Business School Advisory Board
The Brunel Business School Advisory Board was formed to support the School in discharging its Mission and Strategic Imperatives, which are jointly share with the main university.
The school mission is:
- To be research intensive.
- To develop confident, talented and versatile graduates.
- To foster collaborations and partnerships globally.
- To create strong relationships with organisations in the public, private and tertiary sectors.
- To provide colleagues with a strong sense of community.
The Advisory Board will promote the School's talents and capabilities to a global audience, to develop programmes that reflect the needs of our diverse stakeholders and to ensure the School remains true to its vision.
The Advisory Board's Terms of Reference are:
- To ensure our taught programmes are relevant to the needs of industry.
- To discuss issues across: Admissions, Placements, Recruitment and Marketing, Skills, Succession and Accreditation etc.
- To discuss current research themes and developments relevant to research groups.
- To promote the School and University, and support the development and exploitation of opportunities.
- The powers of the Board will be limited to recommending lines of action based on strategic and operational information received from the School's Executive. The final decision on whether or not to act on the recommendations will rest with the HoS on advice from the School’s Executive.
Chair: Professor Don Lloyd
Head of HSE – Genel Energy
Don Lloyd trained as a Chemical Engineer and subsequently went on to complete a PhD in Risk Management at the University of Manchester. Don has over 30 years business/industrial experience across a number of sectors (i.e. Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals, Engineering, Nuclear, Pharmaceuticals, Financial Services) including roles with Shell, BNFL, Total, Invensys, Amersham and Cigna Insurance.
He is currently a Senior Vice President with BG Group (FTSE top 10 Oil & Gas Company). Immediately prior to joining BG Don was the inaugural Head of Brunel Business School and Professor of Risk Management.
Don was a Governor of the University of Westminster during the period 2001 – 2011 - including 4 years as Chair of the Audit Committee. He is currently a Non-Executive Director at RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and an Independent Board Advisor for NATS (UK Air Traffic Control providers) and a visiting Professor in Risk Management at both Brunel Business School and Liverpool Business School.
Professor Bob Galliers
Visiting Professor, Brunel Business School
Bob Galliers was appointed Bentley University’s inaugural University Distinguished Professor in July 2009, having served as Bentley’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2002. Prior to joining Bentley, Galliers was a full professor at the London School of Economics, Warwick Business School (where he served as dean), and Curtin University, Australia.
Professor Galliers is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS); the Association for Information Systems (FAIS), and the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). He has served as President of the Association for Information Systems, the international Information Systems academy.
Professor Galliers holds an AB degree with honors in Economics from Harvard University; an MA with distinction in Management Systems from Lancaster University, and a PhD in Information Systems from the LSE. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Turku School of Economics & Business Administration, Finland in 1995.
Professor Stephen Greyser
Stephen A. Greyser is the Richard P. Chapman Professor of Business Administration (Marketing/Communications) Emeritus at Harvard Business School, where he specializes in brand marketing, advertising/corporate communications, sports management, and nonprofit management. A graduate of Harvard College, he received his MBA and DBA degrees from HBS, where he was the Chirurg Advertising Fellow. Since 1958, he has been active in research and teaching in marketing at HBS. His longtime association with the Harvard Business Review included five years as an editor and research director, and subsequently as Editorial Board Secretary and as Board Chairman. At Harvard College, he is a Trustee of WHRB, a Faculty Associate of Winthrop House, and a past director of the Harvard Alumni Association; he was also a member of the Harvard Professional Sports Panel advising Harvard undergraduates considering professional sports careers. He is a Hauser Center Faculty Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School. He delivered the invited 2003 Commencement Day address, "A Look at Your Inner Mirror" for Harvard’s Extension School.
He is a frequent speaker, television panelist, and commentator on advertising, consumer marketing, sports management, crisis communications, and consumer issues both in the U.S. and abroad. His views on the meaning of the Olympics for China were seen by millions in China on CCTV after the 08/08/08 Opening Ceremonies.
Director Customer Experience & Business Transformation, BT Global Services
Brendan is currently employed at BT with responsibility for design and build of BT Global Services’ Delivery Processes. Global Services provide internet based solutions to the top 400 corporate customers spanning over 140 countries worldwide. He has a wealth of experience in designing global processes, systems automation and operating models to support the delivery of complex customer requirements across the globe. Brendan has worked in the telecom industry throughout his career in various roles including Training and Development, Network Management, Operational Management and Systems Engineering. He has had collaborative relationships with Brunel academics for over 10 years.
Former Founder and Managing Director, Service for Xchanging plc. Her career spans 34 years in turnaround and business management, sales, service and consultancy with start ups and blue chip organizations (e.g. Black & Decker, Braun/Gillette) in England, Germany and USA. She is currently working, pro bono, for Africa Foundation undertaking a feasibility study to evaluate a strategic growth opportunity in Tanzania.
Dr Stephen Jones
Head of IT, Conwy County CouncilDr Steve Jones is the Head of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) at Conwy County Borough Council, a Welsh Unitary Authority. He has worked for over thirty five years as an ICT practitioner and researcher, predominantly in the public sector.
