Fred Paterson

Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development, Sustainable Business and the Green Economy
University of Derby Business School (UK)

Fred is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership Development  with responsibility for Sustainable Business and the Green Economy. He also leads an ERDF Low Carbon Business Network which provides business development opportunities to pro-environmental SMEs in the D2N2 LEP region. This involves understanding the needs of smaller businesses, providing tailored support and coordinating with a variety of regional bodies that include local Councils, Chamber of Commerce, Local Enterprise Partnership, skills providers and non-governmental organisations.

He leads a host of research activities associated with the Low Carbon Business Network Project which include mapping the growth of the Low Carbon Sector in the D2N2 region, working with the Local Enterprise Partnership to develop a regional skills strategy for the sector plus developing the evidence for the impact of the Project as part of the University's preparation for the next Research Excellence Framework submission.

His personal research focuses upon the role that leadership plays in supporting sustainable transformation; the skills and qualities required to lead the transition to a sustainable future; and how businesses and other organisations collaborate to accelerate the shift towards a low carbon economy. Although currently centred on the East Midlands region of the UK, we are currently seeking collaborators from elsewhere in the UK and internationally.

His research explores how people lead beyond the remit of their own organisation to fulfil common purposes; in public services, in supply chains and in particular how people work collaboratively to create a sustainable future and low carbon economy.



Project Lead for the Low Carbon Business Network; an ERDF funded project that provides business development support to pro-environmental SMEs across the UK East Midlands.


  • Sustainable systems leadership: The skills, capabilities and qualities required to lead the transition to a sustainable future;
  • Mapping the growth of the Pro-environmental sector in the East Midlands of the UK;
  • International comparison of networking and collaboration between businesses and other organisations that is driving the shift towards a more sustainable economy.


More information about Fred can be found at his university profile.