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Bristol Business School
Senior Lecturer

Dr. Arthur F. Turner. Visiting Fellow of the Univeristy of South Wales/Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England/Executive Board Member of the International Foundation for Action Research.

In 2013 I completed my Doctorate in Business Administration with the University of Glamorgan (now the University of South Wales/Prifysgol De Cymru) focusing on the vital elements concerned with middle manager leadership development. I was already (2008) an ilm level 7 qualified coach and mentor and have been a volunteer mentor for young people since 2010

Area of expertise I have been developing research ideas around the use of three main ideas in leadership development; namely space, the role of artefacts and the use of the outdoors. I have also recently undertaken post-graduate lectureship/facilitative roles with the Universities of South Wales, Lancaster and West of England.

Much of my working experience recently has been with local councils and many elements of public service both in Wales/Cymru and England. Development of individuals is an important part of that work which has given rise to interests in coaching, mentoring and facilitative learning. My understanding of the role of management and the importance of coaching was compounded by involvement with other organisations represented by voluntary services, social services and medical training. A chance to mentor a Chief Executive in a local charity and the evolution of coaching and mentoring qualifications with the Institute of Leadership and Development led to an interest in the close development of individuals in senior positions in organisations.

My research interests have led to conference presentations, running interactive workshops and collaboration with practitioners in other fields, particularly the role of the art in stimulating debate and discussion. With Pam Heneberry, I am the co-director, of the Professional Development Centre Limited which is an organisation dedicated to the improved design of all forms of leadership development, specifically through a coaching and action learning approach, from workshop facilitation to incorporating mindfulness into the delegate experience.


Hawkins, B. and Edwards, G. (2017) Facing the monsters: Embracing liminality in leadership development. In: Kempster, S., Turner, A. and Edwards, G., eds. (2017) Field Guide to Leadership Development. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781785369902 Available from: ' Kempster, S., Turner, A. and Edwards, G. (2017) Field Guide to Leadership Development. Edward Elgar. ISBN 9781785369902 Available from: ' Schedlitzki, D., Jarvis, C. and MacInnes, J. (2017) Using Greek mythology in leadership development: The role of archetypes for self-reflection. In: Kempster, S., Turner, A. and Edwards, G., eds. (2017) Field Guide to Leadership Development. Edward Elgar, pp. 91-102. ISBN 9781785369902 Available from: ' Turner, A. and Kempster, S. (2014) The "Finger puppets":Examining the use of artifacts to create liminal moments in management education. Journal of Management Education. ISSN 1052-5629 Available from: '

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