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Associate and Professional Members

The Centre is proud to have a number of members from the HR profession and the academic community.

Our professional members are those who work with in the HR/employment field. They form part of a valued network of professionals who maintain a relationship with CPP/Manchester Met in various ways, and help to ensure that our research is always informed by, and relevant to, practice. They include, for example, HR practitioners who have achieved their professional qualification with us, and members of the wider community of employment professionals who attend our events and support our research.

Our associate members are those who have relationship with us through their academic/research work. They include our successful doctoral students, and researchers who work with us on our projects. Our network of associate members help to ensure that we are connected with a wider community of employment scholars in ways that enrich our research.

Professional Members’ Profiles

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Dr Malcolm Harper

Malcolm currently works in Staff Learning and Development at the University of Manchester following a long career in teaching, business development, training management and consultancy.

Malcolm’s research interests concern the concept of leadership and how it is understood in particular contexts, specifically higher education. By considering leadership as an interactive/relational duality the agent/structure polarisation inherent in many debates might be overcome.

The study of leadership in a higher education setting is particularly interesting as higher education institutions (HEIs) employ two broad, but diverse, cadres of staff (academic, and non-academic, administrative and professional support service) whose relationship to the organisation and role within it generate particular tensions for leadership. As work requirements and roles evolve over time the relative contribution and ‘power’ of academic and non-academic managers can be seen to change having a consequential impact on the leadership of and leadership in the HEIs.

Malcolm’s PhD is from Manchester Metropolitan University, and much of Malcolm’s educational development has been with us, including the achievement of a Bachelor in Education (Hons), Masters in Management and Masters in Research. He also holds a range of professional qualifications in psychometric testing and also coaching and mentoring. He is a long-standing member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Tai Chi Union for Great Britain.

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Fabio Rizzi

Fabio is a management consultant with the ability to develop innovative solutions to business challenges, such as growth, organisational change, extreme competition and creative culture. Through his consulting activity he is committed to encouraging high performance and developing individual talent to maximise potential by designing, delivering and evaluating bespoke learning and development interventions

​With a background in engineering, economics, and HR management, he has developed and implemented several learning programmes through a variety of approaches including on-the-job experience, coaching and mentoring, self-guided learning, networking and hands-on courses. His focus is very much on providing the necessary support, processes and infrastructure to ensure people develop the skills, knowledge, behaviours and experience they need to overcome day-to-day challenges and achieve their long-term goals.

Fabio is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds an MSc in International Human Resource Management from Manchester Metropolitan University.

Associate Members’ Profiles

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Dr Andrea Bernardi

Andrea is Senior Lecturer in HRM and Organizational Studies at Oxford Brookes University. His main research interest to date has been the co-operative sector, including Chinese co-operatives. He also works on industrial relations and inequality and has further interests in the study of time, the past, and history in management and organizational studies.

After studying in Rome, Copenhagen and Milan, Andrea started his academic career in Italy before moving to the University of Nottingham, China. His most recent academic post was at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he was Senior Lecturer in Organizational Behaviour, and a senior researcher in the Centre for People and Performance. In that role he coordinated the Business School’s Erasmus programme and organized a highly successful international conference (European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy, 2016).

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Dr Liz Lewis

Liz obtained her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2017, which explored the uses of HRD in Adult Social Care using a Critical Realist approach. The thesis included a mixed methods design combining a large national dataset (NMDS-SC) and qualitative interviews with care workers and managers in different contexts.

Having worked in Adult Social Care and for six years as a researcher, Liz is now working within Clinical Psychology research, based at Lancaster University. Current research interests include systemic change in Adult Social Care management, and the effectiveness and implementation of digital mental health interventions for psychoeducation and therapy

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Dr Maria Mouratidou

Maria gained her PhD from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2016 after researching career perceptions in austerity in the Hellenic Public Sector via the lens of the Kaleidoscope Career Model. Her main research interest is career management and career understanding.

Having been an Associate Lecturer at MMU for several years, Maria is now a full-time lecturer at the University of Cumbria, and teaches HRM and OB at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is also currently supervising a PhD student in the field of sustainable leadership. She is a member of AOM, BAM and the CIPD, and has 10 years of work experience in the public sector in various HR roles.

Maria has presented her work and at several high-profile conferences including UFHRD and British Academy of Management, and in summer 2017 she will be presenting at the prestigious 77th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management.

Her current research projects include understanding careers in the context of austerity, and the problems that arise when conducting grounded theory studies in a foreign language.

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Dr Anna Sutton

Anna Sutton is Senior Lecturer In Organisational Psychology at the University of Waikato, specialising in the application of psychology to understanding and improving work and workplaces. Anna’s research and publications focus on the role of personality at work and particularly how the development of self-awareness can impact on people’s work lives and well-being. She was previously a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University, leading modules in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The author of Work Psychology in Action and the forthcoming People, Management and Organizations textbooks, Anna is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, as well as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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Jamie Atkinson

Having studied Modern History as an undergraduate, Jamie qualified as a solicitor in September 2000. He practised as an employment lawyer in London and then Oxford, and is now Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

His research is in the area of gender equality in an employment context and the impact of law on the workplace. More particularly his interests include women working part-time having returned to work following maternity leave, women as company directors and the opportunity provided by Shared Parental Leave to enable working fathers to be primary carers. He has published several peer-reviewed articles in these areas.

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Hamish Mathieson

Hamish’s association with Manchester Metropolitan University Business School stretches back almost 40 years, encompassing: the teaching of employment relations to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, course leadership, external examinations, conference organisation and research. His current research interest lies in looking at the employment relations effects of ‘DevoManc’ - the devolution of a range of powers and responsibilities from national government to Greater Manchester. This links to an earlier study undertaken for ACAS which analysed employment relations patterns in the North West of England using regional data from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey (WERS).

Hamish is a past office holder in the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and in the Manchester Branch of the CIPD. He continues to be Treasurer of the Manchester Industrial Relations Society (MIRS), which has held its annual programme of meetings at the Business School since 1990.

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Joanna Wilson

Joanna completed an MSc in Human Resource Management at Manchester Metropolitan University in September 2015 and is working with us in connection with the research project ‘Employee Perceptions of Feedback Effectiveness: The Impact of Seniority and Experience’.

Having previously worked as an employment tax advisor with line management responsibilities Joanna is interested in a range of HR issues and is currently studying towards a PhD entitled Strategic Explanations of the Gender Pay Gap at the University of Manchester.

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