Professor Michael West

Organisational Psychologist

Michael West is Head of Thought Leadership at the King’s Fund, a policy advice and charitable body focused on developing health and social care services in England and internationally. He is professor of work and organisational psychology at Lancaster University Management School and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School.

He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977 for work on the psychology of meditation. He has authored, edited and co-edited 20 books and has published more than 200 articles for scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, British Psychological Society, American Psychological Association (APA), International Association of Applied Psychologists, British Academy of Management, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

His work on culture and compassionate leadership, health care team effectiveness and innovation have had a significant influence on health care policy in the UK and internationally. He has also contributed to understanding of effectiveness in the manufacturing industry, the oil and gas industry as well as the public sector more generally. He lectures widely, both nationally and internationally, on the results of his research and on his solutions for developing effective and innovative teams and organisations. He has been an Associate of The Work Foundation since 2011.