His research focuses on human creative behaviours in organisations, in particular exploring how creativity is necessary for the implementation of service innovations. With his experience as a management consultant, and as a senior manager in public sector organisations, Shaun also has an interest in project management and employability. Shaun teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses relevant to his academic research interests and work experience.
Shaun used some of the organisational and technical competencies gained during his undergraduate degree in Chemistry to support and develop a career as a civil engineer, specialising in traffic and transportation. Having led and managed a number of large engineering projects, and gained a Masters degree in Civil Engineering, Shaun widened his skills portfolio through taking on a senior management role supporting organisational improvement, and driving forward organisation-wide issues such as political management, community engagement and green transport. In 2006, Shaun established his own small business as a management consultant helping organisations improve through listening to their own workforce, their customers and their communities, in areas as diverse as general management, finance, local government and the NHS.
In 2007, Shaun returned to university where he studied part-time for a graduate diploma in psychology. In 2010, Shaun was awarded a NHS CLAHRC scholarship to study for a PhD, which he completed in 2016.
Shaun is continuing his research activities based upon the findings in his PhD, with particular interest in extending the understanding of creativity, so that it may be more recognisable in the workplace. He is also focusing on identifying the importance of creativity and creative problem solving in the implementation of service innovations.
Shaun is a member of the British Academy of Management. He is also a long-standing member of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.