Dr Cathy Knowles


Senior Lecturer

Oxford Brookes Business School


Having been the Programme Lead for MSc Finance and MSc Accounting & Finance  for 7 years, I am stepping down to Senior Lecturer from February 2022.

Teaching and supervision


Modules taught

  • Finance and Accounting for Business
  • Business Aspects of Management Accounting
  • Accounting Synoptic
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Performance Management
  • Finance and Accounting Research Project

I have been a Programme Lead so I have been responsible for  programme design, curriculum development, managing a teaching team, through to ensuring high academic standards in assessment, feed back and managing Exam Boards .


I am happy to supervise dissertations on Management Accounting topics. I currently module lead our Research Project for PG students


My research interest is Management Accounting within non-profit organisations. My  PhD was entitled Managing the unmeasurable – performance management in UK hospices.  It considers how charities can best manage their performance where performance measures may be limited. It creates a new performance management framework, informed by Simons'' Levers of Control.

Research impact

Effective performance management of voluntary organisations


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA)


  • January 2016: Public Services and Charities: Accounting, Accountability and Governance at a Time Change’ Conference, entitled: Strategic Alignment: Performance measurement in English and Welsh Independent Hospices.’
  • June 2016 : International Society for Third Sector Research entitled: Efficiency and effectiveness: Performance measurement in English and Welsh Independent Hospices.
  • July 2018: International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) entitled: Belief and Boundary controls in the third sector: relational controls within voluntary organisations
  • November 2019 Management Accounting Research Group  The complementarity of informal and formal controls within the voluntary sector: the enhancement of Simons' Levers of Control 
  • June 2021 : International Society for Third Sector Research entitled: Managing the unmeasurable – developing a new performance management framework 
  • November 2021 Management Accounting Research Group Voluntary Sector Performance Management: adapting the Ferreira and Otley Performance Management and Control system