Professor of Leadership and Management and the Head of Department for People and Performance
The Manchester Metropolitan Business School
Prof Sarah Fidment is Professor of Leadership and Management and the Head of Department for People and Performance at the Manchester Metropolitan Business School, which is a triple accredited business school, placing it among the very best business schools in the world. Sarah is a transformational leader with vision, passion, and proven ability in increasing impact of inclusive management and leadership excellence. She is an expert on leadership development having designed, developed, and delivered over 50+ leadership development interventions for national and international audiences.
Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy which she has held for 16 years and has worked with many different organisations and their leadership teams on the development of their staff using a range of group and team-based interventions including action learning, open space methodologies and appreciative inquiry. Sarah is an experienced consultant and has developed impactful and award-winning interventions within organisations on creating inclusive cultures, organisational learning and organisational design. As a organisational development expert and people developer, Sarah was instrumental in setting up the first higher Degree Management Apprenticeship in 2016 in the UK. Sarah has worked on numerous leadership development programmes with clients such as Nestle, Morrison’s, the Co-operative Group, Norgren, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police, Sheffield University and the Department of International Development.
Sarah’s influence has extended to government policy development as a peer reviewer and published author on behalf of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact, enhancing the external reputation of HE and HRD practice, 2019, is a board member of the International Journal for HRD: Practice Policy and Research and was the Conference Chair for the 2022 University Forum for Human Resource Development International Conference. Sarah was awarded Professorship in 2021 in recognition for her outstanding contribution to inclusive leadership and management professional practice. Prior to academia Sarah held Senior Executive positions in SME’s in the Sheffield City Region.