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Meet Your Business and Management Academics

Meet some of the experienced team of academic staff behind our Business and Management BA top up and MBus programmes.


Elizabeth Blower

Liz Blower began her career in retail - initially training as a store manager for big brands including New Look and Trespass, before going on to become an area manager, where her responsibilities included driving sales and profitability and ensuring the performance for up to sixteen sores. During this period, Liz also studied part time to gain a BA (Hons) in Business and Management and then an MBA.

Initially joining Northumbria University as a programme leader in 2017, Liz has taught on a wide range of modules run both online and on campus.  She is passionate about leadership, coaching, management in practice, practice knowledge and psychometric assessments, and often links her research output to her years of experience as a business and management practitioner. 

Discover more about Liz’s career, links with industry and what she likes about teaching on our distance learning courses



Dr Tommy Chan

Dr Tommy Chan is a senior lecturer at Newcastle Business School. With a PhD in Information Systems and e-Business research, he is fascinated by disruptive technologies and online consumer behaviours. His research has been published in world-leading and internationally excellent journals in both information systems and marketing disciplines. Tommy is also on the editorial review board of the Journal of Computer Information Systems and Internet Research and is an associate editor of the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS), Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS), and Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS). 

Approaching complex issues from a research-informed approach, his teaching is consistently rated highly across a variety of topics and student cohorts. Find out more about his academic biography.



Dr Sanjay Bhowmick

Dr Sanjay Bhowmick is a specialist in strategy, entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining academia, he held senior management positions in banking, venture capital and consulting in positions across the globe, most recently as a county director for corporate finance at Arthur Andersen in India.

With a firm research interest in internationalisation, entrepreneurship and social cause venturing, his strong industry experience enables him to bring real life case discussions into the classroom. Find out more about Dr Sanjay’s academic biography.


Kirk Dodds

A senior lecturer, Kirk joined Newcastle Business School in 2015 and specialises in digital marketing and marketing strategy. Beginning his career in industry working for Arnold Clark, Unilever and Lotus as a brand and marketing manager, he moved into the education sector in 2015. A fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and an Associate Member (ACIM) of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, he is especially passionate about eWOM and Mobile Marketing. Find out more about Kirk Dodds


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Please note, information correct at the time of publication but academic tutors may be subject to change.

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