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 intimate relationships and democratic governance has led to a new career as a lecturer/researcher on co-operative and social enterprise management. 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 Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, where he is course leader for its MSc Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management.
He received two awards for academic excellence in 2011:
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 Enterpreneurship in Higher Education in 2010, and champion for UnLtd/HEFCE Awards at Sheffield Hallam University in 2012.
Rory is on the editorial advisory board of the Social Enterprise Journal.His active research interests now focus on Governance and Workforce Democracy in Co-operative and Social Enterprises. He is currently supervising 10 PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University.
When not lecturing/writing, Rory develops music interests. 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.