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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, Stephen had over 25 years of programme management experience, having delivered and consulted on projects and programmes in the construction, IT, finance, pharmaceutical, PFI/PPP and oil and gas industries in support of 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.

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 Business School'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. He speaks internationally on effectively leading and measuring change and has held visiting appointments at several universities.

Professionally, Stephen is a chartered 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.

Reference: Payne, J., Roden, E. and Simister, S. (2019) Managing knowledge in project environments. Fundamentals of Project Management. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon. ISBN 9781472480279
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
Reference: Simister, S. (2003) Bidding. In: Turner, J.R. (ed.) Contracting for project management. Gower/Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780566085291
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:
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

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Module code: MQM1PPL

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Module code: MQM3DLO

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