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Neil Ralph

Senior Teaching Fellow in Lancaster Leadership Centre

Neil Ralph

Charles Carter Building



Tel: +44 1524 594966

Research Interests

  • Coaching pedagogy
  • Supervision as support to leader development and impact.
  • Contemplative and reflexive approaches to leadership development.
  • Decolonisation and awareness of bias in teaching, learning, assessment and feedback.
  • Leadership development.
  • Organisational development.
  • Organisational change management - especially human factors in change.
  • Executive coaching.

Current Teaching

International Masters Program for Managers (IMPM)

  • Reflective Mindset

Masters in HR and Consulting:

  • Consulting and Organizational Diagnosis
  • Management of Organisational Change
  • Rethinking Leadership

Masters in Business Administration:

  • Core Capabilities


MSc Project Management, Lancaster

Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching, Lancaster

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Lancaster


Neil Ralph is Programme Director for the MSc in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change (ITMOC) and the MA in Hospice Leadership. Neil is also academic lead for Degree Apprenticeship s at Lancaster.

Neil's passion is enabling individual and organisational change. His teaching focuses on the development of individuals as effective leaders in order that they deliver organisational impact. Neil has taught strategic change management on a range of postgraduate programmes, including the Msc in Project Management at the University of Santiago de Compostela and the MSc in Management at the GD Goenka World Institute, India. Neil adopts a critically reflective approach to teaching, learning and assessment including adoption of mindfulness and a reflective mindset. He is a member of The Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE), which is a multidisciplinary academic association committed to the transformation of higher education through the recovery and development of the contemplative dimensions of teaching, learning and knowing. 

Neil has been responsible the delivery of executive education programmes to a number of public & private sector organisations, including: Co-operative Financial Services; Northern Counties Housing Association; Hospice UK; and Airbus UK. This includes diagnostic interventions, solution design and delivery as well as full client management. His teaching includes engagement with external organisations to deliver consultancy projects.

Prior to joining MDD Neil worked in industry as a project manager delivering large-scale capital equipment projects in the UK, Europe and North America. His earlier professional experience includes the design, development and delivery of professional development programmes for managers and young professionals in the aerospace industry.

Neil holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching and has experience of coaching middle and senior managers and teams addressing individual and organisational development needs in addition to coaching postgraduate programme participants to support the embedding and application of learning to organisational problems. Neil is Special Adviser to the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.

Neil is a qualified HE lecturer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He holds a Masters degree in Project Management and Postgraduate Certificate in Coaching from Lancaster University. He is a member of the Association for Project Management.

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