ICGR Biographies

Below are the ICGR Biographies of the Conference and Programme Chairs, Key Note Speakers and Mini-Track Chairs.

Conference and Programme Chairs


Dr Karen Jones earned her Ph.D. from Bangor University, UK, and currently serves as Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Management at the University of Reading’s Institute of Education in the UK. Her Area of research involves Women and leadership, gender, identity, equity, power, feminist and critical perspectives Workplace sexism, gender stereotypes.


Dr Claire Collins is the Henley Business School Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Academic Lead of the Army Higher Education Pathway and Director of the DBA Programme. She researches and teaches Leadership and Leadership Development with a special interest in Diversity and Inclusion, Quiet Leadership, Coaching Leaders, Leadership Derailment and Women in Leadership. She has experience of working with a variety of organisational and academic clients from the private and public sectors. Claire enjoyed a significant career outside academia before joining Henley in 2007. She has 20 years’ experience in the NHS, firstly in a scientific role and then in senior management in a large acute Trust, following which she became CEO of a London law firm. She has also enjoyed some years as an independent consultant and coach and combined this with being a Research Fellow at the Royal College of Nursing Institute before joining the faculty at Henley Business School. As part of her portfolio, Claire is an accredited and experienced Business Coach working with a wide variety of senior clients.


Dr Madeleine Davies is Professor of Women's Writing in the Department of English Literature at the University of Reading. She has published on 1960s television drama, modern drama, Daphne du Maurier and Margaret Atwood and her teaching focuses on Atwood, Woolf and the connections between writing, gender and identity. Currently, she is researching the intersection between the work of George Orwell and Margaret Atwood, and she is exploring the fraught debates around 'the gender wars'. In 2020 she is publishing a collection of short pieces edited with students enrolled on her 'Virginia Woolf' module and on the University's employability schemes: the book, A Room of Our Own: The Virginia Woolf Learning Journals, will be published on Dalloway Day 2020. Madeleine Davies is a University Teaching Fellow and has won several teaching and learning awards for collaborative excellence, teaching excellence, and diverse and inclusive teaching.



Dr Marina Della Giusta is Associate Professor in Economics at the University of Reading, which she joined after her doctorate in 2001. She was Head of Department from 2013 to 2016 and is now the Deputy Chair of the CHUDE committee of the Royal Economic Society and a member of both the Women Committee and the Communications and Engagement Committee, where she is promoting initiatives surrounding both the communication and teaching of economics and the advancement of women in the profession, both within and outside academia. Her publications are in the area of behavioural and labour economics, with particular focus on gender, stigma and social norms. She has published extensively in the economics of sex work. Recent work focusses on teacher interventions to redress disadvantage in education, the evolution of gender preferences and their role in individual and collective outcomes, and the use of both big social data and board games to understand economic behaviour.


Professor Grace James joined Reading Law School in 2002. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1999 where she also worked as a Research Fellow. Professor James was awarded a grant from the Nuffield Foundation to research pregnancy-related unfair dismissal litigation at employment tribunals in England and Wales and in 2007 she was awarded AHRC Research Leave to complete a monograph with regard to this work. In 2010, she was awarded AHRC funding to establish a research network to consider law's engagement with working families (Families And Work Network - FAWN - with Professor Nicole Busby at Strathclyde University).

Keynote Speakers

Mini-Track Chairs

Workshop Facilitators