Malcolm Ballantine – Chair
Malcolm Ballantine is a retired organizational psychologist. He began his career as an electronics technician working at the BBC but soon realized that his interests were to take him in a different direction . Having qualified as a psychologist he worked for a number of years for the British Steel Corporation advising on the human and organizational aspects of technical change in heavy industry. He then moved to Birkbeck College in the University of London and taught on the MSc courses in Occupational Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Computer Science. During this period he also lectured on the MSc in Ergonomics which was based at University College London. Today this course has become the MSc in Human Computer Interaction and, maintaining his contact with UCL, he became responsible for the teaching on socio-technical systems. He worked on this course, teaching part-time, for over forty years. After leaving his full time job at Birkbeck, he worked in both the private and public sectors eventually running his own consultancy. This included working with senior police officers as Senior Tutor at the Police Staff College, Bramshill and with many government departments through his appointment as an Associate of the National School of Government at Sunningdale Park as well as a variety of private sector organizations. Now retired he lives in rural Suffolk and is a keen member of the local University of the Third Age. Linking back to where he started, he coordinates a group of fellow like-minded members in attempting to create their own electronic technologies for the benefit of the community.
Bob’s background is in banking and finance, where he pursued a career in HR management. He was Head of Training & Development at Chartered Trust, a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank, for a number of years and was latterly Head of Development for the Asset Finance Division of Lloyds TSB, during which time he jointly developed an action learning degree programme.
Alan Dale has been a pioneering training and management development manager in the NHS, a lecturer at the London Business School, Associated Professor at the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management and – for the last 23 years – owner and M.D. of Spain’s leading personal development holiday company. He is especially interested in the interaction between development, effectiveness and the characteristics of the systems in which people work – their organisational tasks/purposes, structures, cultures, workflow, technologies and environments.
Worked as a psychologist in the NHS and in various educational roles before spending five years at the Tavistock Institute. Following work in EAP (French Business School) and research at Peper Harow (Therapeutic Facility for teenagers and young adults) she, with Peter Riach, directed Peper Harow for four years, formed the consultancy PJR and then continued to work, with colleagues, on individual, group and organisational issues across all sectors.