Professor Karise Hutchinson is a Professor of Leadership at Ulster University and Provost of the Coleraine campus. Karise joined Ulster University in 2004 and was awarded a PhD in SME international management in 2006. Since 2006, she has been an integral member of the Business Management Research Institute at Ulster University, included in the 2008 RAE and REF 2014 submission as a result of her high quality research publications, external research grant income, PhD completions, and impact case study work. Her research has been presented at international conferences and published in wide range of high quality international journals. The extensive impact of her research has been recognised by the British Academy of Management Education Practice award in 2016 and the Chartered Management Institute’s Top Industry Article award in 2013.
Karise is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and holds a number of positions outside the University including, Affiliate of the Authentic Leadership Institute in Harvard, USA, Vice-Chair of the Causeway Enterprise Agency, Council member of the British Academy of Management and Faculty Board member of the Chartered Management Institute UK. Her experience includes business engagement across a range of industry sectors, where she has led several Knowledge Transfer Projects, organised a wide range of large scale events for business owners and policy stakeholders, as well as invited keynote speaker. As a result of her strong engagement with industry, Karise has been involved in national media broadcasts on well-known radio and television programs, commenting on current economic issues in Northern Ireland from the perspective of the consumer and retailer, with publications in range of regional and national newspapers.
She is the author of “Leadership Development for Small Business: The Power of Storytelling” published by Palgrave Macmillan. She received the British Academy of Management Practice award in 2016 and Outstanding Contribution to CMI award in 2018 in recognition of her work in leadership development and education. Professor Hutchinson uses her passion and experience of developing business leaders to support the growth of the SME sector in Northern Ireland.