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Academic Role

Joy is course leader  of an exciting new MSc Social Enterprise, now recruiting for September 2021. She is also a member of the MBA course team and module leader for ‘Resilient Organisations and Teams’, as well as a contributor to other modules on leadership and professional development.

Joy’s research interests are in leadership and gender empowerment, particularly in the public, social enterprise and not-for-profit arenas. A current research project is exploring Social Enterprises in the UK and women's empowerment. Joy has a healthcare background and was previously the course leader for an MSc Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare (now discontinued). In 2020 she co-developed and delivered a short course on leadership, for professionals working in safeguarding.

With a strong interest in the work of boards, Joy previously led an MBA module on not-for-profit/public sector board experience and was a contributor to the Women on Boards short course. Joy’s academic role is informed both by her research into governance and nearly 20 years’ experience as a non-executive director on healthcare-related boards. She currently serves as a non-executive director on a CIC board and on the board of St Raphael’s Hospice.  Her previous non-executive roles include serving on the Health and Care Professions Council from 2009 until December 2016 and a term as Chair of their Education and Training Committee.  She also spent 11 years as a non-executive director of a Primary Care Trust and was Chair of the Community Services board for three years.


I am  course leader for the MSc Social Enterprise and module leader for 'Leading with Purpose'. I am also a member of the MBA course team and module leader for  'Resilient Organisations and Teams'. I also contribute to other modules on leadership and professional development. 

I am an accredited coach for the Transformational Leadership 360 degree questionnaire (Real World Group). 


I have three areas of research interest. I am currently working with colleagues in the School of Organisations, Economy and Society exploring how Social Enterprises in the UK help empower women through employment.

 A second area of research interest is corporate governance and in particular the role of the non-executive director in the public/not for profit sectors. This led to the publication in 2020 of an article 'Guardians of public interest: the expectation and experience of non-executive directors in National Health Service commissioning boards in England'.

A third, current,  research interest is in Transnational Education between Thai and UK Universities.

Professional Membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Authority 

British Academy of Management