The Advisory Board is a forum through which the Business School forges relationships with senior executives and managers in Business, Finance and public sector organisations. It is a mechanism through which the School's leadership team formally obtains external perspectives on its strategy, activities and reputation.
The Board is made up of highly experienced and influential representatives from the business community, as well as not-for-profit organisations and academia.
Board members include the following:
Bob McDowell joined Haymarket from City University in 1988, sold ads to car dealers, moved into market research, and went on to become group ad manager, publisher and then publishing director across a range of Haymarket's consumer titles including What Car?, FourFourTwo, Stuff and Management Today.
In recent years Bob has assumed global responsibility for Haymarket's strategy in the UK, US and Asia. He’s ensured the company's brand and business leaders in diverse consumer and business media markets have responded to the profound challenges of the digital media revolution, the post-'financial crisis' reshaping of business, and the emergence of connected millennial consumers and employees. Bob's core mission? Help colleagues at all levels to make good, data driven decisions and to be clear and confident in delivering their plans.
Bob lives in Teddington, with wife Chloe and their two teenaged children. He spends too much time and money on bicycles. He cooks and watches sport. He plans to write but never does.
Having trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, David switched to the advertising industry and worked for the Lopex Group for two years. In 1991 David founded Rollover Limited as a chain of coffee shops, although after 1995 he focused on the wholesale supply of food equipment and consumables. He developed the company into the UK's largest Hot Dog company, supplying 79 of the top 90 football stadia, nine of the top 10 theme parks, cinema chains, and 5,000 other customers as well as supermarkets including Sainsbury's, Tesco and Asda. David sold Rollover to Piper Private Equity in 2006 and served as a Non-Executive Director until the business was sold to Kerry Foods PLC in January 2015.
David founded ScentAir UK in 2008 and grew this company into the UK's largest provider of air-scenting systems to businesses, prior to selling the company to Scent Air Technologies of America in July 2014.
David acts as a Non-Executive Director for a number of companies in different sectors, including Instant Offices from March 2007 until its sale to MML Private Equity in December 2012, Riverbank IT Management Ltd, Refresh Brands Ltd, Active Facilities Management Ltd.
David has been a member of the University of Roehampton's Business School Advisory Board since 2010 and has chaired the Board since 2011. He was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by the University in July 2015. David has received many business awards including the Institute of Directors' Entrepreneurial Director of the Year Award in 2003, the CBI's Award for Innovative Company of the Year in 2004, and the Lloyds TSB Award for Outstanding Management in 2005.
David is the sponsor of the David Sanger Award.
Stephen is Executive Chairman of Ludlow Thompson, one of London's leading Estate and Residential letting and management agents and a principal sponsor of Centrepoint, the young person's homeless charity.
Stephen has a degree in Business Studies from Roehampton when it was part of the University of Surrey and currently sits on the University Council, the Business School Advisory Board, the Development Board and is Vice–Chair of the University's Finance & Estates Committee.
He also has a Masters in Land Management from the University of Reading and an MBA from Imperial College London.
Stephen is Chairman of The Sir Maurice & Lady Hilda Laing's Charitable Trust which supports the relief of poverty, urban youth projects and inclusive education programmes, and a Trustee of a number of Methodist Property and Finance Boards.
He is married with three children and is a keen sports fan, supporting both Arsenal and Harlequins, and has run both the London and New York Marathons.
Will has extensive business experience gained in senior finance, operations and treasury positions based in the UK and abroad. These appointments have spanned across subsidiaries to international positions, in both the Private and Public sectors. In addition to extensive Treasury and Banking experience, Will also specialises in business problem solving and advising challenger banks through their pre and post launch journey.
Will is a strong communicator with a sharp commercial aptitude, together with solid people and management skills. He has a proven professional and successful track record, built upon analysis of facts, strategic and creative thinking, together with practical and pragmatic problem solving approaches. Due to this approach, Will has established a well-earned reputation as an effective listener and trouble shooter.
Will holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Will has been granted CF1, CF10, CF11 and CF28 FCA approval.
Will resides on the Advisory Board of Roehampton University Business School, is a School Governor, a Consultant Chief Financial Officer for new challenger banks, and is a Non-Executive Director of a Venture Capital Firm. Will has written a number of published financial articles and is a Challenger Bank BBC commentator. Will was awarded Freedom of the City of London in 2011.
John started his career with Unilever as an accountant, but left after 4 years to pursue a career in buying with Sainsbury. He bought a wide range of food products before running a cost optimisation programme across all buying functions and then heading up their procurement function. He left Sainsbury's to set up a global buying function for Rentokil Initial, the business services group, before branching out in 2010 to work for himself as a consultant in business improvement focussing on cost, process and team effectiveness improvement with his company Mobius Services Ltd.
The transition from large corporate to running your own business was a massive change, with very different pressures but he found it very liberating and it freed up time to support other fledgling business owners.
John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and has been on the Advisory Board at Roehampton Business School since 2013.John is the sponsor of The Mobius Services Undergraduate Prize For Business Readiness.
Tim has worked within the recruitment industry for over 16 years predominately within the Financial Services sector across the UK and Ireland. Tim currently works at Odgers Interim which is a division of Odgers Berndtson that specialises in executive interim management at the highest level, he operates a wide range set of clients placing Senior Interim Executives within Retail Banking, Payments & FinTech organisations. Tim has a proven track record working with all levels of candidate from graduate to executive in providing strong commercial assistance in how to approach the market as a new entrant or how to stay relevant and keep up with the ever changing employment market.
David Tidey is the Assistant Director (IT and Business Management) at Wandsworth Council with overall responsibility for all aspects of Information Technology at the Council. Wandsworth is one of the largest London local authorities with a resident population of over 300,000 who are supported by 3,000 staff.
David has held a number of roles both outside and within IT over his career, including responsibilities for IT, Customer Services and a major Customer Services Transformation Programme. He is currently working on the merger of Richmond and Wandsworth Council's, running a major IT transformation programme and will be the Head of IT for the merged organisation.
David holds an MBA, is an active member of SOCITM (The Society of IT Management) and is a Fellow of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
Michele Prigent is the Vice President Sales Administration at Paramount Pictures. Executive with over 25 years' experience in London and Los Angeles managing contract administration and scheduling for television and digital distribution worldwide, with particular focus on output deal management. Leads on protocols and efficiencies to drive continuous improvement of business processes including software systems development, rights and availabilities, deals management and sales support. Open University Business Graduate. Executive Champion of Paramount’s Employee Resource Group “Thursday Think” - an employee led initiative to promote professional development for its members. Advisory Board Member, the Business School, University of Roehampton. Strategic thinker. Life-long learner.