Academic Background

Born in Highgate, North London and educated at Highgate School.

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Queen’s College, Oxford University 1967-1970

MSc in Business Management, London Graduate School of Business Studies, 1970-1972.

PhD in Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, 1972-1975.

Academic and Industrial Experience

Worked for Incomes Data Service in London

From 1992-2008 Professor of Industrial Relations and Director of the Centre for Industrial Relations at Keele University, and since 1998 Head of the Department of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, and since 2002 Director of the Centre for Dispute Resolution. From 2008-2018 Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at Wolverhampton Business School.

Work as an advisor/consultant over recent years: Bank of China; Unilever; Kroll and DNV (both risk assessment management firms); Police Federation; PCS (largest civil service union); FBU; RMT, UNITE, UNISON, ONS, Ilford Films, Eden Vale, Van Leer, and ACAS.

External examiner for PhDs and MA/MBA programmes: Warwick, Salford, Paisley, Keele, Wolverhampton, Swansea, Plymouth, Canterbury Christchurch, Chanco in Malawi, State Midlands and Great Zimbabwe Universities in Zimbabwe, Technology University in Beijing, and NCIR in Dublin.

Member of the editorial board of the journals Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, Theory and Struggle, and The World Review of Political Economy; and council member of the World Association of Political Economy. I am on the panel of experts for Personnel Today. I am on the steering committee of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies.

Extensive media appearances on radio and TV: over 300 radio interviews over the last few years including for BBC Radio Four (Today programme, Week at Westminster, Westminster Hour, and Women’s Hour); Radio Five (News and Wake Up to Money); Radio Wales; Radio Scotland; Radio Northern Ireland; Radio West Midlands; Radio Stoke; Radio Oxford; Radio Merseyside; Radio Solent; Radio London; Radio Sussex, Radio Newcastle, Radio Manchester, Radio Humberside, Radio Coventry, Radio Hereford and Worcester, Radio Three Counties, and the World Service. And several times for LBC.

Dozens of TV appearances on Midlands Today, GMTV, Sky News, BBC News, Politics Show, BBC Breakfast, and BBC News 24.

Other media – The Times, The Telegraph, The Morning Star, Reuters, BBC websites, the THES, and the International Herald Tribune; and more specialist journals such as Ambulance Today, Police magazine, Education Today, and Personnel Today.

Main topics have been strikes: by BA cabin crews; postal workers, civil servants, railway workers, at BAA, oil refinery workers, firefighters, oil tanker drivers, London and Brighton bus drivers, teachers, tube strikes, junior hospital doctors, refuse workers in Birmingham, and actions by police and prison staff.

Other topics include: Labour Party links with the unions and TUC, European strike trends, relevance of trade unions, union reaction to government cuts; and the recession’s impact on jobs and work, wages and the labour market, public sector pensions, the new Labour leadership, strike law reform, and strike-breaking, UK and European strike trends, technology and working hours, and the meaning of class.

Other esteem factors:

I was a member of the ACAS strategic researchers group

I have acted as an expert witness in judicial review

I was President of British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), 1999-2003

I was a member of the British Commonwealth Universities panel 2000-2008

I chaired the regional quality assurance committee of the OCN 2000-2005

I act as a Referee/Reviewer for Economic and Social Research Council and Department of Health grant applications, journals such as British Journal of Industrial Relations, Industrial Relations Journal, Work Employment and Society, Sociological Review, British Journal of Sociology, and Employee Relations, and for publishers such as Oxford University Press, Routledge and many others.

I was awarded ‘outstanding scholar’ from WAPE in 2011.





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