Dr Tony Wall

Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), CWRS

Tony is a specialist in personal and organisational transformation through applied psychologies and work-based learning. He is passionate about enabling professionals to create new insights into their practice and facilitating them to rigorously investigate real world problems and opportunities – leading to deeper, longer-lasting impact.

Tony's latest book has been endorsed by Peter Cheese (CEO, CIPD), HR's Most Influential Thinker 2012 and 2013, and has reached Amazon's Top 14 books for training. Leadership Assessment for Talent Development is available now.

Qualifications

  • EdD, MA, PGC, PGD
  • MSc with Distinction (Lancaster University Management School)
  • BSc Hons Management Sciences (Warwick Business School and Schulich School of Business, Toronto)
  • Certified NLP Master Practitioner, Certified Practical MindfulnessTM Coach
  • CIPD Certificate in Training Practice, Advanced Certificate in Emotional Intelligence.

Overview

After winning a scholarship to study at the Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Tony graduated with a first class honours degree from Warwick Business School in the UK. His first major body of action-research was creating innovative approaches for organisational analysis at Lancaster University Management School with technology corporates including QinetiQ. He was then invited to join Manchester’s Innovation Academy and researchers at The Revans Institute for Action Learning and Research (now at Manchester Business School), where he worked with entrepreneurs to inspire creativity and business performance. Subsequently, he led and action-researched the creation of radical educational innovations on a regional level and contributed to a major European project to disseminate these practices amongst EU member states. As a result, he was invited to contribute to other national educational innovation projects funded by the UK government (e.g. HEA-ELESIG, HEA demonstrators). His contributions were recognised through a prestigious HEFCE-funded fellowship and invitation to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

Tony is now a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Practitioner-Research Lead and International Consultant at the Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) at the award-winning University of Chester. He specialises in personal and organisational transformation using applied psychologies and work-based learning, and speaks internationally on issues related to work-based learning and personal transformation.

Tony also works closely with businesses and training organisations internationally to boost their training and learning effectiveness through the university-accreditation of training courses – enabling trainees to make bigger, longer-lasting impacts at work – and at the same time – achieve prestigious university qualifications. His clients have included Standard Chartered Bank, Lloyds TSB Bank, BT, TalkTalk, a Global Media Group, a South African University, a Japanese logistics company, The NHS, The Police, The RAF and Joint Forces HQ. Tony is seeking to connect with:

  • Professionals around the globe wanting to research and create new insights and perspectives into their practice, as part of the innovative negotiated, work-based learning programme at the renowned Centre for Work Related Studies (CWRS) in the UK.
  • High quality training departments and organisations around the globe who are seeking university accreditation and increased impact for their learning provision.


Roles

  • Academic lead for corporate programmes in transpersonal coaching and leadership, facilitation and NLP
  • MBA (work-based routes) lead
  • Practitioner-research lead / principal investigator (European project)
  • International consultant and coordinator (negotiated, work based learning)

 

Professional memberships

  • Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Association for Learning Technology (Chartered Member)
  • Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (US)
  • Commission for Accelerated Programs (US/Canada)
  • National Association for Academic Advising (US)
  • National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship

 

External examination (all previous):

  • Universities in Bath, London and Lancashire: business and marketing programmes.

 

Journal editing/reviewing:

  • Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning, Editor of Special Edition
  • International Journal of Organizational Analysis, Editorial Board / Editor of Special Edition
  • Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning Journal, Editor of Special Edition
  • International Journal of Coaching and Mentoring in Education, Editorial Reviewer

Teaching

  • MBA, MA, MSc practitioner-research / major project supervision
  • MSc/MA Entrepreneurship, MSc Project & Programme Management, and Postgraduate Certificate in International Business Leadership
  • Postgraduate Certificates in Emotionally Intelligent Leadership and Coaching to Inspire Leadership (lead academic)
  • Postgraduate Certificates in Transpersonal Coaching, and Transpersonal Leadership (lead academic)
  • Doctor of Professional Studies (negotiated, work-based learning)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (leadership, coaching, facilitation, transpersonal and applied psychologies)

Research

Key themes of research:

  • Pragmatic strategies for personal transformation at work
  • Improving the behavioural impact of learning interventions (coaching, mentoring, training)
  • Leadership and motivation through organisational storytelling

Examples of recently supervised practitioner-research in areas of leadership and coaching:

  • Establishing the leadership development needs of senior executives in UK healthcare
  • Collaborative development and measurement of a coaching culture in a Turkish company
  • Assessing occupational stress in an Oil & Gas company in Nigeria
  • Establishing the impact of innovations in advanced practice nursing and ER recovery
  • Assessing access to coaching and mentoring provision across the UK Police Force
  • Evaluating the impact of organisational storytelling projects

Examples of recently supervised practitioner-research in areas of entrepreneurship and marketing:

  • Developing profit performance in a technology group in Ghana
  • Assessing the contribution of social media marketing to a Chinese media group
  • Developing sales performance in an sustainable energy sales company
  • New product development for a private educational company in Nigeria
  • Predicting the potential impact of new financial instruments in a global bank in Dubai
  • Developing strategies for international customer retention

Published work

Recent books (from 2010):

Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Top 14 in the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank for training - and endorsed by Peter Cheese (CEO, CIPD), HR's Most Influential Thinker 2012 and 2013. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Rossetti, L. (2013) Story Skills for Managers: Nurturing Motivation with Teams, Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/ssfm (Top 1% highest position on the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank).

