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Unparalleled access to world class organisations and leaders that have transformed the workplace, sponsorship and on-going support of the programme is provided by:

Chris Squires, Lead Supply Chain Engagement Manager, Nuclear New Build - part of EDF Energy

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"Working alongside its people, communities, businesses, and local government, we are both privileged and proud to be playing an important role in the revitalisation of the skills base and industry in the South West."

Since the summer of 2010, Chris has been Lead Supply Chain Engagement Manager for EDF Energy's Nuclear New Build Programme in the UK. With over 40 years' experience in construction and civil engineering procurement in both contractor and client roles, Chris gained a Master of Business Administration at the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining EDF, Chris has spent time working with Costain, Carillion, Wimpey Construction, GlaxoSmithKline, London Underground and the Metropolitan Police Service.

Nigel Whitehead, Group Managing Director, BAE Systems

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"Engaging employees in the mission and purpose of the company, and really empowering them to do the job as effectively as possible, lies at the heart of successful organisations, and as importantly is at the heart of sustainable business success."

Nigel was appointed Group Managing Director of Programmes and Support, one of three Global Operating Groups in BAE Systems, in 2008. In this role he has responsibility for UK Businesses including Maritime, Military Air & Information, Combat Vehicles (UK), UK Munitions and the Group's Shared Services operations. These businesses deliver over £6bn turnover predominantly in UK defence but also in international markets.

Nigel is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has been active in defence programmes including design, development, production and support for 30 years, working in the UK, Sweden and Australia.

Prior to joining British Aerospace as an aerodynamicist, Nigel worked for Rolls-Royce for four years as a production engineering apprentice and graduated in mechanical engineering.

Simon Bowen | Sector CEO | Babcock International

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"At Cavendish Nuclear we are creating a diverse company sustainable for the long term. There's no question in my mind, it starts and ends with people and leadership, it's about human connection, engagement and caring for each other. We care, we connect, we trust that for me has got to be at the heart of everything we do to drive performance.
Now why wouldn't you want to work in a company like that?"

Simon joined Cavendish Nuclear at the beginning of November 2015 taking up the appointment as Managing Director.

Previously, Simon was Managing Director of URENCO UK Ltd from November 2010 until September 2015. He has extensive experience in the petrochemical and energy sectors including maritime nuclear. Simon joined URENCO from his own Consultancy Company where he was involved in private equity led renewable energy projects and company turnarounds. Prior to this Simon's corporate experience was gained in BP where he spent 15 years in a variety of senior business, operational and functional roles.

Simon has also combined his business interests with supporting the regional economic development in Cheshire and South Wales through direct support to SMEs and business education for budding entrepreneurs.

Throughout his career, Simon's passion for improving safety performance has dominated his business results. This commitment to Zero Harm has consistently delivered a significant reduction in injuries and a cultural shift in employee and contractor engagement.

Chris Tierney, Executive Vice President, Projects, Systems & Supply Chain - Nuclear, Rolls-Royce plc

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"We're delighted to be sponsoring Productivity through People - we believe that recognising diversity, engaging and investing in our employees, and focusing on a high performance culture are vital in helping our customers power the future."

Chris joined Rolls-Royce in 2009 and is currently Executive Vice-President for the Projects, Systems & Supply Chain (PSSC) business within our Nuclear Sector, which is primarily focussed on the UK and International New Build Market. He also holds the functional role as Head of Purchasing and Supply Management for the Nuclear Sector, and is based in the UK (Derby location).

Chris has a wealth of experience ( ~ 30 years ) in General Management, Operations, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management leadership across several Industrial Sectors ( including Steel, Automotive, Aerospace, and Nuclear), gained within a number of Blue-Chip Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing organisations.

After graduating from Manchester University (Metals and Materials Engineering faculty) Chris began his career at British Steel before moving through increasingly senior leadership roles within Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK and TRW Aeronautical Systems (formerly Lucas Aerospace).

Immediately prior to joining Rolls-Royce Chris held a number of Senior global Purchasing and Supply Chain Operations Management roles at Goodrich Corporation (now UTC), based both in the UK and USA during his tenure.


