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Dr James McGrath qualified as an accountant in 1976. For nearly 30 years he worked in both the private and public sectors as an accountant, auditor, financial controller, senior manager and management consultant. In 1998 he joined the University of Central England, where he was the course director for the MA in Education and Professional Development and taught research skills and management and leadership. He is the co-author of four previous books:Your Education Research Companion, Your Teacher Training Handbook, Your Education Leadership Handbook (all with Anthony Coles); The Little Book of Big Management Theories (with Bob Bates). In 2012 he took early retirement and now writes full time. This is his first solo book. He is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has a BA (Hons) in Politics, an MA in Education and an EdD from the University of Birmingham, where his doctoral thesis was on management and leadership. He is a lifelong supporter of West Bromwich Albion, which, he says, will earn him a reduction in his sentence should he ever find himself in Purgatory.