Newcastle University appoints new Business School Director


Newcastle University has appointed Professor Sharon Mavin as the new director of its Business School.

Professor Mavin is currently Director of the Business School at the University of Roehampton where she has led the School through significant growth and developed an outstanding research culture.

An international scholar in gender, leadership and organization studies and Fellow of the British Academy of Management, Professor Mavin’s national roles include: chair of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Diversity Committee and the University Forum for Human Resources and Development.

A former Dean and Associate Dean of Research at Northumbria University’s Business School, Professor Mavin has made a significant contribution to business engagement, research capacity and securing international and professional accreditations in both of her previous leadership roles.


Professor Mavin will join Newcastle University Business School in September 2017. She said: “I am delighted to be joining a world-class civic university and leading the Business School at such an exciting time in its development. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues to build on the Business School’s success in academic excellence, innovation and in developing open-minded and socially responsible graduates. I am thrilled to be working with colleagues and organisations in the region where the Business School is at the forefront of positive economic and societal impact, as well as enhancing our exceptional global reach”.

Newcastle University Business School is one of 21 Triple Accredited Business Schools in the UK and has a strong track-record for world-leading research and teaching in the fields of entrepreneurship and sustainability, business history, economics, workforce demographics, and industrial logistics. It places a particular focus on developing links with regional, national and international organisations to further its research and teaching and to benefit its 3,500 students through placements and work experience.

Professor Julie Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University, added: “We are really excited that Sharon is joining us. She brings with her integrity with ambition and an impressive commitment to equality and diversity both in her practice and her research. She shares our commitment to aspirational values that are grounded in social responsibility. Under Sharon's leadership and guidance Newcastle University Business School has a very bright future.”

Professor Mavin’s academic expertise focuses on leadership and women leaders, identity and learning, gender and diversity in organizations and qualitative research approaches.

Throughout her academic career she has continued to engage in practice and organisational innovation through research and consultancy, the latest being a Board Apprenticeship with JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust Plc. She is currently leading an evaluation project of the international Board Apprentice scheme which aims to increase diversity on company boards.