Jonathan Wainwright

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Dr Jonathan Wainwright BSc (Hons), PGCE, MBA, EdD

Principal Lecturer


I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2004. My background as a secondary school science teacher and my work in organisational development, together with a stint at Lancaster University Management School, seemed to be ideal preparation for my appointment as a lecturer in educational leadership and management.


The first couple of years here were spent working with educational leaders who were studying for Master's degrees. Subsequently, I worked as lead tutor for the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leaders (NPQICL) which we delivered in partnership with the Carnegie Centre (at Leeds Met) and the National College for School Leadership. This was my introduction to working in the early year's sector and I now specialise in leadership and management within this field. My role has now expanded to take on responsibility for marketing and recruitment and as such I am a member of the department leadership team.

Previous roles include

Teaching Fellow, Lancaster University Management School
Organisational Development Consultant, HBOS plc
Management Development Consultant, Lucas Engineering and Systems
Training Manager, Lloyds TSB
Secondary Science teacher

My doctorate took a biographical approach examining how children's centre leaders' professional and personal biographies have influenced their understanding and practice of leadership.

Teaching interests

My specialist areas of interest are:

leadership and management in the early years context

leadership and management in education - particularly in specialist schools

multi- agency working

research methodology


Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

College of Social Sciences and Arts

I teach across our courses in childhood and early childhood studies, at MA level for PGCE students and have been known to do the occasional session on business strategy on the MBA


Journal articles

Katsiada, E., Roufidou, I., Wainwright, J., & Angeli, V. (2018). Young children’s agency: exploring children’s interactions with practitioners and ancillary staff members in Greek early childhood education and care settings. Early child development and care, 188 (7), 937-950.

Close, P., & Wainwright, J. (2010). Who's in charge? Leadership and culture in extended service contexts. School Leadership and Management, 30 (5), 435-450.

Postgraduate supervision

3 students currently

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