Dr Tom Kennie

Founding director of the Ranmore and of the Innovation Laboratory for Higher Education
Surrey UK
Leadership Development,
Executive Coaching,
Leadership Development
Executive Coaching
Industry Engagement

Dr Tom Kennie is a highly sought-after coach for senior academics in the United Kingdom, USA and Australia.

He is highly regarded for his consultancy work in Universities around the world. He has the experience of working with over 150 higher education institutions, research institutes and policy bodies on strategy, change, leadership and management development activities.

Tom is a very personable and approachable person with a disarming sense of humour.

He was the founding programme director of the UK Leadership Foundation for Higher Education ‘Top Management Programme’ (TMP), a leadership development programme for members of senior leadership teams in universities. Over 13 years he worked with over 650 HE leaders participated in this programme with over 80 moving into roles as Vice Chancellor or Chief Executive level roles in the UK and beyond. Coaching was a core element of the programme. He has designed and delivered many tailored ‘in-house’ developmental programmes for leadership teams. He is also regularly involved in supporting teams to review and refresh their strategic priorities and plans.

He is now Programme Director of the International Association of Universities (IAU) ‘Leading Globally Engaged Universities’ programme. This intensive, one-week programme is intended for senior leaders involved in internationalising their institutions. Other international programmes he is involved with include the Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF) King’s College London-Harvard School of Dental Medicine ‘Senior Dental Leaders’ programme. This annual event, now in its 13th year has created a community of over 250 leaders involved enhancing the oral health of children in low income countries.

He was appointed in 2016 as an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne. He is currently conducting research to inform a book he is co-authoring with Professor Robin Middlehurst on the theme of ‘Leadership Transitions at the Top in Higher Education’ – to be published by Routledge in late 2020.