Research International Advisory Board

Create knowledge. Make an Impact

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Helping shape Business School research strategy

The Research International Advisory Board (RIAB) provides external guidance and support for Leeds University Business School's research initiatives.

Leading business figures from a range of industry sectors, international markets and functional disciplines share their experience and expertise reflecting our international aspirations and our connectivity with private and public sector.

RIAB members volunteer their time to help us achieve our desire to produce and disseminate research of world-class quality, within the School and through international partnerships, which increases knowledge, skills, understanding and impact.

Board members

Jon Bumstead - Director, Nisomar
Jon Bumstead


Jon is a creative supply chain and business leader with 30 years’ experience working in Europe, US, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He has a background in supply chain and strategic consultancy, senior management in Global Logistics and Interim Management in business turnaround projects.

He was one of Accenture’s founders of their current Supply-Chain practice and worked in multiple industry sectors for a number of globally recognised companies extending into Maritime working with Maersk, MOL group and NYK in his work with Inchcape Shipping Services.

Jon runs two businesses today with his partners; Nisomar (a maritime technology Start up) and Neutral Supply Chain (offering sustainable supply chain solutions).

Tim Cummins - CEO, IACCM
Tim Cummins

The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM)

In his role as CEO of The International Association for Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), Tim works with leading corporations, public and academic bodies, supporting executive awareness and understanding of the role that procurement, contracting and relationship management increasingly play in 21st century business performance and public policy.

Prior to IACCM, Tim's business career included executive roles at IBM and a period on the Chairman's staff, leading studies on the impacts of globalization and the re-engineering of IBM's global contracting processes. His earlier career involved the banking, automotive and aerospace industries, initially in corporate finance and later in commercial and business development. He led negotiations up to $1.5 billion in value and his work has taken him to over 40 countries.

Tim's writing is extensively published and he has acted in an advisory capacity to government bodies in countries that include the US, UK, Australia, Canada and Japan, as well as regular briefings to senior managers at many of the world's largest companies.

Bhaskar Dasgupta - MD and COO, UK Export Finance

UK Export Finance

Bhaskar is responsible for the digital strategy, transaction management and operations, strategic and operational risk management, technology, compliance, change management, business plan for UK Export Finance.

He joined UKEF from HSBC, where he held a number of positions, most recently the Global Head of the Transaction Management Group within the Risk Distribution Unit of HSBC’s Global Trade and Receivables Finance Division (the world’s largest Trade Finance Bank). Prior to this, he led a number of teams in HSBC’s transaction banking and investment banking function – acting as a COO, delivering significant sales revenue and productivity uplifts, and other transformation objectives.

Bhaskar’s career has spanned nearly 20 years in investment and transaction banking, consultancy and technology with companies including ABN Amro, Citigroup, SunGard and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He holds PhDs in operational risk, financial economics and artificial intelligence as well as an MBA and a BSc in Mathematics.

Jocelyn Dehnert - Managing Partner, Lamarck
Jocelyn Dehnert


Jocelyn Dehnert has over 25 years of experience in the leadership consulting industry, most recently as Managing Partner of Lamarck, an international consulting firm that works with CEOs and Chairmen to improve the performance of their organisations. Prior to setting up Lamarck, Jocelyn was the Regional Market Leader, Board Services EMEA for Korn Ferry International. Jocelyn spent 10 years at Heidrick and Struggles, where she served as Regional Managing Partner for both the European and Asian businesses. She was a Vice Chairman of the firm and a member of the Office of the Chairman and the Global Operating Committee. Early in her career Jocelyn worked for both Citibank and Barclays Bank International. She spent 10 years on the faculty of the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

Jocelyn has a BA in Economics from the University of Sydney and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and PhD in Finance from the University of New South Wales.

Gareth Jones - Partner, Creative Management Associates
Gareth Jones

Creative Management Associates (CMA)

Gareth’s career has spanned both the academic and business worlds. He began as a university academic in Economic and Social Studies at the University of East Anglia before moving to the London Business School, where he joined the Organisational Behaviour Group.

During this period he directed the School’s Accelerated Development Programme. At this point the attractions of a “real” job in business proved too great and he joined Polygram, then the world’s largest recorded music company. Appointed as Senior Vice President for Polygram’s global human resources, his responsibilities covered more than thirty countries. In 1996 he reverted to academia when he became the BT Professor of Organisational Development at Henley where he also served on the Board of Governors. His most recent job was as Director of Human Resources and Internal Communications at the BBC.

