People

Professor Monder Ram OBE

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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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Liz Frost

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Centre Manager

Liz Frost is responsible of managing the day to day running of CREME. Her role includes the facilitation and support for submission of research proposals and research projects.

She is responsible for organising all of CREME’s events including the Annual Ethnic Minority Business Conference. Liz is also involved in developing CREME’s stakeholder engagement and communication activities






Professor Kiran Trehan

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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

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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

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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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Visiting Professors


Professor Richard Roberts

Richard is SME (small and medium sized enterprises) Market Analysis Director at Barclays Bank in the UK, which has around 580,000 SME customers. He has more than 30 years’ experience of researching the SME sector. Richard’s team at Barclays undertakes 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 works with external research agencies and universities on a range of projects and works closely with Government departments and the Bank of England.

Outside of Barclays, 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.