HRMI 2022: Steve Marshall, professor of practice in leadership, Hult International Business School (Ashridge)

Happiest wandering and wondering, slightly lost, either walking the ground or pedalling a bike, Steve Marshall uses photography, writing and dialogue to find the way to ecology, art and simplicity.

Over many years, these personal inquiries have been foundational to his work as a supervisor, coach, and change consultant/academic in organisational development, doctoral education, facilitation, and mentoring assignments across the public, private and third sectors.

Marshall began his career as a freelance photographer in London’s media world before joining the RAF, spending more than 20 years as a fast jet pilot. Bringing learning from both disciplines, he crafts interventions that offer insight into the nature of our organisational experience, imagery and vision in volatile, uncertain environments.

He uses inquiry, dialogue and arts-based approaches to foster shared situational awareness and creative change while holding sharp focus on pragmatic decision making in often stressful and complex situations.

Marshall is a faculty member and supervisor on the ground-breaking doctorate in organisational change  at Ashridge, UK, where he helps executives attain personal and professional insight while developing the agency and capacity to radically and humanely change their organisations.


Recommended reading:

Power dynamics: Managing change in an organisation

Employee relations during organisational change

Measuring change programmes' effectiveness


Steve Marshall ranked 22nd on HR magazine’s list of HR Most Influential thinkers in 2022.

Find the full list of HR Most Influential 2022 practitioners and thinkers here.