Professor Of Management, University of Sussex

Katie (nee Truss) joined Sussex University in November 2013 as Professor of Management. Previously, she held several roles at the University of Kent and Kingston University. She has a PhD from London Business School where she has also recently been Chief External Examiner for the Global MBA programme.

Katie has written numerous articles on meaningful work, employee engagement and strategic human resource management. Her work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review, and she has been commissioned to write reports and thought-pieces for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is frequently invited to present her work at practitioner conferences or to chair events around the world, and has undertaken a range of consultancy, training and development projects.

She has been Non-Executive Director of the Involvement and Participation Association and is Honorary Fellow at the Institute for Employment Studies. Previously, she was Co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the 'Guru Group', part of the Engage for Success movement.

Katie has led large research projects funded by industry, the CIPD, the ESRC, and the NIHR. She is Associate Editor of Human Resource Management Journal and member of the Editorial Board of several other journals. She has recently led a study of 'purposeful leadership' funded by the CIPD, and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Meaningful Work due to be published in 2017.

She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is also an Associate Member of the Association for Coaching, and is entered in the register of qualifications in test use (A and B) of the British Psychological Society.


  • –present
    Professor Of Management, University of Sussex