Dr Mark Kilgallon

Mark Kilgallon

Position: Senior Fellow

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Law, Criminology and Social Sciences

Subject area: Policing

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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I am currently a Senior Fellow with the International Policing and Justice Institute frequently liaising with executive leaders within UK police forces.

I also have QA responsibility for the Inspector's course with the Royal Malaysian Police.

Teaching responsibilities

I teach on the Leadership module of the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation.

I also have supervisory roles for two PhD students.

Professional interests

Mark has spent the last 20 years helping to develop leaders in the public and private sector. A successful Executive Coach and Mentor he combines a strong drive for performance with a deep rooted connection to strong ethical values. His practically focused delivery style is supported by a significant academic foundation and this combination helps clients achieve sustained success. He has delivered programmes around the world.

He has a particular interests in policing leadership development and policing cultures both at operational and strategic delivery. 

Research interests

Mark is currently engaged in refelctive research that covers:

  1. A working approach to defining ‘good’ policing leadership
  2. How leaders learn.
  3. The cultures of senior leadership within policing
  4. Relationships of Power - negotiating space [policing ‘in’ groups]
  5. Professionalisation of ‘blue light’ leadership
  6. Professionalisation of policing
  7. Culture and resistance to leadership development
  8. Psychological contract of leadership development

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Member of the Chartered Management Institute


  • MA (HONS) Politics and Sociology - Univesity of Glasgow
  • PhD in Policing Organisational Cultures - University College London

Recent publications

  • Contested Knowledge: Learning to Lead in a Policing Context in:  Fleming J (ed) Police Leadership - rising to the top. OUP

Additional interests and activities

Mark has substantial experience in developing demanding and testing executive development programmes that confront the challenges facing leaders within their environments. His work with the UK police service on the Strategic Command Course is recognised as being a world leader in its field. Mark was a member of the Association of Chief Police Officers' Ethics Committee. He has also carried out work with international police forces. He has a strong commitment to equality & diversity and believes people should be allowed to develop their 'legitimate strangeness'.

Experience in industry

  • Mark was a serving police officer with the Metropolitan Police Service - before his career was abruptly brought to a halt as a result of an almost fatal stabbing.
  • Mark was the Academic Director of the Strategic Command Course - the most senior leadership and development programme in the UK. He did this role for 10 years

International experience

As a result of his role at Bramshill, Mark has spoken to, and delivered learning events for, senior policing leaders from around the world.

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