Our advisory board

Meet the people who form our School's advisory board.

About the members

Our advisory board is a group of external professionals who strengthen our connections with business and industry. Some of our board members are Sussex alumni and many have extensive experience of international business through their work across the world.

What the board does

The board’s role is to advise the University of Sussex Business School on our strategy, teaching, research and internationalism, and to contribute to the skills and knowledge of our staff. They also review the School’s activities to make sure we’re upholding our standards in ethics, responsibility and sustainability.

Our staff and students benefit from the advisory board members' experience, as they help to ensure that our practices and our courses are relevant, up-to-date and reflective of industry needs.

Advisory board members also create opportunities to connect with organisations, such as research collaborations or work experience opportunities for students.

Members

Keith Skeoch, chair of the Business School advisory boardKeith Skeoch

Keith is the Chair of the University of Sussex Business School advisory board.

He is currently Chair of the Investment Association, Chair of the ring-fencing and proprietary trading independent review panel, Interim Chair of the Financial Reporting Council, Chair of the Edinburgh International Festival and a member of the UK Takeover Panel.  Keith is also a Trustee of the Standard Life Foundation. Keith stepped down from his former role as CEO of Standard Life Aberdeen, in September 2020.

Tosin AkinluyiTosin Akinluyi

Tosin is a Managing Director and the Global Chief Operating Officer for Macro Research.

She started as an Associate with Morgan Stanley in 2003, initially in the Global Fixed Income Strategy group in New York, transitioned to the New York Commodities Division in 2005 and then, from 2007 in London, led the global Commodities Analysis Team until 2015.

Prior to Morgan Stanley she worked in energy-focused strategy and consulting roles at Entergy, Arthur Andersen and Price Waterhouse Coopers in London.

Ayo AkinluyiAyo Akinluyi

Managing Director at Barclays Capital in London.

Fong Tuan ChenFong Tuan Chen

Chief People Officer, Berjaya Corporation Berhad.

John ClaisseJohn Claisse

John is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the Albourne Group in San Francisco, an independent advisory firm focused on hedge funds, private equity, private credit, real assets and real estate.

John joined Albourne in July 1996, relocated from London to San Francisco in July 2003 and became Albourne Group CEO in August 2015. John is an equity partner and member of Albourne’s Executive Committee and also chairs the firm’s Corporate Planning Council, which comprises Albourne’s function and region heads.

John helped develop the firm’s proprietary risk analytics and was formerly the Senior Analyst for quantitative equity strategies and multi-strategy hedge funds. John remains a Portfolio Analyst working with several public and corporate plans, large endowments and foundations. John holds a first class Mathematics degree and a PhD from Sussex.

Barry CleasbyBarry Cleasby

Dr Barry Cleasby is Head of Risk and Assurance at Southern Water.

His current role is one of a number he has had with the company since 2015. Southern Water, a regional water utility, is a key local employers across Kent, Sussex and Hampshire.

Previously Barry worked as a civil servant, most recently at the Department of Education. Barry is an alumni of the Business School, with a DPhil in Science and Technology Policy from his time at SPRU.

Kate CroucherKate Croucher

Kate is Director Consultant Talent (UK and EMEA) at FDM Group in London, a company interested in technology and careers in this field.

Kate’s career has always focused on careers, helping graduates realise their potential whether in commercial environments or the university sector.

Her role at FDM Group is global and she is responsible for 2,500 hires annually, with 1000+ in the UK. This followed a 15 year career in higher education, including head of careers at Brunel University.

Katie GhoseKatie Ghose

Katie Ghose is Chief Executive of KIDS, a leading charity for disabled children and their families in England.

She previously served as Chief Executive of Women’s Aid Federation of England, the Electoral Reform Society and the British Institute of Human Rights. At Women’s Aid, Katie led vital work to safeguard and sustain local women’s services.

Prior to that she held leadership roles at the Electoral Reform Society, the UK’s leading democracy think-tank, and the British Institute of Human Rights, where she developed a human rights awareness programme to support disabled people and people with mental health problems. She is also a former barrister and has worked in policy and public affairs.

Born and raised in Sussex, she studied law at Oxford University and received a Masters in Political Science from the University of California, Riverside. She was appointed to the University Council at Sussex as an independent member in 2015.

Robert HoadRobert Hoad

Robert is currently the Director of Procurement and Property Services at Grainger PLC.

Prior to this role Robert's career has spanned multiple industries in both the Private and Public sectors, developing Commercial and Procurement functions and scaling growth businesses.

Robert holds an MBA from the University of Sussex.

Ros KellawayRos Kellaway

Ros is Head of EU and Competition at Eversheds Sutherland in London.

Tamara RobertsTamara Roberts

Tamara is Chief Executive Officer at Ridgeview Wine Estate in Ditchling, East Sussex.

Godfrey RyanGodfrey Ryan

Godfrey Ryan is Chief Executive Officer at Kura.

Before joining Kura in 2020, he had a career in technology sales, building and leading high-performing teams globally in the legal services, aerospace and telecoms industries. Godfrey was part of the executive management team of several start-up and mid-size companies that exited through trade sale, private equity and mergers.

Godfrey holds an MBA from The University of Sussex.

Rupinder SehmiRupinder Sehmi

Rupinder is Managing Director and Head of UK and European Real Estate Financing and Investments at LT Land.

Luc SoeteProfessor Luc Soete

Professor Soete is Honorary Professor of International Economics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Sandy ThomasSandy Thomas OBE

Sandy is Director at the Global Panel on Agriculture and Food Systems for Nutrition (Glopan) in London.

Bing WeiBing Wei

Bing Wei is a seasoned executive focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Public Private Partnership.

Armed with over 25 years of cross-border marketing and branding with Silicon Valley technology, Bing enjoys developing a vision and strategy, and leading teams to work with global government agencies and private enterprises.

Her senior roles in the Bay Area Council and Cisco Systems, together with her own PR/GR ventures and serving as CEO of an educational startup in Silicon Valley, have honed her entrepreneurial spirit.

Bing was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar to be personally mentored by former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, focusing on social innovation and impact with non-partisan collaboration.

She is a sought-after public speaker on CRS, the US-Asia relationship and cross-border marketing in US and Asian media.

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