SBE Advisory board
The School’s advisory board provides an invaluable external perspective on the strategic direction of the School to ensure that our activities are informed by best practice and remain relevant to the communities we serve.
Board members are drawn from leading figures in business and policy communities. Acting as both national and international ambassadors, they will harness opportunities for corporate engagement and identify avenues of financial support to facilitate the continuing growth and success of the School.
Terms of Reference
Members of the board
Sarah Branquinho, Global External Affairs Director and of Communications (Europe & Africa), Dufry
Sarah Branquinho is an active advocate for the US$63 billion duty-free and travel retail industry and the key role it plays in enhancing transport infrastructure and the passenger experience. She is President of the European Travel Retail Confederation, the representative organisation for the duty free and travel retail industry in Europe, Chair of the UK Travel Retail Forum, a member of the Board of the Duty Free World Council and Vice President of the Airports Council International World Business Partners Advisory Board.
With thirty years of experience in the duty free industry, first at Tax Free World Association, now the industry’s largest trade body for conferences, exhibitions and research, then managing the consumer mobilisation programme and the ambitious research projects which underpinned the lobby to save intra-EU duty free, Sarah joined BAA and its retail company World Duty Free where her remit for business relations, external affairs and corporate communications grew with the company. Today WDF is part of Dufry, accounting for one in five duty free and travel retail sales worldwide.
Sarah is a founder member and Chair of Women in Travel Retail, which offers networking opportunities to women in the travel retail industry, and Chair of Lotus Flower Trust, a charity which builds schools and homes for disadvantaged children in remote villages in India.
She is the recipient of the duty free and travel retail industry’s Lifetime Achievement award, of the Airport Council Europe’s award for outstanding contribution to the aviation industry and Loughborough University’s Distinguished Alumni Award (School of Business and Economics).
Stuart Chapman, Managing Partner, DFJ Esprit
Stuart graduated from Loughborough with a BSc in Banking and Finance and now works in venture capital funding with DFJ Esprit. Prior to joining Esprit in February 2005 Stuart was a Partner of 3i Ventures. He was also a founding partner of 3i US, based in Menlo Park, CA.
Stuart had 13 years of venture capital experience with 3i in Europe and the USA. While he was at 3i US he was responsible for 3i’s investments in Still Secure, CollegeNet and Appshop. Following his return from the US in October 2003 he was responsible for 3i’s investments in The Cloud, Telecity and Searchspace, the IPO of Pixology and the sale of Magic 4 to Openwave.
Stuart is a member of the British Venture Capital Association Council. Prior to 3i, Stuart was involved in software and systems implementations in the Banking sector.
Dr Steve Churchhouse, Director of Corporate Planning, Rolls-Royce plc
Steve was born in Manchester in the UK. He qualified as a mechanical engineer at Loughborough University and subsequently studied operations research and control theory at Churchill College, Cambridge.
His early professional life was spent designing real-time safety-critical control systems. In a 35-year international career with Rolls-Royce plc he held a wide variety of roles. He led business units in the UK, USA and Germany, was Group Director of Corporate Planning and finally led the Rolls-Royce Digital business, which is responsible 24/365 for Rolls-Royce’s mission-critical real-time digital engine monitoring services.
Currently Steve holds a variety of non-executive and advisory positions. He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Parkwalk which is part of IP Group plc, Chairman of Geospock, which is a Cambridge University spin-out offering extreme-scale real-time geospatial database solutions and non-executive director for Mind Foundry and Paragraf. He also chairs the board of Techjet, an aerospace manufacturing company based in Israel.
He is a member of the strategic advisory board of the Loughborough University School of Business and Economics and an occasional speaker at the Oxford Saïd Business School. He mentors micro-business start-ups for the young persons’ charity The Prince’s Trust.
Steven Clarke, Independent Investor
He provides support to entrepreneurs for strategic development, financial performance improvement, fundraising and exits. A number of these businesses have successfully exited to strategic trade buyers and others are developing internationally.
