Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Association of MBAs (AMBA). They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review AMBA’s strategies and policies, and to receive reports from the CEO and/or COO. They work for AMBA in a voluntary capacity.

Members of the Board of Trustees are elected by AMBA’s graduate and individual members. They serve for three years and are eligible for appointment for one further consecutive term of up to three years. In addition, the trustees may co-opt up to six individuals to be members of the Board of Trustees. The co-opted members serve for one year and can be co-opted again for up to six years. These members can be representatives of business schools (up to 2 co-options) and employers (up to 2 co-options) with up to a further two co-options to be used at the discretion of the Board.

Association of MBAs Board of Trustees are listed below:

Len Jones

Len Jones

  • Chairman

Len is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as a Group Finance Director in the SME sector (transport). He qualified with Deloitte Haskins and Sells, before moving to a smaller accountancy practice where he was a Partner for eight years. After obtaining his FCA he next transferred his skills into commerce to become financial director of a listed PLC and guided the company through the Alternative Investment Market up to a main Stock Exchange listing, and helped it through two rights issues and significant capital expenditure. His first degree is in Accounting and Financial Administration and he holds Post Graduate Diplomas in Personnel Management (UWE) and Charity Accounting .(Cass).

His MBA was obtained from Cranfield University. In addition to his full time role he also sits on the ICAEW Finance and Management Faculty Committee and on the SME Audit Sub-Committee of the Auditing Practice Board (part of the Financial Reporting Council). Len recently completed his MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management at Cass.

He is also currently working on a special project with the UK Government as part of their Transparency and Trust initiative.

Angus Blackwood

Angus Blackwood

Angus Blackwood joined AMBA in 1997 after obtaining his MBA from Warwick and became a Trustee on the AMBA Board in February 2015. Angus also holds a degree in Engineering from Aberdeen University.

Angus has 30 years’ experience in the broadcast and technology sectors and is currently Managing Director of HawkCX, which helps its clients grow by enabling them to exceed customer expectations, through the HawkCX customer engagement programme.

Angus has extensive experience leading international service delivery for large bluechip customers like Arqiva and Kingston Communications including leading the team that delivered TV and radio across the UK for the London 2012 Olympics. Angus has led customer service and engineering teams of up to 700 people involving managing significant change and customer engagement programmes. Angus is passionate about enabling front line employees to deliver great customer service.

Angus has run teams responsible for the UK’s critical national infrastructure and also managed the largest satellite teleport network in Europe. He led the international deployment of broadcast centres for WorldSpace where he established broadcast centres in South Africa, Ghana, UK, USA, and Singapore. Angus has also held positions at the European Space Agency in Germany and at British Aerospace where he engineered communications satellites. Angus was a member of the board that led a management buy-out from Kingston Communications and has useful experience integrating newly acquired businesses.

Angus also works as a volunteer speaker with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. He is married with two sons and lives in Hertfordshire.

Saibal Chattopadhyay

Professor Saibal Chattopadhyay

Prior to joining IIM Calcutta in 1997 as a faculty in the Operations Management Group, he has over 13 years of teaching and research experience in Presidency College, Calcutta, and at the University of Connecticut, Stamford. He has also held visiting appointments in the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Since 2001 he has been working as a Professor in IIM Calcutta, and has taken up the position of the Director, IIM Calcutta in April 2013. Prior to this, he had also served as the Dean (Programme Initiatives) of the Institute, twice as a Faculty Representative in the Board of Governors, and was also involved in several other committees. On behalf of the Institute, he has also served as a consultant for several government and corporate bodies such as Ministry of Human Resource Development, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Tea Board, etc.

Rob Dixon

Professor Rob Dixon

Professor Dixon has been a member of staff in the Business School since 1992. He was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in Management and subsequently promoted in 1995 to a Readership in Accountancy and Finance. He has held various administrative roles in the School including Chair of the Board of Studies, Director of the MBA Programme, and in April 2008 was appointed Dean of the School.

In 1998 he was promoted to a Chair of Management Accounting. His research interests are broad and include investigations of the contribution of venture capitalists and the impact of regulation on business. He is a highly regarded speaker and has held visiting professorships in Malaysia, Hong Kong, France and Finland. Rob is the author of a number of books and articles in the broad field of Management, and has published extensively in learned journals on the broad subject of financial management and performance appraisal.

He has carried out accreditation reviews for EQUIS AACSB and AMBA and is a member of the Associations International Accreditation Advisory Board.

Sarah Laessig

Sarah Laessig

Sarah holds a number of board positions across the commercial and non-profit sectors, which reflect her experience and interest in education, international development, developing markets and financial services.

In addition to this role in the education arena, she is a UK Government appointed Commissioner on the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and Treasurer and a Member of the Board of the Wharton Club of the UK. Sarah has also served on the Lauder Institute’s Global Alumni Board of Directors. In the commercial sphere, she is an Advisor to the Board of Crecera Finance Management Company, supporting SME commodity exporters in Latin America; and a member of the Board of Advisors of PixelPin Ltd., an award-winning UK-based financial technology company.

