People in the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business

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Professor Ian Thomson

Centre Director

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Ian has been researching topics relating to responsibility, sustainability, governance and accountability for over 25 years and has published over 60 articles, book chapters and conference papers. This research has included studies on implementation of cleaner technology, industrial ecologies, stakeholder engagement, risk governance in water and salmon farming, sustainable development indicators, government policy making, climate change, effective teaching, accounting and activism, human rights abuse and international development. His current projects include citizen accounting and social media, accountability of development programmes, carbon accountability and responsible business benchmarking.

He has been called as an expert witness to various Scottish Parliament’s committees, appointed as Advisor  to Scottish Parliament’s Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, and Cities and Infrastructure Committees,  worked with the Sustainable Development Commission (Scotland), The Princes Charity and UN World Food Programme / Food and Agriculture Organisation. He has been a keynote speaker at academic and practitioner conferences in the UK, Australia, Brazil, North America, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, France, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.

In 2012 he was elected as convener of the Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research, a network of over 200 international scholars researching the relationships between accounting and sustainable development.  Until recently Ian was Professor of Accounting at Heriot-Watt University and Strathclyde Business School. Prior to becoming an academic he worked as a management accountant for the NHS Scotland and BBC Scotland and is a chartered management accountant.  In his spare time he is treasurer of the Scottish Council on Deafness and chair of C-Change, an award-winning charity dedicated to transforming the lives of individuals with learning difficulties. 

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Sophie Sinclair

Engagement and Operations Manager

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Sophie has significant experience in both the private and third sector as well as in Higher Education working with diverse funding streams. Sophie has worked in a variety of roles throughout her career, managing offices, developing and managing training programmes and 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.

Prior to undertaking the post of Centre for Responsible Business Manager, Sophie managed the Centre for Research into Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship (CRÈME) within the University of Birmingham Business School.  Sophie managed the day to day running of the Centre and was responsible for co-ordinating all CRÈME’s activities, promotion and impact reporting, including international conferences, communications, bid co-ordination and partnership management.  As part of this role, Sophie also managed the CRÈME Business Conference, sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, managing and coordinating activities and all aspects of the day and evening events to meet the objectives and optimise promotion of both the Research Centre and sponsor.  



Dr Christoph Biehl

Lecturer in Responsible Business


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Dr. Christoph Biehl is Lecturer in Responsible Business at the University of Birmingham and part of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business. He holds a PhD from Henley Business School in Accounting, a MLitt in Management from the University of St Andrews and a BA from the University of Bayreuth in Philosophy and Economics. As an academic he is passionate about researching the present to provide solutions for the next generation. This research forms the basis for his academic teaching and as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy he uses innovative teaching methods in order to make academic research accessible and provide the next generation with the best possible learning experience. Before joining the University of Birmingham Chris has taught and researched at a variety of universities, including Henley Business School, Beijing Institute of Technology and the University of St Andrews. Chris' field of research is accountability with a focus on stewardship, which can be seen in his research on the Japanese Principles for Responsible Institutional Investors. In addition to his passion for fostering the next generation through academic teaching and research, Chris is a mentor for the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, mentoring the foundations’ scholarship holders in Scotland.


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Professor Andy Mullineux

Head of Responsible Banking and Finance Stream

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Andy Mullineux is Professor of Financial Economics and was Head of the Department of Finance in Birmingham Business School from July 2015 to the end of 2017. He was at the University of Birmingham from 1980 to March 2013 (spending 1998/9 in Cardiff Business School, University of Cardiff). Andy joined the Business School at Bournemouth University as Deputy Dean of Research in April 2013, leading its REF submission. He re-joined Birmingham Business School in July 2015 as Head of the Department of Finance. Andy was a seminal Deputy Director of CHASM (Centre on Household Asset and Savings Management) through to April 2013 and served as the inaugural (interim) Director of the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business from its inception in January 2017 through to August 2017. Andy’s main research interests are: the regulation and governance of banks; responsible banking and finance; access to finance for households and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises; financial sector development; business cycles and financial crises; and the digitisation of money and banking.

Andy became Professor of Money, Banking and Finance in the Department of Economics in the School of Social Sciences in 1997, where he served as Director of the MSc and BSc Money, Banking and Finance programmes. Andy became Deputy Head of the School of Social Sciences (Resources) in 1996 and served as Head of School between 1997 and 2000. Andy joined the Business School as Professor of Global Finance and Director of the MBA Global Finance programme in May 2001, before serving as Director of the Finance Research Group and Finance Research Director in the Department of Accounting and Finance.