He is a founding partner of Creative Management Associates (CMA) - a consultancy focused on organisations where creativity is a source of competitive strength, and is the proud owner of an honorary doctorate from his home County of Glamorgan. 

Richard Northcote - Chief Sustainability Officer, Covestro
Richard Northcote


Richard Northcote is Chief Sustainability Officer at Covestro, a global leader in high performance polymers. He is a passionate advocate of the triple-bottom line and the UNGC Sustainable Development Goals as strategic tools for business and economic growth. Prior to taking this role, Richard has worked in civil engineering, journalism and the chemical sector in a number of European countries, the Middle East and Asia.

Richard sits on the Steering Committee of the Oxford University Business Economics Programme and on the Advisory Boards of Tongji University Sustainability Development Council and Leeds University Business School's Research and Innovation Programme.

Rashnik Parmar - Technical Executive (Europe), IBM


Rashik is the leader of IBM’s European technical community and an IBM Distinguished Engineer and previously President of IBM's Academy of Technology. He currently advises clients on their cloud innovation roadmap from a technology and business perspective drawing on thirty-three years of practical experience in IBM. He has worked for financial, retail and manufacturing clients on IT transformation projects of all sizes. Overall, he specialises in ensuring the technical success of complex IT projects that transform business models.

Rashik was appointed to the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and chairs the business communications group. He is helping develop innovation strategies to accelerate growth of this £55bn marketplace.

Rashik is also IBM’s Partnership Executive for Imperial College, London. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Imperial College Business School and Visiting Professor to the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group at the Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

Rashik was awarded an MBE as part of the HRH Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday honours for his contribution to business and innovation.

David Spottiswood - Independent Strategic Consultant E-Commerce and Logistics, SKS & Partners

SKS & Partners

David is a senior executive with extensive experience in global logistics, business services and e-Commerce. He served as the Global Head of Operations for DHL Express and a member of its Global Executive Board. He is the co-founder of Hurricane Modular Commerce, an accurate and compliant landed cost engine.

David has expertise in e-solutions for postal operators, express companies, freight forwarders, airlines, cargo companies, and retailers.

David is currently engaged as Interim Operations Director at the IPC. David has operated within corporate and private equity environments and has served on the Board of multiple service industry companies across all continents.

David is a change manager, an entrepreneur and an exceptional people manager with an ability to motivate his teams to achieve results, strong in building performance frameworks and company turnarounds.

Stuart Whiting - Global Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
Stuart Whiting

Schneider Electric

Stuart's experience spans Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America. He has physically resided in four of these territories developing a strong track record in profitable business growth by aligning business enterprises to customer buying behaviours and the markets in which they operate.

In parallel such leadership has seen Stuart deliver continually improved customer and employee satisfaction results and a reputation as an inspiring, challenging, but fair people leader who believes strongly in the coaching and support of his team members.

Some of his key achievements include:

  • Fully aligned strategy for the transformation of a US$30 billion supply chain
  • Successfully managed P&L's in excess of US$250 million, revenue portfolios in excess of US$5 billion and cost centres in excess of US$2 billion
  • Created best in class network modelling teams to transform enterprise supply chains optimizing service, cost and delivery platforms that are digitized. Solutions are customer aligned reducing customer dissatisfaction and improving employee engagement
Angela Whitty - Managing Director, Cisco


Angela is the Managing Director responsible for Cisco's Partner Organisation in the UK and Ireland. Angela has been at Cisco for 23 years and has held many positions during that time, but until recently, always on the services side of the business.

She started at Cisco in 1992 as a Contract Administrator working out of the Brussels office. Through the massive growth years in the 1990s, Angela took on numerous roles allowing her to broaden her knowledge and experience. Angela's pan EMEAR roles have resulted in extensive travel over the years. In 1999 she moved back to the UK to take on her first management role leading the High Touch Operations Management Team.

Alongside counterparts at BT, she led the Cisco delivery team that designed, built and operated the 2012 London Olympic Games Network - a highlight of her career to date. Following on from that success, Angela subsequently expanded her responsibility to encompass the rest of the UKI Service Provider accounts and eventually ended up running the entire Advanced Services business across the UKI. She grew the AS revenues to almost $100m while consistently delivering the highest profitability across EMEAR.