Sian Rees

Associate Dean (Enterprise)

Department: Senior Management and Planning Team
Telephone No: +44(0)29 2020 5541
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I am the Associate Dean and Director of Enterprise, at Cardiff School of Management; the focus of my work in this role is to further develop Cardiff Metropolitan's reputation for work-based learning and higher apprenticeships, employability, local and international engagement with industry, public and third sector organisations and to offer leading edge consultancy, bespoke education and training based on academic expertise and research. I am responsible for the school's external engagement, the development of detailed strategies for income generation through innovation in the curriculum, based on the needs of employers. My Professional Doctorate work focuses on the development of the 'Entrepreneurial University'. I am a member of the QAA Benchmark Panel for Business and Management, a Chartered Manager, the HE Ambassador for the Institute of Directors in Wales, a trustee of GirlGuiding Cymru, the founder of Women in Management in South East Wales (now GRŴP) and a former Trustee of United World College of Southern Africa and director of Seren Publishing.

I am an experienced academic leader at school and institutional levels, previously Head of Newport Business School and, Associate Head of the School of Business at University of South Wales. Prior to entering HE in 2009, I gained wide-ranging experience over more than 25 years in industry, performing key education and training, sales and IT senior management roles at UK and European levels for a variety of international IT and financial services companies, most latterly, Oracle.

I currently teach on the Executive MBA programme covering Leadership and Change Management in addition to dissertation and management report supervision.

For further information about Enterprise at Cardiff School of Management, please go to:



Professional Doctorate – "Developing the Entrepreneurial University' - ongoing

Exploring the Market for Advanced Sales Education and Training in SMEs

The Business Case for Leadership and Management Development

The Role of the Trusted Advisor in SMEs – February 2007

Attitudes towards Leadership and Management Development in SMEs – January 2007


Siân Rees and Christopher Ward – Report on research into 'Trusted Advisors in Wales' (2008), Wales Management Council (on behalf of Welsh Government)

Siân Rees, 'Leadership & Management Development – What's it worth?' (2008), Wales Management Council

Ward C., Rees S., Donnelly S., Stroud G., 'Action For Growth - A strategy and action plan for management and leadership development in Wales 2007-2010' (2007)

Ward C., Rees S., Donnelly S., Stroud G., 'Older Workers in Wales – Contribution, Involvement , Management' (2007)

Ward C., Rees S., Donnelly S., Stroud G., 'Leadership and Management Development Strategies in Wales' (2007)

Ward C., Rees S., Donnelly S., Stroud G., 'Management – Think About It Compendium' (2006-8)

Ward C., Rees S., Donnelly S., Stroud G., 'Tomorrow's Manager – Skills, Development, Investment' (2006)


CSM International Summer School – August 2016

Business in Focus Bid Review – August 2015

Atkins Group – Review of Project Team Working Practices – ongoing - 2015

Girl Guiding Cymru – Organisational Review and Redesign, Accreditation of existing qualification –- 2015 - ongoing

Seren Publishing – Development of sales strategy – 2015

Faculty of Business and Society – Business Engagement and Income Generation Strategy – 2014

Faculty of Business and Society – Strategic Skills Review – 2014

Seren Publishing – Board and Team Development Day – March 2014

Girl Guiding Cymru – Strategic Options Appraisal – November 2013

Newport City Council Partnership – Aspiring Leaders' Programme Work-based learning 2013

Eleisha Training Partnership – MBA Public Service Management 2013

Women in Management – Design of Motivation and Goal Setting Workshop – August 2012

University of Wales, Newport – Design and Delivery of Board of Governors' Development Day on KPIs setting following QAA Audit – May 2011

Women in Management – Design and Delivery of Mentoring for Professional Development Workshop – September 2011

Wales Management Council Board Members' Development Day - December 2008

Welsh Assembly Government, Women into Public Life Programme/ Women Making a Difference – Design and Delivery of Skills Development Workshop – 2008

'The Business Hothouse Challenge' - SME Action Learning Sets – Business Network International – 2005/2007

'The Business Hothouse Challenge' - SME Bite-Sized Development – Business Network International – 2005/2007

Welsh Electronics Forum & SEMTA – Development Project Evaluation – August 2007

Review of The Leadership and Management Programme for Sergeants & Inspectors South Wales Police – Training Evaluation – December 2006

Leadership and Management Programme 'Realising the Vision' for Npower – Spring/Summer 2005

Leadership and Management Programme (LAMP) for Hartham Park Summer 2005