Linda Linehan

Linda Linehan is the Managing Director of Abbeville Associates Ltd. She loves to work with businesses and organisations to ensure that the values of equality,  diversity and inclusion are lived out on a day-to-day basis: in the workplace, in business plans, and in meeting the needs of different customer and user groups.

Linda has over 20 years experience in leadership, learning and development, change management, human resources and equality and diversity issues. She has provided strategic, consultancy and organisational change support to a wide range of organisations in the public, private and not for profit sectors.

Linda has worked extensively with company directors, Board Members, Trustees and senior managers, on their own leadership styles, strengths and performance. She has also developed performance appraisal approaches which build on current strengths and deliver organisational success. A key area of expertise involves supporting organisations at a strategic level to improve equality outcomes, e.g. access to and take up of services, for communities and for workforce groups, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion.

Assignments have included using the Abbeville Leadership Excellence framework to evaluate leadership strengths and areas for development. Workshops in England, Wales and Scotland have covered equality impact assessment of policies and services, developing vision and values, team-working and strategic influencing. More recently, she has supported leadership development in faith groups, through facilitation of Leadership programmes, mentoring and group coaching.

In addition to an honours degree in Social Science and Public Administration from the University of London, Linda has a Masters Degree in Strategic Personnel and Development and a post-graduate Diploma in Management Studies. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and holds a certificate of competence for occupational testing (Level B plus) from the British Psychological Society.

Linda has been trained in, and conducted, community research for the Weir Link community project and is qualified to administer Myers Briggs Type Indicators (Steps I and II), 16PF and other psychometric tools.

Voluntary positions include Chair and member roles in leadership and steering groups. From 2002-7 she was a founder member of Tomorrow's Planners, a group managing a positive action programme to attract more black and minority ethnic planners into the planning profession. Linda has been a Governor of Morley College in London since 2006 and has held the posts of Director, Treasurer and Education Co-ordinator of the Premier Chapter of Business Network International. Linda is also a Trustee of St. Thomas with St. Stephen’s Church.

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