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Dr Mark Ellis PhD, MBA, PGCLTHE, PgC Res, FHEA

Principal Lecturer


I am a Principal Lecturer within the Department of Management at Sheffield Business School. I joined the University in early 2012 after over 20 years as a leader in the commercial and not for profit sectors.  As a member of the leadership team in the department my current portfolio is Higher and Degree Apprenticeship Lead.  



I teach across my subject areas of expertise in Strategy, Enterprise, Leadership and Innovation, I also supervise post graduate and doctoral students with a focus in these areas. As well as providing traditional approaches in teaching and learning I have developed and delivered a range of experiential learning interventions and am a qualified instructor of climbing, mountaineering, kayaking and ski-ing. Much of my professional experience is as a management consultant where I have advised numerous organisations from new start high growth SME's to multinationals such as EDF Energy, IMI PLC and Corus PLC.  My consultancy experience focused on strategy and enterprise along with leadership and management development.  I continue this work within my role at Sheffield Hallam working with our business clients such as Equitrek, SIG PLC and the Post Office.  I also provide executive coaching services to our corporate clients and am an accredited psychometrician for the ECR leadership assessment and development tool.  My leadership experience includes roles such as Head of Departmental within a Consultancy, I am also the founder and former CEO of 'SFEDI Awards', the UK's Awarding Organisation for professional qualifications in business support and enterprise.  I have also established and led my own consultancy business The Rubicon Partnership Ltd. Within the non for profit sector I have held management positions with charities such as The Princes Trust and Raleigh International and have provided consultancy to a number of humanitarian aid organisations in Europe and Asia (e.g. Nobel Prize recipients Handicap International). My research is in the field of Responsible Leadership and Ethical Business Practice.


Principal Lecturer


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Strategic Management, Enterprise and Change.



Conference papers

Ellis, M. (2017). Responsible Leadership in SME’s.

Ellis, M. (2016). Researching Responsible Leadership in Action.

Ellis, M. (2010). Why enterprise must be seen as a qualified professional career.

Theses / Dissertations

Ellis, M. (2020). A Process Theory of Responsible Leadership. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Ridley-Duff, R.

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