Leadership team

Leadership team

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Dr Andrew McDowell

Andrew was trained as a psychologist in Australia where he undertook clinical, research and educational roles in his capactiy as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Psychiatry. Andrew has a vast experience of international education and leadership development and has undertaken many international consultancies for WYSE and other organisations. Andrew has been working with WYSE as a principal trainer since 1992. Previously a Director of WYSE Australia, Andrew moved to the UK in 2002 when he was invited to oversee the overall functioning and strategic development of the international WYSE organisation. He now assumes responsibility for curriculum and programme development; international programmes; trainer and staff development; and United Nations related activities.

 
 
 
 
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Sam Adcock

Sam is trained in education and management. In addition to her work with WYSE, she is currently the Head Teacher of an inner London school where over 30 languages are spoken. Her interests in education incorporate diversity and transcultural education and she also undertakes leadership consultancies with other educational organisations. Sam was also previously a Director of WYSE in Australia and has been a trainer for WYSE since 1994. Sam's responsibilities for WYSE involve the overseeing of administration and finances; curriculum development and organisational development.

 
 
 
 

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Allie Sharp

Allie Sharp currently works as the part-time administrator for WYSE. At university she gained an Honors Degree in Business Studies and then went on to become a Store Manager of a international retail outlet for 2 years. After this, she spent a number of years as the Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of a utility company in London, leaving to have her daughter, now 2 years old. She feels blessed to be working with some wonderful people at WYSE and looks forward to many more years watching it go from strength to strength.

 
 
 
 
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Amanda Harvey

Amanda is currently the Development Officer for a Safeguarding Children Board in London. Amanda has a degree in Social Work, specialising in work with individuals, families and groups and she has a special interest in working with individuals who want to further their self development and contribution to others but face adversity due to issues such as poverty, oppression, histories of abuse and addiction.

Amanda has volunteered for WYSE for some time and loves the consistent focus on values and purpose. She admires that WYSE's focus on intention, values and vision and purpose.

 
 
 
 
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Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Maarten is a Lecturer in Fluid Mechanics at the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He carries out fundamental research on buoyancy driven turbulent flows using supercomputers, with applications in the natural ventilation of buildings, oceanography and the atmospheric sciences. Maarten supports WYSE's vision of fostering and connecting young leaders, and believes that its innovative lecture model can be a true catalyst for change. Maarten has attended several programs, both as participant and as staff, is a UN representative and is responsible for WYSE's ICT infrastructure.

 
 
 
 
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Hilary Harvey
Hilary Harvey works freelance in the Youth and Community sector, specializing in youth work, community engagement and project management. After an early career of management consulting with Accenture she retrained to work with young people to facilitate their self-development. She is passionate about enabling people to express more of themselves and enjoys combining this with her love for singing.
 
 
 
 
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John Cummings
John works in open education, especially Wikipedia, he worked as Wikimedian in residence at the Natural History Museum and Science Museum in London and organised Wikimania, the annual worldwide Wikipedia conference. John attended his first WYSE programme in 2008 and has been involved ever since, he is interested in finding ways of sharing what WYSE does with much larger groups of people and connecting emerging leaders online.
 
 
 
 
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Michael Harvey

Michael currently works as a consultant for a large professional services firm. As part of the programme he works across specialisms, which gives him exposure to a variety of different industries and clients. He is currently working on a long-term project to raise awareness of sustainability issues to clients and other consultants. Michael attended his first WYSE programme in 2003, and found the experience to be very worthwhile, particularly enjoying the holistic focus placed on the individual. Michael feels that his involvement with WYSE allows him the opportunity to make a concentrated contribution to something that he feels has and will continue to have a positive global impact.

 
 
 
 

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