Miles Weaver
Miles Weaver

Dr Miles Weaver

Associate Professor


Miles is an Associate Professor in Systemic Sustainability and Supply Chain Management at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. He holds a PhD and First-Class Honours degree from Aston Business School.

Research focuses on systemic approaches to bring about a meaningful engagement between business and communities to co-create more impact to attain the Sustainable Development Goals and place-making. He is passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders who will build impactful and regenerative purpose-driven organisations. His research has been pivotal in Edinburgh’s designation as the first UK member of the global Cities CAN-B movement and founding of Everyone’s Edinburgh as a charity. CAN-B places Edinburgh as part of a growing international cities network – promoting wider individual and organisation engagement to impact global change at a city level. Miles also serves on the Just Economic Transition Group, to support Edinburgh and Scotland’s effort in the transition to net-zero and a well-being economy.

Miles has led the development of the ‘Get on Board Competency Pathway’ to empower young people to make a difference as Trustees on charity boards. The framework underpins the Charity Board Initiative, bringing training and opportunities to six Universities across Scotland’s central belt. The initiative has trained and encouraged over 250 participants to get on board and supported more than 50 charity partners in better governance and increasing diversity of thought in the boardroom. The initiatives have been recognised nationally for innovative and novel practice and impact, winning:
• Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020
• Herald Higher Education Award for Enhancing Student Learning in 2015.

The impact of this work has been published in “The CATE Collection – together in collaborative educational leadership” that he co-edited in 2021 (see "outputs") and detailed in a REF2021 Impact Case, entitled: “Influencing organisational strategy to support responsible business practice”. The “Connect model” that proposes an approach to build meaningful engagement between business and communities has been published in the European Journal of Operational Research, see "outputs". You can learn more about applying systemic approaches to attaining the SDGs, published in the Encyclopedia of the Sustainable Development Goals (See "outputs"). Miles Chair’s the Operational Research Society annual conference “Making an Impact: Grand Challenges and OR” workshop, to address challenges offered in each host city with novel approaches of Operational Research & Data Analytics.

Miles is the Programme Leader for the CPD course: Leadership in Board Governance, with SFC Upskilling funded places for Scottish domiciles. You can also access a free “Build for Purpose Canvas” MOOC funded by the HCI Gateway (both UK and Scottish Government), complimented by the “Business for Good” programme & network offered by Everyone’s Edinburgh. He is also the Programme Leader for the MSc International / Business Management with specialist routes and teaches modules in Purpose-driven Organisations, Sustainability Strategy & Supply Chain Management. Previously to working at Napier, Miles held appointments at Aston, Loughborough, Leicester & Warwick Business Schools and has acted as an External Examiner to Alliance Manchester, Robert Gordon & Newman Business Schools.

He leads the Business School efforts towards PRME (the United Nation's Principles for Responsible Business in Management) and at a university level, Societal Impact.

Tweet with Miles: @weavermiles.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Invited Member of Just Economic Transition Group (JET)
  • EFQM (Scotland) Membership Steering Committee
  • Invited Speaker on "Young People on Boards: Creating a Diverse Talent Pipeline of Young Board Members" , Young at Heart: Beating the Drum for Scottish Business in the Year of Young People, Business in the Parliament Conference 2018
  • Scotland Representative to the General Council of the UK Operational Research Society (two terms)
  • Aston University Senate
  • Aston University Council


Conference Organising Activity

  • Next Generation Business: Shaping A New Economy
  • Co-Chair, Re imagining and Rebuilding a Post-covid Sustainable Future Together, Edinburgh Napier University Annual #Nextgen Conference
  • Project Director for Responsible Business Forum
  • Organising Committee for Trusteeweek 2015
  • Making an Impact: Grand Challenges and O.R.
  • Organising Committee & Stream Organiser, YOR18, UK Operational Research Society
  • Co-chair and Organiser of the Doctoral Colloquium at the 2nd European Conference on the Management of Technology at Aston Business School UK
  • Global Academic Network for Doctoral Researchers in Operations Management


Editorial Activity

  • "The CATE Collection – together in collaborative educational leadership" (Higher Education Academy publication)
  • Technology and Global Integration (EuroMOT 2016 Conference Proceedings)


External Examining/Validations

  • PhD Examiner
  • External Examiner at Alliance Manchester Business School
  • External Panel Member, Anglia Ruskin Lord Ashcroft Business School
  • School External Review of Programmes, Kingdom University, Bahrain
  • External Examiner at Robert Gordon University
  • External Examiner at Newman University
  • External Reviewer for Strategic Review of Manchester Metropolitan Business School


Fellowships and Awards

  • Shortlisted for "Sharing Best Practice" at CEED Industry Awards
  • Winner of the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Shortlisted for "Above & Beyond - Enterprise category" at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Shortlisted for an "Above and Beyond - Red Box" award at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Winner of the Herald Higher Education Award for Enhancing Student Learning (2015)
  • Winner of an Napier Student Association (NSA) Teaching Excellence Award
  • Admitted to the 'Beta Gamma Sigma' International Honour Society (leading scholars from AACSB International accredited Business Schools)
  • Winner of the Vice-Chancellor Distinguished Teaching Award at De Montfort University
  • Full Guild Colours for Services to Education at Aston University


