Staff profile

Phil Delight

Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Derby Business School


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development and a professionally trained coach with an active coaching practice. Both my University work and my private coaching practice allow me to pursue a passion for leadership, team and individual development.

At the University, my work is focussed on modules that deal with the people side of business; leadership, team working, and communication skills are all explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Outside the University, my work includes projects for major international companies, public bodies, and charities. The common theme is helping people to learn. These two career strands are highly complementary and it is a pleasure to bring them together in my lecturing work.

Teaching responsibilities

My module leadership responsibilities fall primarily within our MBA provision and include:

Membership of professional bodies


Experience in industry

The majority of my working life has been spent providing learning and development services for organisations across a significant range of industry sectors. Heavy industry, telecommunications, finance, retail, public services, law, engineering and manufacturing have all featured regularly in my client portfolio. Engagements with organisations as diverse as Standard and Poor’s, the Metropolitan Police Service, BAE Systems, and Perthyn (care in the community), have brought me into close contact with diverse organisational strategies and contrasting working lives; experience which feeds very naturally into my role at the University.

Additional interests and activities

I hold the position of Chair of Trustees for the Ark Housing Trust. Ark offer intensive housing support and therapeutic care to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This is an unpaid voluntary role although a very significant one for me on a personal level. Ark is a relatively new charity (formed in 2017) but is growing rapidly, sadly, there appears to be a significant need for the sort of services we provide.