Business Advisory Board
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.
Chad is an International Product Strategy Manager at InComm, a Global leader in Prepaid and Fintech, and is responsible for international product ideation, market insights & assessments and new build product management.
Working in global innovation & product strategy, Chad has a depth of knowledge across emerging technologies in Fintech including; artificial intelligence, mobile wallets & payments and blockchain. Charged with looking at the future of InComm, Chad has experience in leading ideation, product strategy, prototype build and pilot launches. He also has significant experience in marketing, retail and sales, working both client and agency side for tech and insight leaders such as Google, Samsung and Global data.
Chad holds a Master's degree in project management, finance and risk from City University and a BEng in civil engineering from Kingston University. As an advocate for continued learning, he also has his Prince 2 and Six Sigma Yellow Belt.
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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 is a seasoned banking executive and entrepreneur, whose extensive business experience has been gained in senior finance, treasury and board level positions, based in the UK and abroad. These appointments have spanned across multinationals to subsidiary businesses; in commerce; investment and retail banking; government; and consultancies.
A strong communicator, with a sharp commercial aptitude, together with solid interpersonal and management skills. A proven professional and successful track record, with an established and well-earned reputation as an energetic, results-driven, and highly accomplished senior business leader.
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.
Jordine Bartlett is the Fashion, Lifestyle & Culture representative at the Financial Times, where she is responsible for uncovering the world's most prestigious lifestyle brands and promoting such businesses, to readers of the weekend FT and multi-award-winning publication, How To Spend It.
Her inside knowledge of today's discernible consumers, coupled with her experience of working alongside high-end brands in the Middle East, Sub Saharan Africa, and Europe, makes Jordine's understanding of the luxury landscape second to none and it is this aptitude, which led her to launch the digital destination "Wedding Status" alongside her role at the FT.
The multichannel platform Wedding Status curates the world's leading suppliers and presents their unique offering to affluent audiences, through the use of video content. This careful curation of suppliers has already proven an invaluable source of information for discerning couples, so much so that, Jordine and the FT How To Spend It team, are now set to make the transition from online to print and publish a "Luxury Wedding" How To Spend It edition, in 2018.
Jordine is an alumni of Roehampton University and each year returns as a guest lecturer to conduct career workshop sessions, as part of the university's Career Preparation module. This workshop gives students the knowledge and practical tools to take on the world of media and entertainment. She was elected onto the Roehampton Business Advisory Board in 2016 and provides advice on the current employability climate within media, publishing and digital industries.
George ILIEV is China Director and Director of Development Markets at the Association of MBAs (AMBA) in London. He manages the accreditation of MBA, MSc Management, MSc Entrepreneurship and Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) programmes at 115 universities and business schools in China, Japan, Russia, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Latin America, Spain and London.
George was a lecturer in China Business and Economy at Sofia University (Bulgaria) before 2007 and also managed a Chinese business news and analysis service on Dow Jones Factiva and Reuters Business Briefing for four years. He has founded two technology startups in London, one of which won EU FP7 funding.
George did an MBA at Emory University (Atlanta) and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; an MSc in China in Comparative Perspective at the London School of Economics (LSE); and a BA in Chinese Studies at Sofia University and Anhui University (China). He was a Fulbright Scholar at Emory University and a Chevening Scholar at the LSE. He speaks Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish and his native Bulgarian.
George climbed a 6,088 m peak in the Bolivian Andes in 2009. In his spare time he writes a blogs exploring the parallels between nature and business.