Seminar Series Organisers
Chris Mabey, Professor in Leadership at Middlesex University Business School. Chris has held a career-long interest in leadership development as a counsellor for a charity, as a practitioner with British Telecom and Rank Xerox, as a consultant, as an academic researcher, teacher and writer. Chris current interest is in the way business schools can contribute to ethical leadership in organisations.
Leah Tomkins was formerly Director of People Strategy for the UK Civil Service, and is an alumna of KPMG. Her research interests include philosophical approaches to organisation and leadership, emphasising the need to work across traditionally divisive boundaries between business practitioners and academics.
Tim Harle works at the overlap of business and faith. He is Programme Leader for Sarum College’s MA in Christian Approaches to Leadership and a Visiting Fellow at Bristol Business School. He has worked in a range of companies in the service sector, and studied at INSEAD. His research interests include post-Newtonian approaches to leadership, and leadership in schools.
Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership at the Centre for Leadership Studies, Exeter. His most recent book is Fictional Leaders: Heroes, Villains and Absent Friends (2013). He plays a significant role in the ‘greening’ of management education worldwide and is co-founder of the One Planet MBA. He worked many years as a community mediator and on other interventions inspired by psychodynamic perspectives on power and organizing. He is co-founder of Coachingourselves.com and is a sailor and parent.
David Knights is Professor of Organization Studies at Lancaster University and the Open University (UK). His research interests cover: management control, power, identity and resistance; gender and diversity studies; Financial Services consumption, education and regulation. He is currently researching academics and business schools, the global financial crisis, the body and embodiment, and veterinary surgeons.
Peter Simpson is Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at Bristol Business School. Throughout his career he has held a range of leadership roles and consulted to senior managers on strategic change. He studies leadership through the theoretical lenses of complexity, spirituality and psychodynamics and has published widely in this field. One of his current research projects include the BA/Leverhulme funded ‘Group Decision-Making in Times of Crisis: Promoting Peace Dialogue Processes after "The Arab Spring"’.
Mervyn Conroy is co-director of the MSc Leadership for Health Services Improvement modules Leadership in Context and Applied Leadership Learning at Birmingham University. He has worked in NHS mental health services as a clinician, manager and researcher. His research and consultancy over the last decade has focussed on leadership ethics, sustainability of health service reform and connected health and social care communities.
Andrew Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Director of the Institute of Management, Law and Information Science at Aberystwyth University, having previously been the Head of the School of Business and Economics at Swansea University. Between 2009 and 2012 he was director of the LEAD Wales programme for Welsh entrepreneurs. He has written and published extensively on ethics, leadership, entrepreneurial motives and characteristics, and on regional economic development issues. He has served in a range of policy advisory and consultancy roles in the public and private sectors.
Peter Case is Professor of Organization Studies at the University of the West of England. He also holds a part-time position as Professor of Management and Organization Studies at James Cook University, Australia. His research interests encompass leadership studies, organisation theory and philosophy, organizational ethics, and international development. Peter’s books include: Worldly Leadership (with S. Turnbull, G. Edwards, D. Schedlizki and P. Simpson, 2012: Palgrave), and Belief and Organizations (with H. Höpfl and H. Letiche, 2012: Palgrave). He is a fellow of the Leadership Trust Foundation and holds editorial board positions on several journals, including: Leadership, Leadership & the Humanities and the Leadership & Organizational Development Journal.
Hugo Gaggiotti holds a DEA in Management Studies from ESADE Business School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. His research takes a constructionist perspective on organizing, most recently exploring the connections between professional culture, imagination, memory and management practices. His main methodological approach is organisational ethnography through longitudinal studies applying narrative and discourse analysis.
Sara De Marco has an MA in Linguistics from Lancaster University and speaks Italian, English, German and Spanish. She spent several years in management consulting, working as data analyst, key account manager within the IT and Finance sector across Europe, first with AON and later with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson). She recently joined Middlesex University where she coordinates the research projects in the Business School and has a research interest in Ethical Leadership. She is also a mother of 3 young children.