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Dr Paul Stokes

Principal Lecturer, Research Lead in Department of Management


I am an experienced researcher, lecturer and consultant, having worked at Sheffield Hallam University since 1996. I am currently Principal Lecturer and Research Lead  for the Department of Management at Sheffield Business School. 

I work with a wide range of organisations from all sectors, ranging from small SMEs to large public and private sector organisations such as the NHS, Nestle, SIG and Sheffield City Council. 

My particular expertise is in coaching and mentoring theory practice. I am the author of two best-selling texts on coaching and mentoring and numerous book chapters, articles and conference papers. I am an experienced international speaker on coaching and mentoring, and have presented at a range of institutions across Europe and the United States.



  • 2015: PhD , Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2012: Post Graduate Certificate, Research Methods (Distinction), Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 2000: Post Graduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1996: Master of Science, Human Resource Management, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom
  • 1992: BSc Economics and Business Economics, University of Hull, United Kingdom

Member of professional body


  • 2008: , European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), United Kingdom


  • 2017: , Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Teaching expertise

  • Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management


  • Action Research
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Leadership Development

Industry Links

  • Action Learning Set Facilitation
  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School


2003 to 2010: Employee Learning & Development, HR Strategy, Understanding & Managing Organisations, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

2002 to 2016: Organisations and Leadership, Coaching & Mentoring, HRM, Research Methods, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom


I successfully bid for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (together with a colleague in STA faculty), in order to develop an online system which mentors and trains staff within a manufacturing company. 


Key Publications

Garvey, R., Stokes, P., & Megginson, D. (2017). Coaching and Mentoring Theory and Practice. Sage Publications Limited.

Journal articles

Dennison, M., Stokes, P., & Sullivan, P. (2021). Smorgasbords, Cracked Pots and Potholes: The Role of Chronotopes in Shaping Coaching Conversations. Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal, 6 (1), 30-51.

Bull, M., & Stokes, P. (2020). Creating a coaching culture through reflective practice to reduce organisational blame culture. International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching, 12 (1).

Stokes, P., Fatien Diochon, P., & Otter, K. (2020). "Two sides of the same coin"? Coaching and mentoring and the agentic role of context. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Fatien Dichon, P., Otter, K., Stokes, P., & Van Hove, L. (2019). Let’s sculpt it! Experiencing the role of context in coaching. Management teaching review.

Stokes, P. (2003). Exploring the relationship between mentoring and counselling. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 31 (1), 25-38.

Conference papers

Stokes, P., & Merrick, L. (2018). Do Coaches Get Coached. European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) Conference.

Book chapters

Merrick, L., & Stokes, P. (2021). Supervision in Mentoring Programmes. In Tatiana, B., Jackson, P., & Clutterbuck, D. (Eds.) Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice. McGraw Hill Open University Press:

Stokes, P. (2017). From Principles to Practice: practitioners reflection. In Values and Ethics in Coaching.

Stokes, P., & Merrick, L. (2012). Designing Mentoring Schemes for Organizations. In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring. (pp. 195-216).

Stokes, P. (2011). Supervision in Mentoring Programmes. In Bachkirova, T., Jackson, P., & Clutterbuck, D. (Eds.) Perspectives on supervision for coaching and mentoring.

Stokes, P. (2010). E-Development in Coaching & Mentoring. In Hussain, Z., & Clutterbuck, D. (Eds.) Virtual Coach, Virtual Mentor.

Megginson, D., & Stokes, P. (2003). Mentoring for export success. In HRD in Small Organisations: Research and Practice. (pp. 265-284).


Stokes, P. (2014). Coaching and Mentoring: Theory & Practice. (2). London: Sage Publications.

Theses / Dissertations

Stansfield Evans, L.M. (2020). A Positive Psychology Coaching Programme to Develop Police Executives: A Realist Approach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Stokes, P.

Stokes, P. (2015). The skilled coachee: An alternative discourse on coach. (Doctoral thesis). Supervised by Coule, T.


Stokes, P. (2018). Ethical Dilemmas in Action Research.

Patmore, B., & Stokes, P. (2013). What is the impact on service users of developing a coaching culture for health service managers?

Stokes, P. (2013). Coaching & Deliberate Action.

Stokes, P. (2012). Organisational Mentoring.

Stokes, P. (2012). To What Extent Will the Development of a Mentoring and Coaching Culture Improve Staff Engagement, Motivation and Team Effectiveness.

Stokes, P. (2011). The Coach's Ego.

Stokes, P. (2010). Intimacy in Coaching & Mentoring.

Other activities

HEA fellow or senior fellow

  • 2017: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Postgraduate supervision

Current supervisions

  • Supervising 5 PhD students and 1 DBA student.
  • 2017:PhD supervision on Coaching (3 students)
  • 2016:PhD Supervision (3 students)

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