Dr Stephen Backhouse

Strategy Consultant

Stephen Backhouse is a consultant and advisor to organisations engaging with systemic problems. He helps clients tackle their complex leadership and multi-stakeholder challenges including sustainability, organisational restructuring and institutional health. Corporate clients include tech start-ups, management consultancies, and business design studios. Non-profit clients range from small-scale food bank and health communication charities, to multinational relief agencies and anti-human trafficking NGOs. Government clients include the civil service and commissioned work for parties on all points of the political spectrum. Stephen is currently an associate with firms such as Northstar Transition and Agnus Consulting.

Leadership Development

Stephen is an expert in the philosophy of power and leadership development. He is an internationally recognised authority on the political thought of Søren Kierkegaard, whose writings envisioned healthy personal authenticity in the face of group dynamics and challenging cultures. Stephen uses these existential insights in his work. He has designed and taught two master’s degree courses in servant leadership, and now runs workshops and seminars in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. 

Advisor and Thought Leader

Stephen has published widely and often undertakes writing commissions for universities, research firms, and think-tanks. He has held academic positions including Director of Graduates and Dean of Studies. Stephen is a director with the Good Faith Partnership, which connects stakeholder groups, and an academic advisor to Eido Research, which measures social impact. Stephen has extensive experience as a facilitator, teacher and public speaker and has communicated to thousands of people in groups large and small. 

Originally from Canada, Stephen now resides in the United Kingdom, where he loves nothing more than to walk over hills and under trees in the Sussex Downs. 

Stephen's LinkedIn profile is HERE. You can email Stephen directly HERE


DPhil University of Oxford (2008)
MSt (Research) University of Oxford (2005)
MA McGill University, Montreal (2003)
BA Joint Honours, University of Oxford (2001)