Sheffield University Management School Advisory Board

We are guided by consultation with an Advisory Board, whose members are appointed for a period of three years. The board guides Sheffield University Management School on a number of matters, including the following:

  • To provide advice on the development and implementation of Sheffield University Management School’s strategy, and on external perceptions of management education in an international context
  • To provide advice on the taught programmes offered by Sheffield University Management School, in particular their relevance to management practice
  • To promote the reputation of Sheffield University Management School in general and its activities (such as executive development programmes, media relations) through members’ networks
  • To contribute to the life of Sheffield University Management School (for example, through giving a presentation on management practice to MBA delegates or other students, sharing interests with individual staff or with an academic division of the school)

Meet our Advisory Board members

External members

Nick Baird

Nick Baird
Group Corporate Affairs Director, Centrica

Nick Baird has been Group Corporate Affairs Director of Centrica since March 2014. Before moving to the private sector, Nick had a 30-year career in government. He was Chief Executive of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) from 2011-2013, the Director General in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office supervising European, Global Economic and Consular issues from 2009-2013, and UK Ambassador to Turkey from 2006-2009. Before this, Nick had overseas postings in Brussels (twice), Oman and Kuwait. He also spent three years dealing with immigration issues in the Home Office. Nick is married with three grown up children, one of whom attended Sheffield University.

Jonathan Bye

Jonathan Bye
CEO, Seabrook Crisps Ltd

After graduating in Business Studies from Sheffield University Management School in 1985, Jonathan has spent 27 years working in the grocery industry for a variety of companies including corporates such as P&G and Dalgety, as well as SMEs such as Patak’s Foods, Vimto Soft Drinks and most recently Seabrook Crisps. His early career was in sales and other commercial roles prior to becoming Managing Director at Vimto Soft Drinks and then CEO at Seabrooks. Jonathan is also a Vice President of the FDF, representing SMEs on their executive committee, as well as helping represent industry lobbying to Government and the FSA etc.
Outside of work, Jonathan is married with two teenage children is an avid supporter of Middlesbrough FC.

Duncan Cheatle

Duncan Cheatle
CEO, Prelude Group

Duncan Cheatle has spent over 15 years championing UK enterprise and has worked with over 1,000 entrepreneurs. He is CEO and founder of the Prelude Group, which offers advanced learning for entrepreneurs through its Master Class, Growth Partner Programme and Speaker Boutique initiatives. In 2003 Duncan set up The Supper Club, now home to around 300 of Britain’s most innovative, high growth entrepreneurs. The Club has hosted over 1,400 events and won the SFEDI UK Best Enterprise Support Awards in 2010.

He was a co-founder of StartUp Britain backed by the Prime Minister and sits on the Advisory Board of the government-funded Start Up Loans Company and of the Legatum Institute funded Demeter Network. Duncan also founded Rise To, which improves employability in young people, and ThanksTo.com, bringing recognition to those who positively impact their communities.

As well as being FCA qualified (PwC), Duncan is also a Fellow at the RSA.

Sue Douthwaite

Sue Douthwaite
Divisional Managing Director, Santander Bank

Sue has extensive banking experience spanning over 30 years. With effect from January 2016 she has been appointed Managing Director for Santander Business for Santander Retail and Business Banking.

Sue joined Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking in 2011 as the Divisional Managing Director of Corporate in the North before moving to the role of Divisional Managing Director for North West and Yorkshire with Santander Retail Banking in January 2014. From September 2015 she was Programme Director of Banking Reform for SME.

Sue’s previous role within the Royal Bank of Scotland Group was Regional Director, Corporate Banking for Yorkshire and the North East. Prior to then, Sue held a number of senior leadership positions across SME and Retail Banking where she has been responsible for major change management projects and business performance.

She is a non exec director of RWM Ltd. In addition she is an Advisory Board member of the University of Huddersfield Business School and a Council member of the North West CB. She is also an Advisory Board member of Forward Ladies and is actively involved in the diversity agenda.

