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 Kay Maddox-Daines

Dr Kay Maddox-Daines

Head of School of People and Culture

With a background in organisational development and professional education, Kay has worked across both the public and private sectors, with organisations of all sizes in a variety of Leadership and Advisory roles.  Kay has experience in managing cultural change programmes, designing and delivering leadership and management development programmes, accrediting courses to professional awarding body standards, creating employee engagement and well-being programmes, improving corporate communication and designing and delivering effective coaching and mentoring programmes. Previously Director of Academic Development for Acacia Learning Ltd and Programme Director for people management programmes at the University of Suffolk, Kay enjoys connecting academia with leaders and managers working in industry. 
Kay is External Examiner for Human Resource Management programmes at the American University in Greece and Leeds Beckett University in the UK.  As a Registered Career Development Professional (RCDP) with the UK Career Development Institute, a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and a qualified Executive Career Coach, Kay is passionate about practice-based teaching and learning. Kay’s recent research focusses on managing people through crisis and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on people professionals. In her spare time Kay is a Non-Executive Director for The Sigma Trust and a Member of the CIPD branch committee in Essex.

Dr Alison Watson

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. 

Arden Lecturer Tobias Stähler Berlin Study Centre

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.

David Newton

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.    

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