Born in Sussex, England in 1962, Rory graduated from London University in 1986 with a music degree. His postgraduate studies culminated in a PhD from Sheffield Hallam University where he undertook research on relationship development and democratic governance. He lives in Yorkshire with his wife, Caroline, and his two children, Natasha and Bethany. Rory is now a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Business School, where he is course leader for the university's MSc Co-operative and Social Enterprise Management degree. In 2009, he became a HEFCE/UnLtd Ambassador for Social Entrepreneurship in Higher Education, and has been elected to the boards of Co-operatives Yorkshire & Humber, and Social Enterprise Yorkshire & Humber. He is the author of numerous articles and four books, including Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice from Sage Publications.
Ask Corbyn to participate in General Election Leaders Debate (even if May declines)
We, the citizens of the United Kingdom call on Jeremy Corbyn to participate in the 2017 General Election Leader debates, irrespective of Teresa May's decision on whether to attend. We call on him to set his own agenda, and not follow hers. We deserve the right as electors to hear him articulate his policies, and to judge his character, by observing him in dialogue with other party leaders who may be part of a future British Government (in coalition with Labour). We call on you to use this national debate to show leadership by calling for all progressive parties to form an alliance on the single issue of voting reform. The sole purpose of this alliance is to introduce proportional representation then call a General Election to elect a government of the people, by the people, for the people. We call on you to fulfill your pledge to the British people - to bring about a system of government for the many, not for the few.