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Course Leader and Senior Lecturer Mark Horan started his career as an accountant for KPMG and then moved into a variety of Senior Human Resources roles.

He has HR experience in both public and private sectors, initially with First Leisure which runs a number of attractions in Blackpool including the Tower and Winter Gardens.

Mark then moved on to the NHS / Department of Health, and spent 10 years as Corporate Change Director; where he had Board level responsibility for Human Resources, Corporate Governance, TUPE Transfers, Business Planning and Organisational Development.

He was Project Director for the set up of a number of Special Health Authorities and is a member of the Association of Project Managers. Mark was also a member of the NHS Ministerial Advisory Board, and advised the Permanent Secretary on Corporate Governance and Pensions issues.

Most recently Mark was Strategic HR Director for Blackpool Council with responsibility for an operational staff of 8000, and was Vice Chair of the Lancashire Strategic HR Forum.

As a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, Mark is an established member of the Business School’s CIPD accredited teaching team, with a particular focus on Professional Development, Change Management and Leadership and Management. Mark is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Mark is currently undertaking a Doctor of Business Administration, looking at the holistic return on investment and expectation from the CIPD Level 7 courses.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

External positions

External Examiner, University of Liverpool


External Examiner, Birmingham City University


Research Expertise and Interests

  • Evaluation ; Return on Expectation


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