Professor Alan Hooper
Fellow, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School

Alan’s first career was in the Royal Marines. He commanded the Falkland Islands RM Detachment, served in the Ministry of Defence, was Chief of Staff of the British Military Training Team in Zimbabwe, and commanded 40 Commando Royal Marines. He retired in 1990 at one star rank and his final appointment was Commandant of the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone, the largest establishment in the Royal Marines.

In 1990, he joined the University of Exeter and launched the Postgraduate Diploma/MA in Leadership (the only course of its kind in Europe) in 1992. He was the Founding Director of the Centre for Leadership Studies from 1997-2002.  

Alan operates in roles including public speaking, facilitator, executive coach, consultant and programme delivery. His clients include the Home Office, the Armed Services, the NHS and the voluntary sector plus a number from the private sector. He has an MA in Politics (Exon), leads the CPD module on ‘Leadership of Change’ at Exeter University and is a Visiting Professor at Bristol Business School.