Productivity through People team, speakers and mentors
Find out about the people you will be working with on the Productivity through People programme.
A high-calibre group of speakers and mentors delivers the Productivity through People leadership development programme.
Dr Jan Stiles
Jan is Academic Lead for the Productivity through People South West initiative and responsible for Action Learning and mentoring across the programme. Jan is also Director of Executive Education and Director of Bath, London.
Phil is Productivity through People Programme Manager. He is an independent facilitator, consultant and researcher in leadership development, innovation and operations management and is an associate at the University's School of Management. Phil worked at Ashridge Business School for 19 years as a member of faculty and Client Director and, during this time, 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 is responsible for the marketing and promotion of the Productivity through People initiative. Claire is also Business Development Manager for Executive Education.
Charlotte is responsible for the administration of the Productivity through People programme. Charlotte is also an Executive Education Officer in the Executive Education team.
Each of our masterclasses will be led by a distinguished member of the 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
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
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.
Dr Iain Davies
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.
Judy currently works in the area of unconscious bias, previously the Director of Corporate HR and Sustainability for the HMRC, Head of Diversity at NatWest Bank and Head of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility at Centrica. She has spent time in the Cabinet Office working for Baroness Jay and Tessa Jowell when they were Ministers for Women.
Our coach/mentors are drawn from a specialised group of individuals 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, improving productivity and helping stimulate entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour. Our coaching/mentoring support team includes:
With over 20 years in quality and engineering, 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 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 and 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.
Ruth is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who has focused her career on improving manufacturing and engineering. After graduating in mechanical engineering, Ruth worked in the high-volume manufacturing environment of the car industry, learning all about lean manufacturing from external consultancies and industry professionals. This gave her the experience to make the leap into to the aerospace Industry, fulfilling the role of internal consultant in a wide variety of manufacturing, assembly and service environments, making improvements stick on the front line. After this, wanting to get closer to her engineering roots, Ruth then moved into manufacturing engineering leadership roles. After several delivery-focused roles in different aerospace businesses, she is now operational manager of a large global manufacturing engineering team. But she hasn’t forgotten her improvement skills and she also leads improvements across an even larger engineering team.
Andrew is an experienced business consultant to the commercial and public sector who has more than 20 years’ experience in planning, designing and delivering complex programmes of change for a diverse portfolio of clients. He has provided tactical and strategic consultancy, focusing on efficient and effective organisational design, development and transformation, embracing the organisation’s culture, ensuring continuous improvement can be sustained. The success of the assignments is based on Andrew’s management approach, relationship-building skills and ability to understand the impact of business initiatives, regulatory compliance implications and new technical solutions at all levels of the organisation, through its culture and its people.