ambassadors

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Emily Commander, 

Head of Strategic Governance at University of Bath

Emily worked as a Clerk in the House of Commons for 10 years, and then spent some time in France before taking up her post as Head of Strategic Governance at the University of Bath.

 

Emily's experience of bullying in the workplace left her deeply concerned by the failure of any of the parties involved in her case to engage constructively with any of the available resolutions. Their defensiveness led instead to an ever-increasing cycle of escalation, which put those resolutions further and further out of reach.

 

As a result, Emily is keen both to enhance public understanding of workplace bullying, and to facilitate straightforward routes to solutions that go beyond blame and reparation and enable everyone to move forward constructively.

 

"I am attracted by the positive approach being taken by the Conduct Change project and would like to use my experience, influence and skills to help move it forward."

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Ian Smith tells you his reasons for becoming an Ambassador in his own words in the video:

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SALLY BENDTsON

Sally has over 15 years’ HR experience working for high-profile companies, such as the BBC, Red Bee Media, The Guardian, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. She also has experience of working across the Finance, Hospitality and Property Investment sectors. Having moved from London to her hometown of Harrogate in 2016, Sally set up her own company, Limelight HR to help creative businesses who could benefit from her expertise; people who saw the potential in their staff, but who didn’t have access to HR support as a small, growing company.

 

Sally has dealt with numerous cases of bullying and harassment over the years and has found a flexible, considered and people-focused approach has been key to reaching a positive outcome for all involved. Sally believes that everyone has a right to be happy at work; happy people means happy bosses which leads to a productive, fun, supportive workplace.  This is why Sally is a passionate supporter of Conduct Change and would like to see a fundamental change in the way bullying and harassment are recognised and approached.

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ANDY TAYLOR BOOCOCK

It could be very easy for some people to judge Andy, also known as Very Inky Dude purely based on his many tattoos, but you would be missing out on so much if you don't get to know the warm, caring and positive man behind the ink.

Andy loves to live life to the full.  The tattoos led him to diversify his career by becoming a model and style influencer.  Nothing fulfills him quite as much as working as an A&E nurse though.  He started nursing in 1988 as a nursing auxiliary (now called a health care support worker) at Middleton hospital, Ilkley until 1990, when he commenced his nurse training.  On qualifying, he continued working as a staff nurse/senior staff nurse in A&E/ITU/CCU. In 1997 he became a Paramedic, and worked his way up to become a field base assessor (working with newly qualified and re-qualifying paramedics). This continued until 2007 when he felt he needed a break and went to work for Virgin Atlantic for about 18 months - paid to fly the world and party all over the world, best job ever!!

 

Strange as it may seem, Andy missed his emergency work and returned to the post as staff nurse in A &E at Bury, Airedale and Manchester. He then returned to Airedale as a charge nurse, which is where he is to this day, combining this with modelling and promotional work by working long days or nights (13 hour shifts) which gives him time off to stand in front of cameras and go to as many parties as possible!!

Andy has been on the front line throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but even in these difficult times, Andy has remained positive, and has found time to offer support to members of staff who were feeling bullied, as well as speaking up on their behalf. 

Andy also champions the deaf community, having lost a significant part of his hearing himself (another common bond with our Founder, Nicki Eyre!), and has heard of young children having their hearing aids pulled from their ears and stamped on by bullies.  He now uses his influence to support the new Deaf Identity fashion label.

Within minutes of our first conversation, when Nicki spoke about the work that Conduct Change was doing to prevent workplace bullying, Andy asked how he could help, and was one of the first Ambassadors to come on board. 

 

We're delighted to have his support.

In Andy's words "Stay positive and enjoy life always .. " 

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Dave Gregson

Dave previously worked in front line health and social care from April 1996 to December 2018. Dave also has and still does work in a range of community and voluntary roles and is a registered carer for family, and a writer.

Between 2011 and 2018 Dave worked for a large national care charity and following changes in the management and staffing plus governance Dave experienced a long period of workplace bullying, which culminated in his dismissal in December 2018. At the time workplace bullying was not widely acknowledged or recognised to the degree that it is today.

Dave won a significant legal case against his former employer and following winning his case set about to raise awareness and increase support and campaign for a change in the law on workplace bullying.

Dave also ran a non for profit community interest company between 2020 and 2022 called Important To Important For focussing on workplace bullying, neurodiversity, mental health and supporting the vulnerable. This mission now continues with the writing. Dave has written books for both children and adults, and had stories published in magazines and online. Dave is also autistic and champions this cause; a lack of acceptance and understanding was something Dave experienced with the bullying whilst an employee of the said care company, also a registered charity.

Dave has taken part and spoken at many events about issues such as workplace bullying and took part in the United Against Workplace Bullying conference in 2021. Dave works closely with Matt Paknis, the global leadership consultant and bestselling writer, Conduct Change Foundation and others. Dave celebrates February 19th a "Victory Against Workplace bullying Day", because it is on this day that he finally won his case in 2020 at the tribunal following a three year period since February 18th 2017, when the bullying started in his then workplace.

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My motivation for becoming an Ambassador is simple. I spend my life helping people with no one in their corner, the forgotten people. Many of those I meet have been victims of domestic abuse and bullying. I help them rediscover their self-worth and rekindle their long held dreams then we work together to make those dreams come true. Then they do!

Time after time, the obvious thing that could have prevented such suffering is highlighted. When bullying or abuse was happening, people knew, they looked on as bystanders and did nothing. It was simply seen as not their business, too difficult, stay quiet, someone else will stop it surely?

But they didn’t.

 

As a three time victim and survivor of bullying from childhood into the workplace, my mission is very simple;

Bystanders need to become UPSTANDERS. No excuses and no cop outs.

We all need to become people who say;

“No, this behaviour is not going to continue unchallenged, it stops right here right NOW”.

If you don’t, it could be you, your children, your friends or your work colleagues who become the next victim with potentially tragic consequences. Lives are being ruined by bullying. Lives are being lost to bullying.

I don’t want anyone to be like I was, standing at the side of the rail tracks, hearing the train coming and thinking this was the only way out of being bullied at just 9 years of age.

If you aren’t part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.

Pick a side, become an UPSTANDER  today.

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beverley spencer

Beverley knows that the road to success is not always straightforward.  Her business, Confidence Connoisseur, provides executive and personal coaching, as well as working to improve employee engagement and motivation.

Helping high performers who are driven and committed to personal development is her passion and purpose, especially in the wellness sector.

Beverley is aware of how unacceptable behaviours can affect the wellbeing of employees in the workplace and shares our passion for making workplaces safer for employees.  With her expertise in increasing confidence and helping people find fulfilment, happiness and success in their lives, she'll also be bringing her skills and experience to help deliver the Moving On programmes as an Associate Coach.

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Chloe is a work psychologist and doctoral researcher at Loughborough University, based in the field of workplace health and well-being. Specifically, her research focusses on workplace bullying and aims to improve workplace bullying interventions through the notion of readiness. Chloe also teaches undergraduates at the university and undertakes external consultancy work.

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Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan has over 28 years’ experience working in the Metropolitan Police with much of that time in leadership roles. He was fortunate to attend leadership courses at the Police Staff College and with the military. During his service Jonathan worked with communities, businesses, local authorities, across a number of government departments and internationally. He has considerable experience in prevention strategies, legislative changes, working with vulnerable groups and partnership work.

 

 

Jonathan recently retired and moved with his family to Cornwall to establish a family business running holiday cottages and to pursue the many outdoor activities he enjoys both on and off the water.

 

Over the past 28 years, he has witnessed a variety of leadership styles and has seen the organisational culture of the police change dramatically. He has a good understanding of how important a healthy positive culture is to the morale of employees. He has challenged inconsistencies between leadership behaviour and policy when necessary.

 

Jonathan experienced being the target of bullying some years ago; a period of his life that impacted on him considerably. He now dedicates much of his time to challenging workplace bullying and creating positive workplace culture.

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Vicki is a certified coach and leadership development specialist who transforms what people do and the culture they work within to create engaged and high performing workplaces.

Her passion is in helping individuals and teams to discover and apply their strengths effectively to build confidence and accelerate performance.

After working with and within organisations for over 20 years both in the UK, Middle East, US and Asia, Vicki has experienced first-hand how unacceptable behaviours can leave a long lasting impact on the health and performance of both individuals and organisations. 

She believes strongly that everyone has the right to go to work in a place where their contributions are valued and heard where they get an opportunity to do what they do best every day. 

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DEVOSHUM MOODLEY-VEERA

Devoshum Moodley-Veera is currently a Commercial Forensic Investigative Journalist at the wRiter of wRong. She has various qualifications in forensics, auditing, ethics and law with a total of 19 years experience in both the public and private sectors in South Africa and has experienced workplace bullying and harassment in various levels. 

 

Her particular areas of interest are professional body ethics, forensic psychology, protection of whistleblowers and workplace bullying and harassment. She is passionate about improving legislation in South Africa dealing with workplace bullying, education and playing a supportive role to victims who have experienced workplace bullying. 

 

She believes that South Africa has a critical role to play in ensuring that there should be acceptable norms for workplace behaviour. Ethical values and morals play an intrinsic role in our society and we should not be afraid to speak out. She is a civil society activist, who is active in ensuring that ethics are advocated in the public and private sectors. She wants to be part of the change regarding harassment and workplace conduct in South Africa and is not afraid to speak out to make a difference in society and believes that through the South African Constitution, everyone has the freedom of expression and should not be suppressed from speaking out. 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/devoshum-moodley-veera-877445108/

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Cathie Donaldson

Cathie is a business growth, strategic change, and leadership development specialist. Her work helps organisations increase profitability by transforming leadership and business development practices and creating high performing and inclusive cultures.

Before starting her independent consultancy career in 2009, Cathie worked for a number of years in strategic sales, training and learning and development leadership roles for Siemens and Cable and Wireless. She combines this extensive commercial background with her passion for people development to deliver transformation and growth.

Following her successful corporate career, Cathie has gone on to hold senior leadership / director positions and interim consultant/coaching roles with SME and large organisations in both the private and public sector. A Henley Business School qualified Executive Coach, Cathie also has an MBA. Her academic research focused on the development of future leaders and the key challenges organisations face today. 

A passionate advocate for leadership reform, Cathie actively campaigns against bullying, harassment, and inequality in the workplace.