Essex Business School Advisory Board
Independent from the Executive Fellows, the role of the Essex Business School Advisory Board is:
To provide advice on the
strategic development of Essex Business School, to include
teaching, research and knowledge transfer;
To enhance the
reputation of Essex Business School and to promote its
activities through the media and members' network;
To serve as a bridge to
those organisations and individuals who have an interest in
Essex Business School; and
To increase external
support for Essex Business School with the aim of securing
additional capital and operational funding for the School.
The Essex Business School Advisory Board
is made up of internal and external members and includes the following external
personnel from the commercial,
public and voluntary sectors:
Gwyn Jones (Chair),
Gwyn Jones is a businessman
whose areas of expertise are Leadership,
Strategy, Change and, most of all, Execution. He
has applied these in different organisational
cultures: as a serial entrepreneur and as a
board member of large corporates including Tesco
plc, and the Public Sector including the BBC.
has worked in IT, Media, Retail, Investment and
the Public Sector dealing regularly with the
Chairmen and CEOs of multinationals, and with UK
Graeme Proudfoot is Head of
the London Office of Invesco, a fund management
group which manages some $600 billion worldwide.
A lawyer by background, after a period in
private practice he joined Invesco in 1992,
serving in a number of law-related roles within
the group, including as Company Secretary of
Invesco PLC (then a FTSE 100 company) and as
General Counsel responsible for the UK and
Europe, Asia and South America.
In 1999 he moved over onto the business
side of the group as Head of Specialist Funds,
subsequently becoming head of the company's
Aside from financial services, he has
particular expertise in risk and governance
issues, having served as a director of companies
listed in the UK, Ireland and the US.
Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta,
Payments & Cash Management Sales Transformation Programme,
Bhaskar is currently a Sales Transformation
Programme Director in the area of global
transaction banking for HSBC Holdings, as well
as being secretary to the bank's global sales
governance board. Prior to this he was head of
the programme office for global finance change,
delivering a multi-billion dollar finance
programme which established a global finance
function, a people transformation programme, new
offshoring centers, and innovative control and
Prior to joining HSBC, he was a Head of Strategy
and Change at ABN AMRO. He has also worked at
Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup), Goldman
Sachs, Barclays Capital and several other
international banks in trading and risk
Bhaskar gained his PhD from the University of
Manchester in 1996. He teaches on the ‘Ensuring
Employability' series of workshops and also
hosts company visits to HSBC's London
headquarters in Canary Wharf.
Non-Executive Director and Audit Committee
Hanif spent 17 years working
in BT culminating in the post of Chief Executive
of BT Global Services, having been previously
Group Finance Director.
He now has a portfolio of roles that
includes Investment Ambassador to Northern
Ireland, a member of the Advisory Board of
Morgan Franklin, and a Senior Deals Adviser to
several Private Equity companies.
He has a degree in Mathematics,
Operations Research and Economics from the
University of Essex and he is a Fellow of the
Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
Senior HR Business Partner at Rolls Royce
Philippa joined Rolls Royce at Derby in February 2011 as Senior HR
Business Partner in the company’s Civil Aerospace business. Prior to this
Philippa worked with British Airways, in a variety of HR roles, specialising
in employee relations and change management. Latterly she was Head of People and
Organisational Effectiveness for BA’s Head Office. Key projects with BA included
many organisational restructuring and redesign programmes.
After gaining a BA Hons in Language and Linguistics (French) at the University of
Essex, Philippa joined the Post Office in 1987 as a Personnel Graduate Trainee, later
specialising in training and development, and internal communications.
She went on to work in various HR roles at the Automobile Association, which was
later acquired by energy giant Centrica where Philippa became Group HR Policy Manager.
She left Centrica in 2001 to join British Airways.
Philippa is a graduate of Common Purpose (which aims to build leaders in society)
and has a Certificate in Employment Law. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute
of Personnel & Development.
David Bickerton is Director of
Communications at BP plc and has responsibility
for internal and external communications
including its corporate reporting programme,
BP's reputation measurement, its extensive
online presence and communications to over
90,000 employees globally.
He joined BP from Interbrand, one of the World's leading brand
consultancies and has over 25 years experience
in the field of brand, advertising and corporate
communications working with many of the World's
David holds a PhD in Corporate
Branding and Reputation.
Neil holds an engineering
degree from the University of Essex and has
worked on telecommunications networks for the
last 14 years.
Neil is a founder of Opal Telecom which
was acquired by The Carphone Warehouse Group in
2002 and became its UK Fixed Line division, now
called the TalkTalk Group.
After seven years as
Managing Director of the technology division,
Neil became its Chairman in 2009. TalkTalk
Technology operates and develops the Group's
Next Generation Network (NGN) and services.
NGN is an internet protocol (IP) based converged
network that supplies voice and broadband
services to over 4 million residential customers
and 200,000 businesses – and is the largest in
He is currently advising the Group on
innovation and new technologies as well as
business opportunities, and is working with Ofcom as a member of the Next Generation Network