Leadership Expert gains PhD

Prof Caroline Rowland; Peter Shaw, Doctoral Viva candidate, Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
Prof Caroline Rowland; Peter Shaw, Doctoral Viva candidate, Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

A former senior civil servant who delivered major national changes while working for the UK Government has made his mark again by graduating from the University of Chester with a PhD.

Dr Peter Shaw, 61, was born in Bridlington and went to Moorfield Primary School and then Bridlington School before going to Durham University.

He used to live in Lamplugh Square and played hockey for Bridlington Hockey Club and was cricket captain of the school eleven.

Dr Shaw, widely published as an expert on leadership development, is a founding partner of the London-based executive coaching firm Praesta.

His PhD in Leadership Development is the university’s first by publication based on his work in the field of leadership and coaching.

A PhD by publication recognises those contributing to doctoral level knowledge through their research and writing.

The submission for the Doctorate included several published pieces of work, including nine books, plus an analysis of research method, approach and outcomes, rather than one long piece of research.

Dr Shaw, has held a wide range of Board posts covering finance, personnel, policy, communications and delivery.

He worked in five major Government departments – Treasury, Education, Employment, Environment and Transport – and led on major changes such as radically different pay arrangements for teachers, a massive expansion in nursery education and employment initiatives which helped reduce unemployment.