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Professor Michelle Leek

Consulting Fellow

Michelle Leek is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and a Professor of Practice in People, Growth and Culture. With over 25 years, senior leadership experience Michelle has delivered innovative and effective people-focused strategies and services across a range of organisations and sectors.

She is currently working as a Global Consultant managing a number of transformational People-related change programmes.

Until December 2020, on the executive team, Michelle was Pro-Vice-Chancellor – People, Performance & Culture at the University of Cumbria. This builds on her previous role and experiences as Director of People (Staff and Students) where Michelle provided leadership to her teams, who together delivered enriching, enabling and accessible services to both students and staff in an increasingly dynamic and competitive sector. Her portfolio of responsibility included Human Resources, Organisational Development and Design, Community Services, Careers and Employability, Student Support, Health and Wellbeing.

Michelle has spent the past 14 years working in a number of universities ranging from research-intensive, post-graduate, through to practice-based universities within the UK and overseas. Michelle’s work has been informed by the belief that at the heartbeat of organisations are people who add value and drive success.