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Yr Athro Sarah Hurlow

Yr Athro Sarah Hurlow

Reader in Leadership

Ysgol Busnes Caerdydd

+44 (0)29 2087 5756
R30, Adeilad Aberconwy, Rhodfa Colum, Cathays, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU


Sarah has worked closely with a range of private and public sector organisations to design and facilitate leadership development programmes, and was Director of the Executive MBA at Cardiff Business School for three years.

She has a particular interest in strategies for supporting the reflexive and collaborative practice of leaders, including the theory and practice of coaching and storytelling.  Current research projects include an evaluation of a ‘leader as coach’ initiative in the workplace, and the role of coaching as part of the Executive MBA educational expericne.  

Sarah is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Association.

Sarah has held a number of management roles including Deputy Head of the Management, Organisation & Employment (MEO) section.  She is a member of the Business School’s Shadow Management Board and the Steering Group for Academic Engagement that is part of the University’s Education Portfolio for Change.  She was an elected member of the Council of the British Academy of Management with a specific role in the development of the ‘Management Knowledge & Education’ initiative.  Sarah has undertaken a number of external examiner responsibilities, including most recently at the University of West of England.



  • PhD, Cardiff: 'The Language of Leadership', a post structuralist study of leadership in local government
  • MBA: University of Glamorgan
  • PGCE(FE): Cardiff University
  • BA (Hons) English, Goldsmiths College, University of London

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

2016 Best Developmental Paper ‘Leadership & Leadership Development’ Track, Annual British Academy of Management Conference, Newcastle, 6-8 September, Newcastle – jointly with Darren Caudle

2010   Best Doctoral Dissertation: Academy of Management (Critical Management Studies Division)

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)





  • Hurlow, S. 2006. Visible leadership. Presented at: 5th International Studying Leadership Conference, Cranfield, UK, 4-6 December 2006.



  • Hurlow, S. 2004. Playing at/with leadership. Presented at: Studying Leadership 3rd International Conference: Leadership Refrains, Encounters, Conversations and Enchantments, Exeter, UK., 15-16 December 2004.




Teaching commitments

  • Executive MBA: Leadership & Professional Development
  • MSc Business Strategy & Entrepreneurship: Leadership & Personal Development

Research interests

  • The relationship between theories of learning and coaching practice
  • Coaching as a critical reflexive practice
  • The politics of coaching: how coaching is legitimised rhetorically; coaching as a disciplinary practice; coaching as a form of resistance
  • Coaching as identity work

PhD supervision research interests

  • Leadership development
  • Coaching
  • Poststructuralism


Past projects

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