Advisory Board

Management Division Advisory Board

Management Division Advisory Board

The key role of the Management Division Advisory Board is to provide external input and interaction for the development of programmes and curriculum, advice on links to employment and employability, and a sounding board for research and over time be helpful in defining impactful research.


• To provide strategic independent, external employer and professional perspectives to the Management Division; and 

• To provide specific guidance and advice in relation to module and programme review and development. 

If you would like to find out more about individual Advisory Board members please click on the links below, for more detailed discussions please contact Jo Lumb, Engagement Manager, or 0113 343 2706.

Advisory Board

Alison Houston - Head of M&S Archive Project and University of Leeds Partnership
Dianne Hiscocks, Head of Quality, ReNeuron
Alison Houston - Head of M&S Archive Project and University of Leeds Partnership

As overall Head of the Archive function at Marks & Spencer since 2009, Alison has been responsible for delivering the multimillion pound relocation of the M&S Company Archive to its permanent new home in Leeds, the result of a four year project and delivery plan which launched to the public in March 2012.

Now splitting her time between London and Leeds, Alison remains responsible for all aspects of the archive function, ensuring that the archive is used as a key business asset for inspiring the future whilst preserving our M&S heritage. She is a member of the Top 100 within Marks & Spencer and acts as the senior lead on M&S’ unique partnership with the University of Leeds.

Alison has a strong commercial background having worked in the Company for over 20 years with previous roles in stores and HR management, including having worked overseas in Eire for 5 years where she was responsible for the unionised workforce at a time of significant business growth. Externally Alison is an active school governor, chairing the personnel committee of a large state grammar school. 

Emily Haisley - Behavioural Finance Division, Barclays
Emily Haisley, Behavioural Finance Division, Barclays

Emily Haisley joined the Behavioural Finance team in September 2010. Her background is in academic research and teaching at the intersection of psychology, economics and organizational behaviour.  

Emily’s research has been published in academic journals and has received citations in the popular press.  Her research partners have included McKinsey & Co., Google, PNC Bank and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

Prior to joining Barclays she was a Post-Doctoral Associate at the School of Management of Yale University. She received a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University

Graham has over 25 years of experience of the financial services industry. He is currently Group Company Secretary of Schroders plc, Europe’s largest independent listed asset management company, where he is responsible for the Group’s governance framework and advising the Schroders Board and Executive Management team on all governance matters. Graham started his career as a graduate trainee with the NFU Mutual Insurance Company. He subsequently moved to TSB Group where he held a number of roles in the legal, compliance and company secretarial departments. He was Assistant Company Secretary for NatWest Group for six years prior to their takeover by the Royal Bank of Scotland. He was responsible for the European share plan administration business of Computershare, the global registrar, prior to joining Schroders in 2004. He holds a law degree from Leeds University and an MBA from Henley Management College.

Graham Staples, Company Secretary, Schroders

Helen joined WISE as Director in June 2012, after five years running her own consultancy business, Equal to the Occasion. Along with diversity expertise, she brings extensive experience of leadership across public, business and not-for-profit sectors. Former executive roles include Regional Manager (Yorkshire) for the National Lottery Charities Board and Director of Campaigns for the Equal Opportunities Commission. She is currently Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and was until recently Chair and trustee of a national charity supporting women and girls to achieve their potential, Platform 51, which is part of the global YWCA movement.

Helen Wollaston, Director, Wise
Jo Fish - Managing Director, Navigate Group
Jo Fish, Managing Director, Navigate Group

Jo Fish is Managing Director of Navigate Group - a leading education services provider and DfE approved academy sponsor.  

Jo directs Navigate’s client work across the UK, leading high profile improvement partnerships with local authorities, academies and individual schools.  

Through her work to develop the Navigate Academies Trust, Jo aims to build a network of outstanding schools for local communities, creating an arena in which school to school support is encouraged and developed to drive continuous sector improvement.   

Prior to starting her consultancy career, which included senior roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Veredus (Part of Capita) and Tribal PLC, Jo worked at the interface between education and business - connecting providers of education and training opportunities with local, regional and national employers.

