I've had a varied working life. High school ended at 16 and for the next 7 years I worked in the fashion industry in various countries. At 23 I moved to India, where I lived on a small development project in Andhra Pradesh, followed by a number of years working with charitable and campaigning organizations back in the UK. In 1997 I completed a degree at the London School of Economics, and then worked with Anthony Giddens, Director of the LSE, as part of the top management team. After a year in Chicago I returned to work with the President of Warwick University. Based on my experience working with two university leaders, I started a PhD at Warwick Business School in 2004. My research was published into a monograph by Princeton University Press - Socrates in the Boardroom: Why Research Universities Should be Led by Top Scholars. I became an ESRC post-doctoral fellow, and then a Leverhulme fellow until 2010. I held visiting research positions at Cornell University, University of Zurich, and was a senior researcher at IZA Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn until 2012, when I joined Cass Business School in London as a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Faculty of Management.
The main focus of my work is leadership - 'expert leadership'. I have looked at leadership in various settings using mainly quantitative methods: in universities, academic departments, hospitals, in psychiatry, Formula 1, basketball, football, and in large US and UK random samples of workers and work places. A new major project involving a number of colleagues and medical organisations is in development: the Expert Leadership Programme for Physicians. It will, we hope, generate major research and educational programmes for doctors.
I also have a couple of gender papers and work I am interested in developing in the future, with Susan Hill, is on business and conservation, of both the environment and animal species. I have one paper on climate change, an issue that concerns me greatly. I am also an 'ambassador' for Save Wild Tigers.
I am married to the economist Andrew Oswald and live between England and South Wales, in beautiful Pembrokeshire.
I will be on sabbatical leave at Yale from September 2016 and later in the term at the University of Zurich.
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