Meet the Team

Arden University’s Human Resource Management degrees are taught by a team of lecturers who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience with them. Here to ensure that you gain the skills and expertise needed by today’s employers, this group of professional, passionate lecturers have each helped to shape and every course in their own unique way, alongside industry-leading professionals from the world of business.  

Whether you’re starting an undergraduate degree because you have a keen interest in HR, or you’re looking to develop into a leadership role with a Masters, Arden’s Human Resource Management courses will provide you with everything you need to make an immediate and real impact in any career path you choose. Our goal is to deliver valuable, industry-focused programmes that give students the skills that employers look for, from the very start of your career and beyond.  

You can meet the team behind your degree below. 

Dr Aaron Taylor

Head of School of Human Resource Management

Aaron has been involved in teaching and training for over 20 years, both in the UK and internationally. During this time, he has built up expertise in teaching and learning specifically across postgraduate HRM programmes. Prior to his role as Head of School of Human Resource Management at Arden University, Aaron was a Principal Lecturer at the University of Sunderland and a Principal Lecturer in HRM at Coventry University London. Aaron is an External Examiner for HRM programmes at the University of Suffolk and the University of Sussex. He is a CIPD academic member, a Senior Fellow of the HEA and a certified management and business educator (CMBE).

Dr Aaron Taylor

Dr. Alison Watson

Head of School of Leadership and Management 

Dr. Alison Watson is the Programme Team Leader for Arden’s undergraduate Business and Accounting programmes, and also teaches several modules to Human Resource Management students. Having taught at Arden for 15 years, she has supported many students on various management courses at all levels of study. Prior to this, Alison was an operations and project manager for a number of large retailers, and therefore has a wealth of experience in the field of business and management. 

Dr Alison Watson

Manal Ghosh


Manal developed and led modules, currently a lecturer and a dissertation supervisor. In addition, holds external examiner roles at Various UK Universities. She has vast experience in industry at a Directors level and has held senior positions in Lebanon and Qatar, and is settled now in the UK. Manal holds a Masters in Business as well as being a Fellow of the HEA. 

Manal Ghosh

Jo Graham

Senior Lecturer HRM

Jo Graham (MCIPD) has planned, designed and delivered Human Resource Management programmes both in the UK and New Zealand and has as successful record of teaching, learning and assessment practice in Applied Business subjects. Jo has also carried out quality assurance for HR Programmes across the tertiary sector in New Zealand. This includes both online and face to face programmes.

As a Chartered Member of the CIPD, Jo has extensive experience as an HR Business Partner in a variety of business sectors, including the Arts, Utilities and Foodstuffs, as well as a background as a learning and development practitioner, including management and delivery of leadership and management development programmes. Jo has also served as a Regional Chair with the Human Resource Institute New Zealand.

Jo enjoys her spare time walking with her two dogs in the local countryside.

Jo Graham

Tobias Stähler


Tobias Stähler’s experience includes corporate communications roles in both management and higher education. For over nine years, he has taught international students in a variety of management-related subjects. He also worked as a PR freelancer for several different industries, from food and beverages to public health. Tobias is also a fully trained merchant in wholesale and foreign trade and holds a Master’s in Sociology, Communication Sciences and Cultural Anthropology. His research and publications are focused on political and organisational communications and qualitative empirics. Outside of this, Tobias is extremely passionate about badminton, food and hiking around the Scottish Highlands.

Arden Lecturer Tobias Stähler Berlin Study Centre

Dr. David Newton 


Whilst now semi-retired and working only with research students at Arden University, Dr. David Newton is an experienced researcher, senior manager, management consultant and trainer. He specialises in strategic planning, resource management and more broadly in management development and mentoring. He has extensive experience - both in the UK and internationally - leading projects for blue chip companies, small and medium sized enterprises and public bodies, including World Bank, the EU and national government departments. 

Since moving into a full-time consultancy role, David continues to be a visiting professor of Strategic Management. He sits on three editorial boards of international journals and has a great deal of experience as a board member of a number of private companies, government and charitable agencies.    

David Newton

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