Gary’s doctoral research is focused on better understanding the processes involved in university-business Knowledge Exchange activities through the study of multiple collaborations across the University of Oxford.
He is particularly interested in identifying the factors that affect learning outcomes, in order to inform the development of future approaches.
Having gained his BSc (Hons) Geography and PGCE from Liverpool University, Gary taught for over 3 years before joining the British Army. As an education and training officer he held a wide variety of specialist posts, as well as a number of generalist and operational appointments, in UK and abroad. During this time he also gained a MEd from Manchester University and a MBA by distance learning.
Gary’s later Army career was spent in senior appointments, culminating in being appointed Director Educational and Training Services (Army) (professional head of his Branch of the Army) and Director Educational Capability (Army policy lead) for 4 years, in the rank of Brigadier. He made particular contributions to Apprenticeships, literacy and numeracy, HE opportunities, the development of instructors and the provision of foreign language training. He also established developmental pathways and introduced an Army Skills Offer to improve the engagement of Army personnel in learning. When Director, the Army won the Adult Learners’ Week National Employer of the Year Award, and became a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer. He gave evidence in the House of Commons to the Inquiry into Adult Literacy and Numeracy.
Gary was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (in Bosnia) in 1998 and was made a CBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, and a Life Fellow of the Learning and Work Institute.
Awarded a Studentship by the Centre on Skills, Knowledge and Organisational Performance (SKOPE), he retains a strong interest in vocational education and training alongside his inter-disciplinary research on knowledge exchange. The latter includes innovation, organisational learning and HE.