Dr Sue Smith

Sue Smith

Position: Coaching and management development

College: College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department: Derby Management School

Subject area: Business and Management, Coaching

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I am Programme Lead for a couple of programmes on business management. I bring my operational experience as a practitioner, combined with my academic experience to support professionals in developing their own skills through work-based learning programmes.

My key interests are in workplace coaching, management development, leadership and personal development.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Programme Leader for the CIPP MSc in Business and Reward Management
  • Teach the Research Methodologies and Independent Studies modules for this programme
  • Programme Leader for the CIPP BA (Hons) Applied Business and Management
  • Teach on the Research Methodologies and Work Based Investigation modules for this programme
  • Teach on the Signalling Solutions Ltd MA in Professional Development (Business Management), Appreciating Skills for Career Development.

Professional interests

  • Associate Lecturer for University of Derby and De Montfort University
  • Founding Director for S2UK Limited, a professional development and training company
  • Learning and Development for A&N Media (DMGT)
  • Senior Business Consultant for Dove Nest Group
  • Portfolio Manager for Accenture
  • Training Manager for Stagecoach Bus UK.

Research interests

Doctorate of Education in Business Coaching: Research into the success and failure of Internal Coaching in the workplace.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI)
  • Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute (CMgr)
  • Registered with the International Regulator of Coaching and Mentoring (IRCM)
  • Deputy Chair of the Women in Management (WiM) (2009-2010).


  • Doctorate of Education in Business Coaching
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Work Based Learning
  • Advanced Professional Diploma in Employment Law
  • International Diploma of Professional Coaching
  • Advance Award in Tutoring Distance Learning
  • Master's Degree in Human Resource Management
  • British Psychological Society Level A Testing
  • Bachelor of Education Honours Degree.

Recent publications

  • Smith, S. (2015) Internal Coaching: critical reflections on success and failure in workplace coaching. EdD Thesis. University of Derby
  • Smith, S., Dupernex, S. (2015) The Development of A Best Practice Internal Coaching Framework, Critical Perspectives on Business Management. July (4) 23-39
  • Smith, S. (2015) I'd Love to But... First Press Publishing. Vancouver, Canada
  • Smith, S. (2016) Time to Spring Clean with Internal Coaching, People Management (Submitted for publication)
  • Smith, S., Dupernex, S. (2016) Using a Blended Style of Coaching, International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring (submitted for publication).
  • Smith, S (2016) The Ethical Benefits of Coaching Professional Bodies, Researcher Bulletin (Submitted for publication).

Recent conferences

  • Oxford Brookes University - EdD Colloquium. 'National and International Perspectives on Education'. June 2014
  • University of Derby 5th Annual Professional Conference. 'Professionalism and Knowledge'. May 2014
  • British Education Research Association (BERA) Annual Conference. September 2011
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Training Forum. November 2011.

Additional interests and activities

I am a Masters England International squash player and enjoy competing all over the world. I have competed in Hong Kong, USA, Germany, Sweden, Czech, the Netherlands and Canada. I have a dog called Buddy.

Experience in industry

  • Provided pro bono mentoring for a middle manager who wanted to progress
  • Provided coaching for senior managers in a health practice, to develop their managerial and leadership skills
  • Developed from concept to gain approval for a blended Leadership Development Programme, aimed at accelerating the development of middle managers to senior managers within 2 years, for the banking industry
  • Partnered in two Welfare to Work programmes aiming to create social mobility, reduce poverty and tackle 'worklessness' by coaching people back to work, remain in a job and progress
  • Advised and supported HR Business Partners to deliver a smooth programme and improve stakeholder relationships on Graduate schemes within the banking business
  • Coached, mentored and advised senior managers in strategic and operational activities within an engineering business.

International experience

  • Supported and advised teachers in a developing primary school in The Gambia on teaching skills and planning (2004).

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