Born in Sussex, England in 1962, Rory graduated from London University in 1986 with a music degree. His postgraduate studies culminated in a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University where his research on social relationships and democratic governance has led to a new career as a lecturer/researcher on co-operative and social enterprise management. In October 2011, he was appointed Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife, Caroline, and his two children, Natasha and Bethany.
Rory developed his early career throughout the 1990s in London, firstly as Data Centre Manager at Procter & Gamble HABC, then as a software developer and member-owner of Computercraft Ltd. He moved to Yorkshire in 1998, and in 2001 became MD of First Contact Software Ltd where he won a DTI Smart Award for contributions to innovation in database design. In 2002, he won a Hallam PhD Studentship that enabled him to establish a new career as a university lecturer/researcher focussing on governance and management in cooperatives and social enterprises. He is now a Reader at Sheffield Hallam University where he is also course leader for its MSc Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management and Co-ordinator for a Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management special interest group.
Career Highlights (Recent)
In 2014, Rory was returned for the second time in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission of his university. He submitted a REF Impact Case on Democratising Co-operatives, Charity and Social Enterprises.
In 2011, he received two awards for academic excellence:
Since 2009, he has been recognised by Marquis's Who's Who in the World in 2009 for his contributions to music and knowledge. He became an UnLtd/HEFCE Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education in 2010, and champion for UnLtd/HEFCE Awards at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. In 2013, Sheffield Hallam University won the 1st Runner Up award for 'Outstanding HEI Support for Social Entrepreneurship' in the New to Social Enterprise category at the UnLtd/HEFCE National Awards. In this role, he has mentored a number of award winning social entrepreneurs.
Rory is on the editorial advisory board of the Social Enterprise Journal and Journal for Co-operative Studies. His active research interests now focus on Governance and Workforce Participation in Co-operative and Social Enterprises. He is currently supervising 6 doctoral (PhD-level) students at Sheffield Hallam University.
An accomplished musician, Rory has released four albums of original music. Two of these are solo albums, while the other two contain music that he has written for the art rock band Protos. All of Rory's music is published through CD Baby, ensuring that it is available from digital stores such as iTunes, Amazon and Napster. In February 2007, Rory reached #1 in the SoundClick 'Hottest Bands' chart. For more information, see his music page.
You can contact Rory on firstname.lastname@example.org.