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Staff Members and Partners

Henley Centre for Leadership's faculty is comprised of both Henley Business School staff and external members, all working together to deliver outstanding research and wider leadership projects.

Members of the HCL


Professor Bernd Vogel (Director)

Engaging leadership and future of leadership, energising organisations and senior management teams, developing leadership and followership, CEO decision making and identity.


Dr Claire Collins

Leadership, diversity and behaviour, creating diverse and effective leadership in a responsible and well-functioning organisation.


Dr Amal Ahmadi

Leadership development, entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour and workplace emotions.


Dr Chris Dalton

Reflective practice, systemic epistemology and personal development.


Professor Abby Ghobadian

Organisational sustainability and organisational success factors.


Dr Ana Graca

Team leadership for team dynamics and effectiveness and developing leadership in teams as nucleus for innovation.


Professor Karen Jansen

Leading transformational change, energy and engagement mapping and aligning evolving strategy and talent


Professor David Pendleton

Leadership and leadership development, top team development, executive assessment, organisational behaviour and the use of psychometric tools and communication in healthcare.


Dr Caroline Rook

The role of coaching for creating resilience for positive leadership.


Dr Stephen Simister

Leading change, organisational design and culture and leading and managing programmes.


Dr Lebene Soga

Impact of social technologies on leadership practices.


Dr Jean-Anne Stewart

Leadership and leadership development, facilitation, action learning, intergenerational leadership and SME leadership.

National Partners


Professor (emer.) Victor Dulewicz


Dr Dimitrios Spyridonidis

Knowledge-based view of leadership, leadership development, identity and hubris.


Dr Sharon Varney (Adjunct Faculty)

University of Reading Networks:

National and International University Networks:

  • IESE Business School, Dr Anneloes M. L. Raes
  • Texas Christian University, Dr Michael S. Cole
  • University of Cambridge, Dr Jochen Menges
  • University of East Anglia, Dr Stefan Krummaker
  • University of Southampton, Professor Malcolm Higgs
  • University of St. Gallen, Professor Dr Heike Bruch

Notable Completed Doctoral Projects

  • Dr Amal Ahmadi - A Phenomenological Exploration of the Leadership Knowing-Doing Gap, Focusing on the Role of Leader Fear and the Leadership Context

Amal received a Best Doctoral Paper Award for a paper presented at the 9th Conference on Emotions and Organisational Life (Emonet IX) in 2014.

  • Kim Bradley-Cole - Romancing Authenticity: Exploring the Nature and Role of Followers' Implicit Theories of Authentic Leadership and the Contribution of Authentic Leader Behaviours to Effective Leader-Leader Relationships
  • Susann Gjerde (Visiting Doctoral Student) - Developing Leadership, Leader Roles and Leader Identities
  • Dr Lebene Soga - The Role of Web 2.0 Technologies in Organisational Leadership: An Actor-Network and Practice Theory Perspective
  • Dr Sharon Varney - A Complexity Perspective on Organisational Change: Making Sense of Emerging Patterns in Self-Organising Systems

Sharon received a 'Highly Commended' Outstanding Doctoral Research Award from the editorial team of Leadership and Organisation Development Journal's 2013 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Leadership and Organisation Development category.

Contact us

Professor Bernd Vogel

For more information please contact Professor Bernd Vogel, the HCL Director.

Telephone: 01491 414548