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NESA Fall Leadership Conference 2019

James Tulley

Senior HR Partner

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia

JAMES TULLEY is a senior HR Partner serving in the HR Department of The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining KAUST in 2012, he spent 15 years in various HR and Learning positions in the UK Civil Service.

Mr Tulley has been the HR Learning and Development Partner to The KAUST School for six years and has supported the school in a number of organizational development initiatives. He holds CIPD’s, Advanced Certificate in Managing Organizational Learning and Knowledge and is a SHRM Certified Professional.

Human Resources Professionals Strand

3-Hour Session: Thursday, Oct. 24

Facilitated by JAMES TULLEY

Connect & Engage

At the 2017 NESA Fall Leadership Conference, we used the SHRM Competency Model as a backdrop to the work undertaken by the HR Professionals Strand to create the group’s Guiding Statement and a plan for future learning across three categories:

1. HR Behavioral/Skills
2. HR Technical Knowledge
3. Peer to Peer

At the 2018 FLC we selected from Category 1 and focused on the skills and behaviors associated with Influence and Authentic Conversations. This year’s HR Case Study-based session moves the group in to Categories 2 and 3, linking HR competencies to experience and practice.


HR colleagues will work together to prepare a detailed response to specially prepared school-HR scenarios and consider the associated HR competencies.

Reflect & Apply

Using scenarios pitched at different levels of NESA’s Learning Continuum, the session aims to help you reflect on where you and your HR function are at your school and how this may develop in the future. The creation and discussion of written responses to the scenarios will provide you with a set of resources that can be used for individual and group development beyond the conference.

Target Audience:

Anyone in an HR role/function.

Continuum Levels:


Learn more about how NESA plans Professional Learning
NESA'S Learning Continuum:

Friday, Oct. 25

On Friday, October 25, after the morning keynote presentation, HR Professionals are invited to take advantage of the many other professional development opportunities offered in order to mix with other delegates and experience other workshops in the wider context of the NESA Fall Leadership Conference, adding to their training a good blend of other relevant educational topics.

Go to Friday's speaking schedule


Friday 2:45-3:45pm — An HR Professionals Job Alike & Sharing session will be held for collaboration, partnership, communication, and the sharing of highlights and tips from recently implemented projects. (Everyone is encouraged to bring something to share.) — Facilitated by JAMES TULLEY.

Saturday, Oct. 26

On Saturday, October 26, after the morning keynote presentation, HR Professionals are invited to attend Laurie Tasharski and Pery Awad's 3-hour workshop, "Safer Hiring Practices: Your role as gatekeepers to climate", 10:30am-2:30pm.


Save paper and effort where possible!

For your convenience, and to support our efforts in being "green", all handouts/files posted here have been notated with an A, B, C or D indicating the following:

(A) hardcopies needed at workshop
(B) electronic version on laptop is sufficient (for viewing during the workshop)
(C) required reading PRIOR to the workshop
(D) file not needed for workshop itself, but simply material of additional interest/reference


Updates to handouts may be made until shortly before the start of the conference.