Welcoming Becky Williams, Leadership Development Manager

Hello, my name is Becky Williamson (she/her). I joined the South West Leadership Academy in April as Leadership Development Manager and I am here on a secondment from the Midlands Leadership Academy.

The focus of my work is Leadership Development and Coaching. I am a Healthcare Leadership Model 360, Action Learning Set and My Everything DiSC Facilitator, qualified Coach and experienced in programme delivery. Scoping, commissioning and design of leadership interventions and relationship management are a large part of my role. I have a clinical background having qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2008. I was awarded the Nottinghamshire Roosevelt Travelling Scholarship 2012 which provided the fantastic opportunity to research the role of Occupational Therapy in early rehabilitation at Major Trauma Centres of America. I have presented at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Conference 2013 and 2014 and the World Occupational Therapy Congress 2014 in Japan to share my personal development and leadership journey. I have found that my Occupational Therapy skills of working alongside people to enable them to achieve their goals has translated well into the world of leadership, lifelong learning and people development.

I grew up in Somerset with my first NHS role as a Therapy Support Worker at West Mendip Hospital and then a newly qualified Occupational Therapist at Yeovil District Hospital, so it is great to be back working in the South West. I am still living in Nottingham so working virtually has created some interesting opportunities!

The South West Leadership Academy Team have been so welcoming. I have learnt so much over the past 5 months and been involved is some fantastically creative and innovative work.

We recently shared two truths and a lie with our colleagues as part of a team meeting, below are mine, see if you can spot the lie:

1) I completed the Duke of Edinburgh bronze, silver and gold awards and went to Buckingham palace to be presented with my gold certificate and badge, Prince Phillip was there.
2) When I was 7 I wrote to the prime minister about climate change and asked him to make a law that households could only have 1 car and only use it for long journeys.
3) My Dad’s Godfather, Chad Vara and my Grandfather Barry Williamson set up the Samaritans.


The lie was number 1, I was unable to complete my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award as our expedition was cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth disease outbreak of 2001.

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