Welcome Brenda Stalker

05 February 2019

  1. When did you first discover CMI and how has the membership benefited you to date? I started my professional career in learning and development and was aware of CMI as a membership and accreditation organisation. In my current role as Director of Apprenticeship Programmes, in the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University we have worked closely with CMI to extend the benefits of CMI membership across programmes from young entrepreneurs to senior leaders. I believe the opportunity to achieve chartered manager status, is a significant mark of professional esteem, valued at any stage of your career, which is why I am now going through the process myself.

  2. Are there any significant events you have attended?  Working in a university the most significant event is the annual CMI HE Conference. It is a fantastic opportunity to network with academic colleagues, partner organisations and student members. It showcases excellent practice both in the UK and internationally, and there are some excellent examples of innovative ways of working with CMI to enrich the learning experience of students, apprentices, and their organisations. I am looking forward to this year’s conference as my own university has been shortlisted for three awards including Student of the Year, Outstanding and Innovative delivery and HE partner of the year. Whatever happens, we are very proud to be shortlisted, and I have my fingers crossed for our young student entrepreneur, Robert Lundgren, who built his travel business during university.

  3. Can you tell us about your role on the CMI NEYH Regional Board? I am delighted to have recently joined the CMI NEYH Regional Board and look forward to working with my fellow board members to embed and extend the reach of CMI within and beyond universities. My key role is to work with our HE partners to help them enrich their student learning journeys through engagement with CMI and its impressive resources and membership. Universities are catalysts for connecting different communities and engaging with the thorny challenges that impact on all our lives. My role is to support collaborative working between HE partners, CMI members and organisations to promote an inclusive approach to developing and showcasing aspiring and experienced leadership talent. I would encourage everyone to get involved with their local university, maybe offer insights from your own leadership experience in exchange for some reverse mentoring on the challenges of future work from the perspective of our future leaders.

  4. What one characteristic do you think is important in Leadership? For me, leadership start’s by looking in the mirror. Whenever, I design a new management or leadership programme, the learning journey starts with understanding yourself. You need to understand your own values and motives and what drives your behaviour and relationships with others. You cannot expect to inspire change in others if you are not willing or capable of changing yourself. The ability to critically reflect upon the impact of your behaviour on your own professional practice and your relationships with colleagues, is a skill that can be taught, but you need to choose to learn

  5. Is there any management or career advice you’ve found to be true that you would like to share?
    Understand your strengths and always be open to new opportunities to learn. You have to craft your own future to create a work opportunity that enhances your life. There is no such thing as luck! Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.

Brenda Stalker FCMI