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Stephen Murgatroyd is an educator, researcher and consultant who has served on various boards. He was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England and was educated at St Bede's Grammar School and University College, Cardiff, where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in research methodology.
On leaving University in 1972, he became a teacher of special needs children and was also a tutor on courses with the Open University of the United Kingdom. In 1973, he joined the Open University full time as a research fellow, directing its first major study of the learning careers of adult learners. In 1983, he obtained a Masters of Philosophy degree for work on the psychometrics of the theory of psychological reversals and also practiced as a psychologist.
He was Associate Editor of the British Journal of Guidance and Counseling and a founding board member of the British Psychological Society's Counseling Psychology Section, work that earned him a Fellowship of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS) in 1985. In 1987, he earned a doctorate looking at reversal theory as the basis for therapeutic practice from The Open University, UK.
In 1986, he joined Athabasca University as Dean,Faculty of Administrative Studies and, later, became the first Executive Director of the Centre for Innovative Management (CIM), home of the world's first on-line executive MBA - a program that he directed and managed from 1993-1997. This work led to the award of an Honorary Doctorate in e-learning from Athabasca University in 2000.
In 1998, he left the University to join Axia NetMedia Corporation to focus on consulting and development work. He ran Axia's Lifeskills International Ltd business in Europe and also managed the development of Citizen Connect LTD - another Axia company. After leaving Axia, he continues with an extensive consulting career as well as advising businesses, organizations and governments.