Steven graduated from Loughborough in 1991 with a 2:1 in Management Science. He was initially sponsored by IBM and then completed his Placement Year with Rexam plc. Having been inspired by the Venture Capital module, Steven joined 3i as a graduate.
Steven spent 21 years as an investment professional, initially with 3i in Nottingham and Reading. He was then a founding director of August Equity in 2001 before joining ICG, a pan-European minority investor in larger growth businesses. In 2013 Steven began building his portfolio of personal investments.
Beyond business, Steven is a keen cyclist taking on challenges to raise funds for charity regularly. He is also Fundraising Chairman for his local cricket club. Much of which harks back to his time as Sports Secretary of William Morris Hall when he was part of the introduction of sports kit and merchandise for sale.
Chris Day, Global Head of Leveraged Finance, Commerzbank
Ian Gascoigne, Managing Director, St James's Place Wealth Management
Having worked in the financial services sector since 1986, Ian joined St James's Wealth Management in 1991 as one of the first-ever employees of the company. He was appointed to the Board in January 2003 and currently holds the position of Managing Director. Ian is also a Trustee of the St James's Place Foundation, one of the largest grant-making charities in the UK.
St James's Place Wealth Management is a FTSE150 company valued at approximately £2bn. It specialises in the provision of face-to-face financial advice to individuals, trustees and businesses, and currently manages over £35bn of clients' assets. In 2012, St James's Place was voted UK Wealth Manager of the Year by readers of the Financial Times/Investors Chronical.
Ian has a degree in Psychology from Lancaster University and an MA in Social Work from Leicester University which led him to work for the Leicestershire Probation Service between 1981 and 1986.
Jan Gower, Former Vice President of Civil Government, IBM UK
Jan graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Ergonomics and a Diploma in Professional Studies. She also attended the Senior Executive Programme at London Business School in 1994.
Jan Gower was a successful management consultant for 25 years before moving to a senior business leadership role at IBM UK. From January 2009 to July 2013, she led IBM UK’s Government industry team across all lines of business, including consulting, systems integration, outsourcing, hardware and software.
During Jan’s career, her clients included many public sector organisations, both leading large sales and delivery teams and providing strategic Board level advice. Her work focused on transformation, particularly enabling change through the introduction of new systems and ways of working. She also took on leadership of several consulting businesses to improve their performance and execute new market strategies.
Jan was President of the Management Consultancies Association, the body which represents the management consulting industry, from 2009 to 2010. She was also chair of Intellect’s (now techUK) Public Sector Council from April 2011 until August 2013 and was a member of the Intellect Board.
Since leaving IBM, Jan has spent some time coaching and mentoring and offering strategic advice at Board level. She is an external reviewer for the Infrastructure and Projects Authority of the Cabinet Office and provides support to several Government transformation programmes.
Paul Holohan, Chief Executive, Richmond Capital Partners Limited
Paul left school at the age of 16 and started his own business 2 years later.
Paul was the Managing Director of The Print People Group in Leicester for fifteen years leaving in 1998. The Group became one of the most successful printing companies in the UK during this period.
In 1996 he graduated from Loughborough University with an MBA (with distinction) and a Diploma in Marketing.
He is a Chartered Marketer, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing.
In 2000 Paul founded Richmond Capital Partners, now a leading provider of merger & acquisition services, together with strategic advice on joint ventures and strategic alliances.
Paul has been published in academic journals for his work on strategic alliances.
He is a former Chair of Leicester College – a further education college specialising in vocational training.
He has almost 40 years experience in industry.
Dr Paul Marshall, Group Director of Business Development, University Partnerships Programme (UPP)
Dr Paul Marshall is the Group Director of Business Development at the University Partnerships Programme (UPP). UPP is the UK’s leading provider of campus infrastructure, student accommodation and specialist residential services.