Jamie Ford

Jamie Ford
Managing Director, BT Business IT Services

Jamie Ford was appointed Managing Director of BT Business IT Services in November 2013. A new unit in BT incorporating six distinct businesses; Engage, iNet, Dabs/Business Direct, Expedite and Tikit. The combined businesses provide services across Cloud computing, managed services, unified comms, storage and data management, security, hardware resale, multi-channel retail solutions and legal technology solutions.

Prior to IT Services, Jamie was CEO of Plusnet between August 2010–November 2013. Plusnet retails broadband and landline telephony services to both consumer and small business customers in the UK. Based in Sheffield and Leeds, it has been trading since 1997 and was acquired by BT in 2007; while a subsidiary of BT, Plusnet operates independently. Jamie joined BT in April 2008 as Director Customer Experience and Operations, Retail Consumer; prior to that Jamie spent eight years at Accenture working in the Business Consulting division working with clients across the telecommunications and utility industries.

Teresa Hitchcock

Teresa Hitchcock
Partner DLA Piper

Teresa is UK Head of Safety Health and Environment (SHE) within the Regulatory and Government Affairs group. Before qualifying as a solicitor, Teresa worked as a senior environmental and health and safety regulator in local government, acquiring extensive knowledge in these areas.

Teresa has developed strong connections with local business in the Sheffield and the city region and was recently appointed a Board Member for Sheffield First for Environment, the local partnership established by Sheffield City Council to champion environmental issues in the area.

Her clients cover large and medium-sized concerns in heavy industry, and also a number of small businesses, non-profit organisations and local authorities. Key areas of her recent practice have included regeneration projects, climate change law, the impact of conservation law on industrial operations, and a number of major health and safety investigations.

David Hobbs

David Hobbs
Strategy Director Terra Firma Capital Partners and Independent Consultant

David is Strategy Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners, accountable for working with their portfolio businesses to identify how they will drive value creation.

Previously, David advised Boston Consulting Groups retail clients in Asia on a broad range of topics, including new market entry and due diligence projects. He also works as an independent consultant to retail, consumer goods and retail banking in Europe.

David was with Tesco for over 13 years, starting as Change Director in 2002 and since then he has held various positions, including UK & ROI Retail Support Office Director. He spent eight years in international business as Operations Development Director, COO in China and COO in Malaysia. He was promoted to Group Business Planning Director and joined Tesco's Executive Committee in late 2013. Before joining Tesco, David was a Management Consultant with Gemini Consulting, specialising in retail and consumer goods companies. He started his career at Jaguar Cars and Marks & Spencer in buying roles. He has a degree in Business Studies from Sheffield University Management School and an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.

David is married with two young children and in his spare time enjoys family time and watching Formula 1 racing

Graham Honeyman

Graham Honeyman
Chief Executive Sheffield Forgemasters International

Graham is Chief Executive of Sheffield Forgemasters International and was awarded an Honorary Professor in strategic management at the Management School in 2013.

In May 2012 Graham was named the winner of the Bessemer Gold Medal by The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) after his work was judged to have promoted the manufacture of engineering components to national and international importance. Previous to this he was presented with the silver medal from the Royal Academy of Engineering, a CBE for his services to the steel industry and was named Overall Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors in 2010.

Graham studied Engineering Materials Technology at the University of Aston and complemented his degree with a PhD for his study of armour plate welding from Teesside University.

John Mothersole

John Mothersole
Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council

John Mothersole is the Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, stepping up from his previous role as Executive Director of Development, Environment and Leisure.

John joined Sheffield City Council in 1998 and since then has been directly and closely involved in much of the regeneration of the city centre. His remit has also covered the city’s green heritage, the sustainability agenda, transport, culture and planning. Prior to coming to Sheffield he was a Director with the London Borough of Camden for seven years, and before that was the Arts Development Officer for Newcastle Upon Tyne.

In his current role, John is Company Secretary to Creative Sheffield, Guardian of the Sheffield Assay Office, Chair and Director of the Source Training Centre, Chair of LGYH Chief Executives’ Group, Chair of South Yorkshire Programme Management Board (ERDF), Chair of Sheffield City Region Chief Executives’ Group and a member of Core Cities Chief Executives’ Group.

