Emeritus Professor Catherine Staite

Emeritus Professor Catherine Staite

Department of Public Administration and Policy
Emeritus Professor

Contact details

School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Catherine Staite provides consultancy support and CPD programmes on leadership and governance, organisational development and managing relationships between politicians and managers. Catherine is also a qualified coach, specialising in coaching both political and managerial leaders.


  • ILM Level 7 Diploma in leadership mentoring and executive coaching 2009
  • University of Leeds, MBA 1997
  • London School of Economics, LLB 1976
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)


Catherine Staite is an Emeritus Professor of Public Management at the University of Birmingham. She has undertaken executive and non-executive roles in a variety of organisations, including in the statutory and voluntary sectors, as well as the private sector. A lawyer by training, she worked in mental health and with local authorities and criminal justice agencies, before becoming an academic. 

In 2011, Catherine joined the Institute of Local Government Studies, as Director. INLOGOV is a unique centre for learning and research, as it brings together both academic insight and practical knowledge to support political and managerial leaders. During her years at INLOGOV, Catherine focused her teaching and writing on leadership and governance, particularly in local government. 

In 2016, she was awarded a Professorship in Public Management. In 2017, she stepped down as Director of INLOGOV. She now coaches political leaders and provides support to local and national government on organisational development, governance and leadership. 

Previous roles include; Associate Director at the Audit Commission from 2001 to 2005 and Director of Policy at the Office for Public Management, a not-for-profit organisation, focusing on research and leadership development, from 2005 to 2011. 

Non-executive roles include director of Rampton Special Hospital Authority, with responsibility for reviewing the continuing detention of patients and a member of the Board of Visitors at HMP Hull, with responsibility for the hospital wing. 

During her years working in Birmingham, Catherine supported Birmingham City Council and the Mayor of the West Midlands in a number of advisory roles, including; Independent Member of Birmingham Strategic Leaders Forum for Children’s Services, Independent Member of the Preventing Violence against Vulnerable People Board (BVVP) and Independent Member of the Steering Group of Birmingham Partners. 


Joint book chapter: Staite, C. in  ‘Managing people and organisations’ in Public Management and Governance,  (2015)  T. Bovaird and E. Loffler (Eds) Routledge that Public https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415501866

2020 Vision for Local Government (2014) Goodwin D., Staite C.E. and Watt P. Local Government: 2020 Vision,  Grant Thornton - 2020 vision

Ebook - A New Model of Public Services –Staite C.E. (ed) (2013) Developing a New Model of Public Services http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government-society/departments/local-government-studies/news/2013/07/new-book.aspx

Staite C.E. (2013) Making the Weather: Joseph Chamberlain’s Vision for Birmingham in Parker S.in History Boys NLGN: London http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/wp-content/uploads/The-History-Boys-FINAL.pdf

Staite C.E. (2012) Localism, co-production and healthier communities in T. Bovaird  and E. Loffler (Eds)  Making Health and Social Care  Personal and Local London: LGIU and Governance International (hard copy available)

Raine  J.W.,and Staite C.E.  (eds)  (2011) The World will be your Oyster? Birmingham, INLOGOV Briefing http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/government-society/departments/local-government-studies/news/2012/07/oyster-chapters.aspx

Staite C.E., Tonkiss K and Wilson L (2011) Learning Disabilities and BME Communities in Gloucestershire Birmingham, INLOGOV (hard copy available)

Staite C.E. and Miller R., (2011) Health and Wellbeing Boards Birmingham, INLOGOV www.bham.ac.uk/inlogov

Department for Communities and Local Government (2010)Long-term evaluation of local area agreements and local strategic partnerships: Final report. https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/EIUA/EIUA_Docs/LAAs_and_LSPs_2007_2010.pdf

Department for Communities and Local Government (2010) Form and Function:  A Comparative Evaluation of Unitary Authorities and Two Tier Pathfinders http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20120919132719/http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1526090.pdf

Audit Commission (2004) Connecting with users and citizens  http://archive.audit-commission.gov.uk/auditcommission/subwebs/publications/studies/studyPDF/2907.pdf

Audit Commission (2004) User focus and engagement – learning from Comprehensive Performance Assessment: Briefing 4  http://archive.audit-commission.gov.uk/auditcommission/SiteCollectionDocuments/AuditCommissionReports/NationalStudies/cpa-briefing-4-userfocus.pdf

Audit Commission (2005) Let me be me: a handbook for managers and staff working with disabled children http://archive.audit-commission.gov.uk/auditcommission/subwebs/publications/studies/studyPDF/3080.pdf