Dr Marshall is responsible for devising and executing the strategy for UPP’s business development objectives in particular creating new opportunities for the Group to secure further student accommodation projects, non-residential opportunities, campus service contracts and consultancy opportunities.
Paul has a wealth of experience across the Higher Education sector. Prior to his appointment at UPP, he was the Chief Executive of the Association of Business Schools (ABS) and was also a member of the UK Department of Business Innovation and Skills Business Schools Taskforce and the Board of EQUAL (The European Association of Business School Associations).
As Chief Executive of the ABS, he led the overhaul of the organisation and developed a number of exciting initiatives including the Small Business Charter which won the backing of the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Enterprise, Lord Young of Graffham, as well as the Minister of State for Universities and Skills, the Rt. Hon. David Willetts.
Paul is a media commentator and speaker on higher education issues both nationally and internationally. He contributes regularly to journal articles within academia and the political sphere. He has an established network within the Government, Civil Service and opposition parties, as well as think tanks, sector journalists and national and international sector stakeholder bodies. An advocate of a more market-based approach to funding, as Executive Director of the 1994 Group, Paul led a successful campaign to lobby for the passage of legislation to establish a new market focused approach towards the funding of higher education.
Professor Robert Allison, Vice-Chancellor and President of Loughborough University
Prior to this post, Robert was Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Sussex University. Other former posts include Dean of Social Sciences of Health and Head of the Department of Geography at Durham University.
Robert was educated at Northallerton Grammar School, before studying Geography at Hull University, gaining a B.A. in 1982. He was awarded a PhD in Geography from King’s College, University of London in 1986.
He has contributed to a number of organisations including the Natural Environment Research Council, Higher Education Funding Council for England and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. He has also been a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society since 1990, serving on many committees and being elected Honorary Secretary from 1997 to 2000. He has also been Chair of the British Society for Geomorphology.
Robert is the recipient of a number of honours and awards for his research and teaching, including the Cuthbert Peek Award from the Royal Geographical Society, Charles Lyell Award from the British Association for the Advancement of Science and the Jan De Ploey Prize from the Katholike Universitat Leuven.
Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean of Business and Economics
Stewart Robinson holds an honours degree in Management Science (Operational Research) (1985) and a PhD in Management Science (1998), both from Lancaster University. Stewart started his career as a business analyst for a shoe retailing company and then as a consultant with ISTEL (now Lanner Group). During this time he gained much experience in performing and supporting simulation studies with a wide range of organisations.
In 1992, Stewart moved to Aston Business School where he lectured in Operations and Information Management. Stewart then spent 13 years at Warwick Business School (1998-2011), from 2005 as Professor of Operational Research. He held various roles during his time at Warwick including: Academic Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Course Director for the MSc in Management Science and Operational Research, Associate Dean for Specialist master's programmes, and Head of the Operational Research and Management Sciences Group.
Stewart joined Loughborough University in July 2011 as Professor of Management Science, where he was Associate Dean Research for the School of Business and Economics (2012-2015). In August 2015 he took on the role of Acting Dean for the School.
Stewart was President of the Operational Research Society for 2014-2015.
See Stewart's website www.stewartrobinson.co.uk for more details on his career, research interests, publications and projects.
Professor M.N. Ravishankar, Associate Dean (Research)
M.N. Ravishankar is Professor of Globalisation and Technology. He holds a BEng degree from Bangalore University and a PhD degree from the National University of Singapore. Ravi has provided leadership to many of the School’s strategic initiatives. He has been a key player in building internationally competitive and inclusive research teams, setting up research centres and international partnerships, new programme development and implementation, staff mentoring and student recruitment.
Ravi was Head of the School’s International Business, Strategy and Innovation (IBSI) academic group from 2015 to 2018 and Director of Internationalisation from 2018 to 2020. He is an experienced field researcher and has studied and worked with a range of start-ups, multinational companies and public sector organisations globally. Ravi’s research explores the digital economy of emerging markets and he has completed a number of externally funded research and industry-commissioned projects. The Newton Fund, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and UK Trade and Industry (UKTI) have funded his work.