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Dr Jennifer TyreeHageman

Research Fellow - Proctor & Gamble

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Dr Jennifer TyreeHageman is a research fellow in sustainable consumption. She joined both the Marketing Department at the Birmingham Business School and the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business the Centre in February, 2019. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Davis, where she was affiliated with the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Center and the Center for Health and the Environment.

Jennifer researches how consumers participate in markets, with particular attention to the relationship between consumption and sustainability. She is interested in valuation in markets, consumer practices, resource and energy efficiency, and environmental governance. Her work includes multiple longitudinal and mixed method projects on consumers in early electric vehicle markets in the United States. With support from Proctor and Gamble, Jennifer is currently working on a project examining the intersection of sustainable consumption and fast moving consumer goods. 



Dr Nana Osei Bonsu

Research Fellow - Sustainability

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Nana has an interest in policy and governance dynamics of change in human and natural systems. He has a mixed academic and industrial background, with experience of engaging high-level and diverse stakeholder groups, including local politicians on sustainability related issues. His background experience includes Place Making and Sustainability related policies and projects tackling Air Quality and Climate Change related issues. His other professional experience include policy work on projects dealing with planning permission (in the UK) and Green Building Certifications/BREEAM requirements.

Nana also has an interest in applying Social and Future Sciences research methods, that are useful to influence policy and decision-making towards the promotion of  sustainable futures, which is understood as being economically efficient, socio-ecological secure, fair, and culturally representative of our world society. 

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Dr Juliet Kele

Research Fellow 

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Dr Juliet Kele joined Birmingham Business School following completion of her PhD at the University of Leeds. She is based in both the Department of Management (Organisation, Work and Employment) and the Centre for Responsible Business. Juliet is researching equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace; with a key interest in intersectionality.

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Immaculate Motsi-Omoijiade (Mac)

Research Fellow 


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Mac is a researcher in Emerging and Industry 4.0 Technology specializing in Blockchain/Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Immaculate is completing her PhD in Blockchain and Cryptocurrency/Cryptoasset Regulation at the University of Warwick, School of Law. Immaculate is also interested and well-versed in issues to do with Financial Regulation including Compliance, Banking Regulation, Derivatives Regulation, Corporate Governance and Corporate Taxation as well as in legal, operational and technical considerations in the design, deployment and management of commercial and public Information Systems.

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Dominic Bates

Content Writer and Publication Manager


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Dominic has spent more than 20 years working with words as a professional journalist and editor. After starting out on a national newspaper, Dominic went on to write and edit publications, websites and strategic communications for two national charities, while also freelancing for the Guardian, FT and Independent.

Having written extensively about sustainability and the environment for a mass readership, Dominic hopes to bring the Centre’s ground-breaking research to the broadest possible audience with publications that will appeal to students, businesses and the public alike.


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Chloe Carpenter

Communications and Events Officer

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Chloe is responsible for the delivery of the Centre’s communications and events. She manages the Centre’s Twitter feed, website and YouTube channel, as well as any outgoing communications, blogs, articles, posters or leaflets. Chloe also manages the Centre’s video output.

With a degree in Film Production and Technology, Chloe has worked across many sectors: beginning in a small start-up enterprise covering breaking news stories and videography, moving on to manage stakeholder communications at the Office of the Public Guardian (an arm of the Ministry of Justice), finally settling at the University of Birmingham. Chloe works closely with the College and central University Marketing Communications and Press teams.




Our Advisory Board

Highly respected thought leaders, practitioners and policy-makers in the responsible business space were invited to join us to play a pivotal role inguiding our exploration, adding value to our work and informing responsible business solutions with pragmatic perspectives and ethical values from across academia, business, policy field and the third sector. We have been successful in assembling a wonderful range of individuals to support the Centre’s development. The Board will aim to meet three times a year, acting as a critical friend in reviewing the merits of current activities, knowledge exchange on future innovations, challenging the Centre’s priorities and informing our future agenda.

Meet the members of our Advisory Board

Our Associates

To meet our ambitious targets, we need to build a collaborative network of interdisciplinary academics to provide diverse, high-quality academic research experience across the responsible business spectrum. In order to do this, we have developed our Centre for Responsible Business Associates, who provide us with an academic foundation of the highest possible quality upon which we can build innovative and impactful future research collaborations.

Meet our Associates