Management Board

The Small Business Charter is governed by a Management Board comprised of academics from SBC award holding schools and entrepreneurs. Collectively, the Board governs the strategy and operations of the Small Business Charter. The role of the SBC Management Board is outlined in the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Royal Charter.


The Lord Young of Graffham
The Rt Hon the Lord Young of Graffham CH graduated from UCL before becoming a solicitor and spent a number of years establishing successful businesses.  He served in the Cabinet from 1984 to 1989, was Executive Chairman of Cable and Wireless plc from 1990 to 1995, and thereafter Chairman of Young Associates Ltd.

Lord Young was an adviser to the Prime Minister on enterprise and the author of three reports on small business and enterprise: Make Business Your Business (May 2012), Growing Your Business (May 2013) and Enterprise for All (June 2013). 

Growing Your Business led to the creation of the Small Business Charter. Lord Young was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2015 New Year Honours.


Margarita Rodriguez-Piza
Maggie’s career spans 20 years advising and working with SMEs, including creating investment and business programmes to enable them to achieve their growth ambitions. Through her time as a Corporate Finance Adviser and as an investor in early stage businesses, she has first-hand experience and understanding of the importance of management skills in growing businesses.

She is the Chief Executive of Funding London, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greater London Authority. She has led the transformation of the organisation from a special purpose vehicle to managing more than £150m of funds invested in SMEs. She has experience of working with LEPs, European and UK public sector bodies, and private sector partners.


Saleem Arif, Chief Executive and Founder, Reviewsolicitors
Alexandra Charles, College Head of Executive Education and Enterprise Development, Derby Business School
Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, and Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools (Ex-officio)
Joe Hall, Managing Director, Hall Foods Group
Poonam Hayer, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Co-opted)
Martin Hedley, Co-Founder and CEO,
Anne Kiem, Executive Director of Small Business Charter, Chief Executive of Chartered Association of Business Schools (Ex-officio)
Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School (Co-opted)
Ruth Lowbridge MBE, Executive Chair, SFEDI Group
Siân Rees, Associate Dean (Enterprise), Cardiff School of Management
Professor Eleanor Shaw, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School/HCE
Henning von Spreckelsen, Managing Director, Shere Investment
Dr Matthew Sutherland, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University
Caroline Thompson, CEO, Be the Spark (Co-opted)
Gareth Trainer, Chair, Enterprise Educators UK (Co-opted)
Dr Emily Beaumont, Vice-Chair, Enterprise Educators UK (Co-opted)
Professor Tim Vorley, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sheffield University Management School (Co-opted)
Dr Tom Williamson, Head of School (Economics, Finance & Accounting), Coventry Business School, Coventry Business School
Donne Burrows, Chief Executive Officer, Engine B
Mike Maddock, Managing Director, Performance Engineered Solutions