Working Groups

From time to time, we create working groups to work on specific issues. These working groups are often appointed for a specific period of time until the work has been completed.


Apprenticeships Working Group

The Degree Apprenticeships Working Group maintains an overview of developments in degree apprenticeships in business schools across the UK and explores in detail the challenges facing the sector in this area. It reports to the Chartered ABS Council and advises on Chartered ABS initiatives on degree apprenticeships, for example, lobbying, resources and workshops.



  • Jonathan Lawson, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School (Chair) 
  • Dharma Kovvuri, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise (Vice Chair) 
  • Dr Amir Michael, Durham University Business School
  • Angela Lawrence, Staffordshire University
  • Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, University of Hertfordshire Business School
  • Becky Quew-Jones, University of Portsmouth Faculty of Business and Law
  • Karen Taylor, London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Dr Keith Schofield, Aston Business School, Aston University
  • Lisa Rowe, University of Chester Business School
  • James Farr, Henley Business School
  • Dr Matthias Hambach, York Management School
  • Dr Rhidian Lewis, University of Bedfordshire Business School
  • Stella McKnight, Winchester Business School
  • Susan Lawrie, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
  • Dr Tim Sellick, Kings Business School
  • Dr Yvonne Moogan, University of Hull Business School


Social mobility and diversity

The Apprenticeships Working Group is currently considering the role of degree apprenticeships in social mobility and diversity. Here are some resources which will be of interest to the wider degree apprenticeships community.

BAME Apprenticeship Alliance -

Research Report: Exploring positive action as a tool to address under-representation in apprenticeships -


Race Equality Action Group

The purpose of the Race Equality Action Group is to:

  1. Discuss issues around race equality with regards to business schools and the Chartered ABS;
  2. Identify and agree key themes;
  3. Propose actions that the Chartered ABS might take to bring about equality;
  4. Develop an implementation plan for identified actions;
  5. Agree actions with the EDI Committee;
  6. Help the Chartered ABS take those actions;
  7. Measure – monitoring and evaluation of initiatives;
  8. Determine impact and contribution of actions.



  • Dr Kathlyn Wilson, University of Hertfordshire (Chair) 
  • Dr Kendi Guantai, Leeds University Business School (Vice-Chair) 
  • Dr Sola Adesola, Oxford Brookes Business School
  • Dr Cynthia Akwei, Liverpool Business School
  • Professor Fatima Annan-Diab, Kingston University
  • Rachael Carden, Brighton Business School
  • Professor Ratula Chakraborty, Norwich Business School
  • Professor Sally Everett, Kings Business School
  • Dr Vanessa Iwowo, Birkbeck School of Business, Economics and Informatics
  • Dr Aylin Kunter, Essex Business School
  • Professor Daniel Ladley, University of Leicester School of Business
  • Dr Stefanos Nachmias, Nottingham Business School
  • Dr Jennifer O'Connor, Middlesex University
  • Dr Jummy Okoya, University of East London
  • Dr Jenny Rodriguez, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Professor Sukanlaya Sawang, Coventry University