Profile

Richard is Professor of Leadership and Management and Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England. He has over 20 years experience in applied leadership, management and organisational research and education and has published extensively on these topics. He is Associate Editor of the journal Leadership and engages extensively with external organisations, such as the NHS Leadership Academy, Singapore Civil Service College and Bristol Golden Key. 


Overview

I joined Bristol Business School in autumn 2013, where I helped establish and now lead Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, one of the largest and most active university-based centres of its kind.

I am committed to applied scholarship that has an impact well beyond academia. My teaching and research explores the interface between individual and collective approaches to leadership and leadership development, with a particular focus on issues of identity, culture and collaboration. I have published widely on topics including distributed leadership, systems leadership, leadership in higher education, worldly leadership and leadership development evaluation. My books include Exploring Leadership: Individual, organizational and societal perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Leadership Paradoxes: Rethinking leadership for an uncertain world (Routledge, 2016), the latter of which was shortlisted for the 2017 CMI Management Book of the Year Award. I am Associate Editor for the journal Leadership and regularly conduct reviews for leading international journals.

My academic background is in leadership/organisation studies and applied psychology. Prior to joining UWE I spent over 10 years at the Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter – where I progressed from Research Fellow to Head of Centre, whilst also completing a part-time PhD. I have also worked in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Exeter and as a Research Psychologist at the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield. Outside of higher education, I have run my own independent research consultancy and spent two years at an IT company in France developing and marketing the English-language version of their survey design and analysis software - SphinxSurvey.

I teach on a number of programmes at UWE, including the Bristol MBABA Management and Leadership and ILM accredited courses on leadership and management. I supervise PhD and Masters students in areas related to my research interests and regularly consult and engage with external organisations.

Career History

  • Professor of Leadership and Management- Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, since Nov 2013 
  • Senior Lecturer in Leadership Studies- Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School, Jul 2011 – Dec 2013
  • Lecturer in Leadership Studies- Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School, Nov 2008 – Jun 2011
  • Research Fellow- Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School, Mar 2003 – Oct 2008 
  • Curriculum R&D Officer– University of Exeter School of Education and Lifelong LearningApr 2002 – Feb 2003 (part-time)
  • Skills and Labour Market Researcher– Marchmont Observatory, University of Exeter, Jul 2001 – Apr 2002
  • Research Fellow- Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School, Jun 2000 – Jun 2001 (part-time)
  • Director- Sphinx Development UKJun 2001 – Jun 2005 (part-time)
  • Partner- Communication and Training SkillsJun 1999 – May 2001 (part-time)
  • Product Manager - Le Sphinx Développement, Annecy, France, Jun 1997 – Jun 1999
  • Research Associate - Institute of Work Psychology, University of SheffieldNov 1994 – Dec 1996

Qualifications

  • PhD in Leadership Studies - University of Exeter
  • MA in Psychology with Industrial Studies - University of Liverpool
  • BSc in Psychology - University of Manchester
Academic leadership roles
  • Director of Bristol Leadership and Change Centre, UWE - since Mar 2014
  • Member of UWE Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, UWE– since Sep 2017
  • Member of FBL Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee, UWE – since Mar 2014
  • Head of Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School - 2011-12
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