Michael West joined The King's Fund as a Senior Fellow in September 2013 and became Head of Thought Leadership in September 2015. He is Professor of Work and Organisational Psychology at Lancaster University Management School, Senior Research Fellow at The Work Foundation, Visiting Professor at University College, Dublin, and Emeritus Professor at Aston University. He was formerly Executive Dean of Aston Business School.
He graduated from the University of Wales in 1973 and received his PhD in 1977. He has authored, edited and co-edited more than 20 books and has published more than 200 articles in scientific and practitioner publications, as well as chapters in scholarly books. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the American Psychological Association (APA), the APA Society for Industrial/Organisational Psychology, the Academy of Social Sciences, the International Association of Applied Psychologists and the British Academy of Management. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
His areas of research interest are team and organisational innovation and effectiveness, particularly in relation to the organisation of health services. He lectures, both nationally and internationally, on the results of his research and on his solutions for developing effective and innovative organisations.