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Dr Stephen Simister

Associate Professor of Programme and Change Management

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  • Project and Programme Management, 
  • Change Management, 
  • Leadership of Transformational Change


Engine House building room 514, Greenlands campus

Dr Stephen Simister is an Associate Professor of Programme and Change Management at Henley Business School, with international academic, practitioner and consulting experience.

Before joining Henley Business School, he had over 25 years of programme management experience. He delivered and consulted on projects and programmes in the construction, IT, finance, pharmaceutical, private finance initiatives/public–private partnerships and oil and gas sectors, supporting their capital investment and transformational change initiatives.

He is module convener for the Leadership and Change module on the Henley MBA and the Developing Leadership in Others module on the MA Leadership programme. He supports Henley Business School's Executive Education group and has provided tailored programmes for many organisations, including Linklaters, Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Associated British Foods, Deutsche Telekom and the Clore foundation.

He speaks internationally on leading and measuring change and has held visiting appointments at several universities. He sits on the International Organization for Standardization and the British Standards Institution committees for programme and portfolio management. He works with the Association for Project Management (APM) on their portfolio of standards and qualifications around project management.

Professionally, Stephen is a Chartered Project Management Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 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.

Reference: Payne, J., Roden, E. J. and Simister, S. (2022) Through the knowledge lens: KM adventures in project-land. In: Dalcher, D. (ed.) Rethinking project management for a dynamic and digital world. Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, pp. 281-292. ISBN 9781032133119 doi: 10:1201/9781003228615
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister
Reference: Payne, J., Roden, E. and Simister, S. (2019) Managing knowledge in project environments. Fundamentals of Project Management. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9781472480279
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister
Reference: 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
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister
Reference: Simister, S. (2003) Bidding. In: Turner, J.R. (ed.) Contracting for project management. Gower/Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780566085291
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister
Reference: 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 doi:
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister
Reference: Simister, S. (2008) Managing value. In: Turner, J.R. (ed.) Gower handbook of project management. 4th edition. Gower/Ashgate, Aldershot, pp. 313-326. ISBN 9780566088063
Henley faculty authors:
Dr Stephen Simister

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Module code: MQM3DLO