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Dr Pete Mann

Independent Learning Advisor


Pete Mann’s lifetime is in releasing resourcefulness within people. As an American blessed to do this globally, he still works with IDPM in SED where for 30 years he has supervised the preparation of hundreds of dissertations and theses of international postgraduates.

His cross-cultural life began with impact in 1965, leaving the U.S. after university to volunteer teach in Sierra Leone. Involvement with the voluntary sector resumed upon reaching the Northwest of England in the mid 1970s after working in cross-cultural staff training in East Africa. In greater Manchester he was part of a start-up with NGOs, training unemployed supervisors for jobs and – much later – counselling couples with Relate.

His first appointment at The University of Manchester was as Research Fellow in the Medical School, using grounded theory to evaluate an NHS interdisciplinary management team-development project. Much more recently he advised on action research in a Sustainable Consumption Institute project improving sustainability skills and workplace knowledge in the retail sector.

Current work

An MEd and PhD complement Pete’s continuing self and professional development. He strives to keep growing through body-mind therapeutic practice, physical training and learning with and from colleagues in The Stamford Forum, a national ‘listen-think-do-learn’ partnership of which he has been the chairman the past two years.

Retiring from the University in 2008 has meant more mentoring of UN Peacekeepers, repeat requests for contributions to private-sector executive development at Henley Business School, and facilitating action learning with the Revans Academy at the Manchester Business School. A licensed Associate with the Executive Development Assessment Centre and a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), he was recently invited to be an Honorary Fellow of SED’s Centre for Organisations in Development.

Pete has been designing and leading Humanities Faculty research-training initiatives – from building resilience, to working with NGOs, to engaging qualitative material – with PGRs and post docs since early 2009.