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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


Mark Sismey-Durrant, Banker

Mark graduated from Loughborough with a BSc in Banking and Finance and an MPhil from the Department of Social Sciences.
Mark has established his own management consultancy business providing advice on strategy to banks and other financial institutions. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of Heritable Bank Plc for 8 years and Chief Executive of Sun Bank Plc for 7 years.  He has been a UK Board Director of Sun Life Financial of Canada and spent his early career at Midland Bank.  He has served on the Boards of 36 Companies in the UK and Channel Islands.
Mark served as President of the Loughborough University Alumni Association until September 2012 and is a Loughborough University Council Member and serves on the Advancement and Finance Committees.  He is also a Court Assistant and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of International Bankers and Chairman of the Charity and Education Committee.  He is a Freeman of the City of London.  He has been Chairman of the British Bankers Association Smaller Banks Advisory Group, a member of the BBA Board and Chairman of the British Icelandic Chamber of Commerce. He is a Trustee of the Bedfordshire John Howard Society.

Mark Sismey-Durrant

Board members

Sarah Branquinho, Global Diversity & Inclusion Officer, External Affairs Advisor, 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).

Sarah Branquinho

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.


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.

Stuart Chapman Advisory Board

Steven Clarke, Independent Investor

Steven is an investing non-executive director of a portfolio of private companies, primarily in technology, data and business services.

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.

Steven Clarke

Chris Day, Global Head of Leveraged Finance, Commerzbank

Chris is the Global Head of Commerzbank’s Leveraged Finance Division which has teams based in Frankfurt, London and New York. Chris’ responsibilities include overseeing the origination of private equity-driven debt product, the relationships with the private equity client base, Commerzbank’s debt fund management business and the management of Commerzbank’s LBO portfolio.  Chris is also Head of Corporate Finance, London, in which role he is responsible for all day-to-day matters relating to Corporate Finance activities in London
As General Manager of Commerzbank London from 2010 to 2015 Chris was responsible for over 1,000 staff. Chris represented the Bank and London Branch both externally and internally and was responsible for the relationships with Regulators and the conduct of all UK staff
He joined Commerzbank in Frankfurt in October 1998 to establish a leveraged finance operation, prior to that he held specialist Leveraged Finance roles at HSBC Trinkaus & Burkhardt Dusseldorf and Samuel Montagu & Co. Ltd, later HSBC Investment Banking.  
Chris has spent 25 years professionally involved in the German market, living there with his family for a number of years.  Chris is graduate of Loughborough University of Technology, with a BSc in Banking and Finance and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. 
Chris is also a Member of the Strategic Advisory Board for the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University and was a Member of The British Bankers’ Association International Wholesale Banks Advisory Board
Outside of work Chris enjoys golf, hockey and is a passionate supporter of The Prince’s Trust.

Chris Day Advisory Board

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.

Ian Gascoigne photo for Advisory Board

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.

Jan Gower

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.

Paul Holoham

Rachel Cox, VP of People & Talent, Liberis


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.

Paul Marshall

Mirhir Bose, Columnist, Evening Standard & Financial Times

Rosie Pearson, Corporate Director, Local Partnerships

LU/SBE Board Members

Professor Janet Godsell, Dean of the School of Business and Economics

Professor Janet Godsell is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy and joined Loughborough University as Dean of the School of Business and Economics in September 2021.

Professor Godsell is currently co-directing InterAct, a research project that aims to help shape the future of UK manufacturing. InterAct is a £4.4 million, Made Smarter Innovation funded, Economic and Social Research Council-led network that aims to bring together economic and social scientists, UK manufacturers, and digital technology providers to address the human issues resulting from the diffusion of new technologies in industry. 

Professor Godsell’s career has been split between both industry and academia. She joined WMG in October 2013 following a position as Reader at Cranfield University School of Management. She has advised government and industry on supply chain strategy and its relationship to industrial and business strategy, has served on numerous advisory boards, and is currently a member of the Made Smarter Expert Panel and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Advisory Group.

As well as academic success, Professor Godsell has held many senior positions in industry. Her career began with a role at ICI/Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, and following this she worked up to senior management level at Dyson, in both supply chain and operations management functions. Whilst at Dyson she undertook a number of operational and process improvement roles within R&D, customer logistics, purchasing, and manufacturing. Professor Godsell is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IMechE.

Professor Crispin Coombs, Associate Dean (Research)

Dr Coombs is an experienced and successful leader within the Business School environment, undertaking senior management roles including Head of the Information Management Group, Deputy Director of the Information Management research centre (CIM), and programme leadership. His research expertise is located in the Information Systems domain and concerns the effective management of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics to deliver business benefits. He is a member of the Business and Management Studies sub-panel for the assessment phase of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

Dr Coombs has published over 85 outputs including 36 refereed journal papers (including three at ABS 4*) 39 conference papers, and ten official reports and book chapters. Dr Coombs is a Senior Editor for the European Journal of Information Systems, one of the AIS Basket of Eight top Information Systems journals. He is also a Senior Editor at the journal, Information Technology and People. He is an Editorial Board member of the International Journal of Information Management and the International Journal of Project Management.

Dr Coombs was elected to the Board of the UK Academy of Information Systems (UKAIS) in 2015 and served as Vice-President of UKAIS between 2018-2020. Dr Coombs has served on 31 international conference committees. In 2017 Dr Coombs was appointed as a Visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Dr Coombs is committed to generating research income and has secured over £0.5 million from funding bodies including STFC, CIPD, British Academy, EPSRC, ESRC, NIHR SDO Programme, Department of Health and Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Dr Coombs is an experienced teacher and facilitator, teaching on undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes. He has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2007 and is a member of the Association of Information Systems, and UK Academy of Information Systems. Dr Coombs holds external examining positions at the University of Leeds and University of Sheffield and is a regular external PhD examiner.

Jane McCormack, Operations Manager

As an integral member of the School Senior Management Team, Jane supports the Dean of School, leads our Professional Services Team and takes responsibility for the development, implementation, and management of processes and finances in support of the school’s strategic objectives

Professor Victoria Story, Associate Dean (Teaching)

Prior to joining Loughborough University in October 2014, Vicky was an Associate Professor of Marketing and Director of the Executive MBA programme at Nottingham University Business School.

Vicky completed her doctoral research in marketing at Loughborough University, specifically focusing on the new product development process, and holds a BSc honours degree in Management Sciences, also from Loughborough University.

Her key research areas lie in the areas of innovation and marketing strategy with a strong publication record of scholarly journal articles and refereed conference contributions.

In respect to teaching, Vicky delivers material at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, but also has extensive experience delivering MBA and Executive Education teaching.

Vicky’s primary research interest lie in the fields of innovation and marketing strategy, and more specifically in the areas of entrepreneurial orientation and firm performance, radical innovation, relationships and networks, servitization, and the new product development process. She has published on these issues in such journals as: Journal of Product Innovation ManagementJournal of Business Venturing; Industrial Marketing Management; and International Small Business Journal.

Vicky has a wealth of experience in writing funding proposals and leading grant-funded research projects, which have varied from small grants through to very large, multi-programme projects, many funded by the EPSRC or ESRC.

Vicky’s current research projects address issues of value co-creation, servitization, and designing adaptable buildings (in conjunction with Professor Andy Dainty, Professor of Construction Sociology, Civil and Building Engineering). Her work embraces several research methodologies from surveys, interviewing and case study methodology.


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.