Invited Speaker

  • Panel discussion: What does purpose driven entrepreneurship mean for Scotland’s economy? (Edinburgh Business Festival)
  • Panellist, "Panel discussion: What does purpose driven entrepreneurship mean for Scotland’s economy?", Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce Business Festival on "Moving Forward with Purpose"
  • Invited Panellist for Inaugural 'Governance for NHS Charities' Webinar Series
  • 2021 B Academics Global Community of Practice Conversations
  • Cycling Industry Europe Innovation Network Event on Bridging Academia and Industry: Creating Sustainability in your business
  • Podcast: Cities CAN B and the importance of Place (Institute of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, 2021)
  • Invited talk: Academic models of support and research in Sustainable Supply Chains for Business (Cycling Industries Europe Annual Conference, 2021)
  • Invited talk: Empowering organisations to embrace United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a Post-Covid-19 Scotland (Midlothian Chamber of Commerce, 2021)
  • Reset the Future Breakfasts: Business with Purpose
  • Beyond COP26 Panel Chair: Business with Purpose
  • Business for Good: Balancing Purpose with Profit in a Post-Covid Scotland (Interface)
  • EFQM Networking Invited talk: A perspective on megatrends and the relevance of the new EFQM Model
  • Invited talk: Empowering organisations to embrace United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a Post-Covid-19 Scotland (Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, 2020)
  • Making Boards More Inclusive for All at Holyrood Policy "Women on Public Boards: Preparing for Equal Representation"
  • Young People on Boards: Creating Diverse Talent Pipeline of Young Board Members (Business in Parliament Conference, Holyrood, Scottish Parliament)
  • Applications of "Systems Thinking" to Co-create Business-Community Value at Applications of Systems Thinking OR Event (London)
  • Recruiting, developing and supporting Committee/Board members (Share Annual Conference)
  • Recruiting, developing and supporting Committee/Board members
  • Invited Speaker: Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Lovely Professional University, Punjab, India
  • Keynote: Addressing Scotland's Grand Challenges: The Role of the Scottish Government Business 'Community' Pledge at Forging Connections Between Business & Third Sector
  • Bringing on board Young Professionals as Trustees
  • Untapped Talent: You and our Young Professionals as Trustees (Institute of Fundraising)
  • Chair of "Grand Challenges and OR", Making an Impact Session at ORS Annual Conference
  • Diversity in the Board Room
  • How to Encourage More People to Join Boards
  • Grand Challenges and OR (Chair and Organiser Making an Impact Workshop at the Operational Research Society Annual Conference)
  • Nurturing the talent pool: Challenges and opportunities of bringing on board young trustees
  • Embedding Sustainability into Strategy: Assessing the OR Society Contribution. Keynote to YOR18
  • Global Academic Network for Doctoral Researchers in Operations Management (GANOM)
  • Host: Launch of the 100 Future Leaders Programme (Birmingham Leadership Foundation, 2010)
  • Tenbury hosts debate over alternative voting system


Media Activity

  • Webinar series for Scotland’s NHS charities
  • Business portal launch will help Edinburgh become 'sustainable and successful city' (The Scotsman)
  • OR64: Coventry Grand Challenges
  • The Impact Factor: Collaborating with industry to help fill the skills gap (Chartered Association of Business Schools, 2018)
  • Co-chair of #Twiterhour with Prof. Julie Hutchison
  • Dr Miles Weaver: Students are now a whole lot more engaged with building excellence in the workplace (The Scotsman)
  • ITV Central News ITV Central - Birmingham Riots and the Leadership Foundation
  • asks: Why did the riots happen?
  • The Scotsman: Nurture the next generation of leaders


Membership of Professional Body

  • Committee Member: Operational Research Community OR Special Interest Group
  • Committee Member: Operational Research Third Sector Special Interest Group
  • The Operational Research Society (UK)


Non-executive Directorship

  • Founding Trustee of Everyone's Edinburgh
  • Board Member, Association of Corporate Governance Practitioners
  • Postgraduate Representative, Aston University Governing Council
  • Postgraduate Representative, Aston University Senate
  • Teme Valley Limited
  • NPD Services


Public/Community Engagement

  • #NextGen Annual Conference
  • Dr Miles Weaver: A gender conscious approach to addressing grand challenges in Scotland and beyond …
  • Diversity in the Boardroom (Just Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe Event)
  • Responsible Business Forum
  • Get on Board Showcase
  • Convenor of Young Professionals as Trustees
  • Chair of DMU & Me at De Montfort University


Research Degree External Examining

  • PhD Examiner at Anglia-Ruskin University
  • PhD Examiner at the University of Oviedo



  • EFQM: Reviewer of the Net-Zero & Circular Economy Lens
  • Reviewer, International Journal of Logistics Management; International Journal of Sustainable Strategic Management; International Journal of Technology, Policy and Management; Supply Chain Management: An International Journal; Special Issue on SCI in the International Journal of Operations and Production Management


Spin-outs and Licences

  • Build for Purpose Canvas & MOOC
  • Sustainability Knowledge Hub
  • Governance Matters Knowledge Hub
  • Get on Board Competency Pathway
  • The Get on Board Competency Pathway MOOC and Learning Materials


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Lecturer, Warwick Business School
  • Visiting Lecturer in Supply Chain Management, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University


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