Kim Loader
Senior Lecturer in Public Finance and Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator



As an undergraduate I attended St. Andrews University, where I studied and graduated with an MA in Economics. I then trained to be an accountant with CIPFA whilst working for Cambridgeshire County Council. Before joining the York Management School in 2008, I held teaching posts at Southampton Institute for Higher Education and the University of Teesside. At Southampton Institute (now Southampton Solent University) I taught mainly on professional accountancy courses, especially CIPFA and ACCA, and also organised and taught a programme for the Institute of Internal Auditors. Whilst there I also obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Education for Teaching in Further and Higher Education. At Teesside I taught a range of courses but specialised in public sector accounting and taxation policy. I also ran the MBA (Public Management). Whilst there I also completed an MSc in Social Research Methods. My teaching and research interests continue to focus upon financial and accounting issues within the public sector.

Subject Group

Accounting and Finance



My research focus is public sector procurement. To date this has adopted a policy perspective to examine, in particular, the supply relationships between public sector purchasers and small firm suppliers. I am currently developing this work to explore the impact of procurement models and the role of lean approaches for both this relationship, and for public sector procurement in general. I am also completing a review of literature to establish the extent of current knowledge of lean supply practices and their impact upon small firm suppliers as there little work in this area to date.

I have previously been involved in a study to determine budgetary practice within housing associations. Our interest was the impact of organisational change upon practice, and involved a grounded study of one housing association in the north of England, followed by a survey of those housing associations which were formed following stock transfer.

Prior work includes:

  • participation in and evaluation of a European funded project aimed at improving training success with SMEs, and
  • a study to examine the impact of bidding for funding upon local government resource management in the UK


Full publications list

Loader, K. (2015) 'SME suppliers and the challenge of public procurement: evidence revealed by a UK Government online feedback facility', Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management. Forthcoming (Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 103 - 112. DOI: 10.1016/j.pursup.2014.12.003)

Loader, K. (2013) ‘Is Public Procurement a Successful Small Business Support Policy? A Review of the Evidence’, Environment and Planning C: Government & Policy, Vol.31, pp. 39-55.

Loader, K. (2011) "Are public sector procurement models and practices hindering small suppliers? Evidence from English Local Authorities",  Public Money and Management, Vol 31, No. 4, pp. 287-294.

Loader, K. (2010) “Is local authority procurement ‘lean’? An exploration to determine if ‘lean’ can provide a useful explanation of practice” Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management, Vol 16, No 1, pp. 41 - 50.


Loader, K. (2007)  ‘The challenge of competitive procurement: value for money versus small business support’, Public Money and Management, Vol 27, No 5, pp 307-314.

Loader, K. (2005)  ‘Supporting SMEs through government purchasing activity’, International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Vol.6, No. 1, pp. 17-26.

Johnston, K. and Loader, K. (2003)  ‘Encouraging SME Participation in Training: Identifying Practical Approaches’, Journal of European and Industrial Training Vol.27, No. 6, pp. 273 - 280.

Loader, K. (2002) ‘What Price Competition? The management of competitive funding in UK local government’, International Journal of Public Sector Management Vol.15, No. 7, pp. 565 – 577.


Conferences / Seminars

Loader, K. (2014) "Making UK public sector procurement more accessible to SMEs: an analysis of government and business commissioned evidence". Proceedings of the 37th ISBE Conference, "The Future of Enterprise: The Innovation Revolution", 5th - 6th November, Manchester.

Loader, K. (2014) "Competing to be one of the “Best councils to do business with”: an analysis of practices to support SMEs, reported by English local authorities". The Journal of Finance and Management in Public Services Conference, 1st July 2014, London.

Loader, K. and Norton, S. (2012) "Does Public Procurement Support the Heritage Sector? An exploration of traditional building craft companies experiences". Proceedings of the 35th ISBE Conference, “Creating Opportunities through Innovation: Local Energy, Global Vision”, 7th-8th November 2012, Dublin

Gillett, A., Loader, K. and Scott, J. (2012) "Social Enterprise Collaboration: Case Study of an Empty Homes Partnership",  Proceedings of the 35th ISBE Conference, “Creating Opportunities through Innovation: Local Energy, Global Vision”, 7th-8th November 2012, Dublin

Loader, K. and Norton, S. (2012) "Supplying the heritage industry: an analysis of UK craft companies’ experiences", paper presented to Heritage 2012, 3rd International Conference on Heritage and Sustainable Development, 19th - 22nd June, Porto

Loader, K. (2011) "Is Public Procurement a Successful Small Business Support Policy? A Review of the Evidence".  Proceedings of the 34th ISBE Conference, "Sustainable Futures: Enterprising Landscapes and Communities", 9th - 10th November 2011, Sheffield

Loader, K. (2009) Examining the Impact of Procurement Models upon SMEs: Evidence from English Local Authorities” paper presented to 32nd ISBE Conference (Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship), Liverpool 4-6th November 2009

Loader, K. (2008) An investigation into the impact of ‘lean’ upon small business supply to the UK public sector, paper presented to the Third International Public Procurement Conference (IPPC), Amsterdam, August 2008

Johnston, K., Loader, K. and Wall, D. (2005) Budgetary Planning and Control in Practice: A Grounded Theory, discussion paper presented to Management Accounting Research Group seminar, Open University, Milton Keynes, February 2005

Johnston, K., Loader, K. and Wall, D  (2004) Budgetary Planning and Control in Practice, paper presented to Management Control Association International Conference, Herriot Watt University, July 2004

Johnston, K., Loader, K. and Wall, D. (2003) Budgetary Planning and Control in Practice, paper presented to Northern Area Group, British Accounting Association Conference, Leeds, September 2003

Loader, K. (2003) Do Public Sector Purchasing Policies Support SMEs? An SME Perspective, Conference Proceedings, 26th ISBA National Small Firms Policy & Research Conference, University of Surrey, November.2003

Kim Loader

The York Management School
University of York
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York YO10 5GD

Telephone: +44 (0) 1904 325029
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