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Dawn Nicholson

Vice Chair, Head of Accreditation, Biz Psych Cup Lead

Dr Dawn H. Nicholson is a lecturer in Business & Organisational Psychology at the University of Kent, where she was awarded a PhD in the psychology of decision-making in 2019.

Dawn worked for almost 28 years in internal Human Resources (HR) roles and as an advisor to HR, in

professional and financial services in the City of London. Immediately prior to returning to academia to pursue her decision-making research, she spent 3 years as a Partner in PwC’s HR Consulting business, working with clients on their people-related issues, including Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to PwC, Dawn was Managing Director, Deputy Head of Human Resources for Europe, The Middle East and Africa, for the global investment bank, Morgan Stanley, where she worked for 16 years. Dawn was responsible for areas including reward, benefits, diversity, employee engagement, learning and development and recruiting. During that time, she also worked closely with internal employee diversity networks and was the Senior Sponsor of the LGBT and Cultural Awareness networks.

In her new role as Head of Accreditation and Standards for the ABP, Dawn has identified several key goals including:

  • Working with our partner universities to increase excellence in the knowledge, teaching and application of business psychology to both undergraduate and Masters students.
  • Growing the accreditation programme and adding to the numbers and types of accredited programmes and universities.
  • Seeking out ways to bring together the ABP’s professional and student members, so students can learn first hand from the rich knowledge base of our professional members.

The challenges of building and evolving the workplace, made more acute by the global pandemic, mean that the role of business psychologists is even more important. In her new role, Dawn aims to position the ABP at the forefront of helping to grow and develop the business psychologists of the future – students who not only have great theoretical and technical skills, but can also apply these to solving real world problems and building the workplace of the future.

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