My career has embraced nursing in many guises – clinical, as a practice developer, as a manager, as an audit specialist, as a Director of Nursing – then a move into higher education as a collaborator, an education leader and as a Dean of a Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and a Pro Vice Chancellor. Two careers, both flowing from that original nursing qualification. I’m now in a position where I can choose my work and I write, speak, occasionally lecture, offer consultancy if it really interests me and I think I can make a difference, and provide coaching and mentorship if I think it can work.
This video is a great introduction to my career and leadership experiences. If you’d like me to give a talk for you or chat to your students, are interested in coaching or think I might help with a particular project – do get in touch. I can be contacted through this page, or on firstname.lastname@example.org
I blog because it’s a great way to connect. My blogs are personal and reflect my own views and thoughts, comments and musings. I try to be informative, sometimes educational, often challenging, amusing if possible. I also tweet on @ProfJuneG where you can get a sense of how I think and react.
And yes, I’m in that photograph above. Let me know if you think you’ve spotted me!
In a parallel existence I read, write, watch birds, garden, bake and love life. If you’re interested in my other life try my blog theoptimisticgardener.wordpress.com and Twitter @optimistgarden
Here is a bit more detail about me:
Following a long career in the NHS – my last clinically oriented post was Executive Director of Nursing – I joined a leading modern university in 2001 as Deputy Head of the School of Health and Social Care. I became acting Dean in 2002 and was appointed as Dean in 2004. In June 2010 I was appointed as Pro Vice Chancellor (Development and Alumni Relations) and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. In 2015 I was awarded professorial title in recognition of my academic leadership and professional achievements. At the end of March 2017 I gave up working for other people and started a liberated life choosing how to continue my interests in nurses and nursing, health care and higher education, and leadership and development.
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1976 from the Queen Elizabeth School of Nursing, Birmingham. I hold a Masters Degree from Cardiff University College of Medicine, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (with Distinction). On retirement I was awarded the title of Emeritus Professor from Oxford Brookes University.
I have completed the Higher Education Leadership Foundation’s Top Management Programme and a CASE study tour of Canada, looking at Advancement and Alumni Relations practice in universities in and around Toronto, Ontario. I participated in the residential Women’s Leadership Forum at Harvard Business School in June 2013.