Melissa joined Bournemouth University in April 2014 and has had a career which spanned consultancy, education and executive education provision. Previously, Melissa worked in consultancy at a firm of occupational psychologists, where she was involved with a large number of clients from both the private and public sector. This mainly involved running assessment and development centres and organisational development projects. It was here that she gained an interest in the way organisations identify, select, develop and retain talented individuals. While working in consultancy, Melissa gained her Chartered Occupational Psychologist status.
From consultancy, Melissa joined Ashridge Hult Business School where she spent seven years as a client and programme director. This involved responsibility for two large open programmes in the field of management and leadership, and working on a range of tailored executive education programmes. She also contributed on the Ashridge MBA in the area of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour. Melissa has been fortunate to work internationally with a range of large multi-national organisations across sectors such as professional services, media, transport and the public sector.
As a Chartered Occupational Psychologist, Melissa is a fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has extensive experience of using a range of psychometrics such as the MBTI®, FIRO-B® and CPI® with both individuals and teams. While at Ashridge, Melissa has conducted research and published articles on the difference and diversity of personality types within organisations.
Melissa completed her PhD at Cranfield School of Management. Her thesis examined neoliberal and postfeminist discourses at a bank and network marketing organisation. She has a research interest in feminism and equality and diversity issue.
At BU, Melissa is programme leader for the MSc in Management with Human Resources.