Peter  McCaffery Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Peter McCaffery

Professor Emeritus & Education Leadership Consultant
London Metropolitan University

Professor Peter McCaffery is an American historian, a former UK university vice chancellor and Winston Churchill Fellow with extensive experience across a variety of institutions from FE College to USA Ivy League, including successive business turn-arounds. A broadcaster on the Trump Presidency, a national leadership fellow and pioneer of on-line university management development, he also provides consultancy services to higher education institutions within the UK and beyond.

Subjects: Education, History


Professor 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

Personal Interests

    International Masters Swimmer


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University governorship should not be like marriage - a learn-as-you-go enterprise

Published: Oct 21, 2018 by
Authors: Peter McCaffery
Subjects: Education

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.