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Dr Holly Henderson

Dr Holly Henderson

Senior Lecturer in Management


01392 725665

Streatham Court, University of Exeter, Rennes Drive, Exeter, EX4 4PU, UK

Dr Holly Henderson is a Senior Lecturer and Education Incubator Fellow at the University of Exeter. She joined the Business School in 2016 and currently delivers Operations Management, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship modules to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Holly is Employability Academic Lead and a Senior Academic Tutor for the Department of Science, Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (SITE). She was awarded the University of Exeter Guild Award for the Business School for Pastoral Support (2020) and University of Exeter Business School Best Lecturer Management (2018).  Holly is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Churchill Fellow, a Certified Management & Business Educator and a MHFA England Mental Health First Aider.  

Having struggled herself during her formal education with dyslexia, Holly is passionate about education innovation that enhances the learning experience, engagement, quality, and outcomes. She is a Certified Advanced and Online Facilitator in LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® and delivers sessions across the University to both students and staff (academic and professional services). Holly has pioneered the development of a LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® community of practice at the University.

Prior to joining the University of Exeter, Holly has over fifteen years of experience successfully delivering National and International projects from concept to completion, on time, within budget and scope. She is Prince2® and ScrumMaster® qualified. She was the LOCOG Operations Manager for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth & Portland and has been a Project Manager for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Royal National Lifeboat Institution. This variety of unusual professional experience helps Holly support the development of employability skills and widening participation.

Holly is an avid sportswoman and alongside her role at the University of Exeter, she has represented England and Great Britain at the International Surf Association SUP and Paddleboard World Championships.


BA (Hons) Management (Solent), PGCert Law (Southampton), PGCert Academic Practice (Exeter), PhD Public Health & Epidemiology (Birmingham)

Research interests

  • Santini D and Henderson H. 2021 The winners and losers in the race to environmental sustainability: a ranking of Summer Olympic International Federation progress [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res 2021, 3:12 (

  • Henderson H and Kight C. 2021 Reviewer Report For: The educator’s LSP journey: creating exploratory learning environments for responsible management education using Lego Serious Play [version 1; peer review: 2 approved with reservations]. Emerald Open Res 2021, 3:2 (

  • Henderson, H.E., 2020. Case Study in Blair. S., 2020. How to Facilitate the Lego® Serious Play® Method Online London: ProMeet.

  • Henderson, H.E., 2020. Case Study in Blair. S., 2020. Mastering the Lego Serious Play Method - 44 Facilitation Techniques for Trained LEGO® Serious Play® Facilitators London: ProMeet.

  • Shipway, R. and Henderson, H.E., 2012. Mega Events, Tourism and Host Resident Opinions of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Weymouth and Portland, UK. In: Holloway, C. and Humphreys, C., eds. The Business of Tourism. Harlow: Pearson Education, 730-737

  • Chien, P. M, Ritchie, B. W., Shipway, R, and Henderson, H, 2012 I am having a dilemma: Factors affecting resident support of event development in the community. Journal of Travel Research, 51 4: 451-463.

  • Henderson, H., 2012. Sailing events and the participant experience In: Fyall, A. and Shipway, R., eds. International Sports Events - Impacts, experiences and identities. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge

  • Henderson, H. E. and Lissiman, C.M, 2010. The men from down under: the legacies of Australia II. International Journal of Event and Festival Management, 1 (3).

  • Shipway, R. and Henderson, H. E., 2010. Leveraging Olympic Studies in HE: Go Forth and Olympify. LINK (26).

  • Henderson, H. E. and Wilson, R., 2006. Water incident related hospital activity across England between 1997/8 and 2003/4: a retrospective descriptive study. BMC Public Health, 6, 210