A graduate of Liverpool John Moores University in Applied Computer Technology, Frederick obtained his MSc in Information Technology, Management and Organisational Change from the University of Lancaster and his PhD from the University of Manchester.

Prior to starting his teaching career at the University of Manchester, Frederick worked for British Gas and was an intern at the African Development Bank in Tunisia.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has published research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Private Sector Development.