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Research interests

Interested in aspects of integration, co-production and innovation in public services, with a view to how managers learn, innovate and influence governance in public service organisations. More broadly interested in Public Management theory, Social Innovation theory and Qualitative Research methodologies. Areas of research interest include:

  • Integration and Localism in Public Services 
  • Management in Health & Social Care Service Systems
  • Learning and HRD in the Public Sector Organisations 
  • Governance and Public Management
  • Service Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship (SAARC and GCC regions)
  • Community Capacity Building (SAARC region) 

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Ally has research interest in public service organisations and works on a portfolio of postgraduate programmes at Newcastle Business School which include the Masters in Strategic Leadership for Public Services and the Masters in Strategic Leadership degree apprenticeships. He is involved in designing and delivering research methods and dissertation modules on these programmes alongside postgraduate distance learning programmes partnered with Pearson. Prior to joining Newcastle Business School, he was based at Kingston Business School (London) where he taught and extensively supervised research on the MSc Leadership and Management in Health programme, and formerly, at the University of Edinburgh where he taught and supervised on the MSc Management of Training and Development programme. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). He has served as a referee on the British Academy of Management Conference Track for Organisational Transformation, Change and Development, and as an invited panelist at Holyrood annual conferences. Previously he has delivered consultancy projects involving a 'Leadership Development Programme Evaluation for NHS commissioners' and the 'Evaluation of the NHS-Go app for health literacy in young people' associated with the Healthy London Partnership. He has also served as a Research Associate on an Erasmus Plus project (PROPOUND) funded by the European Commission Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) which examined transversal competences development and graduate employability in Europe. His research work has featured in internationally reputed (ABS) journals and newspapers and has received recognition from bodies including the International Research Society for Public Management, Holyrood and the Irish Academy of Management. As a Chartered CIPD practitioner, he has undertaken a diverse portfolio of training and consultancy work with a range of public and private sector organisations in the UK and internationally. Ally recieved his PhD from the University of Edinburgh where he investigated the management of  integrated public healthcare service systems. He is a horology enthusiast and his alma maters include Keele University, University of Edinburgh, University of Wolverhampton and Drogheda Grammar School.

Further Information


  • Fellow (FRSA), Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Associate Consultant, Public Administration International (PAi), London
  • External Examiner (PG), University of Bradford
  • Referee, Public Management Review Journal
  • Chartered MCIPD, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development 
  • Member, UCL Qualitative Health Research Network

Education/Academic qualification

MA (Hons), Keele University

PhD, Management in collaborative and integrated healthcare service systems, University of Edinburgh

MSc, University of Edinburgh

BSc (Hons), University of Wolverhampton


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