Steve holds a first class honours degree in Business and Information Systems Management from Salford University, a Masters with distinction in Information Systems from Liverpool University and a Ph. D. in Systems Evaluation from Salford University, which achieved the highest 6* rating in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered Scientist (CSci), Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management (FCMI) and Fellow of the Society of Information Technology Managers (FSITM).
Dr Jones has lectured extensively at UK Universities and has been a member of academic and practitioner research project groups. He has edited international journals, is a member of editorial advisory boards and has written over 40 peer reviewed book chapters and papers. From 2005-2006 he was honorary visiting Professor of Information Systems at Brunel University. His research interest is business and ICT investment appraisal. In 2008, he was part of a team that won the Welsh Government award for transforming the organisation. In 2012, he won the SOCITIM ICT service award for achieving the best results in a customer satisfaction survey out of 670 peer organisations.
Dr Christopher Hemingway
Head of Analytics, Debt Management and Banking, HM Revenue and Customs
Dr Hemingway is Head of Analytics in HMRC's Debt Management & Banking directorate. Prior to joining HMRC in 2006, he was a Research Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management. Chris holds a BSc in Computer Science and Management Studies with first class honours and a PhD in Information Systems from the University of Leeds. He is a Member of the British Computer Society (MBCS), Chartered IT Professional (CITP), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
Director of Vocational Programmes, Uxbridge College
Judith O’Neill is currently Director Vocational at Uxbridge College of Further Education. She has a BSc Honours in Sociology and MA in Community Based Education. Having spent some time in youth and community work she has worked in further education for 18 years in a variety of support and curriculum management roles. Drawing on her youth work background and more recent management of the college learning support service, she has particular experience in supporting students who have barriers to learning such as their social background or additional learning needs. She is passionate about their achievement and progression at each level.
As Director Vocational Judith is responsible for the Business, Engineering and Computing Schools and chairs the College’s Higher Education programme committee.
Professor Dilek Onkal
Dean, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences
Bilkent University, Turkey
Dilek Önkal is Professor of Decision Sciences and Dean of the Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences at Bilkent University, Turkey. She received a Ph.D. in Management Science from the University of Minnesota. She was an academic visitor at Oxford University Department of Economics and an associate member of the Nuffield College during 2006-2007. She was Chair of Supply Chain Management and Director of OASIS (Operations and Supply Chain Systems) Research Centre at Brunel Business School during 2010-2011, and currently holds a visiting professorship at the University of Bath School of Management.
Dilek’s research focuses on judgmental forecasting, judgment and decision making, forecasting/decision support systems, risk perception and risk communication, and her work in these areas has been published extensively in top business journals. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, as well as a member of the Bloomberg Businessweek Market Advisory Board. Dilek is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Decision Sciences, and the International Journal of Applied Management Science.
Professor Zahir Irani
Seconded to the Cabinet Office
Zahir is currently seconded to the Cabinet Office. He used to be Professor of Operations and Information Management in the Brunel Business School, which he joined in August 2006 as the Head of School. Prior to his current role, he was the Head of the Department of Information Systems and Computing (now, Department of Computer Science). He completed a BEng (Hons) at Salford University before then accepting a research position where he completed a MPhil. He has a PhD from Brunel University in the area of investment evaluation before undertaking his leadership development at the Harvard Business School.
Zahir’s research interests are multidisciplinary in nature, and developed from early work on the area of evaluating investments in Manufacturing Information Systems through to more recent works in Transformational Government. He has received significant levels of funding from across the world as Principal Investigator, including from the UK Research Councils (EPSRC, ESRC), European Commission, Qatar Foundation, Australian Research Council and QinetiQ. He also publishes in leading scholarly journals. Zahir manages to find time to write press and thought leadership pieces on higher education and graduate employability that have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (FT), Thomson Reuters, University Business, Research Foresight and Times Higher Education (THE).
Professor Vishanth Weerakkody
Professor of Digital Governance
Vishanth Weerakkody is a Professor of Digital Governance and Director of the Business Life Programme. Prior to his academic career, Vishanth worked in a number of Multinational organisations, including IBM UK, in the area of software engineering, business systems design and process analysis. He is currently involved in several research projects which are funded by the European Commission and Qatar Foundation focusing on themes such as ICT enabled process transformation, social innovation and digital inclusion in the public sector. He has published over 100 peer reviewed articles, guest-edited special issues of leading journals and edited several books on these themes. Vishanth has many years of R&D experience in the field of digital governance and is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Electronic Government Research. A Chartered IT professional and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, he combines over 25 years of practical industry-based knowhow with academic and teaching experience. Vishanth is also an elected member of the University Senate and Disciplinary Committee.
Dr David Gallear
Reader in Operations Management and Enterprise and Deputy Head of School (Teaching, Learning and Accreditation)
Dr David Gallear (BEng, MEng, PhD) is Reader in Operations Management and member of the Operations and Supply Chain Systems Research Centre (OASIS), and associate member of CEIBIEM at BBS. He is a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and the European Operations Management Association (EuROMA). Previously a finalist for the European Award for Doctoral Theses on Total Quality Management (EFQM, Brussels).
