Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Anna Tilba

Lecturer in Strategy and Corporate Governance, Director of Corporate Engagement


Dr. Anna Tilba is a researcher and a Lecturer in Strategy and Corporate Governance and a Director of Corporate Engagement at the Newcastle University Business School. She joined NUBS in 2012 from the University of Liverpool Management School where she obtained her PhD in corporate governance and where she was teaching Strategy both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her research interests include pension fund investment, financial intermediation and networks, accountability, corporate governance and investor engagement.  Anna has an emerging record of publications in top tier academic journals. She also reviews papers for such scholarly journals as Corporate Governance: An International Review, Organization Studies, European Management Review, Business History and her papers appear at various international conferences. 

Anna has been a member of the Advisory Committee on Fiduciary Duties of Investment Intermediaries for the Law Commission. The Consultation Paper on Fiduciary Duties is commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and arises from the Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making.

More recently, Anna has carried out research for the UK Financial Conduct Authority on the Effectiveness of the Oversight Committees as past of the FCA's Asset Management Market Study (

Anna Tilba is also an ambassador of the UK's Transparency Task Force, a campaigning organisation focused on making financial services markets fairer, safer, more efficient and likely to deliver better value for money. She has already been supporting the Taskforce as a valuable member of the transaction costs and charges team and international best practice team.

Professional Memberships:

Transparency Taskforce

European Academy of Management

British Academy of Management

Northern Leadership Academy

Strategy Organization and Society

Personal Distinctions:

University of Liverpool Management School Teacher of the Year 2011/2012

North Leadership Academy Doctoral Fellow 2007


Research Interests

Corporate Governance, Accountability, New Actors, Institutional Investors, Processes, Interdependencies and Corporate Engagement.


Research Group Membership:

Strategy Organisations and Society 



2007 North Leadership Academy Doctoral Fellowship Grant

2006 Fully Funded Research Studentship, University of Liverpool Management School  



Tilba, A. and McNulty, T. (2012) ‘Engaged versus Disengaged Ownership. The Case of Pension Funds in the UK’ Corporate Governance: An International Review.

Tilba, A. (2008)‘The changing practice of UK institutional investors in relation to corporations: The case study of Pension Funds’Published in Developing Leadership Research (2008, Pages 57 – 62, Leeds University Press, ISBN: 978-0-85316-266-7).


Conference Presentations: 

EURAM (June, 2012) ‘Understanding Corporate Ownership: The Spectrum of Pension Fund Engagement’.

IFSAM (June, 2012) ‘Corporate Ownership in the Era of Financial Capitalism: Accounts of Accountability within Pension Fund Investment Chain’.

September 23-24, 2011, SDA Bocconi School of Management, Milan

Special Issue and Developmental Workshop of Corporate Governance: International Review on ‘Developing Corporate Governance Research through Qualitative Research. Paper Title: ‘Understanding the Investment Practice of Pension Funds: Implication for Corporate Governance and Ownership’.

EURAM 2011, Paper Title: ‘Pension Funds and Relationships within the Investment Chain’

Organizational Learning and Change Groups Research Day, Presentation of my PhD work-in-progress

RAM09 Conference Doctoral Colloquium, ‘The Practices of Pension Funds as Institutional Investors in Corporations’

Northern Leadership Academy Doctoral Conference, 2007 ‘The changing practice of UK institutional investors in relation to corporations: The case study of Pension Funds’



Teaching Interests:

Corporate Governance  

Strategic Business Analysis


NUBS 8060 International Business Strategy