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.

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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 through members’ networks, including the promotion of specific activities such as executive development programmes and media relations
  • 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

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

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 and is an avid supporter of Middlesbrough FC.

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 that, Sue held a number of senior leadership positions across SME and Retail Banking where she was 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.

Teresa Hitchcock

Partner DLA Piper

Teresa Hitchcock is a partner in DLA Piper's Sheffield office and leads the firm's UK Safety Health and Environment team.  Prior to training as a solicitor she worked as a senior environmental health officer in local government, and thereby acquired extensive practical experience of regulation and compliance.

Teresa's practice at DLA Piper covers a broad range of environmental, health and safety and product safety law matters and her client base is very diverse.  She regularly advises large international businesses but also government departments, non-profit organisations and local authorities.  Key areas of Teresa's recent practice have included regeneration projects, climate change law, the impact of conservation law on industrial operations, allocation of regulatory liabilities in corporate transactions, defending remediation requirements both statutory and civil, a number of major health and safety investigations and legal compliance projects.

Outside her practice, Teresa is heavily involved in the promotion of sustainable development. She plays a major role in overseeing the implementation of the firm's global sustainability initiative, and is a noted speaker at conferences on such topics as climate change law and sustainable supply chain management.  She is a member of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and is chair of a Sustainability Partnership sub-group.  She has also been involved for a number of years in collaborative projects with the University in this field, and is a keen supporter of the Grantham Centre.

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. Prior 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

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

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 a 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, took 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.

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.

Since leaving Barclays in 2013, Nick has spent the intervening period in a plurality of roles including advisory work for private equity funds and 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.

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.

In his spare time, he enjoys music, history books and sports.

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.

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 enhanced 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 practice.

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

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

  • Professor Rachael Finn - Interim Dean
  • Professor Tim Vorley - Deputy Dean
  • Professor Kirsty Newsome - Associate Dean Research
  • Mrs Andrea Ward -Associate Dean Learning and Teaching
  • Mrs Yvonne Beach- Associate Dean Strategic and Executive Partnerships
  • Professor Andrew Simpson - Associate Dean International, Accreditation and Alumni

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