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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 Programmes and Change


Engine House building room 514, Greenlands campus

Dr Stephen Simister is an Associate Professor of Programme and Change Management at Henley Business School and leads on the Programme and Change Management.

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

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.

Leadership and change

This places your organisation's practicing managers at the centre of their development as effective change leaders. They will be faced with real dilemmas and choices about courses of action. Through...

Module code: MNM3LC

Project and programme leadership

This module is specifically aimed at developing student’s project leadership skills. It should be noted that for the purposes of the module, ‘project’ is used as a generic term to...

Module code: MQM1PPL

Developing leadership in others

This module helps to develop leadership in others. With this end in mind, learners will: Plan, manage and reflect on their individual personal leadership Develop their behavioural skills Consider how...

Module code: MQM3DLO

Work-based project: Organisational change

This final year capstone module requires students to prepare and/or undertake a change intervention in the workplace that can make a difference to the organisation. Through a work-based project, students...

Module code: DM3004

Work-based project: Assessing organisational effectiveness

Learners will need to appraise and understand the effectiveness of their workplace. Through this work-based assignment they will apply the learning from this module to gain a better understanding of...

Module code: DM1005