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Catherine is interested in public boards and their governance. Her current research is focused on governance in a range of services including education and the fire and rescue. She has published widely on devolution and its impact on education and on public services more generally.

Catherine chaired the Welsh Government’s Task and Finish Expert School Governance group which reviewed models of governance in education. Ensuring effective governance is clearly part of the improvement journey in education.

Catherine is an experienced teacher within the public management field at undergraduate, Masters and Doctorate levels. She delivers within the University and outside and is happy to deliver both University accredited and also training courses.

She is part of the core team which has developed the Post Graduate Certificate in Governance.


Catherine is an experienced academic who is actively involved in teaching and research within the public management field. She delivers both short courses and University accredited modules and awards.

She co-directs the University’s new Centre for Public Services –
which liaises research and consultancy and also short courses including Political Awareness and Governance and Scrutiny.


Award Leader of the new All Wales Public Service Graduate programme, supported by Academi Wales.


Farrell, C.M., M. Connolly and C. James, 2019. ‘The Participation and Influence of Stakeholders in School Leadership and Management’, in L. Bell and T. Bush, Principles of Education Leadership and Management, London: Sage.

Farrell, C.M. 2018. ‘Governing and Governance of Schools as Organisations’, in M. Connolly and C. James, (eds.) The Sage Year Book of Education, London: Sage.

Farrell, C.M., E. Plant and S. Oerton,’Doing a Doctorate in Business Administration: The Case for Critical Reflexivity’, International Journal of Management Education, Volume 16, Issue 3, November 2018, Pages 370–379

Morris, J. and C. Farrell, 2017. ‘Neo-bureaucratic Organizational Forms, Technology, Control and Contingent Work: The Case of UK TV’, New Technologies, Work and Employment, Vol.32, No.2, pp.115-130.

Farrell, C. M. 2017. ‘Governance Matters’, in Leadership and Management in the Fire and Rescue Service’, ed. by Pete Murphy and Kirsten Greenhalgh, Springer books.

Connolly, M., C. Farrell and C. James. 2017. ‘An Analysis of the Stakeholder Model of Public Boards and the Case of School Governing Bodies in England and Wales’, Education Management, Administration and Leadership, Vol.45, No.1, pp.5-19.

Farrell, C.M, J. Morris and S. Ranson. 2017. ‘The Theatricality of Accountability: The Operation of Governing Bodies in Schools’, Public Policy and Administration, Vol.32, No.3, pp.214-231.

Morris, J., C. Farrell and M. Reed. 2016. ‘The Indeterminacy of ‘Temporariness’: Control and Power in Neo-bureaucratic Organizations and Work in UK Television’, Human Relations, Vol. 69 (12), pp.2274-2297.

Farrell, C. and S. Titcombe. 2016. ‘Gender and the Experiences of Local Elected Members – A Focus on Wales’, Local Government Studies, Vo.42, Issue 6, pp.867-884.

Farrell C.M. 2014. ‘School Governance in Wales’ Local Government Studies, Vol.40, No.6, pp.923-937.

Farrell, C.M and J.L. Morris. 2013. ‘Managing the New-Bureaucratic Organisation: Lessons from the UK’s Prosaic Sector’, International Journal of Human Resource Management.

Farrell, C.M. 2010. ‘Ten Years of UK Devolution’, Public Money and Management, Vol.30, No.2.

Farrell, C. M. 2010. ‘Citizen and Consumer Involvement in UK Public Services’, International Journal of Consumer Studies, Vol.34, pp.503-507.

Farrell, C.M. 2009. ‘The Consumer in Education’, in The Consumer in Public Services’, ed by. R. Simmons, M. Powell and I. Greener, Bristol, The Policy Press.

Morris J.L. and C. Farrell. 2009. ‘Still Searching for the Evidence? Evidence-based Policy, Performance Pay and Teachers’, Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol,51, no.1, pp.75-94.

Farrell, C.M. 2009. ‘Citizens and Consumers in Public Services’, Inaugural Professorial Lecture, University of Glamorgan, 12th November.

Farrell, C.M. 2007. ‘Improving UK Public Services: A Review of the Evidence’, Public Administration, Vol.85, No.2, pp.355-382 (with L. Hodgson and M. Connolly).

Farrell, C. M. 2007. ‘The ’Post-Bureaucratic Public Sector Organization. New Organisational Forms and HRM in ten UK Public Sector Organisations’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Vol.18, No.9, pp.1575-1588 (with J. Morris).

