People in CREME

Professor Monder Ram OBE

Director of Centre

Monder Ram is Professor of Small Business and Director of CREME at Birmingham Business School.

He has extensive experience of working in, researching and acting as a consultant to ethnic minority businesses. He is a leading authority on ethnic minority entrepreneurship research and has published widely on the subject.

Professor Monder Ram’s work has been supported by grants from a full range of research funding bodies; including research councils, government departments, regional and local agencies and the private sector.

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Sophie Sinclair

CREME Centre Manager

Sophie Sinclair has many years of experience working in both the private and third sector as well as in Higher Education and with a variety of funding streams. Sophie has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career managing offices, developing processes and promoting businesses through events, workshops and communications. Sophie underpins this practical work experience with business qualifications including a Masters level CIPD qualification. As well as managing the day to day running of the Centre she is responsible for co-ordinating all of CREME’s activities including events, communications and promotion. If you are interested in CREME, and would like to know more about the interesting work that we do, Sophie is your first port of call for any enquiries, and can be contacted on 0121 415 8362 or

Professor Kiran Trehan

Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development

Kiran Trehan is Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development and Co-Director of The Enterprise and Diversity Alliance (EDA) at Birmingham University.

The EDA is CREME’s flagship knowledge exchange network for entrepreneurship and minority businesses (that is, small enterprises owned by ethnic minorities, women and young people).

Professor Trehan has undertaken a wide range of ESRC and non-ESRC supported research that has been used to inform the activities of the EDA. This includes work on entrepreneurial networks and improving financial capability through mentoring which has generated genuine impact in practitioner and academic communities.

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Professor Paul Edwards FBA

Professor of Employment Relations

Paul Edwards is Professor of Employment Relations and Head of the Department of Management. He studies small and ethnic minority businesses with particular emphasis on the quality of jobs and manager-worker relations.

His research has been funded from many sources including the Economic and Social Research Council under the Advanced Institute of Management Research. He is editor-in-chief of Human Relations.

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Dr Drew Gertner

Research Fellow

Drew Gertner is a Research Fellow at CREME working on a research project focused on mapping the landscape of enterprise support for diverse businesses.

The research project is part of the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC), a collaborative programme of work led by Warwick Business School with Aston, Imperial and Strathclyde Business Schools as partner institutions.

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Dr María Villares-Varela

Research Fellow

María joined the Business School in May 2014 after working as a researcher since 2010 at the International Migration Institute (University of Oxford). She completed her PhD entitled 'Immigration and Entrepreneurship in Spain: the Differential Mobilization of Financial, Human and Social Capital' (2010).

Her research explores the impact of financial and human capital on the mobilization of social capital for the entrepreneurial strategies of Latin Americans in Spain.

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Visiting Professors

Professor Richard Roberts

Richard has more than 30 years’ experience of researching the SME  (small and medium sized enterprises) sector. Until recently he was SME Market Analysis Director at Barclays Bank in the UK, which has around 580,000 SME customers. Richard’s team at Barclays undertook a wide range of in-house research projects on all aspects of the business customer base for both business development and risk. In addition, the team worked with external research agencies and universities on a range of projects and closely with Government departments and the Bank of England.

Richard is a member of the ACCA SME Advisory Panel, the IFRS SME Advisory Panel and CASE. He is also a non–executive director of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, a member of The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Access to Finance Advisory Group and the Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel on the UK Economy.

Richard is currently working on a major research project with CREME. Making diversity everyone’s business is a public – private collaborative project to promote diversity, access to finance and access to markets in ethnic minority entrepreneurship.

Professor Trevor Jones

Professor Trevor Jones is one of the UK’s foremost researchers on ethnic minority entrepreneurship. He is recognised as a pioneer in the field, and was responsible for the first systematic study of ethnic minority businesses in the UK. Trevor continues to publish extensively in a wide range of journals.

He is author of ‘Ethnic Minorities in Business’ with Monder Ram.

Trevor is currently working on a wide variety of issues relating to ethnic minority enterprise, including: new migrant entrepreneurs; the employment of migrant workers; and the historical development of ethnic minority business research in Europe.