People in the Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Responsible Business

Meet the team

Professor Ian Thomson

Centre Director


Telephone: 
+44 (0)121 414 6777
Email: i.thomson@bham.ac.uk

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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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Professor Andy Mullineux

Emeritus Professor of Financial Economics


Email: a.w.mullineux@bham.ac.uk

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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 Nana Osei Bonsu

Research Fellow - Sustainability


Telephone:
 +44 (0)121 414 4679
Email: n.obonsu@bham.ac.uk

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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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Nicholas Bailey

Research Fellow

Email: N.Bailey.1@bham.ac.uk

 

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Nicholas is researching Leadership in Responsible Business. The traditional view of leadership is that it resides in the individual, their qualities and their competencies. Other schools of thought believe that it exists in interactions and layers of discourse and behaviour amongst groups. Leadership development interventions and programmes have seen mixed results and many are now advocating a more holistic approach where leadership is shared and exists within culture, practice and environments. Focusing on the current challenges to leaders, such as those posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic, attest to a need to look beyond top down, heroic leadership, leader/follower dynamics to shared responsibility and individual empowerment through discursive engagement. This project has a qualitative line of research and aims to explore social construction and symbolic interaction. The research will focus on communication, discursive leadership, emotional labour and the moral imagination within corporate institutions.

 

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Dominic Bates

Content Writer and Publication Manager


Email: d.t.bates@bham.ac.uk

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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


Telephone:
 +44 (0)121 414 7584
Email: c.beard@bham.ac.uk

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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