At the University of Bath, School of Management we have a long history of delivering highly practical and applied solutions to support business improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and productivity. Our highly acclaimed, award-winning faculty actively research with a wide range of organisation's on an on-going basis to ensure new ideas and thinking are quickly embedded within their teaching and corporate advisory roles. We also maintain close collaboration with leading local and international organisations in the government, public and private sector to further advance our understanding.

The Innovation Centre is the focal point for enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University of Bath, supporting students, graduates, researchers and founders with their business plans and ambitions. It provides access to mentors, experts, investors and space to grow, as well as specialist support for high-tech, high-growth start-ups with SETsquared, its world-leading university business incubator programme, and for new social enterprises, through Social Enterprise and Innovation Programme which it leads in the West of England.

Dr Jan Stiles - Director of Bath, London and Director of Executive Education University of Bath

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Jan has worked in Executive Education for the last twenty years and as previously Chief Executive Officer for Executive Education at Cambridge Judge Business School. Jan teaches strategy and leadership, is a qualified practitioner in MBTI 1 and 2, Firo-B and Emotional Intelligence psychometrics and is an experienced and qualified coach and personal mentor. She has worked with a wide range of high profile organisations with senior leaders up to Board level.

She is co-author of Finance for the General Manager published by McGraw Hill and also sits on the Board of ICH, a social housing organisation based in London.

Simon Bond - Head of Enterprise & Innovation Centre

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Simon Bond is Director of the University of Bath's Innovation Centre and SETsquared, the award-winning university business incubator. Founded in 2002, SETsquared has developed programmes for business incubation, student enterprise and research commercialisation that have helped over 1,000 high-tech, high-growth potential start-ups to raise over £1bn of investment and deliver a £3.8bn economic impact in the South of England region where it operates.

Phil Anderson - Project Manager

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Phil is an independent facilitator, consultant and researcher in leadership development, innovation and operations management. He is an Associate at the University of Bath, School of Management.

Phil worked at Ashridge Business School for 19 years as a member of faculty and Client Director and during this time, he organised numerous visits to organisations, to understand more about operations, organisational culture, leadership and innovation. He is currently writing a book called "Inside Innovation" to help middle managers understand how to be successful innovators. Before Ashridge, he was Operations Director of various manufacturing units in the UK, Canada and Singapore.

Claire Phipps - Business Development Manager | Executive Education

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Claire is responsible for the development, promotion and successful delivery of our Open Programme portfolio and marketing support for the Executive Education team.

Claire has over 10 years' experience as a Business Development Manager, previously working for a Global Information Provider, with responsibility for multi million pound contracts for the NHS and NICE. Prior to this she headed up a customer service team at Blackwell Information Services, with responsibility for major financial institutions.

Charlotte McKnight-Burton - Executive Education Officer & PA to Director of Executive Education & Bath, London

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Charlotte has 10 years' experience as a PA and conference administrator. She has worked both in the UK and internationally up to Board level, most recently working in Perth, Western Australia where she was PA/EA for the Board of Directors and senior management at several Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) listed Mining Exploration Companies.


Each of our masterclasses will be led by a distinguished member of the University of Bath, School of Management faculty. They have been involved with this programme from the outset and have a variety of connections with business in the South West, and strong relationships with the sponsoring organisations.

Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey - Dean of the School of Management

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Veronica Hope Hailey is Professor of Management Studies and Dean of the School of Management. Veronica has worked for over 20 years on issues around strategic change in organisations, using her expertise in strategy and change, and HRM and change, to develop successful senior executive programmes in this field. She co-authored the bestselling textbook Exploring Strategic Change, and has recently co-authored a report for the CIPD on Landing Transformational Change.

Veronica's recent research has focused on employee engagement, and trust and trustworthiness.

Professor Mike Lewis - Professor of Operations and Supply Management

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Professor Michael Lewis is Professor of Operations and Supply Management. His current research interests include the (digital) transformation of professional/knowledge-intensive work and operations strategy practice.

