Dr Tracey Wond, Programme Leader of Professional Doctorates (Business); Senior Lecturer in HRM, Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

After completing her degree in human resource management, Tracey went on to pursue her main interest — investigating and analysing organisational behaviour and leadership, which has been the focus of her teaching since 2009.

In 2013 Tracey was appointed by the University of Derby to deliver professional doctorates in business — a new role within Derby Business School.

Tracey manages doctorates in professional practice and the Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA), for students who are generally employed in senior roles within the public and third sectors. Tracey is also responsible for managing PhD students within the College of Business.

Professional background

Prior to joining the University, Tracey led the MBA in Leadership at the University of Wales, Trinity St David, where she also taught undergraduate leadership and HR modules.

Tracey’s own PhD, completed at the University of Teesside, was carried out within the public sector in the North East of England and involved evaluating a multi-million pound economic regeneration programme. Tracey’s remit included evaluating the programme’s performance, to determine if it had achieved the objectives set out in its business plan.

Role at the Institute

Within the Institute, Tracey is working on various research projects with Nick Howe, looking at leadership and development for policing both across the UK and internationally.

Tracey and her colleagues at the Institute have excellent links with local, regional and national constabularies, including links to the Scottish police services. The chief constables who they have already worked with are very keen to engage with the Institute.

One of Tracey’s interests in the policing arena is around the notion of followership within the context of national and international policing — to explore followers of police leaders to understand where leadership is done best.

With the Institute's established links with the Royal Malaysia Police there are also opportunities to explore the challenges faced by other cultures. This work draws on Tracey’s experiences working in HR with North Yorkshire Police, where she observed how the police were developing leaders and was able to identify the leadership challenges that police services face. 

As a senior lecturer and course director, Tracey has had police personnel on her courses and is aware of what is missing from leadership development programmes. There is much scope for police leadership and what it means to be a police leader — specifically about ensuring that the leadership research is carried out before a training programme is developed.

Organisations invest heavily in leadership development but there is very little research to determine exactly what leadership training is required. In relation to the police, it often involves anticipating what is needed rather than responding to a specific training requirement and this is an area that Tracey would like to explore further.

It is this expertise in organisational leadership and development and in evaluating outcomes, that Tracey brings to the Institute, together with her in-depth understanding of the public sector. Her expertise will continue to be an asset to the Institute and to other departments at the University. 

Views on the Institute

Under the leadership of the Institute's Director, Professor Kevin Bampton, who encourages his colleagues to explore new areas of research, Tracey will continue to study and investigate the field of police leadership, to help develop new leadership strategies that can be applied to policing in the UK and abroad.

Working closely with the Institute, Tracey acknowledges that its real strength is being able to combine academic research with frontline policing experience. This unique combination will play an essential role in helping the Institute to meet its long-term goal: the professionalisation of policing and delivering results in the real world, which the Institute is already doing with various overseas police services.

Portrait of Dr Tracey Wond, Programme Leader of Professional Doctorates (Business) and Senior Lecturer (HRM, Leadership and OB) As a senior lecturer and course director, Tracey has had police personnel on her courses and is aware of what is missing from leadership development programmes. There is much scope for police leadership and what it means to be a police leader — specifically about ensuring that the leadership research is carried out before a training programme is developed.