From globally renowned speakers and a Professor of Sustainability Leadership who is also a ‘Young Global Leader’ as a founder… to students who come from more than 130 countries around the world, IFLAS is making a name for itself.

The IFLAS Team

The small core team has a wealth of experience gained over many years working in the field in numerous sectors and parts of the world. This team is supported by many other people, both inside and outside the university – see below for more details on the team and some of the people we work most closely with. Details on the wider support network can be found here.

Meet the IFLAS team

Dr Caroline Rouncefield

Director of IFLAS and Head of Department for Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences

Caroline is an experienced researcher and educator in applied social psychology and Head of the Department of Business, Law, Policing and Social Sciences at the University of Cumbria.

She has a background in community psychology and the application of psychology to understanding and working with individual, social and community problems.

She became Director of IFLAS in September 2015.

Professor Jem Bendell

Professor Jem Bendell, IFLAS Founder and Professor of Sustainability Leadership

Dr. Bendell focuses on social and organisational change, with 19 years specialising in responsible business development, alliances for sustainable development, transformative philanthropy and sustainable currencies.

Bendell has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was recently nominated as a Thought Leader in Social Partnerships by the Annual Review of Social Partnerships.

Professor Bendell is currently on sabbatical from his role at IFLAS.

Visit Dr. Bendell's website to follow his thoughts and ideas.

Dr David Murphy

Dr David F. Murphy, Deputy Director, IFLAS

Dr David F. Murphy was formerly with the UN System Staff College and The Partnering Initiative, and has vast international experience in training senior executives and undertaking related applied research in the field of international policy on sustainable development.

In 1997, Dr Murphy and Professor Bendell co-wrote the first book on sustainability partnerships: In the Company of Partners (Policy Press). David is also the co-editor of Something to Believe In

Creating Trust and Hope in Organisations: Stories of Transparency, Accountability and Governance (Routledge, 2003/2017).

David is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Leadership and the MA Sustainable Leadership Development.




Martin Pyrah

Administrative Officer

Martin provides administrative support to the Institute and the credit-bearing courses it runs. 


Phone: +44 (0)1539 430228

Chris Bell

Administrative Officer

Chris provides administrative support to the Institute and the credit-bearing courses it runs. 


Phone: +44 (0)1524 385440 (ext. 2615)

Dr Ian Chapman

Ian is a Senior Lecturer in Business and Economics, specialising in Sustainable Strategy, Creativity and New Product Development. 

Dr Chapman provides online module development support for the MBAs with Robert Kennedy College.

Dr. Grace Hurford

Grace is a Senior Lecturer in Management Studies, specialising in public sector leadership. With IFLAS, Dr Hurford lectures on leadership on our Masters level courses and bespoke courses.

Dr. Raye Ng

Principal Lecturer, specialising in international business and cross-cultural management. Dr Ng is Programme Leader for the MBA programmes the University of Cumbria offers in conjunction with the Robert Kennedy College.

Professor Frank Peck

Frank is Professor of Regional Economic Development, and leads the Centre for Regional Economic Development. He supports IFLAS with teaching about Leadership of Place on the MBA programmes and in related short courses.

Richard Little, Visiting Professor

10th Anniversary Visiting Professor of Sustainability Leadership

Special interest in the application of critical social theory to questions of organisation and leadership for sustainability. 

Senior Consultant with Impact International: 35 years experience of organisation development consulting in every kind of organisation, including global corporations, government, non-governmental and public service organisations, charities and activist groups.

Dr Ian Convery

Reader in Conservation & Forestry

Dr Ian Convery is Reader in Conservation & Forestry in the National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria

Phone: +44 (0)1539 435265

Advisory Board members

The Advisory Board provides ideas and connections for our staff, to help them pursue our Vision, Mission and Aims. Meeting once a year, it includes people from a variety of sectors and locations.

We are grateful to the following for agreeing to serve on the Advisory Board during 2014-2016:

Professor Liz Beaty

Emeritus Professor with the University of Cumbria, Liz was, until recently, Pro Vice-Chancellor. She is co-chair of the IFLAS Advisory Board.

Dr Anthony Miller

Anthony, who joins Liz Beaty as co-chair, is Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and co-founder of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative. Dr Miller lectured at IFLAS in 2013.

Dr Pete Boyd

Pete is a reader in Professional Learning at the University of Cumbria and guides the faculty’s research activity.