He is currently a visiting professor at Danish Technical University and has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School and a Visiting Professor at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Michael works as a teacher and consultant with many public and private organisations including John Lewis Partnership, NHS, DEFRA, BMW, Rolls-Royce, IBM and Intel.

Professor Jens Roehrich - Senior Lecturer in Operations and Supply Management

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Dr Jens Roehrich is Associate Professor in Operations and Supply Management. Jens has worked in Austria, Germany, South Africa and the USA. He has carried out research, consultancy, executive education and competence development activities with a wide range of public and private sector organisations such as Arup, Maersk, Augusta Westland, Carillion, GKN, NHS PASA and Veolia.

Dr Iain Davies - Senior Lecturer in Marketing

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Dr Iain Davies is Senior Lecturer in Marketing. Ian consults, lectures and researches in Key Account Management, Sales, and Marketing Ethics. Iain has extensive commercial experience in professional services marketing including as a Strategic Consultant with Accenture and as a Legal Policy Advisor in the Banking Sector for HMCE. He has extensive experience working with major professional service firms.


Our coach/mentors are drawn from a specialised group of individual who have significant experience and expertise in helping people improve their performance within the SME sector. Their knowledge, learning and specialist support is a critical element of the programme in ensuring transfer of learning and improving the productivity, and helping to stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour. Our coaching/mentoring support team includes:

John McGillivray

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John McGillivray has a strong international dimension to his diverse career.

Starting off his working career John worked as a technician, providing him with the fundamental understanding of his products and what his customers need. This knowledge and experience was invaluable as his career subsequently pursued a commercial and business management direction. At some stage during the next 20 years he managed businesses in India, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Australia. In 2015 he returned to the UK as Commercial and Marketing Director (EMEA) of an AIM listed biotech business.

Recently John established RCD Business Acceleration, focussing on working with clients in the SME sector who are seeking to move their business forwards.

Angela Fumpson

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With over 20 years in the Quality & Engineering Industry Angela has a successful track record of implementing, managing and improving Quality Management systems. A passion for quality, organisational culture and the constant drive for continuous improvement have been the winning factors behind the successful improvement programs.

Working in partnership with companies to develop and improve Quality Management Systems to add value and put Quality back into the heart of their strategy. This includes Auditing, interim Quality Director roles, problem solving, ISO9001 accreditation readiness, process mapping and mentoring.

Bryan Sergeant

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Bryan is a seasoned business mentor and growth strategist. His business leadership experience spans both corporates (Du Pont, Hawker Siddeley / Invensys and Telewest / Virgin Media) as well as SMEs and start-ups across manufacturing, hi-tech, telecom and industrial batteries.

More recently, Bryan's been an advisor, mentor, director and investor to numerous businesses of all sizes across a range of sectors. His experience and guidance helps businesses grow their sales, profit and valuation - with less risk and less stress. He's designed and delivered several leadership & management courses and lectures on / runs the Hi-Tech Enterprise course at a leading university.

Whether it's help with business planning, board-level coaching, raising investment or exiting, Bryan's wealth of knowledge, personal engagement and bright intellect add value throughout a business.

Phil Beale

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Independent Consultant, Mentor and Trainer in business development, management, innovation and strategy with 25 years international business experience. Business mentor for world leading university-business incubator The SETsquared Partnership at the University of Bath Innovation Centre.

Training, mentoring and consultancy in business development, management, innovation and strategy. Experienced at customising training programs for specific client objectives.

Mark Baptist

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Mark provides consulting, coaching and mentoring support to leaders navigating their way through complex business challenges and organisational change.

He has worked for large corporations (including Unilever and PwC), SMEs (Board member) and has started several companies - some more successful than others! This provides him with a wealth of experience to bring to his mentoring.

His focus is on raising personal and team performance. Mark is adept at identifying valuable insight and pragmatic actions for his clients to make a step change in their accomplishments. He draws on management consultancy methodologies, agile, systems thinking and positive psychology to achieve this.