Wall, T. (2013) Leading Transformation in Prior Learning Policy & Practice, Second Edition, Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/ltpl (No.1 Amazon Best Seller’s Rank dedicated to prior learning, September 2013).

Wall, T. (2012) Transforming Prior Learning Practice (Kindle Edition), Scotts Valley,CA: CreateSpace, 978-1477500262.

Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup (Top 1% highest position on the Amazon Best Seller’s Rank).

Wall, T. (2010) Learning through Work, York: Flexible Learning Centre.

Recent articles (from 2010):

Thomas, L., Nutt, C. and Wall, T. (2009) Editorial: Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising: Improving Student Success, Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning: An International Journal, 11 (3), pp. 3-5.

Wall, T. (2014) Transforming the Research-Learning Performance of Professional Lifelong LearnersProcedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 116, pp. 189-193.

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Co-delivered work based learning: contested ownership and responsibility, Higher Education, Skills & Work Based Learning, 3 (1).

Wall, T. (2013) Transcending the Relevance Gap: The Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach, The Macrotheme Review: A multidisciplinary journal of global macro trends, 2 (1).

Wall, T. (2012) Shattering Another Brick in the Wall Thinking, Innovation Excellence, April.

Wall, T. (2010) Enabling and disabling discourses in promoting RPLO policy and practice in Higher Education, EducatiOn-line, Leeds: British Education Index.

Wall, T. (2009) A Quest in Questions (Action Learning for Professional Development), Enquire Online, Issue 2.

Recent chapters (from 2010):

Knights, J. and Wall, T. (2013) Emotion check questions, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2013) The Meakin Salvage Strategy Tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Tran, L. (2015, forthcoming) Learning to be an international work-based learner, in Heyler, R. (Ed) Work Based Learning Student Handbook, London: Palgrave.

Wall, T. (2013) Diversity through negotiation, in Bridger, K., Reid, I. and Shaw, J. (Eds) Inclusive Higher Education, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon@ http://tiny.cc/inche

Wall, T. (2013) Indirect feeding-forward for entrepreneurial growth, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) Introduction, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) Project learning question checklist tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) SCARF check tool, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. (2013) The Mindfulness Triangle, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Grant, D. (2013) Feeding (back and) forwards for talent development, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Workplace projects for empathetic behaviours, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Meakin, D. (2013) Workplace projects for talent development, in Wall, T. and Knights, J. (Eds) (2013) Leadership Assessment for Talent Development, London: Kogan. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/laftd

Wall, T. and Grant, D. (2011) Facilitating Faster Growth with Small Enterprise, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Wall, T., Douglas, J. and Lord, J. (2011) Transforming Leadership, Learning and Life through Work Based Learning, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Moran, C. and Wall, T. (2011) Issues, Challenges and Joys of Accreditation, in Dhillon, B. Felce, A., Minton, A. and Wall, T. (2011) Making Employer and University Partnerships Work: Accrediting Employer Led Learning, Middlesex: Libri Publishing. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/meup

Wall, T. (2010) University models for work based learning validation, in Roodhouse, S. and Mumford, J. (Eds) Understanding Work Based Learning, Farnham: Gower, pp.41-54. Buy at amazon: http://tiny.cc/uwbl

Shaw, J. and Wall, T. (2010) Quality assurance, enhancement and risk management in employer engagement – bitesize demonstrator project, in Tallantyre, F., Kettle, J. and Smith, J. (2010) Quality and responding to employer needs, York: Higher Education Academy.

Wall, T. (2003) ‘Put Down Your Cup of Tea, and Fasten Your Seat Belt’: Action-based Methodologies as a Serious Option in Creativity Research, in Stein, M.I., Creativity's Global Correspondents 2003, New York: New York University Press.

Recent conference presentations (from 2002)

Konrad, J. and Wall. T. (2010) What can we learn from Europe?, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2011) Co-Delivery of Higher Level Learning and Role Perceptions: A Practitioner Research Study, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Meakin, D. and Wall, T. (2011) Contesting Ownership and Responsibility: A Practitioner Research Study, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Wall, T. (2002) A Creativity (Conference) Experience: Pigs, Teddy Bears and Anything Else, Creativity & Cultural Diversity: An International Conference, 15th-19th September, Brighton, University of Sussex.

Wall, T. (2002) Panel Commentary: The Future of Creativity Research, 4th International Creativity & Cognition Conference, Loughborough, Loughborough University.

