Timothy Kitching MCMI

Timothy KitchingTim entered local government employment on leaving school at the age of 16. From his early 20s, he went on to hold increasingly senior appointments. Initially these were in HR, extending to general management positions, returning to HR as first a Senior then Principal Personnel Officer for an Education and Cultural Services Department employing 7-8,000 people, before taking up further senior roles in a School Improvement Service and as a Programme Manager. He contributed in various roles to the planning, delivery and review of training for school governors and leaders. Since leaving local government employment in 2011 Tim has set out to fulfil a long held personal ambition and helped establish a small private limited company, of which he is a Director. This provides consultancy and training support to governors and senior leaders in schools.

Whilst in employment Tim has undertaken a number of part-time courses relating to leadership and management, and considers himself both a devotee and exponent of lifelong learning. He gained an ONC then HNC in Public Administration (both with distinction) and holds a BA (Hons) in Management and Administration, and an MSc in Leadership and Management. His particular academic interests reflect his experience and fall within the field of organisational behaviour, or behaviour within organisations, with a special focus on the relationship between individuals and organisations and remote working. The dissertation for his MSc explored the concepts of distance or remote working and employee engagement, and the relationship between them.

Tim is an inveterate 'volunteer'. From 1976-89 he was a spare-time member of the Royal Observer Corps, serving as a Post Instructor and Group Officer, in respect of which he was awarded the Royal Observer Corps Medal. Since the early 1990s he has served at various times as a school governor, successfully serving as Chair of the Governing Body on three separate occasions. These experiences offered invaluable insights into the rewards and challenges of being a volunteer within a formal organisational context. Tim has been a member of the CMI and its predecessors since 1990.

His interests include reading, hill walking and the study of Royal Air Force history. A member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society, he was author of a squadron history published in 2001.

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