I graduated from the University of Oxford with a BA in Geography and started my PhD at the University of Wales, before moving to Stirling with my supervisor in 1983 where I completed my PhD.I was appointed as Lecturer in 1986, as Senior Lecturer in Marketing in 1992, and as Professor of Retail Marketing in 1998. I became Deputy Principal with specific responsibility for strategy and resources in 2007 and Senior Deputy Principal in 2011. After eight years in these senior management roles I returned to the School in 2015. I have served as Head of the former Department of Marketing on two occasions (1993-95 and 2000-2003) and as Director of the Institute for Retail Studies (1993-96 and 1999-2003).I teach on a range of retailing and marketing courses at undergraduate and full-time postgraduate level, and co-ordinate the Retail Management Context and International Retailing modules in the MBA in Retailing by distance learning programme. I am a visiting Professor at the Institute of Economic Research/Department of Business Administration at Lund University, Sweden and have held similar positions at the IGR-IAE, Université de Rennes 1, France, and Queens University, Canada. I am also President of the European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution (an association for academics researching and teaching retailing). I am a regular contributor to management development programmes and industry conferences on retailing in both the UK and Europe. My management development work has included contributions for Auchan, C&A, Coop Group, Delhaize, Easynet, Greggs, Hilding Anders, HOK-Elanto, Kingfisher, Makro, Tetra Pak, Vion Foods and Woolworths (Australia).