Professor Amir Sharif
Acting Head of School and Professor of Operations Management
Professor Amir M. Sharif (PhD, BEng (Hons), FRSA, FInstLM, MCMI, AffCILT) is currently Acting Head of School and Professor of Operations Management. He has previously been Director of MBA Programmes within Brunel Business School and has lead the Brunel MBA through successful AMBA accreditations. Amir has 10 years of experience working for and consulting to corporations such as JPMorgan, UBS, KPMG, Sony and the BBC in a variety of programme and project management roles. Through this industrial experience as well as academic research background, Amir is also active as a research grant reviewer for numerous national and international funding bodies such as: the Danish National Research Foundation (DNRF), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK, the Natural and National Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) and the Qatar National Research Foundation (QNRF). Amir was elected to the Peer Review Electoral College of the EPSRC in 2005, and continues to be a serving member. Amir is also a member of the University Senate.
Dr Richard Roberts
Since 1984, Richard has worked in Barclays first briefly as an industrial economist but mainly as a specialist on small and medium-sized business (SMEs) issues. For many years he led the Business Economics Team within Barclays. This team considers all aspects of the SME customer base. Activities include researching market performance and customer behaviour, Barclays strategy in serving the SME customer segment, aspects of risk assessment and monitoring of its business operations. He has also been involved in most of the SME enquiries by the UK government since the late 1980s, including the Competition review of 2002-2004.
Since, 2001, Richard has also been Chief Economist in Barclays UK Retail Banking activities, coordinating the economics input to all parts of the business, including risk.
In 2012, Richard stepped aside from the day to day leadership of the Economics Team. However, he continues to have general oversight of all aspects of SME market analysis as well as liaison with the BBA on the Business Finance Taskforce, government departments and the Bank of England. He is also a member of the UKRBB Business Council.
Outside of Barclays, Richard was a member of the CBI Small Firms Panel for 15 years until 2010. He is currently a member of the ACCA SME Advisory Panel, the BBA Small Firms Panel, is a non –executive director of the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, a member of the BIS Access to Finance Expert Group as well as the Secretary of State’s Advisory Panel on the UK Economy He is also the Barclays representative of the “shadow” FPC being set up with the encouragement of the BoE to help support the new FPC’s deliberations. In the 2012 New Years Honours List, Richard was awarded an MBE in recognition of 30 years work to support the UK SME sector.
Ronan Lavelle is the UK Country Manager for ARX, a leading digital signatures solution provider. Ronan brings with him 18 years’ experience in information, document, content, contract and workflow management technologies. Beginning his career at Cambridge Market Intelligence (acquired by Gartner), he then held senior marketing and management roles at companies including Corechange, Hummingbird and OpenText where he was General Manager for EMEA for eDOCS and the Mid Market Line of Business. Ronan also spent several years working with start-ups, including Dolphin Software, which he co-founded, and as CEO of Azurati. Ronan is also an Advisory Board member of Brunel University Business School in London.
Milan Makwana leads Human Resources in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for Moody’s Corporation. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing human resource strategies and programmes aligned with business objectives as well as building and managing the HR infrastructure for the Corporation’s 1,500 employees across 10 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In March 2013, he was appointed as the UK Country Manager for Moody’s Investors Service in addition to his responsibilities leading the EMEA HR team.
Prior to joining Moody’s, Milan spent twelve and a half years at JP Morgan where he held a series of HR roles of increasing responsibility. In his last role at JP Morgan Investment Bank, Milan was HR Director for Investment Banking Coverage, Mergers & Acquisitions and Global Sales supporting more than 2,000 employees. He also served as HR Head of EMEA Emerging Markets covering JP Morgan’s growing businesses in Russia, South Africa, the Middle East and Turkey.
Milan holds a master’s degree in Industrial Relations & Personnel Management from the London School of Economics. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and is also currently chair of the LSE Alumni Association Mentoring Committee.
General Manager, Engineering Quality & Training Services
Thirty years within aviation of which the last twenty-four years are working directly for British Airways Engineering. Experience across multiple disciplines in production, design and support on multiple aircraft types. Currently Head of Airworthiness and Learning including responsibility for the engineering apprentice and graduate programmes worldwide. Part of the engineering Leadership team responsible for a 1.5 euro billion engineering business maintaining over thirteen hundred flights every day.
Joseph Whitfield currently leads graduate recruitment for Amazon. His primary responsibilities include building scalable campaigns to meet business hiring needs to deliver the leaders of tomorrow. Prior to this, Joseph spent 7 years with BSkyB where he held a series of roles as HR Consultant and Talent Development Consultant before taking up an opportunity in the future talent team to manage their UK graduate campaigns. Joseph holds a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from Kingston University and also completed his undergraduate degree, in Sociology and Communication Studies, at Brunel University. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.