Ravi serves on the editorial board of several international scholarly journals. He is Senior Editor for Information Systems Journal, Associate Editor for Information and Management and a Member of IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management’s editorial review board.
Anne Finocchio, Operations Manager
Anne Finocchio joined the University in 2009 in the role of Finance and Resources Manager for the Business School. In 2011, she became Operations Manager for the newly formed School of Business and Economics. Anne is a member of the School Senior Management Team and has overall responsibility for the effective coordination and integration of administrative and academic support functions.
Prior to working at the University, Anne held various finance and related roles including Head of Risk Management for The Tussauds Group and Head of Finance for Alton Towers theme park and hotels. Other industries that she has worked in include construction, law and pharmaceuticals.
Professor Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (Teaching)
Alberto Franco is Professor of Management Sciences in the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University. Prior to Loughborough, he held various positions at, among others, Warwick, Strathclyde, London School of Economics (LSE), and IE Business School (Madrid). He has a background in civil engineering, and holds an MSc in Operational Research from Lancaster University, and a PhD in Operational Research from LSE. Alberto joined Loughborough in June 2013 as Head of the Management Science and Operations Management Group, a role he performed until August 2016. He will take up the role of Associate Dean (Teaching) within the School on 1st August 2017.
As a decision scientist, Alberto has extensive consulting experience in heath, transport, construction, government and defence, where he has led projects to support strategic management, value-focused thinking, risk analysis, and resource allocation. Organisations he has worked with include: Whitbread, Bombardier, Network Rail, Ministry of Defence, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and the World Health Organisation.
Alberto’s research interests lie in making the practice of decision science more ‘visible’, with a view to discovering novel ways to improve decision science practice and education. His ongoing research focuses on examining how behaviour affects, or is affected by, the use of decision tools within teams. His research work has received many accolades, including the School’s 2017 Dean’s Award for Best Researcher of the Year, and the 2017 University Enterprise Award for Impact from Research.
Professor Anne Souchon, Associate Dean (Enterprise)
Anne Souchon is a Professor of International Marketing and Head of the Marketing and Retailing Discipline at Loughborough University’s School of Business & Economics. She is also Associate Editor of the European Journal of Marketing. Prior to joining Loughborough in September 2003, Anne was a Senior Lecturer in Marketing and the Director of Undergraduate Marketing Studies at Aston Business School. Other posts have included a Lectureship in Marketing at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) and a Research Assistantship at the University of Wales, Swansea, where she completed her PhD in international marketing.
Anne’s primary research interests are in international marketing, and more specifically in the areas of export marketing decision-making, export information acquisition, export information use, and export improvisation. She is also active in the areas of services marketing (business-to-business service encounters, and service leadership) and market orientation (measurement). Some of this work is cross-national, with specific attention paid to invariance testing. Her articles have been published in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of International Marketing, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, International Marketing Review (where she won the Most Outstanding Paper 2000 Award), Journal of Marketing Management, Advances in International Marketing and Journal of Euromarketing. She has also supervised 7 doctoral theses to date in these areas.
Anne has been awarded a 2010 British Academy small research grant to run a study on Export Decision-Making in a Turbulent Economy: A Dynamic Capabilities Perspective. In 2006, she was recipient of the Academy of Marketing Research Initiative Award for her project on Improvising Export Decisions. She also received the Best Paper Award in the Markets and Innovation Tracks at ANZMAC2013 and was a finalist for the Best Overall Conference Paper Award. Anne currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards of Industrial Marketing Management and International Marketing Review, and, in addition, reviews on an ad-hoc basis for a number of other journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies. She is chairing the Global Entrepreneurship track of the next American Marketing Association conference (in May 2018), co-chaired the International Marketing track of the 2006 American Marketing Association conference and the Marketing Theory track of the 2008 European Marketing Academy conference. She was also co-organiser of the 2003 Academy of Marketing doctoral colloquium.