About Felicity © 2020  Graphic created by Vanessa Randle
About Felicity © 2020 Graphic created by Vanessa (Randle) Damianou, www.thinkingvisually.com – Click to Enlarge

Founder of Emergent Thinkers: Felicity Healey-Benson, BSc, PGC, MBA, MA (HRM), PG Dip CIPD, Dip. NLP, SAC. Dip, FHEA, Academic Assoc. CIPD

Welcome to my blog site: where the worlds of education and business connect.

Come and join me on my professional and doctoral journey whereby I look to uncover new pedagogic and business practices that will help future-proof our talent, and our environment. (Status FEBRUARY 2023: a doctoral thesis submitted October 2022, viva successfully defended 14th February 2023!…next up graduation…

Exploring and bridging new and unfolding concepts and practices to support Education in the fourth industrial revolution, where humans and technology are aligned to enable new possibilities.

My background

I began my career at Unipart as a Kaizen Technician and later a Continuous Improvement Engineer, supporting culture change and embedding continuous improvement principles across all operations. I then migrated into business improvement consultancy and Learning & Development, working across a number of sectors including not-for-profit, local authority, commercial and e-commerce environments.

I have engaged in a number of lead L&D roles for hi-growth organisations including the Gwalia Group (non-charitable & charitable housing) and Amazon, supporting the establishment and embedding of processes within Amazon’s then largest UK facility in Swansea.

My expertise has been built upon academic and work- based programme teaching experience, with specific expertise in leadership and management development, including a sustainability agenda. Undergraduate and postgraduate modules developed and delivered include leadership & management, business and enterprise, HRM and marketing, as well as professional qualifications accredited by the CIPS, CIM, CMI, CIPD and ACCA. I have delivered face-to-face, blended and online programmes. I am an experienced and pragmatic facilitator, trainer and manager with well-developed communication, interpersonal and leadership skill.

My doctoral research skills are informed with academic, business, strategy development and project management career experience.

Professional Associations

  • Academic Associate Member of Chartered Institute of  Personnel and Development
  • Associate Member of Chartered Institute of  Marketing
  • Higher Education Academy Fellowship
  • Vitae Membership
  • ICDE (International Council for Open and Distance Education) Membership
  • EDEN (European Distance & Learning Network) Membership
  • Co-founder: Hanfod.NL (with Dr Mike Johnson)(phenomenology learned society)
  • The British Society for Phenomenology Membership
  • Treasurer: hanfod.NL
  • Co-Chair of hanfod Networked Learning Event 2021 (#hNL21)
  • Co-founder (with Professor David A. Kirby): The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society
  • The Society for Coaching at Wales Academy of Professional Practice and Applied Research Member
  • Member of the EntreCompEdu Steering Group
  • Member of The Sustainability Network
  • Member of the Enterprising Women in Ed Network
  • Member of The British Academy of Management
  • Primary School Governor
  • Parent Governor Representative on the Education and Children Scrutiny Committee, Carmarthenshire County Council
  • Member of the Scientific Association for Entrepreneurship Education

A highlight of 2021: In the news: EntreCompEdu success

September 2020

EntreCompEdu Teacher Pioneer School by Bantani Education

May 2020

EntreCompEdu Teacher Pioneer by Bantani Education


March 2020

Nomination for We Are The City Rising Star 2020 in Education & Academia

Enjoying the stage at the CIPD Awards Wales 2018 – ‘Faculty Change Management Silver’
Enjoying my role in the annual graduation ceremonies

Shortlisted nominee for UWTSD Swansea Academic Member of the Year 2019, AND UWTSD Swansea Feedback Champion 2019.

Education Is Not the Learning of Facts, But the Training of the Mind To Think

Einstein, 1869-1955

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