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 Natalie Forde-Leaves

Natalie Forde-Leaves

Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance

Cardiff Business School

+44 (0)29 2087 0592
R09, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU


Natalie Forde-Leaves is a Lecturer in the Accounting & Finance Division. As a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and prior to employment as an academic Natalie worked in various institutions such as Barclaycard, Lloyds Bank, Kaplan Financial Training and the NHS.

Natalie joined Cardiff Business School in 2011 from University of Wales, Newport and has previous experience of teaching across a variety of professional body qualifications including ACCA, ICAEW, CIMA and AAT.  As former President of the ACCA South Wales Network Natalie acts as an advocate for the ACCA in maintaining and working to improve links with the ACCA professional body and the Business School.

Natalie's current research interests preside in the pedagogic research field, generally focussed on in the area of Assessment & Feedback.  Discipline specific research interests include the role of Management Accounting and Critical Thinking in the Accounting curriculum.

Currently in post as Director of Assessment & Feedback for the Business School Natalie’s primary focus rests on supporting the achievement of the Schools Assessment & Feedback Strategy.



  • BScEcon Accounting & Management
  • MSc Accounting & Finance
  • FCCA  - Fellow of the Association for Chartered Certified Accountants
  • FAIA (Acad) – Academic Fellow of the Association of International Accountants
  • FHEA – Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional membership

  • British Accounting and Finance Association


Cardiff Business School Teaching commitments (current and previous)

  • BS2516 Corporate Reporting
  • BS2517 Performance & Financial Management
  • BST510 Financial Analysis & Control

Previous Teaching commitments

  • ACCA F6 Taxation
  • CIMA F1 Financial Operations
  • ICAEW Audit & Assurance
  • MBA Corporate Finance
  • CIMA P7 Financial Accounting and Tax Principles

Research interests

Current research interests rest in the area of Assessment & Feedback, specifically Assessment design, cultures of Assessment and Sustainable Assessment.  Natalie is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Education with her thesis entitled: 'Sustainable Assessment Design: Emancipatory critical thought in a liberalised HE community of practice or ‘teach to the test’ sweatshop? #sellingyoursoulfora2:1'

Natalie is also working on a public value project to investigate the Social Value orientation of Undergraduate Students at Cardiff Business School.

Other discipline specific research interests include the role of Management Accounting and critical thinking in the Accounting curriculum, having previously obtained her MSc Accounting & Finance qualification with her thesis title: 'the gaps in management accounting; a qualitative investigation into perceptions of a gap between management accounting research, education and practice.'