Ann Pickering

Ann Pickering
HR Director, O2

Ann Pickering is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel Development and is the Human Resources Director of O2 UK Ltd. She manages a team of 120 who provide HR services to the 11,500 O2 employees in the UK.

After gaining a degree in English, Ann began her career with Marks & Spencer, joining their Graduate Programme specialising in HR. She went on to hold variety of HR roles in different lines of business at an American investment company, and an international business technology services group operating in the UK, Europe, India and USA. Here, she was responsible for creating and implementing key strategic developments from an HR perspective in both the UK and abroad.

Ann’s expertise in human resources, together with a strong background in technology, brought her to O2 in March 2004. Since joining O2, she has seen the company voted in the Top 20 in The Sunday Times ‘Top 100 Employers in the UK’ for three years and number one in the ‘UK Best Loved Brands’. Outside O2, Ann is a board member of the ‘UnIock the Cure’ Appeal, a Breast Cancer Charity formed specifically to focus on accelerating finding the cure for breast cancer.

Ann lives in Sheffield and is married with two sons.

Michael Powell Griffith

Professor Michael Powell
Griffith University

Professor Michael Powell is Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) at Griffith University. Previous to this appointment he held the position of Dean of Griffith Business School, having joined Griffith in early 2005 from the University of Auckland. His current portfolio includes leadership of the University's Business Group, and associated Research Centres and Academic Departments.

Michael is immediate past President of the Australian Business Deans' Council which represents university business schools across the country. He is also past Chair of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative and Chair of the Continuous Improvement Review Committee of AACSB International.

Professor Powell graduated from the University of Auckland with B Arts and M Arts (Hons) degrees in History, and with a PhD in Organisational Sociology from the University of Chicago. After an initial appointment at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Michael returned to New Zealand to take up a position at the University of Auckland Business School as Senior Lecturer in Organisation Studies. Subsequently, he was appointed Associate Professor of Public Sector Management, and then Professor of Health Management before taking on the role of Deputy Dean of the University of Auckland Business School.

Neil Radley Sheffield Advisory

Neil Radley
Board Director and Private Equity Advisor

A qualified chartered accountant, Neil trained with Price Waterhouse both in the UK and in the Rio de Janeiro office in Brazil. He left post qualification and has spent his career in Retail Financial Services in CFO and CEO roles.

Neil has worked for US Banks such as JP Morgan Chase as well as Barclays and HBOS in the UK and Europe. From 2010 to 2013 he was CEO of Barclaycard Western Europe and was responsible for all the Barclaycard businesses in Europe at that time.

He left Barclays in 2013 and has spent the intervening period in a plurality of roles including advisory work for private equity funds as well as holding board directorships. Neil has a special interest in small, fast growing Fin Tech businesses and was an Executive Director of Invapay, a business to business payments company, from 2013 to 2017 when it was successfully sold to Optal who appeared in the recent Sunday Times Tech Track 100 firms to watch. More generally, he provides executive chairmanship oversight to budding entrepreneurs.

Advisory Sheffield Ludek Rychly

Ludek Rychly
Senior Labour Administration/Inspection Specialist, International Labour Organization

Ludek has extensive practical experience in the fields of public administration, social affairs and industrial relations and is author of numerous publications and policy papers. He also has a long experience in cooperation with international institutions, such as UN, Council of Europe, OECD or European Commission. He has lectured at several universities and works regularly for the ILO Training Centre in Turin.

As an international public servant and senior specialist of the International Labour Organization he advised many governments all over the world on administration of labour and social matters. His previous professional experience includes serving as the Deputy-Minister for the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, Prague. Other employment includes the Czech and Moravian Trade Union Confederation in Prague as well as jobs in the private sector.

His wife runs a private law business in the Czech Republic. In his spare time, he enjoys music, history books and sports.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Director, Supply Chain Transformation, Tata Steel

Steve has a deep and broad experience in the steel sector spanning over 25 years, having worked in manufacturing, engineering, supply chain, strategy and marketing in the UK and Finland. In his current role as Director Supply Chain Transformation for Tata Steel, Steve leads a business transformation programme delivering sector-leaving service and lead time capability, supported by deployment of SAP ERP and JDA planning across the multi-country, multi asset, multi sector organisation.

