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Keith Kinsella is an ex Fellow and now Affiliate of the CLS where he works on the Coached E Learning Masters programme in Leadership Studies which makes innovative use of online coaching and web-based technologies, to support mature students who combine the study programme with full time employment. The programme focuses on helping students integrate their learning with the ‘real work’ challenges they are dealing with on an everyday basis, and is the higher education version of the close learning approach being pioneered at Exeter. Keith is currently completing a PhD at the CARPP at Bath University where he is inquiring into approaches for improving the quality and two way exchange of learning between work and higher education.

Originally trained in engineering and business administration, he has experience in a variety of roles in line, specialist, consulting, teaching, and facilitative positions over a career spanning some 40 years. During this period he has worked in different capacities with a wide range of organisations including the Reading, Lambeth and Greenwich councils, the BBC, NATS, Prudential, Royal Mail, VISA, and Selex



Roger Niven is co-founder of PIN and a Fellow of the Centre for Leadership Studies, where he works primarily as a development consultant. He is an experienced consultant facilitator and coach with a particular focus on understanding the problems of roles where leadership requires strategic thinking and cultural awareness within a specific work context. His research, teaching and consulting now focus on the significance of understanding adaptive behaviour within complex systems.

Originally trained in operational management, he has held senior executive positions in large corporations and financial institutions working in the USA and Continental Europe as well as the UK. He has also led smaller professional service companies. In a career spanning some 35 years, he has experience in a variety of roles in line, specialist, consulting, teaching, and facilitative positions, gained with organizations as diverse as British Airways, the BBC, Selex, and WASP the Sport England partnership in Wiltshire. He is currently pursuing an MA at Middlesex University looking at the significance of domain knowledge in coaching executives, and the need to integrate coaching within a wider developmental context