An accomplished academic researcher, fundraiser and research evaluator, my distinctive value is a broad portfolio of skills and experience coupled with immense adaptability. I bring excellent abilities in managing relationships with diverse organisations, groups and individuals; a very highly developed set of analytical skills; and considerable experience in organisational development.
Achievements and Activities 2005 – present
Appointed Lecturer in Social Entrepreneurship (p/t) at Goldsmiths, University of London, working in the Institute for Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, I am Programme Director of the MA in Social Entrepreneurship.
Over 500 research grant proposals evaluated and reviewed across the complete spectrum of the social sciences and humanities, working on contracts for the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency, Brussels, May 2007 – current, and the Qatar National Research Foundation, November 2010 – current.
Appointed as Panel Vice Chair for the Research Executive Agency’s Career Restart Panel which evaluates across all scientific and humanities disciplines, acknowledging my cross-disciplinary skills.
Appointed Voluntary Senior Fellow and member of the Academic Senate, The Grove International Management School, November 2013 – present.
Series Editor “Dialogues in Critical Management Studies” (Emerald Publishing) and co-editor and contributor for the first volume ‘Critical perspectives on the Third Sector’, August 2010 – current. My broad expertise of management and organisation studies is applied for this unique series of edited collections developing dialogues amongst and between academics and practitioners.
Third Sector organisations, Leadership and Fundraising.
- Secured National First Prize of £2K from Co-operatives UK and the Carnegie Trust for Hastings Online Times, as volunteer Secretary to this online-news community group.
- Provided advice to Hastings Voluntary Action and Hastings Borough Council on measures to support local Social Economy organisations.
- Secured £25K from The People’s Health Trust for a community development project which I currently manage for the Gensing & Central St Leonards Community Forum where I volunteer as Chair.
- As Chair of Calder Connect Co-operative (a member-owned community broadband reseller) I brought the organisation out of crisis; negotiated financial agreements with two departed founder members; secured £9K Awards for All grant; and finally negotiated the acquisition of the co-operative by The Phone Co-op.
- Secured £5K Community Foundation feasibility grant for Calder Valley Our Net, campaign group for community-owned fibre broadband, as Founder member and volunteer Chair.
Academic Background (full academic CV available on request)
Since 1992 I have secured over £150K spanning seven research grants and consultancies as either Principal Applicant or Co-Applicant; published four books and nearly 40 papers, chapters and reports; supervised 10 PhD and DBA theses; developed the mould-breaking MSc Innovation, Creativity and Enterprise in 2004; and served as School trade union representative, 2004 – 11.
09/02 – 05/11 Senior Lecturer in Management, Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University.
01/00 – 08/02 Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, Department of Human Sciences, Brunel University.
01/97 – 12/99 Research Fellow, ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation & Competition, Manchester School of Management, UMIST, and Manchester University.
10/93 – 12/96 Research Associate, Centre for Research on Organisations, Management and Technical Change, Manchester School of Management
I have been entered in all three Research Assessment Exercises, including the 1997 submission for Manchester School of Management, UMIST which gained the highest 5* ranking and the 2001 submission for Sociology, Brunel University which gained a 5 rank.
Other Employment and Voluntary Work
Between 1978 and 2001 I worked and volunteered in a wide variety of organisations developing my knowledge of organisational forms and pursuing an abiding interest in the academic and social activist perspectives on relations between theory and practice, for instance through critically examining claims to expertise relating to work, technology and people.
- Deputy Manager, Leeds Ale Co-operative
- Member of editorial collective, Peace News
- School governor; developed new governing body constitution
- Computer programmer/analyst in large bank
- Disc jockey
- Writer of crime and mystery fiction
- Residential social worker, occupational therapist in mental health day centre and volunteer mental health counsellor.
- Sole Proprietor and founder, Desktop Publishing company
- Part-time Teacher-Trainer, training in IT
- Member of collective, wholefood café co-operative
2003 Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education, Brunel University (accredited by Higher Education Academy).
2001 PhD title ICTs and the Knowledge Economy: An Historical and Ethnographic Study, Manchester School of Management, UMIST.
1993 MSc. in Computation, Department of Computation, UMIST.
1989 PGCE, Secondary Education (Maths & IT), Manchester University.
1977 BSc Liberal Studies in Science (with Physics), Manchester University (sociological, historical, political, economic and philosophical studies of science, technology and innovation, plus physics).