Dr Veronica Burke

Senior Lecturer Practitioner

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law


Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Business Management , Human Resources Management , Organisational Behaviour

Research Supervision:Yes

Veronica has a strong background in higher education, executive development and consultancy. She has worked extensively in the UK and internationally on the design and delivery of leadership development programmes for a wide range of public and private sector organisations.

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Veronica is an experienced learning, development and education specialist with extensive experience of working in higher education and consulting with multi-national businesses. She has a strong background in organisational behaviour, individual and team coaching, leadership, organisational development and performance psychology.

Skilled in the end-to-end management of executive leadership development, 1-1 coaching, assessment, moderation and curriculum design, her most recent experience was as full-time Faculty at Cranfield University School of Management where she was Director of The Cranfield Talent Development Programme, The Cranfield General Programme and The Business Growth Programme. Veronica has also taught on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in several UK Higher Education institutions and has doctoral and Masters degree supervision experience.

Research interests

  • Executive Development and Programme Design
  • Optimising business performance
  • Employee wellbeing
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Sport and business

Areas of research supervision

  • Organisational behaviour
  • Business management

PhD Supervision:

  • Tourism Management (2nd supervisor)


Leading the development of the new Business portfolio for ARU Peterborough: Business Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management


  • PhD (Management Development) - University of Edinburgh
  • Master of Arts (Physical Education) - University of Leeds
  • PGCE (Physical Education/History) - West London Institute of Higher Education
  • Bachelor of Humanities (Hons) Human Movement Studies / History - St Mary's College
  • Coaching Excellence Programme (Advanced) - Collaborative Equity Ltd
  • Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI)
  • British Psychological Society Accredited Level A (Ability Testing) and Level B (Personality Assessment)
  • Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI)
  • FIRO B Assessment Inventory
  • Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI)
  • Certificate in Cognitive Hypnotherapy - The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • The Presidents Institute - keynote and workshop presentations for C-Suite executives on constructive conflict management
  • The Teenage Cancer Trust - Board development programme / 1-1 coaching
  • International Nuclear Services - Coaching for performance programme
  • The Natural History Museum - Keynote presentation - talent development
  • Sadlers Wells Theatre - Keynote presentation - building personal resilience
  • The Forestry Commission - Executive Coaching
  • Tesco Plc - Executive Coaching

Selected recent publications

Lancaster, S and Burke, V (2019) Creating high performing teams. In Collins, D., Cruickshank, A., and Jordent, G The Routledge Handbook of Elite Sport Performance Routledge: London pp 384-389

Burke, V (2017) Five wellbeing practices to keep your employees on top form 7th December. Available at: http://blog.som.cranfield.ac.uk/bgpblog/5-wellbeing-practices-to-keep-your-employees-on-top-form

Burke, V. (2017). How can we actively sustain our personal performance at work? HRZone.com. (online). 4th September. Available at: https://www.hrzone.com/perform/people/how-can-we-actively-sustain-our-personal-performance-at-work

Collins, D. Burke V. Martindale, A. & Cruickshank, A. (2015) The Illusion of competency versus the desirability of expertise: Seeking a common standard for the support professions in sport Sports Medicine, 45 pp.1-7

Burke, V. (2014). When is conflict at work a good thing? IEDP (International Executive Development Programmes) Newsletter [Online]. 11/11/14.

Burke, V. (2014) Managing Conflict at Work: Management Focus: Issue 37, pp. 10-11 Bedford: Cranfield School of Management

Burke, V (2010) Performance Psychology: Organising for Excellence. In Collins, D. et.al (Eds.) Performance Psychology - a Practitioner’s Guide London: Elsevier pp. 99-119