Durham University Businerss School
Status: IMJ Editorial Advisory Board
Awarded a BA (Hons) Combined Studies in Politics, Sociology and Social Policy and an MA in Politics from the University of Durham, then went on to gain a PhD from the University of Warwick, as part of the Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School. Also attained a Certificate in Education in FE/HE from the University of Durham.
Joined Durham Business School in 1999, took on the role of Director of the MA in Management and taught across U/G, P/G, DL, DBA and post-experience courses in strategy, public and regeneration management, business environment and research methods/methods of inquiry (recently delivered this on-site in Barbados in June 2004). Acts as an external examiner at Aston and Leeds Metropolitan (previously held the role at Glasgow Caledonian). Furthermore, teaches occasionally at Teesside Business School (with VC agreement) to cover Professor Lawton’s research leave, as well as recent sessions on leadership in regeneration and renewal for Office of Deputy Prime Minister. Created a Regeneration Management Forum and organised three conferences on the topic over the past three, years as well as providing one of DBS ‘voices ‘ on regeneration to the external world.
Prior to joining DBS, acted as MBA Director at Sunderland Business School between 1990-1999, teaching on home-based international programmes in Slovakia, Greece and Amsterdam. Previous positions have included Executive Officer, Home Civil Service, Director of a family company, Research officer, Training officer, Research consultant, and currently a company secretary for son’s design companies (does not involve a lot of work as son owns 99% share).
Acts as the Editor of the International Journal of Public Sector Management (Emerald Press), plus being one of only two UK academics on the Scientific Committee of EFMD, PSN (European Foundation for Management Development, Public Sector Network). Additionally, is a member of the Public Administration Committee of the Joint Universities Council, on the research committee. Moreover, for the past five years, has been secretary of the Regional Studies Association Northern Branch, member of the Centre for Public Policy and trustee of Ruth First Trust. Recently invited by ODPM to talk to young researchers about how to get published.
Researches in the areas of local and regional governance, partnerships and regeneration, and is a permanent reviewer for Routledge and other respectable publishers. Regular contributor to the regional and national media, and was invited by BBC radio to provide an on-going commentary on the NE Assembly Referendum results (on Election night, 4th Nov 2004) Contributes to the policy debate in other ways, as well as working collaboratively with academics and practitioners, including Professor Townsend of ICRRDS (as an Associate of the research centre).
Recently served on an ESRC Panel on local governance and community engagement (convened by professor Steve Osborne of Aston), and regularly chairs national and international panels at conferences and policy debates. As examples, during 2005 two conferences are planned. Firstly EFMDPSN in Nottingham (joint convenor with Professor Paul Joyce) to which we have key speakers from each of the Modernisation units of central administrations in five European states. Secondly, together with one other UK academic and two Greeks (one academic, one policy maker), a conference on regional and local change across Europe will be convened in Greece. Sponsorship was personally obtained from ENAE, responsible for all municipalities.
Mentor to the Commander of Police at South Tyneside, and meet with him twice a year to brief on regeneration/policy changes. Also critical friend to UK and Greek local authorities, and represents the Business School on regional and local partnerships. In the past, have convened a number of topical policy-driven events for policy makers and practitioners in the region and beyond, including events on developing the RES. Culture and regeneration, Devolution and partnerships, and Devolution and business. These were all well attended. Recently commenced supervision of one PhD research student and also re-designed the Business School Master’s Module on Research Methods, to comply with ESRC Guidance.