International Business Advisory Board

Our International Business Advisory Board helps Stirling Management School to achieve its mission.

Board members offer advice and advocate for the Faculty, helping Stirling Management School to improve the experience of students and other stakeholders. Members bring skills, knowledge and a depth of experience from a range of sectors and organisations, along with a genuine passion to benefit students’ learning, development and employability.

The Board is also a forum for the exchange of good practice and a 'critical friend' to the Management School: members advise on the taught portfolio of programmes and connect the Faculty with businesses, organisations and strategic partners to maximise opportunities for external engagement, knowledge exchange and collaboration.

Stirling Management School International Business Advisory Board meets twice in each academic year. Members also donate their time to engage with students and staff in a number of events and activities throughout the year.

Board members

Garrets is the world’s leading provision and stores management partner at sea, dedicated to managing budgets and delivering provisions and stores to ships all over the world. Stanley is also the Chairman of Strachans in Peterhead, the leading distributor of Food & Catering Consumables to the UK Offshore & Shipping Industry; and Strategic Advisor to Wrist.

Previously, Stanley was Chairman of David Sands Ltd through to its Sale to the Co-op; Regional Director for Scotland Martin McColl; Managing Director McLeish Ltd; Chairman of Harris International Marketing Ltd; National Advisor to the Co-op and regional Co-ops; Advisor to Somerfield PLC; Managing Director Aberness Foods Ltd through to its Sale to Somerfield; and Regional (Scotland) Sales Director Watson and Philip PLC.

Stanley was also Vice Chairman, Scottish Enterprise Grampian; Chairman of Scottish Enterprise Grampian Finance Committee; Board member of NISA; Board Member of Mace Marketing Services; and Council Member of Spar UK.

Scott started his own facilities management company, ecos, in 1997, taking on the role of Managing Director. Since then, Scott has carried out work in pest control, recycling (The Ecopak Recycling Compliance Scheme), fire extinguisher maintenance programmes, occupational health and safety, court work, expert witness services and criminal enforcement advice.

For over ten years Scott was the independent legal and safety advisor to the Scottish Wholesale Association, representing businesses such as Booker, Brakes, 3663, Dunn’s Food & Drink, JB Foods Scotland, Filshill Ltd, and Ian Hill ltd.

Scott was appointed as the University of Dundee’s first Entrepreneur-in-Residence in 2012, and has recently been appointed as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Stirling Management School.

Hazel joined the Sea Fish Industry Authority as Industry Analyst in 2000, before becoming Chief Economist, then taking up her current role as Director of Corporate Relations. She previously held the role of Senior Business Analyst at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Hazel has contributed her expertise to many government and industry initiatives to help improve fisheries management and business practices.

She is a member of the European Commission’s Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries, providing official advice to the Commission, and from 2011 to 2015 was President of the European Association of Fisheries Economists.

Hazel has recently been elected as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, the global professional association for fisheries economists.

Catherine’s early career was in business management within the legal profession, after which she entered the third sector where she quickly progressed to senior management in roles that focused on business and financial management, change projects and general operations.

She has worked for Keep Scotland Beautiful since 2011 and has worked for environmental charities for over fifteen years. She is a member of its Executive Team and looks after all operations, communications, marketing, policy and fundraising.  She previously held the role of Finance and Corporate Services Director and is currently Secretary to the board of charity trustees.  Catherine is passionate about environmental issues and takes the lead on a number of organisational initiatives including our Greening KSB activities and embedding the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Catherine has always had an interest in the environment and in her own time has undertaken studies in environmental science and sustainable development. Catherine loves the outdoors and enjoys walking, cycling, playing golf and relaxing in her garden. She believes that everyone can make a connection with and respect our environment and in doing so can reap positive benefits such as improved quality of life, health and well-being.

Wrist is the largest global ship/ offshore supply company. Prior to this role, Robert was Group Senior Vice President, Head of Route management of A.P. Moller-Maersk; Vice President, Agency, Maersk (China) Shipping Co. Ltd; and Senior Director South China Region, Shenzhen, China, Maersk (China) Shipping Co. Ltd. 

Fiona is also non-executive director of the Scottish Futures Trust, and was previously CEO of Forth Valley NHS Board. Fiona joined the NHS as a Graduate Trainee and spent her early career working mainly in mental health. She worked in Acute Services in Lanarkshire until her appointment as Chief Executive of Highland Communities Trust, and later the Highland Primary Care Trust.

Fiona Chairs the local Substance Action Team on behalf of the Forth Valley Partnerships, and also teaches on the Stirling Management School MBA.  

Ian is also Chairman of the Board of Edinburgh College and a board member at Colleges Scotland, the sector body for Further Education in Scotland. Ian has been a leading member of the Institute of Directors in Scotland for a number of years and was the Chair of the Institute of Directors UK Council. Before that he was the head of the Royal Mail in Scotland.

Sandy became Chief Executive of Johnston Carmichael in 2007 and is now Chair and Head of Client Services. Prior to joining Johnston Carmichael, Sandy worked with Arthur Andersen in London and Zurich in their audit and assurance division. 

Sandy held, until recently, the position of President of ICAS and currently sits on the Board of PKF UK and Ireland. He is also the Honorary Dutch Consul for the North of Scotland and a Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire.

Prior to taking on leadership roles in academia, Martin worked in the private sector, for RAND Europe and Technopolis Group. Martin is well known for his work on science, technology and innovation as well as the Triple Helix on university-industry-government relations.

He holds visiting appointments at the Birkbeck Centre for Innovation Management Research, the Centre for Research & Development Monitoring at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and SC-Research at the University of Vaasa. He joined Aberdeen Business School from Kent Business School, where he was also Dean.

Prior to this, Martin held positions at University of Sussex School of Business; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium); Helsinki University of Technology - now Aalto University (Finland); the Finnish Institute for Enterprise Management; and Linköping University (Sweden).

Martin is an AACSB reviewer and mentor; Deputy Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Research Committee; and is the Finnish Government’s Innovation Advisor.

John (known as Jock) has been Director of Abune since 2013. Prior to this Jock was HR Director, PwC Middle East; HR Director, Lazard, London; HR Director Thoughtworks, Chicago; HR Director, City Practitioners, London; Director, Psj, London; HR Senior Manager, Coopers & Lybrand; and Personnel Officer, LSE.

30 years as an HR practitioner and consultant leading his own business have given Jock significant direct experience of employee, shareholder, trustee and boardroom issues and of the complexities of managing large teams. Jock is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Prior to his role as Medical Director Sanjiv was a senior house officer; a consultant in pediatric and neonatal intensive care; and Deputy Medical Director for Medical and Dental Education at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

University of Stirling and Stirling Management School Members

Table showing University of Stirling and Stirling Management School Members
First column is members, second column is position held by members
MemberPosition
Professor Malcolm MacLeod Senior Deputy Principal (Operational Strategy and External Affairs)
Student Representatives

Student Presidents of:

  • the Student Management Investment Fund
  • the Marketing Society
  • the Business Society
Professor Kevin Grant Dean, Stirling Management School
Susan Steggles Faculty Manager, Stirling Management School
Lynn Whiteside Employability Manager, Stirling Management School

 

Contact us

Please contact Lynn Whiteside on lynn.whiteside@stir.ac.uk or Kevin Grant on kevin.grant@stir.ac.uk.