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I joined The University of Manchester in January 2014 as a Lecturer in Healthcare Management.  Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018, I am the Programme Director of the MSc Healthcare Leadership (commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy as the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme); tutor on the PG Diploma in Healthcare Leadership for the Senior Leader Apprenticeship Pathway; module lead for health economics in the MSc International Healthcare Leadership programme; an accredited facilitator of the ExperienceChange simulation, the Oshry Organization Workshop and the NHS Leadership Academy's Healthcare Leadership Model 360; and a contributor to the Higher Specialist Scientific (HSST) programme Unit A modules on Professionalism.

I am a co-editor of Healthcare Management (4th edition, due out 2024) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy; have successfully completed the University of Manchester's Humanities New Academics Programme and Leaders in Teaching Programme and was awarded one of two business school places at Harvard Business School's Global Colloquium on Participant-Centered Learning in 2019-20.

Prior to joining the university, I studied Health Economics and Health Care Management at postgraduate level; successfully completed the NHS Graduate Training Scheme and worked in the English National Health Service as a manager from 2000-07 and then at De Montfort University, lecturing in health care management from 2007-13, from where I was awarded the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012 and the University's Teacher Fellowship in 2013.

I was awarded my PhD in Business and Management from The University of Manchester in 2016. My research focussed on a case study of change in medical education.

I have conducted research (with Mr Alan Boyd) on the impact of the Care Quality Commission on quality of care (value £208,000; 2018-19) and was part of the Alliance MBS/King's Fund research team conducting a scoping review of NHS Improvement's Developing People: Improving Care framework (value £25,000; 2017). In 2015, I led a writing project for the Higher Education Academy / Advance HE (value £25,000), which provided primer guides to teaching topics in higher education as part of their Knowledge Hub

My current research is focussed on the development of UK medical leadership (supported be a British Academy of Management Transitions 1 Grant). This builds on research I have been co-leading with Prof. Mark Exworthy (University of Birmingham) since 2018 on the professionalization and practice of medical leadership


PhD Business and Management (The University of Manchester, 2016)

PG Cert Higher Education (De Montfort University, Leicester, 2008)

MSc Health Care Management (University of Birmingham, 2005)

NVQ Level 4, Management (Chartered Management Institute, 2003)

PG Dip Health Care Management (University of Birmingham, 2002)

PG Cert Managing in Health and Social Care (De Montfort University, Leicester, 2002)

MSc Health Economics (University of York, 2000)

BA (Hons) Economics and French (University of Nottingham, 1998)

Research interests

My research interests lie in the areas of medical leadership, professional culture & identity and pedagogic practice. Please see 'Opportunities' for details of research areas where I would be willing to supervise/support research students.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Academy of Management (BAM), Member, since January 2011

Higher Education Academy (HEA) / Advance HE, Fellow, since April 2013

Higher Education Academy (HEA) / Advance HE, Academic Associate, since October 2013

European Group of Organizational Studies (EGOS), Member, 2015

European Academy of Management (EURAM), Member, since January 2016

Society for the Studies in Organising Health Care (SHOC), Member, since May 2018

Academy of Management (AOM), Member, 2018


I am interested in supervising research students in the following areas;

  • Organisational & institutional issues in healthcare
  • Public sector policy making 
  • Professions/professionalisation/leadership and/or management by/for/of professionals, notably within the medical profession

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Practising change in strongly-institutionalised environments: using system capital, being system centric, The University of Manchester

1 Apr 201418 Jul 2016

Award Date: 18 Jul 2016

Postgraduate Certificate Higher Education, De Montfort University

23 Jun 200721 Nov 2008

Award Date: 21 Nov 2008

Master of Science, MSc Healthcare Management, University of Birmingham

21 Sept 20009 Dec 2005

Award Date: 9 Dec 2005

Postgraduate Certificate Managing in Health and Social Care, De Montfort University

21 Sept 20001 Jul 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Master of Science, MSc Health Economics, University of York

1 Oct 199812 Oct 1999

Award Date: 10 Jul 2000

Bachelor of Arts, BA (Hons) Economics with French (2:1), University of Nottingham

1 Oct 19946 Jul 1998

Award Date: 6 Jul 1998

External positions

Non-Executive Chair, North Shropshire Primary Care Network

1 Apr 20221 Apr 2024

External Examiner, MSc Healthcare Planning, Cardiff Business School

1 Feb 20211 Feb 2024

Areas of expertise

  • HM Sociology
  • Healthcare Management
  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Professions
  • Medical Leadership


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