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Professor of Operations Management, Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor David Bamford is an experienced industrialist/academic who has published over 250 articles, book chapters and reports as well as presented widely on his topics to both academic and practitioner audiences. His multiple publications include two co-authored books: i) Managing Quality (2016); and ii) Essential Guide to Operations Management (2023).

Knowledge transfer has been at the centre of David’s career strategy. It provides a focus and direction for his research, grant applications, publications, teaching, and major administrative roles. Through it he has a significant involvement in knowledge creation and transfer in conjunction with various partner organisations, such as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the NHS, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Manufacturing Institute. David has also led related modules in Executive Education, working with companies such as TATA, BP, JCB, BAE, etc.

David has received many awards for research, teaching and knowledge transfer: Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence: Paper 'Service quality at the London 2012 games - a Paralympics athletes survey' in International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management; University 'Thank You' Awards; Innovative Partnership Award (University of Huddersfield) for work with South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SWYPFT); Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP); Technology Strategy Board & InnovateUK; and for teaching: University of Manchester: Distinguished Achievement Medal – Teacher of the Year; University Award for Teaching Excellence. Multiple Department Teaching Awards.


  • –present
    Professor of Operations Management, University of Huddersfield