Professor Kathryn Haynes
Northern Society Chair in Accounting & Finance. Deputy Director.

Professor Kathryn Haynes holds the Northern Society Chair in Accounting & Finance and is Deputy Director at Newcastle University Business School. 

Kathryn was appointed as Deputy Director in September 2013, and is responsible for leading on International Strategy and External Relations.  Previously she was Director of Research, and Accounting & Finance Subject Group Head (2011-2013).  In her academic career, she has also worked at the University of York as Lecturer and Senior Lecturer, and then Reader at Aston Business School.  Her undergraduate degree is from London University and she holds a PhD from St Andrews University.

Kathryn is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW).   She is also a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM), where she was Lead Fellow of the Services research cohort.  Kathryn is a member of the ICAEW’s Sustainability Committee and currently working on a project on ‘Rethinking Capitals’.  She has also been awarded funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for a project addressing Business School responses to the 2015 sustainable development goals, including issues of gender equality.   She is co-facilitator of United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) gender equality working group.

Qualifications & Education:

  • PhD, “(Sm)othering the Self?: An Analysis of the Politics of Identity of Women Accountants in the UK”, University of St Andrews, 2005
  • Fellow Chartered Accountant  F.C.A, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), 2004
  • MA in Finance and Accounting, Leeds Metropolitan University, 2000
  • Associate Chartered Accountant  A.C.A, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), 1993
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), King’s College, University of London, 1986
  • BA (Hons) English, Queen Mary College, University of London, 1982

See Kathryn's recent articles in The Guardian newspaper:

Are there parallels between professional services and HE? 

The social and physical capital of women in higher education 

My research is on two inter-related themes around social responsibility:

Firstly, I am interested in issues of gender and diversity in relation to the professions, particularly accounting.  From 2008 - 2011 I was Principal Investigator on ESRC funded research into ‘Professional Identity Formation and Professional Services Firms’, while also Lead Fellow in ‘Services’ for the Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM).  This strand of research addresses identity and its relationship with gender; the body and embodiment within organisations; the juxtaposition of professional and personal identities; and the conduct of the professions and professional services firms.

A second strand of research is on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’, which links to my interests in social and environmental accounting; sustainability and responsibility; and issues of governance and accountability.

I am also interested in reflexive research methodologies, including narrative, autobiography, oral history and ethnography.

Recent research funding

ESRC Seminar Series, PI “Architects for a Better World: Business School Responses to the Post 2015 Business Engagement Architecture”, £30,000

Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, CI “Gender Equality at Executive level in the Northern Irish Public Sector”, Newcastle share £11,290.

ESRC/AIM Fellowship, PI, Lead Services Fellow, Oct 2008 – Feb 2011, “Professional Identity Formation and Professional Services Firms”,  £166,115.

Click here for more information on my AIM Fellowship

ESRC Seminar Series, co-investigator, Corporate Social Responsibility, 2 years from Sept 2008, £18,000 + £3000 from ICAEW

Kathryn has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. 

Currently she delivers material in the programme of PhD training in research methods and teaches undergraduates on ACC3018 Accounting Development and Change.

At Newcastle she has also contributed to teaching on the following undergraduate modules:

ACC2021 Understanding Company Accounts

ACC3000 Business Case Studies

ACC3001 Financial Accounting