Dr Stephen Simister

Associate Professor Programme and Change Management

Dr Stephen Simister

Dr Stephen Simister

Module Convenor: Leadership and Change
Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour
By area - Project & Programme Management; Change Management; Leadership of Programmes and Change
By industry - Pharmaceutical, Construction, Transport, Public sector, PFI/PPP
By geography - Global
Greenlands campus
+44 (0) 1491 418758


Dr Stephen Simister leads on Henley's Programme and Change Management offering at Henley Business School. He has over 25 years of project management experience having delivered and consulted on projects in construction, IT, Finance, Pharmaceutical, PFI/PPP and Oil and Gas. He has also led several major change initiatives within a number of organisations. He currently teaches on the Leadership and Change module on the MBA. His focus is how programme management can be utilised to lead and deliver effective change within organisations. Stephen sits on both ISO and BSI committees for programme and portfolio management and works with APM on their portfolio of standards and qualifications around project management. Stephen also supports Henley's Executive Education group and has provided tailored programmes for a number of organisations including Linklaters, Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Associated British Foods, Deutsche Telekom and the Clore foundation.

Stephen is located at the Greenlands campus and is a faculty member of Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour (LOB).

Professionally, Stephen is a 'Charted project management surveyor' with the RICS and is both a 'Registered Project Professional' and ‘Chartered Project Professional’ with the APM. He is also a high risk gateway review team leader under the UK government's major project and programme gateway scheme.

Programme Delivery

Module convener for:

- Leadership and change module, MBA

- Starter workshop, MBA

- Developing leadership in others module, MA Leadership



Payne, J., Roden, E. and Simister, S. (2019) Managing Knowledge in Project Environments. Routledge, Aldershot. ISBN 1472480279

Simister, S. (2014) Managing value. In: Turner, J.R. (ed.) Gower handbook of project management. 5th edition. Routledge, Aldershot. ISBN 1472422961

Simister, S. (2009) Managing risk on projects. In: Harper-Smith, P. and Derry, S. (eds.) Fast Track to Success: Project Management. Fast Track Series. Prentice Hall / Financial Times, pp. 26-28. ISBN 9780273719922

Simister, S. (2004) Qualitative and quantitative risk management. In: Morris, P. and Pinto, J. (eds.) The Wiley guide to managing projects. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 30-47. ISBN 9780471233022

Simister, S. (2003) Bidding. In: Turner, J.R. (ed.) Contracting for project management. Gower/Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780566085291

Consulting and Outreach

Stephen consults with a variety of organisations and government agencies in support of their transformational change initiatives. He speaks internationally on effectively leading and measuring change and has held visiting appointments at several universities.