Dr Judie Gannon

PhD, MA, PgCert, BA

Director of Doctoral Programmes - Oxford Brookes Business School

Oxford Brookes Business School


Currently I am the Director of Doctoral Programmes in Oxford Brookes Business School and a member of the International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies (ICCaMs). My main activities include leading and coordinating our PhD candidates, supervisors and examiners, and building our doctoral community. As well as supervising PhDs, I teach and supervise on our Doctorate in Coaching & Mentoring. I am a UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor.  

I also support the delivery of our ILM Level 7 in Executive Coaching and Mentoring certificate and organise the Oxford Brookes Coaching & Mentoring Society (OBCaMs) network events across the academic year. I lead the STAMINa Mentoring Network which focuses on sharing best practice across mentoring schemes and offering support to mentoring scheme coordinators. Prior to my current role I was the Programme Lead Postgraduate Programmes Hospitality (September 2011-2015).

In 2008/9 I founded the Bacchus Mentoring programme – where 200 industry executives mostly Alumni act as mentors for PG and UG students. I have supported several other University departments and organisations (GOAL17) in setting up and developing their mentoring provision. In 2019 I was the winner of the EMCC Global Mentoring award. 

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Transition to Doctoral Research CAMP8005
  • DCM Thesis workshops Year 4 and 5 CAMP8004

Have taught on a range of programmes including Coaching & Mentoring in Organisations, International Human Resource Management and Research Methods and Dissertation workshops.  


I have supervised 6 PhDs and 20 Doctorates in Coaching & Mentoring to completion and examined doctorates in the UK, Europe, South Africa and Australia. I am currently supervising 12 doctoral students (PhD and professional doctorates) who are at various stages of completing their studies.  

Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Janine Roberts Working with emotions in leadership coaching Active
Christine Vitzthum How do coaches and organisational stakeholders approach coaching to support gender diversity? Active


As part of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies (ICCAMS) my research is focused on coaching and mentoring in organisational settings, and coaching and mentoring as forms of social change. I am particularly interested in coaching alliances and mentoring networks and how these might be understood through the frames of social movements and communities of practice.  In 2023 I secured a research bid with the Institute of Coaching, part of McLean Hospital, Harvard University, focused on the role of pro bono coaching in developing coaches and the profession.  

Research impact

My research on mentoring programmes and their sustainability has been used by several organisations to develop their mentoring initiatives - see the Many Things to Many People: Formal Mentoring Schemes and the Mentoring in the Creative Industries reports.    

Centres and institutes

Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Revised: Understanding Coaches’ Pro-bono Third-Sector Work, its value and impact on practice and the profession (01/04/2023 - 30/06/2024), funded by: Institute of Coaching, funding amount received by Brookes: £14,338


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • UKCGE Recognised Research Supervisor 
  • European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality


I am co-chair for the Coaching & Mentoring stream at the UfHRD (University forum for Human Resource Development). I regularly attend other conferences related to coaching, mentoring, human resources and doctoral education.  

Previously I have attended

  • Gannon, J.M. (2017) "Mentoring scheme coordinators – lost voices" presented at UfHRD conference University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Bonneywell, S. & Gannon, J.M. (2017) "Simultaneous individual and group coaching: a powerful development mechanism for women in a multinational organisation" presented at UfHRD conference University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Invited speaker on "Mentoring programme Sustainability" at the Mentoring Professionals Conference, at The University of Manchester
  • Gannon, J.M. (2016) "Doing it for themselves: Mentoring and Corporate: Socialisation control in International Hotel Companies" presented at UfHRD conference Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • Worth, S and Gannon, J.M. (2016) "Learning together – first experiences on a professional doctorate: perspectives from students and supervisors", presented at 5th International Conference of Professional Doctorates, Titanic Belfast, March
  • Gannon, J.M. Santoma, R. & Rodriguez, Z. (2015) "Simulating The Intercultural and Virtual World Of Work For Postgraduate Hospitality And Tourism Management Students", Full paper accepted for EuroCHRIE, Manchester Metropolitan University, delivered by Dr R Santoma
  • Gannon, J.M. Santoma, R. & Rodriguez, Z. (2014) "Simulating The Intercultural and Virtual World Of Work For Postgraduate Hospitality And Tourism Management Students", Full paper accepted for 2nd International Forum on Tourism Education and Training and 9th China Tourism Forum, Guilin, China 16-18 Oct 2014 Guilin, China – being delivered by Dr R Santoma
  • Gannon, J.M. Santoma, R. & Rodriguez, Z. (2014) "Developing Intercultural and Virtual Team working skills in International Hospitality & Tourism Masters students", International Research Collaboration Conference, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
  • Gannon, J.M. (2010) "Developing Tomorrows Talent: Tales from an Undergraduate Mentoring Programme" full paper presented at the CHME Research conference, University of Surrey, UK
  • Gannon, J.M. (2009) "The role of managers in knowledge transfer and capability leverage across the international hotel industry: the HRM perspective" work in progress paper presented at the 4th International Conference on Services Management, Barcelo Hotel, Oxford.  
  • Gannon, J.M. (2007) "Levels of HRD across Global Competitors in International Service Organisations" full paper presented at the 8th International Conference in HRD Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University
  • Graves, S.C. & Gannon, J.M. (2007) "Managing Managers and Risk in the International Hotel Industry" full paper presented at the CHME Research conference, Oxford Brookes University
  • Gannon, J.M. (2007) "The Role of Strategic Groups in understanding Strategic Human Resource Management in the International Hotel Industry" -  full paper presented to 22nd Workshop on Strategic Human Resource Management EIASM Brussels


I have undertaken a variety of consultancy projects including:

  • Developing mentoring schemes for business collaboration.
  • Mentoring and socialisation programmes for hotel groups.
  • Enhancing the career opportunities of disadvantaged groups in the hospitality industry.
  • Advised and supported other Universities on developing alumni mentoring schemes.
  • Strategic and international human resource management approaches and practices for management development in international hotel companies.
  • Investigating the risk and management of human resources in international service organisations.
  • Exploring the human resource practices adopted by entrepreneurs in small service firms.
  • Exploring intercultural skills development amongst international hospitality and tourism managers.
  • Developing virtual and intercultural skills amongst business and management students.
  • Supporting international students in the UK HE system.

Further details

  • Editor in Chief for the International Journal for Evidence based Coaching and Mentoring.
  • Regular reviewer for: International Journal of Human Resource Management; Work, Employment & Society; Personnel Review; Education + Training; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: an international journal; the International Journal of Hospitality Management and the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.