Born in Sussex, England in 1962, Rory graduated from London University in 1986 with a music degree. His postgraduate studies on culminated in a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University where his research on social relationships and democratic governance led to a new career leading education and research into co-operative and social enterprise management.
Rory developed his early career as Data Centre Manager at Procter & Gamble HABC in the 1980s, then as a software developer and member-owner of Computercraft Ltd in the 1990s. 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 - after writing his first book Silent Revolution - he won a Hallam PhD Studentship that established his career as a university lecturer/researcher focussing on participatory ownership, governance and management in cooperatives and social enterprises. In 2010, he establish the first MSc Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management course at Sheffield Business School. In October 2011, he was appointed Reader in Co-operative and Social Enterprise at Sheffield Business School, and in 2014 became Chair of the Principles of Responsible Management Education Group (PRME).
He lives in Yorkshire with his wife, Caroline, and his two children, Natasha and Bethany.
Career Highlights (Recent)
Rory's research has been accepted for publication in Human Relations (Sage), Corporate Governance: An International Review (Blackwells), Industrial Relations Journal (Wiley), International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour and Research (Emerald), Action Research Journal (Sage), Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change (Maney), Journal of Co-operative Studies (UK Society of Cooperative Studies) and the Social Enterprise Journal (Emerald).
He published 'the world's first authoritative textbook' on social enterprise with Mike Bull in 2011, and 'the world's first social enterprise novel' with the FairShares Association in 2014.
He has been an invited keynote speaker (and given lecture tours) on social enterprise and cooperative management in the UK, Denmark, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Ukraine, Indonesia, Japan and Australia.
In 2014, Rory was included in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) submission of Sheffield Hallam University. He authored an Impact Case on Democratising Co-operatives, Charity and Social Enterprises with Tracey Coule, and this helped Sheffield Business School achieve recognition for 'world class', 'internationally excellent', and 'internationally recognised' research impact.
In 2014, Rory was amongst a group of cooperative business educators that formed the International Cooperative Business Education Consortium.
In 2011, he received two awards for academic excellence:
In 1997/8, he was a founding subscriber to Social Enterprise London.
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. 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 composer, Rory has released four albums of original music. Two are solo albums, while the others contain music written for the art rock band Protos. All of Rory's music is published on CD Baby, ensuring availability from digital stores like 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.