Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility

Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change

Research Leader
Ashridge Artful Organisation Project

Lead Facilitator
International Finance Corporation Sustainable Business Gathering

Project Leader
Institute for Social Banking Summer School

Schumacher College Course Co-Leader
Purpose and Profit
Artful Organisations
Tell Me Another Story

Consultant, Facilitator, Coach, Affiliate, Supervisor
Ashridge Consulting


Cabinet Office

California Institute of Integral Studies

Cambridge University
Centre for Narrative Leadership
Forum for the Future

Foundation for Church Leadership


Institute for Social Banking

International Finance Corporation

International Labour Organisation

National School of Government


Schumacher College

Sustainable Innovation in Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Network

Social Sculpture Research Unit

University of Bath

Welsh Assembly Government

Portrait photograph by
Dr Steve Marshall

Facilitating events

Exploring artfully

Working whole systems

What do I get up to?
Here’s my CV: CV Dr Chris Seeley Wild Margins.pdf



I’ve also formally studied:

And I love:

Education & sustainability

Dr Chris Seeley is one of the Co-Directors of the Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility (AMSR) and Faculty on the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change (ADOC). Previously, she has worked for nine years as one of the co-facilitators in the University of Bath's MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice.

Chris has extensive experience working with business service and economic development organisations and has worked in the micro and small enterprise development sector since 1992 in the UK, US, Africa and Asia. She co-founded a new technology-based business working in restoration for the water industry. Her involvement with sustainability issues foregrounded the need for our species to come to know the world in many different ways - including 'presentational knowing' or arts-based practice. Increasingly, she has found herself using the visual arts, story telling, clowning, improvisation and forum theatre (in Sri Lanka) in her educational, business and development work practices. This interweaving of her concerns was articulated in her unconventional PhD - Wild Margins: Playing at Work and Life which explores the overlapping relationship between purposeful work and the arts, and arts-based practice which holds intentions around sustainability.

Chris completed the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath in 2001 and her doctorate at the University of Bath's Centre for Action Research in Professional Practice in 2006. She is also a Research Associate at the Social Sculpture Research Unit at Oxford Brookes University and works with students at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Dr Chris Seeley

Chris Seeley is a talented, brilliant and thoughtful force of nature.  Her keen insights into our wider humanity coupled with her affirming vision of what is possible makes her an extraordinary teacher, colleague and friend.  How one person can bring action, reflection, graphic recording, art, clowning, writing and spirit together... I would not have suspected it were possible had I not met Chris.
Leadership Consultant

Chris Seeley is one of the people I learn from most in my life. She is straight talking, massively intelligent, deeply feeling and creative in multiple ways. She is an artist, a top quality academic, a maverick jester and a kindred spirit walking in the deep naked places of the earth. Every time I work with Chris I come out of it wiser. If you get the chance, work with her.                                                                          
                                                                                                                                              Strategy Leader