He is a graduate of both University of Sheffield (MEng 1990) and University of Warwick (MBA 2002), and is CEng FIMechE.

Jill Storey ReadyFundGo Sheffield

Jill Storey
CEO, ReadyFundGo

Jill has been involved with crowdfunding for the past four years. She first set-up a donation based platform in the UK in 2012, has been on the advisory board of a reward based platform, has set-up a donation based platform in Australia and is the CEO of the reward based platform ReadyFundGo.

Jill previously spent 25 years with the world leading professional service firms working in the UK, Australia and Hong Kong. She has been a partner at Deloitte, KPMG and Andersen where she held a variety of leadership roles including managing a 100 million Euro budget and having responsibility for 900 people across four countries.

Jill is a chartered accountant, has an MBA, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, has completed the Australian Institute of Directors course and has a Masters in Environmental Science. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Accountancy and Financial Management from Sheffield University.

She is a keen tennis player and managed the grand slam in one season (as a spectator!).

Andy Ward

Andy Ward
Managing Partner, PwC Sheffield

Andy is Managing Partner of PwC Sheffield with responsibility for the firm's activities in the South Yorkshire marketplace. Andy delivers Assurance services to a broad range of clients from listed, internationally owned, private equity backed companies to entrepreneurial, privately owned companies, ranging from start-ups to more established businesses. He focuses on the manufacturing and the property and construction sectors and also works with clients in the UK holiday/leisure sector.

He has over 15 years’ experience with the firm which has included client secondments and includes a recent secondment to the Houston office working on an IPO and carve-out transactions in the oil and gas sector.

Andy is an alumnus of the University of Sheffield and has always kept strong ties with the city. Away from work he enjoys family life with his wife and two young children, as well as training for and taking part in 10km or half marathon races. Any remaining spare time is filled with playing golf and enjoying music concerts and comedy nights.

Andy Williams SUMS advisory

Andrew Williams
Partner, Maisha+Co

Andrew studied engineering at Sheffield sponsored by, as then, British Steel. After promotions, working on four sites, two exchange schemes with Japan and completing his MBA, he took the step into consultancy. His practical experience in operations and supply chains enabled Andy’s credibility with clients and soon he was approached to join Deloitte. After seven years he joined KPMG and was made a partner in the UK, setting up and growing their supply chain and operations practise.

A ‘shrinking’ world meant he felt it right for his global experience to be enhanced and he spent the next four years based in Singapore as KPMG’s global lead for manufacturing consultancy and regional COO for consultancy. After this secondment he left KPMG and explored more entrepreneurial activities such as charity strategies, developing a UK business for a German parent, and supporting in major strategic transformation programmes.

Andy has now set up Maisha+co, focusing on supporting companies in their transformation programmes, from SMEs to global conglomerates. He is passionate about the role of business, seeing it as not just a P&L but a mechanism for enabling society to develop and grow.

Outside work he accepts the stereotype of being welsh and actively follows rugby. He can regularly be seen at the gym in a desperate attempt to roll back the years and seldom misses an opportunity to explore a new location and culture.

Trevor Williams Lloyds

Trevor Williams
Chief Economist of Commercial Banking, Lloyds Bank

Trevor leads the research team that supports Lloyds Bank’s trading and sales activities. He joined the group after working as an economist for the UK Civil Service, a position he was offered while studying for a PhD. With both a BA (Hons) and a master’s degree in economics, Trevor is a well-known voice within the banking sector. He regularly appears in the financial press, writing articles for publications and sharing his expertise on television.

Trevor is a member of the Institute for Economic Affairs Shadow Monetary Policy Committee.

Internal members

  • Mrs Yvonne Beach, Associate Dean for Strategic Projects and Planning
  • Professor Colin Williams, Associate Dean for Research and Innovation
  • Dr Robert Wapshott, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching
  • Professor David Oglethorpe, Dean of Sheffield University Management School
  • Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement