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Richard Atienza-Hawkes

Richard previously worked as a virologist, undertaking research into finding a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. He went on to focus his career on the psycho-social issues surrounding the illness. He then moved into learning and development and subsequently human-resource management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, has a Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership from Oxford University, Said Business School and over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the public sector.

During this time he has also worked extensively with charitable and small- to medium-sized business enterprises, delivering business and individual benefits through providing strategic direction, managing change programmes and implementing continuous improvement initiatives. Richard is passionate about supporting staff to function effectively, through promoting leadership, nurturing talent and building organisational resilience and capacity.


Past and present Confer events
Leading Your Organisation Through Change
Friday 13 - Saturday 17 June 2011







Book of the Month
Sharon Stanley
Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma: Lifting the Burdens of the Past


Relational and Body-Centered Practices for Healing Trauma provides psychotherapists and other helping professionals with a new body-based clinical model for the treatment of trauma. This model synthesizes emerging neurobiological....
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Helen Fisher: The brain in love

Why do we crave love so much, even to the point that we would die for it? To learn more about our very real, very physical need for romantic love, Helen Fisher and her research team took MRIs of people in love — and people who had just been dumped... view...

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The Latest Neuroimaging Findings in Borderline Personality Disorder

Altered function in neurotransmitter systems including the serotonin, glutamate, and GABA systems was observed in patients with BPD... read more...