John Heap - Managing Director, Institute of Productivity
John Heap, Managing Director, Institute of Productivity

Managing Director of the Institute of Productivity in the UK.
President of the World Confederation of Productivity Science.
President of the European Association of National Productivity Centres.
Council Member of the Institute of Management Services.
Co-editor of the International Journal of Productivity & Performance Management.
A Director of Juice-e, an elearning design and development company  

John holds a particular view of productivity which suggests that to be sustainable in the longer-term, businesses (and nations) have to address all of social, environmental and economic productivity.  John is experienced in many aspects of policy development, in building productivity infrastructures and in designing productivity and performance improvement programmes.  This experience is reflected in John’s latest book (written with colleague Mike Dillon) – “Measuring and Improving Social, Environmental & Economic Productivity: Getting It Done”.  

John also has a major interest in the productivity of education and learning and a particular interest in the design and development of online learning and associated infrastructures.   

John maintains the Productivity Futures group on LinkedIn, tweets (on Twitter) as @prodglobal and blogs at

Laurence Olins, Chairman, Poupart Ltd

Laurence Olins, Director/Chairman of a wide range of food, distribution, marketing and farming companies with a combined turnover in excess of £1 billion. The companies are mainly international, operating and farming across the UK and Europe as well as the USA, Caribbean and Africa. The products range from meat, fresh produce, arable, branded goods and leather/fashion. His responsibilities extend to Corporate Social Responsibility in some of the companies with which he is associated. Laurence initiated and chairs the annual City Food Lecture at Guildhall, London.

Mark Phillips - Managing Director, InnoScite Limited
Mark Phillips, Managing Director, InnoScite Limited

Mark Phillips has over 30 years experience in the pharmaceutical and life science industries, covering product development, manufacturing and supply chain operations, business strategy and change.

He runs InnoScite Limited working with a number of start-ups and SMEs on business planning, R&D strategy and supply chain issues. He is also an advisor or non-exec director for a number of biotech start-ups.

Previously Mark worked for GSK, on strategy development and implementation and, more recently, in new product development (as SVP Medicine and Process Delivery, R&D) and new business ventures (as Head of Development Supply and Service, Diagnostics). He has also acted as a coach and mentor to developing leaders.  

Prior to this Mark worked in global manufacturing strategy, at the interface with R&D and commercial, working to optimize supply and to support new product launches in the areas of infectious diseases, neurology and psychiatry.

Mark’s early career was in chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing covering technical support, operations, new product introduction, process validation, capital projects, and plant start-up and qualification in the UK and overseas.

Mark has an honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Loughborough University and a Masters in Manufacturing Leadership from the University of Cambridge. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Leeds University Business School focused on strategy and innovation. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of IChemE and FRSA.

Mike Boswell - Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining
Dr Nigel Harrison - Managing Director, Kingkraft
Dr Nigel Harrison, Managing Director, Kingkraft

I have a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a  senior manager in a large international Engineering Company before buying a business of my own with the aid of the  leading UK Venture Capital Company. I have subsequently bought and started further businesses but still remain closely involved as a practitioner with Kingkraft Ltd, which is a design-led organisation, manufacturing equipment for people with disabilities.

Some years ago, having observed significant growth in the company, I took time away from the day to day management of the business to undertake a research degree. My question involved investigating the drivers behind the growth processes in SME’s in the UK, and developed over time to become a reflexive process, examining events in my own company. My research was eventually to lead to a change in my world view away from my natural reductionist, engineering standpoint to a more interpretive view, which acknowledges the complexity of events in the life of an SME and its owner manager. My continuing research activities focus on the differences between small businesses and entrepreneurs rather than assumed similarities. I  have presented my findings at major conferences and currently lecture on a part time basis at several universities in addition to having published papers on the subject of reflexive research techniques applied in the small business and entrepreneurship field. I am a strong supporter of the move to try and bring the benefits of Higher Education Research to the community of SME’s, as this will surely lead to improved performance in this vital sector for the economy.