Farrell, C.M. 2005. ‘Governance in the Public Sector: the Involvement of the Board’, Public Administration, Vol.83, No.1, pp.89-110.

Farrell, C.M. and J. Morris. 2004. ‘Resigned Compliance: Teacher Attitudes Towards Performance Related Pay in Schools’, Educational Management and Administration, Vol. 32, No.1.

Farrell, C.M. and J. Morris. 2003. ‘The Neo-Bureaucratic State: Professionals and Managers and Professional Managers in Schools, General Practices and Social Work’, Organisation, Vol.10 No.1 pp.129-157.

Farrell, C.M., G. Boyne, J. Law, M. Powell and R. Walker, 2003. ‘Evaluating Public Management Reforms: Principles and Practice’. (Buckingham, Open University Press).

Farrell C.M. 2000. ‘Citizen Participation in Governance’, Public Money and Management, Vol.20, No.1 pp.31-37.

Farrell C.M. and J. Jones. 2000. ‘Evaluating Stakeholder Participation in Public Services – Parents and Schools’ Policy and Politics, Vol. 28 No.2 pp.251-262.

Farrell C. M. and J. Morris. 1999. ‘Professional Perceptions of Bureaucratic Change in the Public Sector’, Public Money and Management, Vol. 19 No.4 pp.1-7.

Farrell C.M. and J. Law. 1999. ‘The Accountability of School Governing Bodies’, Education Management and Administration, Vol.27 No.1 pp.5-15.

Farrell C. M and J. Law. 1999. ‘Changing Forms of Accountability in Education?: A Case Study of LEAs in Wales’ Public Administration, Vol.77 No.2 pp.293-310.

Farrell C.M. and J. Law. 1998. ‘Regional Policy Differences in the UK: Education in Wales’, Public Policy and Administration, Vol.13 No.2 pp.54-69.

Farrell C.M. and J. Law. 1998. ‘A More Separate Education System in Wales?’ Contemporary Wales, Vol.10 pp.170-181.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


External talk – The Public Policy Exchange – ’Evaluating Alternative Approaches to Fire and Rescue Service Governance, January 2018 (with Professor Rachel Ashworth, Cardiff Business School)

External talk – Inside Government – ‘The Integration of Blue Light Governance: Future Prospects and Challenges’ as part of the Improving Blue Light Services Through Integration and Collaboration, February 2018 (with Professor Rachel Ashworth, Cardiff Business School)

Wales Audit Office, invited panel member, ‘How you manage risks around organisation change, service transformation and innovation’, May 2017 and April 2018

Expert Seminar – ’Governance in Public Services – Doing it Right, Doing it Better, Academi Wales and the Welsh NHS Confederation, March 2017

Workshop, ‘Effective Governance’, Community Housing Cymru, February 2016

Workshop ‘Building Success – The Role of Governance’, Academi Wales Summer School June 2014

Workshop on Public Boards and Governance, Welsh Government May 2014

Masterclass, Improving Governance, Academi Wales, February 2014

Springboard Contributor, Academi Wales 2013-to date

Workshop Facilitator, Academi Wales Summer School, Service Improvement – Governance Matters, June 2013

Guest Speaker, Taff Housing Association Annual Conference, April 2012, and NSA Annual Conference, September 2012

Citizen Engagement in Public Services, Talk delivered at the Welsh Assembly Government’s Local Service Board Regional Workshop, March 2010

Specialist Adviser for the Welsh Affairs Committee of the House of Commons on the Legislative Competence (Education) Order 2010 relating to School Governance.

Guest Editor – Public Money and Management, Vol.30, No.2, March 2010, Devolution and Public Services

Organised the 40th UK Public Administration Committee Conference held at the University of Glamorgan. The conference attracted over 120 delegates. A key part of the conference was the ‘Skills for Government’ Forum which involved both practitioner and professional inputs into the conference. This was the first time that the conference was held in Wales and a significant theme of the conference was the 10th anniversary of UK devolution. September 2009

Book reviews for Public Administration. Journal referee for Public Administration, International Journal of Public Sector Management, Public Policy and Administration.

External Examiner, MSc Public Management, University of Plymouth, 2009-2013, Masters of Public Administration, University of Ulster, 2012-2016.

Short course delivery – Improving Public Services, Delivering Quality Services, Political Awareness, Scrutiny and Public Services and Involving Citizens


Current Research Activity:

Governance in education and in the fire and rescue service, leadership and management of Schools, public boards and citizen involvement.



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