Wall, T. (2007) Aspirations: Are We Helping or Hindering?, Academic Advising Conference: An International Perspective, UK Higher Education Academy / US National Academy for Academic Advising, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University.

Wall, T. (2007) Stripping Socrates: Using Socratic Questioning for Learning, June, Shaping & Understanding the Student Experience Conference, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. (2007) The Aspirational Heart of Work Based Learning, Work Based Learning Symposia, AimHigher Research Network, Lancaster, Lancaster University.

Wall, T. (2008) Deconstructing the Joint/Single Binary, Multiple Subject Studies Conference, November, Newcastle, UK.

Wall, T. (2008) Judging Quality in First Person Action Research (in Work Based Learning), Manchester Conference, September, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wall, T. (2008) Stripping Socrates: Using Socratic Questioning for Learning, Academic Practice and the Student Learning Experience Conference, May, University of Chester.

Wall, T. (2009) Breathing Inquiry: Lifelong Inquiry as Lifelong Learning, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, November, Athens.

Wall, T. (2009) Imagining A Beautiful Mosaic - Flexible Practices for Access, Diversity and Participation, FACE Conference 2009, July, Staffordshire University.

Wall, T. (2009) Imagining a Beautiful Mosaic: Flexible Learning Practices for Diversity, CAEL (Council for Adult & Experiential Learning) International Conference, November, Chicago.

Wall, T. (2009) Practical Theories of Change for Enhancement, Multiple Subject Studies Conference, December, York, UK.

Wall, T. (2009) Seeking ‘quality’ in first person action research, International Conference on Professional Doctorates, November, London.

Wall, T. (2009) Visioning/realising whole Honours degrees through action inquiries, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, November, Athens.

Wall, T. (2010) Eupneic inquiry and 'quality' in first person action research, ALARA World Congress (Action Learning, Action Research Association), September 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Wall, T. (2010) Innovation in quality perspectives, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T. (2010) Prefiguring higher education as action inquiry, ALARA World Congress (Action Learning, Action Research Association), September 2010, Melbourne, Australia.

Wall, T. (2010) Two Experiential Pedagogies: Meticulous Accountant and Creative Sculptor, Council for Adult & Experiential Learning International Conference, San Diego, September 2010.

Wall, T. (2011) Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach (APRA), Work Based Learning Futures V Conference, Derby, September 2011.

Wall, T. (2011) Commodfication in Training Accreditation, International Qualitative Summer Institute, September, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wall, T. (2011) Commodification in Practitioner Research, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.

Wall, T. (2011) Rapid Management Development of Practitioner Research Capacity, 7th European Conference on Leadership, Management and Governance, Nice, October 6th / 7th.

Wall, T. (2012) Transcending The Relevance Gap: The Accelerated Practitioner Research Approach, Business and Social Science Conference: Paris 2012, Espace Vocation Paris, France, 27th-28th December.

Wall, T. (2013) Transforming research-learning performance with professional lifelong learners, World Congress on Educational Sciences, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy, 5th-8th February.

Wall, T. and Hatchard, R. (2007) Raising Spring Chickens: Raising Spring Chickens: new practitioners' experiences with action learning in HE, Shaping & Understanding the Student Experience Conference, June, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. and Hatchard, R. (2008) Spring Chickens: 1 Year After Action Learning, Academic Practice and the Student Learning Experience Conference, May, Chester, University of Chester.

Wall, T. and Leonard, D. (2011) Facilitating situated learning: A 'mode 2' pedagogical model, Work Based Learning Futures V Conference, Derby, September 2011.

Wall, T. and McCraken, P. (2010) What are the strategic benefits of professional learning through work and APL in difficult times? European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T. and O’Dea, M. (2009) Towards Our Own Community (of Practice) in Business, International Conference on Professional Doctorates, November, London.

Wall, T. and Parry, D. (2012) Towards Ultimate Flexibility in Professional Development, HE & Skills Conference, London: Government Knowledge.

Wall, T. and Talbot, J. (2010) How do we judge the 'quality' of action research – and what are the challenges of embedding it?, CARN Study Day: Envisioning and Embedding  ‘Prior/Present’ Action Inquiries in Higher Education, York St John University, 17th September 2010.

Wall, T., and Dhillon, B. (2009) Work Based Learning Frameworks, fdf / EBTA (Employer Based Training Accreditation) Conference (Innovating Workforce Development), December, Birmingham, UK.

Wall, T., and Dhillon, B. (2009) Working with Employers and Employer Responsive Provision, National fdf Conference (Innovating Workforce Development), November, London.

Wall, T., Konrad, J. and McCraken, P. (2010) Innovation in employer engagement and e-perspectives, European APL / RPLO Conference, June, York.

Wall, T., Leonard, D. and Talbot, J. (2011) Practitioner Enquiry for Busy Professionals: An Accelerated Learning Model, International Collaborative Action Research Network Conference, Vienna.: