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Department of Management

Professor Greg Allen

Professor Greg Allen

Professor of Practice – Exeter Centre for Leadership (Director of the Exeter Leadership Partners)




Greg is an experienced CEO, chair, non-executive director and advisor with a career of over 30-years.  His board and consutancy roles have spanned the commercial (plc), public, third and academic sectors, in addition to his experience as a senior civil servant.  He has spent the last 20 years in board and executive roles across the health and care sector in the UK and internationally.  He has overseen a range of research and policy initiatives linking business, start-ups, national policymakers and academia in the UK and overseas. 

He is currently the Interim Chief Executive and Director of Resources for Blind Veterans UK, which incudes being a trustee of both BRAVO VICTOR (BVUK subsidiary research charity) and AAAMD as well as a executive committee member of Cobseo (The Confederation of Service Charities).  He is a long standing trustee of both Hospiscare and Arthritis Action.  He has expertise in organisational transformation and development; board governance, audit and financial assurance; the future of work, and HR.

Previous roles include CEO of Future Care Capital, a 70-year old national health and care charity whose Royal Patron was HM Queen Elizabeth II. He was also CEO of the national Centre for Workforce Intelligence – a key research body for the government (part of a FTSE 250 plc), senior civil servant at the Department of Health, a national director of Nuffield Health and private banker at Coutts & Co. In his early career, he qualified as a teacher and, after being commissioned at the Royal Military Adcademy Sandhurst, served in the UK and abroad as an Officer in the British Army Adjutant General’s Corps (Education & Training Services). He is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Fellow of the RSA.


  • MA
  • BA (Hons)
  • PGCE (QTS)
  • FRSA
  • Chartered FCIPD


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Research interests

  • Leadership and social change
  • Organisational transformation
  • The future of work and technology
  • Health & well-being
  • Longevity

Research projects

Greg has been accountable for delivering many health and care research projects with business and academic partners.  These have been focused on social and beneficiary impact.

Recent / ongoing University areas include:

  • The Professional Pathways Programme (charity governance)
  • The Exeter Academic 

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External Engagement and Impact

External positions

Greg is regularly invited to speak in person and online about leadership, health and social care policy and provision and has a special interest in longevity, leadership and the future of work.

External positions:

  • Fellow – RSA
  • Chartered Fellow – Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development
  • Member – Healthwatch Devon
  • Member - NEDonBoard
  • Advisory Board Member – IPPR Health & Care Advisory Board
  • Fellow – Chairman’s Network
  • Advisory Board Member – Centre for Health Innovation Research (City University / Cass Business School)

Invited lectures

  • Workplace and Organisational Agility
  • The Future of Work

Other Consultancy (i.e. income generating work that is not research)

As a CEO, I have led and delivered management consultancy services within large organisations and across complex systems and health economies.

This includes co-leading the establishment of a £60m private sector consultancy business that delivered consultancy support services to the NHS across the North East.

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I have delivered postgraduate and undergraduate lectures, as well as mentoring and coaching senior leaders / CEOs in organisations plus students on placement in business.

Key topics include: strategic leadership, organisational transformation and development, economics and business management, board governance and asasurance, politics and policy, the future of work, human resource management, workforce development, military leadership, ethics.

In my early career I was a school governor, as well as a qualified teacher in secondary and primary schools.

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