Dr Helen Rodgers
About Dr Helen Rodgers
Helen is the research lead, leadership, governance and people management at Leeds Business School. Her research interests are in leadership, gender, organisation, in particular career progression of female leaders and managers.
An experienced academic, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy . Dr Helen Rodgers joined Leeds Beckett University in 1999. She has over 20 years experience of researching and teaching across the broader subject area of gender and organisational behaviour. Prior to joining Leeds Beckett University, Helen gained her Ph.D. entitled "Gender and Post Bureaucracy" from the University of Kent after enjoying a successful career in the telecommunications industry.
Helen's work across the School of Leadership, Governance and People Management and the School of Business Strategy, Operations and Enterprise covers the broad areas of leadership, governance, management, gender and organisational development. Prior to her career in academia, Helen was a Marketing Manager for BT Headquarters, where she ran a number of prestigious marketing projects and campaigns targeted at the consumer market. Helen is skilled at designing, delivering and assessing learning at both undergraduate and postgraduate level on an international basis.
Helen is affiliated to the Centre for Leadership, Governance and Global Responsibility and the Centre for Applied Social Research and Deputy Chair of the Faculty Research Ethics Committee. She is also member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a member of the British Academy of Management.
Helen is research lead, leadership, governance and people management at Leeds Business School. Between 2009-2017, Helen was the Programme Leader, MSc in Leadership and Change, a course which ran in the UK and Sub Saharan Africa. She is module leader for Critical Perspectives in Leadership and Governance (H7) and is currently supervising research students in the field of leadership, gender, management and entrepreneurship.
Helen researches in the area of leadership, governance, gender and organisational development, particularly focussing on women's careers, leadership and organisational change. Her Ph.D., "Gender and Post Bureaucracy", explored issues relating to female and male managerial career progression in a large organisation undergoing significant transformation. Findings from this research were used to influence social policy development in areas such as maternity/paternity leave, flexible working models and work-life balance.
Her research at Leeds Beckett has developed from this original study to include issues related to leadership, governance and diversity. Having completed three successful research contracts in her early career for the Council for Excellence in Management and Leadership, the Learning and Skills research centre and IGEN, the career aspirations of BME students. Helen's research continues to influence both professional work and educational pedagogy. Helen has delivered a Leadership learning event at the UK High Commission in Australia and been involved in Women in Business and Leadership roundtable discussions at the House of Lords and the House of Commons, UK. She is currently engaged in working with the Institute of Directors on Women in Business and Leadership.