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After a retirement break, I joined the University of Westminster in September 2015 as a visiting lecturer in Westminster Business School, but I am now a module leader in the School of Organisations, Economy and Society.  I am a signatory and supporter of Academics For Academic Freedom andf a Founder Member of the Free Speech Union.

"And the light has been turned down / On the age of reason"

(Laurence Fox 2019)


I have a varied career, starting as a Routemaster bus mechanic and engineering supervisor in the 1960s, which went on to include: special educational needs teacher, training and research manager, and management consultant in London and the Middle East.  My academic career includes employment as: Dean of the Business School at Bromley College of F&HE; Associate Head of the University of Greenwich Business School, responsible for commercial development, and later, Undergraduate Scheme Director for London Metropolitan University Business School.


A parallel portfolio of voluntary roles has included; service as an infantry officer in the Territorial Army for seven years; as a Lambeth borough councillor for 12 years and eight years as an Ofsted "special measures" school governor and chairman.  I am currently the Vice-chairman of the Norwood Planning Assembly and a Convenor of the Neighbourhood Planners London network.  Under the "Inspiring the Future" programme I support careers activities in secondary schools.


Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2020      FHEA

Yachtmaster 2010                                                 RYA/MCA

MSc in HRM (Change Management) 2001           London South Bank University

Diploma in Management Studies 1979                 Kingston Polytechnic

Certificate in Education (Geography) 1974           Portsmouth College of Education

Chartered Member 1990                                       CIPD

Member 1985                                                        CMI


With over 20 years of teaching and management experience in the university sector, I have taught across the subject areas of Leadership, Change Management, Organisational Behaviour, HRM and HRD.  Currently I am the Module Leader for postgraduate Organisational Analysis, Design and Development  I also supervise postgraduate research students in HRM and give guest lectures on wider business topics. 


A major focus of my career has been on management development and trainer training, carried out both commercially and academically, which has included action-research, and pioneering competence-based approaches.   As a management consultant, I have planned and supported management and organisation development, and change management.  I supported the installation of the Investors in People standard in a number of London organisations.


I am researching devolution policy, and in particular the "politics of localism" in London and the implications for governance and participative democracy.  This involves investigating community engagement in neighbourhood planning, and the analysis of institutional policy and power.  The study is integrated, combining politics, planning, and public sector management.


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.