Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Professor Sharon Mavin

Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies


Professor Sharon Mavin is Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies and was Director of Newcastle University Business School 2017-2020. Sharon previously held the Director role at Roehampton Business School, University of Roehampton, London and was Dean and Associate Dean Research at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University.

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 Academy of Social Sciences, the Royal Society of Arts,the British Academy of Management and the CIPD. Sharon is Chair of the Chartered Association of Business School's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Chair of the University Forum for Human Resources and Development (UFHRD).

Sharon is a Consulting Editor following tenure as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews and was Co-Editor of Gender in Management. She sits on a number of journal editorial advisory boards. Sharon’s recent research on women leaders in top positions in organisations has been published in journals such as human relations, Management Learning, 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. This research project was shortlisted for a Global Diversity Award (2017).

Throughout her academic career Sharon has continued to be passionate about and engage in practice, organisational innovation and impact through leadership research, engagement and consultancy and is an Executive Coach. Sharon is supporting the new eMBA and MSc Strategic Leadership programmes and executive education in Newcastle University Business School and was instrumental in the start-up, development and delivery of the Corporate and Executive Development activities at Northumbria University. Sharon completed a Board Apprenticeship with JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust Plc through the international Board Apprentice scheme which aims to increase diversity on company boards. She was nominated for Northern Power Women Awards (2018, 2019).

Sharon has successfully supervised 20 PhD, Professional Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) and Professional Doctorate in Business Leadership (DBL) students and has been appointed examiner for 17 Doctoral theses.

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Chair, University Forum for Human Resource Development (Europe) collaborating with Academy of HRD (USA)

Co-author and Co-Investigator Professor Gina Grandy Professor (Strategy & Leadership) and RBC Women in Leadership Scholar Associate Dean, Research & Graduate Programms, Paul J. Hill School of Business University of Regina, Canada. 

Co-presenter at European HRD conference and symposium Dr. Julia Storberg-Walker George Washington University USA. 

Organisational Sponsor of ESRC Gendered Media Research Project Julie Burton, Womens Media Centre Washington USA.

International Conference Paper Presentations: International HRD Research and Practice Across Europe Lisbon (2017), Cork (2015), Porto (2012), Pecs, Hungary (2010); International Leadership Association, Barcelona (2015) and San Diego USA (2014), Academy of Management Vancouver (2015), Philadelphia (2014), San Antonio Texas (2012), EFMD HE Research Conference Stockholm (2014), CHI workshop Canada (2014), EGOS Montreal (2013), ASAC Calgary Canada (2013).

Co-Chair International Think-Tank Theorizing Women's Leadership (SAMS funded) University of Roehampton, London June 2016.


Senior Women At Work:

Principal Investigator with Dr. Jannine Williams (Bradford), Dr. Patricia Bryans (Sunderland/Texas USA) and Dr. Nicola Patterson (Northumbria), Professor Gina Grandy (Regina, Canada) and Marina Yusupova (Newcastle) 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 Competition and Gender, Respectable Business Femininity, Abject Appearance, Woman as Project: Senior Women's Key issues for Women Who Want to Get On, Women's Relationships with other Women and Intra-gender Micro-violence.

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

ESRC Funded Seminar Series with Professor Carole Elliott (Durham/Roehampton), Dr. Valerie Stead (Lancaster), Dr. 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.

Editorial and Reviewing

Consulting Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews (2020-date)

Associate Editor, International Journal of Management Reviews (2014-2020)  

Co-Editor, Gender in Management: An International Journal (2010-2017)

Academic Journal Referee

Human Relations, Organization, Organization Studies, Organization, British Journal of Management, International Journal of Management Reviews, Business Ethics: A European Review, Management Learning, Gender, Work and Organization, Personnel Review, Sex Roles, Gender in Management: An International Journal, Journal of Organizational and Occupational Psychology.

Esteem Indicators

The Academy of Management (AoM) Critical Management Studies InTouch webinar series. Speaking a Secret Language: Challenging the Patriarchy through Forms of Communication, 28th January 2021.

The British Academy of Management Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Respect Advisory  Board Member (2020-date)

Nurture HE Advisory Board Member (2019-date)

Nominated for a Northern Power Women Award (Agent of Change) 2018, 2019.

Nominated for a Global Diversity Award (for research in the public sector) 2017.

Guest of the President at the Women Media Awards New York(resulting from collaboration on ESRC funded Women's Media Missrepresentations research) 2017.

Invited speaker Roehampton University Student Union Women’s Day Conference 8th March 2017.

Keynote speaker International Women’s Day event, CIPD South West London Branch, Wimbledon 7th March 2017.

Co-chair of ESRC Seminar on Gendered Media at The House of Commons, hosted by Ruth Cadbury MP 15th November 2016.

Keynote speaker ‘New Ways of Working: Make Yourself the Project, Academy of Medical Sciences Career Development Conference, Birmingham 9th November 2016.

Chair and organiser of the Class of 2020 Challenge Day Liberate the Leader in You! with Rt Hon Justine Greening Secretary of State for Education and 175 young women, University of Roehampton London October 2016.

Co-Chair of the International Think Tank-Theorizing Women’s Leadership SAMS funded, University of Roehampton London June 2016.

Invited speaker to London Higher executive group and to VCs, Chairs of Senates/Council regarding the Board Apprentice Scheme 2016.

Invited speaker at the House of Lords ‘Board Apprentice’ Launch sponsored by Harvey Nash Chair of JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust July 2015.

Invited to speak at the Chartered Association of Business Schools Annual Women's Lunch in Westminster Business School (2015).

Board Apprentice for JP Morgan Claverhouse Investment Trust and Board Apprentice Ambassador.

Keynote speaker at the Gender Diversity and Leadership conference, by The Susanna Wesley Foundation for Ministry, Management and Organisation London 18th June 2015.

Mavin, S. (2015) Research presentation & paper to The Watched Body: Gender Roles, Body Image & Public Intrusions Government Equalities Office Report, M.P. for Women & Equality Jo Swinson, London.

Mavin, S. (2015) Research contribution to Body Confidence Campaign Progress Report, Government Equalities Office, M.P. for Women & Equality Jo Swinson, London.

Ross, K. and Mavin, S. (February 2015) Co-Chairs of Inspiring and Shaping the Future – Progress towards gender equality conference, Government Equality Office and UN Women with the Right Honourable Secretary of State Nicky Morgan and Helene Reardon-Bond Government Equality Office, Northumbria University.

Invited Keynote to Maths Conference for 100 Young Women, Framwellgate School Durham, February 2015.

Invited presentation 'Gendered Bodies and Appearance: Women Managers and Leaders' at Government Equality Office gender seminar chaired by Professor Susie Orbach and presented to MP for women and equality Jo Swinson, London 2014.

Mavin, S. and Simpson, R. (2014) Chairs of national BAM workshop Gender on the Agenda in Business & Management Schools, London.

Mavin, S. and Vinnicombe, S. (2014) 'What is good leadership & what are the implications for business school curricula? 'BAM Fellows Panel Presentation at annual BAM conference, Belfast.