Michelle Leek MBA, CFCIPD
WPG Lead Middle East and UK
Michelle Leek is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, with over 25 years, senior leadership experience that has seen Michelle delivering innovative and effective people focused strategies and services across a range of organisations and sectors.
Michelle has recently returned to the Middle East (Saudi Arabia) where she is working as a Global Consultant where she is bringing innovative HR/OD solutions to people related workforce challenges.
On the executive team, Michelle was the Pro Vice Chancellor - People, Performance & Culture at the University of Cumbria. This builds on her previous role and experiences as Director of People (Staff and Students) where Michelle provided leadership to her teams (180+), who together delivered enriching, enabling and accessible services to both students and staff in an increasingly dynamic and competitive sector.
Michelle’s portfolio of responsibility included, Human Resources, Organisational Development and Design, Community Services, Careers and Employability, Student Support, Health and Wellbeing.
In recognition of her significant contributions to the University of Cumbria and to the UK University Sector as a whole, Michelle was awarded a Professor of Practice – People, Growth and Culture.
Michelle’s career, a progression from the oil and gas industry, contracting, waste management, through to higher education, working in research intensive universities within the UK and overseas, has been informed by the belief that people add value and drive success. At each step of the way, business need and, people-focused service and innovation have been at the centre of her approach.
Inspiring others through insightful innovation and a reassuring approach, Michelle understands the value of embedding a progressive people centred approach. She has worked in partnership with executive teams to develop organisational strategy ensuring people are at the heart of its development and delivery.
Family is important to Michelle, she has three adult children, and they all share a love for walking, cycling and skiing.