Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Sharon Mavin

Director of Newcastle University Business School and Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies


Professor Sharon Mavin is Director of Newcastle University Business School, Newcastle University, UK and Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies. Sharon previously led Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton, London, as Director and Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, as Dean and Associate Dean Research.

Sharon is an international scholar in gender, women's leadership, identity, learning, dirty work and organization studies and supervises doctoral students in these areas. A Fellow of the British Academy of Management, Professor Mavin's national roles include Chair of the Chartered Association of Business School's Diversity Committee and Chair of the University Forum for Human Resources and Development (UFHRD).

Sharon is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews and sits on a number of journal editorial advisory boards. Sharon’s recent research on women leaders at the top of organisations has been published in journals such as human relations, British Journal of Management and Gender, Work and Organization. Research into gendered media representations of women leaders and professionals funded through an ESRC Seminar Series (2014-2017) has been published in Gender in Management: An International Journal and an edited book Gender, Media and Organisation: Challenging (Mis)Representations of Women Leaders and Managers.

Throughout her academic career Sharon has continued to be passionate about and engage in practice and organisational innovation through research and consultancy and is an Executive Coach. Sharon has recently completed a Board Apprenticeship with JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust Plc and is currently leading an evaluation project of the international Board Apprentice scheme which aims to increase diversity on company boards 



Board Apprentice. Principal Investigator to evaluate the international social enterprise Board Apprentice Programme placing board ready people onto company boards and organisational councils to increase pipeline of executive/directors of diversity. Designing evaluation survey for first cohort of Board Apprentices. I am an ambassador of the scheme and a Board Apprentice with JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust in London (2015-to Nov 2016).

Currently recruiting PhD students in the following areas.

Senior Women At Work:

Principal Investigator with collaborators investigating experiences of 81 women leaders at Board level (FTSE companies), political leaders in Government and women identified in the North East Region as ‘Influential Leaders’ in The Journal Newspaper Supplements. Research explores issues related to Lord Davies Review (2011-2015) and UK Government review (2016) on Women on the Board in the UK. Published research focuses on Respectable Business Femininity, Abject Appearance, Woman as Project: Senior Women's Key issues for Women Who Want to Get On and Intra-gender micro-violence.

Gendered Media Mis(s)Representations of Women Leaders and Professionals:

ESRC Funded Seminar Series with C. Elliott (Durham/Roehampton), Valerie Stead (Lancaster), Jannine Williams (NU/Bradford) to develop rigorous methodologies to interrogate gendered media by bringing together academics from journalism, media and sociology with business and management academics. Published research includes an edited book and journal Special Issue.

Dirty Work and Identity:

Research collaborations with Professor Gina Grandy (Regina, Canada) into dirty work, identity and gender and women's leadership and stigma, focusing on empirical research into non-traditional organizations e.g. franchise erotic dancing clubs (Newcastle, UK) and Church leadership (Canada). Also collaborating with Dr. Sandra Corlett (Northumbria) into identity work and vulnerability. Published research focuses on doing gender well and differently, learning from marginalized and devalued work, morally stigmatized work, management as struggle, organizational image and identity, intersectionality and reflexivity,