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.
I am or have been a visiting professor and external examiner at various universities in the UK (Warwick, Swansea, Salford, Wolverhampton, Hertfordshire, Christ Church Canterbury, Paisley, Keele) and overseas (Malawi, Zimbabwe, China, Sweden).
I was President of British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA), 1999-2003;
I was a member of the British Commonwealth Universities panel, 2004-2008
I am used as an independent evaluator for a variety of management projects, including with Eden Vale Company; the Fire Service; TUC; the National Statistics Office; health services; British Aerospace; Van Leer corporation; Hinckley Point nuclear power plant. For unions including: UNISON, FBU, Police Federation; RMT, PCS, RCN and UNITE. Also I do work with ACAS and the IER.
I appear on a regular basis on TV and radio, and write for newspapers and non-academic journals on issues of employment.
Recent radio and TV appearances include the World at One, the Westminster Hour, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC West Midlands, and BBC Radio Stoke on issues such as the British Airways dispute, Postal dispute, the Oil Refinery dispute, the relations between the TUC and the Labour Party, strikes and union power. I have been interviewed about the disputes at British Airways, British Gas, BAA, Network Rail, and the civil service; and about strikes and unions in general. TV appearances include on Midlands Today, GMTV, The Politics Show, Sky News and BBC News. Radio include BBC Radio Four (Today; Westminster Hour) and Five; Radio Wales, Stoke, Solent, Oxford, London, Merseyside, and West Midlands. Most recently I was interviewed for Radio 4 and 5 on public sector pay. I have been interviewed on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme; Radio 4 Westminster Hour; Radio 5 Live; Radio Wales; and Radio West Midlands — all concerning the role of strike action such as with refuse collectors in local government, fire fighters, and rail workers in London, the law on strikes, the role of the TUC, and the possibility of coordinated strike action against government cuts. I was interviewed extensively about the public sector pension strikes for BBC and ITV news, and several BBC radio programmes’ and about the pay dispute at Bentley cars in Crewe. I have been interviewed by over fourteen local BBC radio stations ranging from London to Merseyside, Newcastle to Somerset, and Sheffield to WM, about the public sector pension strikes; the right to strike in emergency services; the oil tanker drivers’ strike; and disputes on the railways, in FE colleges, and the civil service. And Sky News on the junior hospital doctors’ strike, and BBC on employment conditions at Sports Direct. Several radio interviews on junior doctors’ strike, strikes on Southern Rail, issues of productivity, the right to strike, and the benefits of trade unionism. I have been interviewed about the relations between the trade unions and the Labour Party for Sky TV news; BBC Radio 4 Today programme and The Week at Westminster. I have been interviewed about various disputes including days of strikes by teachers and fire fighters over pay and pensions; oil refinery workers in Grangemouth; Royal Mail; and local disputes in the car industry. BBC programmes include Radio Wales, Radio Scotland, Radio Humberside, Radio WM, Radio Coventry and Warwickshire, radio Hereford and Worcester, Radio Somerset. I was also interviewed by LBC over both the crisis in trade union and Labour Party relations and the general strike situation in the UK.
In 2016/2017 TV and radio interviews about the junior hospital doctors dispute, southern rail dispute, and working conditions at Sport Direct.