BiographyProfessor Peter McCaffery has over thirty-five years leadership, management, teaching and research experience - including 17 years reporting at Board level - across a range of institutions from Further Education Colleges to USA Ivy League University, involving successive business turn-arounds.
A Winston Churchill Fellow and Idlewild Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (where he pioneered new modes of inquiry into political corruption in the American City), Peter was nominated by Universities UK (UUK) for The Cabinet Office Top Management Programme and has acted as a consultant for a variety of bodies including the British Council, the governments of Botswana and Jamaica and the Centre for Higher Education, Germany.
Awarded a National Leadership Fellowship by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, he pioneered a Wider Management Mentoring Programme at London South Bank University for the university's black and minority ethnic (BME) managers in partnership with the public and private sector, and led the equality and diversity team whose work was showcased by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) in their Sustaining Excellence in HE Review.
Peter is also the UK editor, author and collaborator for the Epigeum (Oxford University Press) project that pioneered the first world class, on-line programme with global reach on university leadership and management development, derivative of his practitioner guide: The Higher Education Manager's Handbook which is itself grounded in an inclusive and empowering approach to leadership.
An American historian by background, Peter has been a regular analyst for Sky News since 2015 on the USA elections and Trump Presidency.
He is also a Trustee and Governor of Holland Park School Academy in west London - a state secondary trailblazer that regularly outperforms its fee-paying independent school neighbours.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Education Leadership and Management; USA History and Politics
International Masters Swimmer
Published: Oct 21, 2018 by https://wonkhe.com/staff/peter-mccaffery/
Authors: Peter McCaffery
Given the recent well-documented failings in university governance this article argues that all individual university governors should be required - as a condition of their appointment - to secure a formal "License to Practice" in order to fulfill their duties (accredited by e.g. the Office for Students, CUC). Put another way, that the new professionalism evident in university teaching, research and student services should also be extended to that of university governance as well.