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University of Bath

Edward Webster Deputy Director of Workforce Development

Member of the University of Bath internal coaching network

Role

Ed’s role is formally responsible for developing the workforce change programme, managing the portfolio of change projects and delivering interventions to effect that change. Within this there is particular focus on the leadership and organisational development of the University.

Ed has been working with individuals and organisations in the area of change for most of his career. He is particularly interested in the ways that organisations function and helping them, and the people in them, to achieve their potential. Naturally future focussed and optimistic, he is especially excited when he can help others navigate organisational realities and succeed without losing their sense of personal integrity and authenticity.

Research

Ed is new to coaching in the University but has worked with leaders, managers and leadership teams in a variety of sectors, both in the UK and overseas.

Particular areas of interest in relation to coaching:

  • Career Development
  • Communication/Interpersonal skills
  • Values based leadership development
  • Dealing with or managing change
  • Performance management (individual and team)
  • Stakeholder management

Career

Ed started his career working in relief, development and missions in a variety of international environments before returning to the UK with his young family in 1999. After two years in the charity sector, he entered the Royal Mail’s Executive Development Programme, and spent the next thirteen years working in people focussed major change as an HR professional, programme manager, strategic business partner and team coach in highly charged political and industrial relations environments. He subsequently took an interim position at the University of Cambridge working with both academics and IT professionals prior to coming to the University of Bath in 2017.

Education

Ed has an MBA from the OUBS, an MSc in Human Resources Management, and is a chartered member of the CIPD.

He is currently working towards his formal ILM5 coaching qualification, and is a member of the Association for Coaching.