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Zoe Van Zwanenberg

Zoe, an Independent Management consultant, trainer and researcher, previously spent many years in the public sector working with management teams from the Board to front line service delivery teams on issues of leadership, management, organisational change and organisational culture. Zoe was also the Chief Executive of the Scottish Leadership Foundation, developing new approaches to leadership development to support partnership working and collaborative endeavours across public services in Scotland.

In addition she is an Associate Professor of Leadership for De Montfort University with a particular interest in front line leadership and management in health and social care.

For over 20 years she has worked on issues of leadership and organisational behaviour, with particular emphasis on the leadership and management of change, including mergers, “downsizing” and service re-design.

Zoe has worked with a wide range of professional audiences including all aspects of health care, national and local government, teachers, police, fire and ambulance as well as with volunteers and community groups. She has a particular interest in the application of current theories and research and she continues to have an active personal involvement in research having recently completed a project on leadership and equalities for the Centre which was commissioned by the Equalities and Human Rights Commission.

In addition she has been involved in a number of developments at the Centre including:-

•Development of action research and appreciative inquiry approaches to build confidence, competence and capacity in leadership development.
•Numerous talks, training and workshops across public, private and third sectors related to wider issues of well-being.

Zoe is also currently working with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland on a participative research programme focusing on the development of the “good society” and social well-being. Zoe is also actively involved with the performing arts as Chair of Scottish Ballet and Scottish Youth Dance.

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