Academic Roles

Career History

September 2006 – June 2011  

Programme Leader, MBA
Middlesex University      

September 2009 – August 2012

September 2005 – May 2011
   Lecturer in Marketing,
University of Exeter

Senior Teaching Fellow,
Department of
University of Bristol  
Nov 2000 – Aug 2006           Managing Director, 
Feb 1998 – Nov 2000             Principal Consultant,
Bath Consultancy Group         
Jan 1997 – Jan 1998 Independent Consultant,
Southern Africa   
Jan 1996 – Dec 1996 Principal Consultant,
Gemini Consulting,
South Africa   
Jan 1992 – Dec 1995              Co-Development International,
California: Global Business
Development Partner   
Oct 1981 – Dec 1991 Managing Director,
Projects International Consulting   
Jan 1979 – Sept 1981 Senior Consultant,
Sheppard Moscow
1978 Rockwell International,
HR Manager,
OD Consultant   
1976 – 1978 Organisation Development
British Leyland     

Academic Degrees and Qualifications

2006-09 University of Bristol M.Ed.
2004- 08 University of Bristol PhD in Management.

1978-79 Manchester
MSc in Management and
Organisation Development 
1976 – 78 Sheffield Hallam
Institute of Personnel
Development exams parts 2 & 3
1973 University of Bath Diploma in Industrial
1972 University of Bristol BSc.Hons Economics
Economic History 

Executive Education Design and Delivery 1973-2017.

I have a wealth of experience in delivering ‘set-piece’ management development and education offerings, in addition to the design and delivery of customised workshops in strategy and development. A sample of such delivery would include 

  • Leadership and teamwork 

  • Strategy development 

  • Business Planning and Strategy Implementation 

  • Core Competencies 

  • Performance Management 

  • Organisation Development strategy 

  • Consulting and Influencing Skills 

  • Personal Development Planning (PDP) 

  • Coaching and Counseling 

  • Project Management. 

  • Strategic HRM. 

  • Vision and Values Workshops 

  • Corporate Social Responsibility development, post Enron. 

Accreditations and Honorary Roles

  • Chartered Fellow Charted Institute of Personnel and Development 1976 – present
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy – 2008 – present 
  • Master Practitioner in Coaching and Mentoring – European Mentoring and Coaching Council – 2010
  • PGCertHE 2008
  • External Examiner – MSc in Health Care Management – University of Plymouth Medical School. 2015 – present
  • External Examiner PhD – Wits University, Johannesburg,  2014 – current
  • External Examiner PhD – Leeds University Business School
  • External Examiner – Coaching and HR – Sunderland University 2009 – 2014
  • Variety of External roles on validation panels at UWE, York St John and Oxford Brookes.  
  • Visiting Fellow Sheffield Business School – Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit. 2011 – present
  • Chair – Critical Coaching Research Group  2006 – present
  • Published Papers
  • Doherty, D. (2018). Commentary on Case “Better Late Than Never?” in Chapter 7. Money in Coaching. In Louis, D. and Fatien Diochon, P. Complex situations in coaching. A critical case-based approach, pp. XX-XX, Routledge. 
  • ‘What am I to Action Learning and Action Learning to me?’Action Learning: Research and Practice’Volume 14 November 2016, Taylor & Francis
  • ‘The Evolution of One Practitioner’s Coach Approach: Taking the coaching turn.’Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal,Vol. 1, No. 1, October 2016, 21-34.

  • ‘The “we” of creativity: Coaching in the ‘key’ of life.’ In:  Gash J (2016) Coaching Creativity – Transforming your practice UK, Routledge p188-199 -10: ISBN 1138960802

  • Book review forInternational Journal of Evidence based Coaching and Mentoring September 2016  of  ‘Coaching and Mentoring: a Critical Text’ Simon Western

  • Book review for Action Learning: Research and Practice’ Volume 14 November 2016,Taylor & Francis of ’Edmondson A.C. (2012)  Teaming: how organisations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy.  Jossey Bass. :
  • ‘Who put the Cult in Culture?’ IOSR Journal in Business and Management :

  • ‘Writing your thesis from back to front’ International Journal of Humanities and Social Science(Volume 5 – Issue 8-version-II- August-2016)
  • ‘Management Blockbusters: is there space for open dissent?’ in Mabey C & Mayerhoft W  ‘Developing Leaders – Questions Business Schools Don’t Ask.’Sage October 2015.

