Christopher Swaffin-Smith

Lecturer in Business & Management

Professional Biography

Christopher is a part-time Lecturer in Business & Management, whose main areas of interest are family enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Outside his academic endeavours, Christopher is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers (a livery company established by London-based glovemakers in the 14th century); a title he was awarded in 2019. He is now looking forward to receiving the Freedom of the City of London in September 2019, before being welcomed as a Liveryman of the Company in November.


  • BSc Behavioural Science, University of Aston M.Phil (CNAA ). Dissertation: The impact of individulal rights legislation on management behaviuor in small family business

Relevant Past Employment

  • Non-executive Director Raynor Foods Ltd
  • Group Board of Family Business based in Jordan
  • Advisor and consultant to family businesses in many parts of the world, including Singapore Hong Kong, Laos, Thailand, USA and Europe
  • Head of Centre for Business Transformation Research and Consultancy Centre, Anglia Ruskin University


  • O'Leary Simon and Swaffin-Smith, Christopher, Walking the tightrope between family and business the owner manager transition towards a sibling partnership, Regent's Working Papers 2019; Working Paper 1902
  • Entrepreneurial Transitions in the Family Business Organic Model Governance and Succession with Professor Simon O'Leary and Reecca Fakoussa,Transitional Press. September 2017
  • Organic Model to Reflect the Transitional nature of family firms with Simon O' Leary, Marketing Review, November 2016
  • An Appraisal of Family Enterprise Advisors in enhancing both group performance and individual family members employability profiles, BAM Working Papers, July 2014


  • 'So what is different about TQM?', Euro Asia Journal, December 2003 with R Barnes

  • Culture Surveys Monitoring and Enhancing the impact of change programmes, TQM April 2002 with Barnes R and Brummel M

  • Patterns of Managerial Influence Shotgun Managers Tacticians and Bystanders, November 1984
  • Organisational Dynamics, November 1984 with Kipnis D Schmidt S and Wilkinson

Research Interests

  • Family Enterpises, specifically how the overlap between family and business impacts on the sustainabilty of the business
  • The role of the non-executive director in supporting sustainability

Research Supervision

  • A number of Masters degrees dissertations focusing on family business issues


  • Honorary Fellow of the Society of Podiatrists and Chiropodists; awarded for working with private practitioners to help them develop their practices as a business. Worked with over 250 nationwide over a five-year period.


  • Judge at the International Family Business University Case Study Competition, University of Vemont, 2017  

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Friend of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Planning)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
  • Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers of London
  • Member of British Association of Management 
  • Member of Rotary Club of GB and NI

External Examining

  • External Examiner, Lancaster University, on an MSc Progamme in Consultancy and Research

Conferences Given

  • Many Conference papers in the ares of family enterprise for conferences in the UK and USA

Other Outputs

  • Many consultancy projects with family businesses worldwide with a focus on succession, corporate governance and business development.

Teaching & Course Development

  • Member of the team for the M Ent which was validated this year
  • Teaching family business and entrepreneurship on both postgraduate and undergraduate programmes at Regents and the University of Kent