Richard Cooperstein

The founder, CEO & Senior Managing Partner of Media Investment Group, Richard is the former head of International Business Development and Strategy at Facebook.

Mark Drewell

Mark is Chief Executive of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, an AACSB and EFMD strategic partnership established with the support of the United Nations Global Compact.

Dr Michael Edwards

Michael is editor of Transformation, part of and formerly head of civil society programmes at the Ford Foundation.

Ed Gillespie

Ed is the co-founder of Futerra sustainability communications. He spoke at the launch of IFLAS at the Royal Geographical Society.

Tony Greenham

Tony is Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation and the Treasurer of Transition Towns. He collaborates with IFLAS on short courses in complementary currencies.

Adam Grodecki

Adam is a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, co-founder of Student Hubs, and curator of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Hub in London. He attended the launch of IFLAS at the RGS.

Kate McLaughlin-Flynn

Kate is the University of Cumbria’s Director of Finance with additional responsibility for planning.

Richard Little

Richard is a Senior Consultant with Impact International. He is a visiting lecturer on programmes run at the University’s campus in the Lake District.

Lucie McNeil

Lucie is a partnership builder and former Vice-President for National Geographic's Explorer Programs team, working with adventurers, scientists and storytellers to engage people in global solutions projects.

Jonathan Robinson

Jonathan is co-founder and Board Member of Impact Hubs. Jonathan lectured at IFLAS in 2013.

Dr Kaz Stuart

Kaz is Head of Research and Evaluation at the Brathay Trust.

Ariane Thomas

Ariane is head of strategic developments on Environment, Health and Safety for the L'Oréal Group.

Rebecca Willis

A Senior Advisor at the Lake District National Park, associate of the think-tank Green Alliance and former vice-chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, Rebecca acted as external validation expert for new IFLAS programmes. 

Visit her website

Doctoral Researchers

Arianna Briganti MA MSc is a development economist, practitioner and researcher specialising in the holistic growth and management of emerging economies. Her foci are on generative sustainable development, institutional development and living educational theory research. A development manager for initiatives implemented by both Governmental and non-Governmental organizations mainly in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, Arianna has worked extensively with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Development Cooperation Unit) and is engaged with the German Government Agency for the International Development Cooperation. She co-founded and manages pro bono the non-profit organization Nove Onlus. She is currently collaborating with the Swedish foundation ‘Cultural Heritage without Borders’ in Albania and is a peer-reviewer of the Educational Journal of Living Theories. Her Ph.D. title is, ‘As a development economist how do I contribute to the establishment of the human capabilities of the people I work with in the developing countries?’ Her doctorate is being supervised by Professor Jack Whitehead, Dr. David F Murphy and Professor Moira Laidlaw.

Jo Chaffer, MADT, is a highly experienced global consultant, trainer and coach specialising in strategy, change and leadership with particular expertise in cultural bridging ( Jo's research interest is in developing leaders whose understanding of themselves and their role is constructed through socio-centric and eco-centric self-construal.  Jo's PHD working title is "Into the Wild: transformative journeys for (sustainable) leadership development." Professor Jem Bendell, Dr Kaz Stuart and Jamie McPhie are the advisors for this study. Jo brings together an academic background in outdoor experiential learning, Critical Leadership Studies and ecology alongside professional practice in supporting leaders of organisations in private, public and third sector organisations. She's also a mountain guide with many years climbing, biking and trekking in the higher ranges to call on.

Sonia Hutchison BSc is an expert in unpaid caring and non-profits having worked in the sector supporting carers and care-givers for over a decade. Chief Executive of a local UK carers' charity which has tripled in size under her leadership over the last 6 years and Development Executive of a small national UK charity supporting young carers with ambition and tenacity to succeed. Sonia has been recognised for her tireless work to improve the lives of carers and their families. Sonia is now researching how she has come to be a success in her career after starting of life in foster care where statistical predictions for life chances have remained stubbornly low to achieving both personally and for carers and their families. Her enquiry question is 'How does my lived experience, from being ‘a child in care’ to being a leader of a carers’ charity, sustain the hope that I can be the change I want to see in the world? Sonia has taken her research around the world presenting in the USA, Canada, South Africa and the UK. Sonia's supervision team for her doctorate are Professor Jack Whitehead, Dr. David F Murphy and Dr. Marie Huxtable.