  • ‘Applications of Writing-as-inquiry in the narrating of coaching practice’ in Vannini P. ‘Popularising Research: engaging new genres, media and audiences’. Routledge. 2009

  • ‘The Discovery of Writing as Inquiry in Support of Coaching Practice’ in Clutterbuck & Megginson: Further Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring‘ Elsevier, December 2008. 

  • . ‘A Reflection on Mentoring Theory in Practice’International Journal of Mentoring and CoachingVol VII 10/08. Pages 35- 42.

  • ‘Bringing Reflective Practice and Self development activities together on-line’The journal of technology enhanced learning. July 2007..  url:


Recent Conference Papers and Invited Lectures

  • “Coaching in the Key of Life: the cross-over between choral leadership, large group and individual facilitation.”  The Art of Management and Organisation Conference, Bled, Slovenia, September 2016. 

  • Invited Seminar: ‘Reclaiming Coaching Competencies from the Bottom Up.’ Durham University Business School February 2015.

  • ”Coaching as Game, Sport and Play’ Standing Conference on Organisation Symbolism, Utrecht 2014

  • ‘If celebrity coaches did not exist; would the profession need to invent them?’ Qualitative Inquiry Congress University of Illinois, Chicago May 2014

  • ‘Designing Coaching Competencies from the Bottom Up’ EMCC Research Conference Paris 2014

  • ‘Living the linimal in the lives of independent coaches and consultants’ University of Liverpool Ethnography conference Ipswich 2014

  • ‘Crossing the Bridge – an exercise in Autoethnography’ BAM Belfast 2014

  • ‘Prologue to a PhD – a disruptive bricolage’ BAM Belfast 2014

  • The ‘Slogan Tee-shirt’ as organizing principle in the design of a creative approach to teaching consumerism.   Workshop BAM Belfast 2014

  • ‘Use of visual representation  in teaching consumer behaviour’ Art of Management and Organisation, Copenhagen 2014

  • ‘Build your own celebrity coach: the social construction of executive coaches’ EMCC Research Conference Sheffield June 2012

  •  ‘Neophilia and the Coaching Klondike’. EMCC  annual conference– Dublin November 2010

  • Visual Approaches to teaching Consumer Behaviour’. BAM 2010 Sheffield University 

  • ‘ Deconstructing a Management Blockbuster’ BAM 2010, Sheffield University.

  • The Values of Independent Consultants. BAM 2010, Sheffield University 

  • ‘Autoethnography and Memory Capture’. Qualitative Inquiry Conference University of Illinois May 2010

  • ‘Manipulated between Totalities: a Narrative of Transit between Alterities’. ESRC seminar series: Abjection and Alterity in the Workplace. University of Warwick, Thursday 21st May 2009

  • ‘The Role of Reflective Practice in Coaching’. European and Mentoring and Coaching Council Annual Conference, Ashridge College, 2/3 April 2009.

  • ‘Narratives of Management Consultant Transition’. ‘Story telling in management research’, Vrije University Amsterdam 30/31st October 2008..


PhD Examination

I have recently examined the following candidates

Ese Ijasan:  Fostering Diversity through South Africa’s Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act

Ajay Jivan: Towards an integrative framework of leadership development in the South African banking industry: 2016 Wits University 

Duminda Rajasinghe: Integrative perspective on coaching applications in HE: Leeds University 2016

Viveka Christierson: Coaching in MBA Development at RSA Business School (Wits):  2015 Wits University

Susan Steinman:  Leadership in Performance and Change: University of Johannesburg 2008 With regard to PhD and D Prof supervision, I have acted as ‘shadow’ or second supervisor on a number of doctorates, not least where I have acted in a professional consultant mode.  Moving institutions has not allowed me to take such a role through to completion