Dr Mairi Watson has been Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Northampton since 1 August 2016. Working at the University since 2012, she held posts as Head of Postgraduate Programmes, Head of Postgraduate and Corporate Programmes and Deputy Dean in the former Northampton Business School. Prior to this she was Head of Corporate Programmes in the Business School at De Montfort University and a Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. She is a Non-Executive Director at Goodwill Solutions, a Community Interest Company, and the UK’s leading logistics social enterprise. Mairi is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management and an academic member of the CIPD.
Mairi’s research interests include the leadership of change in constrained circumstances, and she contributes to Beardwell and Thompson, the UK’s most popular Human Resource Management Textbook, on organisational development, leadership development and learning and development.
Before working in Universities, Mairi worked in a range of operational roles in prisons in England and Wales, including Officer and Governor roles, as well as secondments to the then Home Office and HM Prison Inspectorate.
As a qualitative researcher, Mairi's research interests include:
- Prison management
- Organisational Change and Development: Sensemaking, context and process of change, policy implementation and local circumstances
- Leadership and Leader Development
Mairi is a member of the British Academy of Management and is a reviewed for the Leadership and Leadership Development Track of the annual conference. She has supervised over 50 students to the successful completion of masters dissertations in a range of topics including leadership, employee engagement, diversity, strategic HRM, organisational change, leader development, learning and development and managerial behaviour.