Skip to content Exit mobile menu

Dr Geoffrey Paul

Programme Director - Business Management

About Research

Dr Geoff Paul successfully obtained a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering. He spent his placement year working the Research and Product Development Dept of Cadburys-Schweppes Ltd in Bristol. Following his undergraduate studies, Geoff completed his PhD at London Southbank University in the School of Chemical Engineering on ‘Smoke Evolution from Thermally Decomposing Polymers’.

He spent many years as a Consultant Engineer with WS Atkins and worked for companies such as Shell Oil, Sovereign Oil, London Underground Ltd, Biffa Waste Ltd, Guinness, National Physical Laboratory and South West Water.

Whilst at WS Atkins, Geoff completed his MBA (International Business) at City University Business School (now known as Cass) and subsequently worked in Management Consultancy for many organisations such as Sovereign Oil, British Rail, Disneyland (Tokyo), Statoil, CEP-France and The University of Singapore.

Academic responsibilities:

  • Academic Director, responsible for the both the MBA International Business Practise and the MA Charity Management Programmes
  • Also responsible for overseeing all Collaborative Provision programmes within the School of Management and Social Sciences
  • Elected Member of University Academic Board
  • Former Chair of School Research and Scholarship Committee
  • Current Joint Chair of the School Teaching and Learning Committee



  • Charity Management
  • International Business Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Management Principles and Practices
  • Dissertation


  • Human resource Management
  • Business Decision-Making
  • Management of Organisational Change
  • Effective Learning in Management
  • Management Principle and Practice
  • Dissertation


To-date, Geoff’s past research has been limited to his PhD topic ‘Smoke Evolution from Thermally Decomposing Polymers’. Geoff’s more recent work, however, is related to his work in Business Management. He has currently submitted two abstracts for acceptance for publication and is planning more for later publication.

His first abstract discusses the role of government regulation with regard to (over) regulation of students unions and their charitable status. His second abstract discusses the management and governance of small environmental societies following the deregulation of parks and spaces by the UK government.

PhD supervision:

Geoff is currently developing two PhD applications. The first PhD application concerns the measurement and analysis of NGOs in Ghana and their impact on local communities. The second PhD application concerns the role of Environmental Charities in UK Society.

Geoff welcomes PhD enquiries in these and other areas related to Charity/Non-profit Organisations and the International Business Environment.

External activities:

  • Currently, a member of the Richmond Social Entrepreneurship Forum
  • Currently, the External Examiner at Southampton Solent University and Edge Hill University
  • Former External Examiner for Kaplan International College London
  • Former member of WestFocus Social Inclusion Network   2007
  • Former Trustee with Victims Support (London) and served on the Executive Management Team, The Finance Committee and The Due Diligence Committee

Convening/organising activity:

  • Organises Annual St Mary's University Charity Seminar to enable dialogue between sector experts and local charities

Professional memberships:

  • Fellow HE Academy 2008
  • Chartered Chemical Engineer 1993

Honours and awards:

  • St Vincent De Paul Inclusivity Prize 2009

 Conference Papers:

  • Guest Speaker, Binus University, Indonesia (February 2013). ‘Charity Management Masterclass’ (lecture to local Universities/NGOs and UN representatives).
  • Guest Speaker, Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity. (February 2013). ‘How charities are successfully meeting the present challenges’ (presentation to local/national charities). 
  • (July 2014) ‘Mandatory CSR: The Indonesian Model’, paper given at the “Why Charity” Conference, University of Brighton