As Manager of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability Philippa is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the activities of the Institute, supporting the delivery of academic courses, open enrolment courses, research activity, consultancy, events and all other activities. She has a background in sustainable business start-ups, SMEs and female entrepreneurship within multi-sectoral environments.

Philippa’s knowledge and experience in leadership and sustainability, combined with a work history both in the UK and internationally within private, public and not-for-profit environments, has stood her in good stead for supporting the development and growth of IFLAS right from its early inception. She is an experienced business advisor, facilitator, trainer, coach and project manager.

Qualifications and memberships

University of Manchester - BSc Biology and Geography

CASS Business School, London - PGD Cass Business School

University of Cumbria - MBA (distinction)


Member of:

International Leadership Association (ILA)

British Academy of Management (BAM)




Academic and research interests

  • Leadership for sustainability
  • Change agency for organisational sustainability
  • Gender in business

 Selected outputs:

  • Developing master’s level students as change agents. Chapman, P. Conference paper, Research into Higher Education Winter Conference, 11 January 2017

  • Experiential learning with MBA students: bridging theory and practice. Chapman, P., Hurford, G. Conference paper, Perspectives in Experiential Learning, 11 March 2016

  • The experiential development of sustainable, responsible leadership practice. Watton, E., Kempster, S., Stewart, J., Chapman, P. Conference paper, 16th Global International Leadership Association (ILA) Conference, Conscious Leading for Global Change: Emergence of our Collective Realities, San Diego, 31st Oct 2014

  • IFLAS: Embedding Sustainability in Leadership Practice. Chapman, P. Conference poster, Cumbria Research & Enterprise (CRE) 2014

  • MBA research: ‘Catalysts of Sustainability? Exploring the effectiveness of a Leadership and Sustainability MBA module in developing organisational change agency. September 2016




  • Book Chapter: 'Leadership artefacts: a process of storytelling within newly formed groups'. Watton, E., Chapman, P. Edward Elgar book chapter (for publication July 2017)
  • Book Chapter: ‘What role does management education play in developing a new generation of managers to lead responsibly?’ submitted to Business Expert Press for inclusion in ‘Managing for Responsibility: A Textbook for an Alternative Paradigm’. Watton, E., Chapman, P. (in progress)


Recent external roles

  • Project Management business for 18 years working across sectors in the UK and internationally (1997 – 2015)
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Advisor (2010 – 2013)
  • SFEDI Advisor
  • Business start-up advisor, trainer, facilitator, coach and mentor for SMEs (2000 – 2014)
  • Chamber of Commerce Mentor