David Flude

Acting Head of Department

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Leadership and Management

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Leadership and management

David is the Acting Head of Department of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. His responsibilities include coordinating and leading income generation and research opportunities for the department and also in partnership with other key stakeholders. Additionally he is a Principal Lecturer, delivering a wide range of Corporate Strategy and Leadership courses on undergraduate, post graduate and professional accreditation programmes. He undertakes International work on behalf of the University, guest lectures, moderation, agent representation, student recruitment events and delivery of bespoke training courses. His International experience has been gained from working in countries including China, Malaysia, Trinidad and Russia

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Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University, David spent the previous 12 years as a Senior Manager within the Police service. He was responsible for a range of engineering and logistics functions along with developing strategic and collaborative partnerships including the MOD, Civil service, Secret Service and commercial entities. He also was a bronze commander for major incidents and has worked collaboratively with a range of high level government ministries.

David has always had a great interest in research and academic development and it was during this time he completed an Honours Degree and an MBA. Both degree research dissertations delivered both cashable and non-cashable efficiency savings into the organisation. Having thoroughly enjoyed participating in and completing his MBA, he wished to continue his academic and professional development.  David was awarded, by the National Policing Improvement Agency, a Bramshill PhD Research Fellowship to conduct research into a topical emerging Police related subject.

Research interests

PhD Thesis Title: An Investigation into the Prevalence and Effects of Transcultural Relativism in Police Back Office Collaborative Ventures

  • Organisational strategy
  • Collaborative working in the Public Sector
  • Culture and Collaboration in the Police Services

David's chosen area of research interest is ameliorating the influences of organisational collaborative cultures, particularly the effects of transcultural relativism in collaborative organisational subgroups. The influences of transcultural relativism pervades through organisations and its characteristics influence the intended performance outcomes and benefits realisation plans.

Areas of research supervision

  • Management and Leadership in the Police Service
  • Organisational Cultural Issues within Police Service
  • The Management of Organisational Cultures in Collaborative Ventures in the Police Service


Within his current role David is also Senior Lecturer, delivering a wide range of Corporate Strategy and Leadership courses on undergraduate, postgraduate and professional accreditation programmes. He has also created and delivered a wide range of bespoke programmes for clients, both in the UK and globally.


  • BA (Hons), University of East Anglia
  • MBA, University of East Anglia
  • PhD Post Confirmation of Candidature, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PhD Viva, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Bramshill PhD Fellowship

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Management Institute

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Russian Railways
  • Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
  • Devon and Cornwall Police

Selected recent publications

Journal Papers under Construction

  • Ameliorating the influence of transcultural relativism within collaborative ventures
  • Developing performance management systems within virtual collaborative environments
  • Constructing an infrastructure of Intelligence led management systems within competitive environments

Recent presentations and conferences

Conference and Presentation. CIPFA, Journal of Finance in the Public Sector 2009.

Media experience

Media trained to deliver commentary across strategic management issues concerning the Public Sector, especially the Police Service.