-motivated, resilient and pro-active person who has a real passion for culture change and making a difference by linking strategy objectives to day-to-day operational practice. I believe we should acknowledge specific groups and challenges they face in the wider community, and celebrate the differences of their views to encourage collaboration within our close-knit environment.

Education

  • Graduate HRM
  • Employment Law Diploma
  • Business & Finance Management
  • Myers Briggs (MBTI)
  • Strengthscope practitioner
  • Working towards completing ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring
  • Regular CPD sessions with Sharon Charlton-Thomson, Leadership Coaching