Qu Li, Chairman, China Ventures
Richard Stoppard, Director Brook Street Consultancy Ltd
Richard Stoppard, Director Strategy & Planning, Retail, Microsoft Mobile Devices & Services

Richard is 44 years old, born in the UK and educated in the US and UK.  Richard is a senior executive with 20 years’ international FMCG, Retail and Mobile Telecoms experience across: Marketing, Strategy, and Business Development. He is a culturally aware dynamic leader with expertise in business development, international brand and consumer marketing.  He has a passion for the connected customer journey and shopper marketing and in addition he has a proven track record across: Operations, category management and strategy across developed and emerging markets from UK and US to China and Brazil focused on driving commercial results and organizational change.He has been instrumental in:• Transforming global marketing and sales organizations to achieve growth & drive increased revenues through key leadership roles at Unilever, Nokia, Microsoft, P&G and Safeway Stores.• Driving new Strategies and Ways of Working across sales and marketing to capture growth opportunities and drive profitability: • Unilever – ONE Unilever global Sales and Marketing strategies, Implementation of Shopper Marketing, Portfolio Management and new Route to Market strategies.• Nokia / Microsoft Mobile – Introduction of Category Management, Shopper Marketing, Shopper Insight and Connected Journey approaches.• Captured new revenue opportunities through data analytics,  customer engagement & Go to Market planning:  Unilever, Microsoft MobileRichard has spent 6 years at Nokia/Microsoft Mobile and 10 years at Unilever (in addition to his time at Proctor & Gamble and Safeway Stores) operating both at a Global level and internationally as a member of local company operating boards.  During this time he has worked across Sales, Marketing and Strategy, focussing on driving revenue growth, customer interaction and conversion at the point of sale (on-and-off line) through: Strategy creation and deployment, category and trade marketing, shopper marketing as well as, business development and brand management. In addition to his professional experience Richard is also an Advisory Board member and Leader in Residence at Leeds University business school, where he works with MBA and MSc students to drive ‘real World’ business understanding and preparation, and with academic staff to ensure valuable connections to the commercial World, advise on curriculum structure and the Management School commercial strategy.Laterally a Microsoft Mobile (Nokia) director since 2008, he was a member of the Marketing Services and Retail Global leadership team.

Susan Paul, CEO, Nine Healthcare

Susan Paul is an entrepreneur with over 25 years' legal, management and business experience.  She runs a number of businesses focused around supporting individuals and organisations to create innovative and peaceful "solutions" to the issues they face. A specialist employment solicitor, and CEDR Accredited Mediator she was a UK Employment Judge for over five years until retiring from the Judiciary to expand her career as a mediator and help businesses focus on creating "solutions" to organisational and management issues. She has used her extensive management experience to create innovative management, HR and training solutions for the NHS. Susan is also the Managing Director of the First 4 Health Group a Federated group of GP practice in East London serving approximately 21,000 patients. In 2010 her first practice, E12 Health, was ranked by Healthcare 100 as the 24th best employer to work for across all categories of health service providers in the UK. She is passionate about innovating to create systems that facilitate the provision of excellent patient care within the NHS. Through her latest venture with Healthcare Leadership Systems, she has developed an cloud based operational and change management tool for GP practices and other NHS related organisations that empowers GP practices to work together collaboratively as Federations.

Tim Gilpin - Director of Workforce and Education, NHS North of England
Tim Gilpin, Director of Workforce and Education, NHS North of England

Tim Gilpin is the Director of Workforce and Education for NHS North of England. Prior to this he was the Director of Workforce and Education for Yorkshire and the Humber SHA and previously for Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority.

Tim has spent most of his NHS career as an HR Director in a range of NHS Trusts including Acute, Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Community Services. 

He has chaired and contributed to a wide range of national policy groups in the field of Workforce development, education and HR and has given evidence to the Health Select Committee as an expert witness on the Education and Training reforms enacted in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Tim has a first degree and an MBA from Leeds University and is a member of the institute of Personnel and Development. He is a trained coach and mediator. 

Victoria Tomlinson - Chief Executive of Northern Lights PR
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Victoria set up Northern Lights PR in Yorkshire in 1989, since when it has consistently been recognised with national and regional awards, and established a Dubai office in May 2012. She spent her early years in manufacturing and as a former director of Ernst & Young in London. She is currently on the board of Northern Ballet and the Advisory Board for Bradford University School of Management and a BBC expert woman on social media, business and education.