Dr Will Foster

Dr Will Foster

w.d.foster@keele.ac.uk | 01782 7 33089


Dr Will Foster is a dual-professional: a leadership practitioner as well as leadership being his academic field. His primary focus is on developing executive leaders, helping them to shape a positive organisational culture and healthy team dynamics that are focused on business results as the bedrock for long-term success. He has held senior leadership and Director roles in commercial, charitable, and academic settings. He has a PhD in Ecclesiology, Leadership and Organisational Culture as well as an MBA, DMS and a BEng (Hons).   Before joining Keele University in 2019 as Programme Director of their MBA, he was Dean of Staffordshire at the University of Wolverhampton providing the strategic and academic lead for the University's activities. Previously he had been a Faculty Associate Dean and Head of various Schools (Business, Media, and Performing Arts). He was also a member of the Management Research Centre (MRC) and co-founded the University's research cluster in coaching and mentoring which helped introduce the University’s first institution-wide staff mentoring scheme. Will is a Principal Fellow of the HEA and the co-editor of the Journal of Academic Development and Education. 


Areas of expertise: New programme innovation & online development; Academic leadership; Scholarship development / HEA / Mentoring / Coaching;  Ethnographic research