Associate Profiles

Dr Maggie Challis

Dr Maggie Challis

Maggie worked for many years in adult, further and higher education as teacher, outreach worker, project manager, head of centre, researcher and director. She has worked in three English universities, and has been external examiner for 6 others, and an institutional auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education.

Her career journey has taken her to a series of posts where she has been able to use her expertise in staff and curriculum development. These have included Higher Education Manager for Ufi/learndirect, Foundation degree manager in the NHSU, Associate Director for Learning Innovation at Foundation Degree Forward, Programme Head at Skills for Care, and Head of Quality Assurance at the National Skills Academy for Social Care.

Maggie’s major interest has always been learner-centred learning, with a particular emphasis on work-based and experiential learning. She has worked with a range of professions, including engineers, accountants, and the Merchant Navy to help them develop high quality education programmes.

She has always had a particular interest in the health and care professions and how the learning of the professional links to a role educating and supporting people who use health and care services.  The Medical Education Development Unit at Nottingham University which Maggie established was one of the first to recognise support that doctors need in their teaching roles, and to set up mechanisms to provide that support. It also promoted interprofessional learning in the days when this was considered brave and innovative. She has published extensively and undertaken national and international consultancy on APEL, work-based learning, open and distance learning, assessment and quality assurance. These are aspects in which she offers considerable expertise.

Maggie has recently completed a major piece of work developing a CPD strategy for the embryonic College of Social Work.

Anthony Howell

Anthony Howell

During twenty-two years in the creative industries, Anthony has worked for and with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Jaguar Cars, British Airways, British Gas, Land Rover and Scottish Widows.

He has worked extensively in the public sector; with international, national and local Government, NHS, education, regeneration and social care, along with many charities.

He has also mentored and advised start-ups and SME’s on their marketing & communications strategies and actions; working in particular with the region’s Universities to guide young graduates setting up their first businesses.

In September 2009, Anthony established Howell Consultancy Ltd, combining his strategic knowledge and practical know-how to offer strategic and straightforward marketing advice to whoever felt that his skills and experience could be of benefit to their business and marketing efforts.

His consultancy-based business specialises in:

  • Business Planning & Marketing Strategy
  • Communications Planning & Project Management
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • PR & Event Management
  • Proposals & Tenders
  • Media Training & Analysis
  • Film & Multimedia
  • Internet Consultation, Design & Build
  • Graphic Design and 3D Animation

Since setting up, Anthony has worked with such well-known clients as ATS Euromaster, Midland Heart and Bournville College on a variety of projects. He has mentored on the BSEEN and SPEED projects at both Birmingham City and Aston Universities and continues to work with SME’s keen to undertake their marketing activities as effectively as possible.

Chris Dack

Chris Dack

Chris Dack is a Hootsuite Certified social media consultant with years of strategy building and campaign management experience in both the public and private sector. He has empowered marketing teams and business owners to network effectively online using social media, working with them to seek potential customers; build relationships and convert those relationships into sales opportunities.

Passionate about training people to achieve their own dreams and ambitions; Chris has recently gained a teacher training qualification as he believes in the concept of not just having knowledge but being able to present it a way that engages and motivates delegates he trains.

Chris’s efforts in using social media to build his own personally branded business and helping others succeed in similar fashion have been recently recognised by Hootsuite who ran this article on their blog going out to 6 million worldwide followers labelling Chris a global “Ambassador of Social” – http://blog.hootsuite.com/ambassador-of-social-chris-dack/