Sarah previously enjoyed a 17 year banking career at Citigroup, managing businesses across developed and developing markets. Most recently, she was Industry Head for the Public Sector for Citigroup’s Transaction Services business for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. She also served as a member of the Executive Committee of Global Transaction Services EMEA, which directed the $3.6bn regional business. Sarah has worked around the world in several key markets, including Russia, Latin America, Asia and Africa. She speaks Spanish and Russian.

Sarah holds an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in International Affairs with a concentration on Latin America from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration on Soviet area studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Sarah also holds The Financial Times’ Non-Executive Director Diploma.

Maria de Lourdes

Dr María de Lourdes Dieck-Assad

María de Lourdes Dieck Assad is Dean of EGADE Business School at Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico since January 2011. She has held senior professorship and leadership positions in prestigious academic institutions and public and private organizations in Mexico and internationally. She has served as Mexico´s Ambassador to Belgium and Luxembourg and as Chief of the Mexican Mission to the European Union and Permanent Representative to the European Council, and was decorated with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Belgium for distinguished service.

In Mexico´s Federal Government, she served as Under-Secretary for Economic Affairs and International Cooperation at the State Department and as Chief of Advisors to the Secretary of the Economy. She has been an economic consultant to several international
institutions including the World Bank in Washington, DC in June 2015, Dean Dieck Assad was appointed to the Association of MBAs´ Board of Trustees. In 2014, she was elected to the global board of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in representation of Latin American AACSB member institutions.

In 2010, Dean Dieck Assad was appointed as a professional Board Member to two subsidiaries of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Dean Dieck Assad´s research centers on macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, globalization and the Latin American economic context. She has collaborated with Nobel Prize winner Paul A. Samuelson, William D. Nordhaus and José de Jesús Salazar in the book, “Macroeconomía con aplicaciones a México” (1998, 2001) as well as, “Macroeconomía con aplicaciones a América Latina” (2006) with the same co authors. Her publications as EGADE Business School Dean include,“Globalization and Business Schools: Toward Business and World-Sustainable Leadership” published in the special edition, Deans´ Forum on the Globalization of Business Education and Development: Reflections and Directions for the Future, in the Journal of Teaching in International Business (2013).

Dr Dieck Assad earned her PhD in Economics (1983) from The University of Texas at Austin (USA), a master´s degree in Economic Development (1976) from Vanderbilt University (USA) and a B.Econ. Cum Laude (1975) from Tecnológico de Monterrey (Mexico).

Andrew Lock

Andrew Lock

  • Chair, International Accreditation Advisory Board

Andrew Lock is Emeritus Professor of Marketing and Business Administration at the University of Leeds, where he was Dean of the Business School from 2000 to 2008. He was previously Chairman of the Association of Business Schools in the UK and Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. Earlier in his career, he also taught in Canada and France. His Masters and PhD are from London Business School.

He has undertaken AMBA accreditations since 1998 and been a member of the International Accreditation Advisory Board since 2002. Through his work with AMBA and other bodies and national governments, he has reviewed business schools and MBA programmes across 6 continents

He was a member of the panel which advised the British government in 1992 on the granting of research degree awarding powers to institutions seeking university status in that year. Andrew is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and the Association of Business Schools, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Direct Marketing, and the Royal Society of Arts, a chartered member of the British Computer Society and a Freeman of the City of London. He was a member of the Steering Group of the Leeds Financial Services Initiative and was also involved in promoting UK financial services and financial education overseas. His work has been published, inter alia, in the Journal of Marketing Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of the OR Society, and Management Learning.

Chris Parkinson

Chris Parkinson

Chris has been working in the People / Organisational Development area for over 15 years. He has worked at a range of blue chip organisations including Barclays Bank, Deloitte Consulting and American Express. His last role was as Head of Leadership, Development and Talent for Dixons Retail, the largest electrical retailer in Europe with a workforce of over 40,000 colleagues.

Outside of the commercial world Chris has also been heavily involved in the delivery of two major sporting events, the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, and the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the 2012 Games Chris led the Workforce Training team that was responsible for training the 200,000 strong workforce. This involved delivering over 1 million hours’ worth of training during the first half of 2012.

Chris is Head of Learning & Development at TSB, a start up organisation with over 200 years’ heritage.

Chris has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and has guest-lectured at Said Business School, Ashridge Business School and Greenwich School of Management.

John Peters

John Peters

John started his career as an RAF fast jet pilot flying the Tornado GR1 and served during the Gulf War in 1991. Following his retirement from the RAF, he found his own management consultancy firm providing business critical development, consulting and coaching through a leadership lens. He is a former Director of Performance for the Executive MBA at Aston Business School, a Fellow of Kingston Business School and a former Chair of the Association of MBAs.

In addition, he runs the Leadership Module of the Executive MBA at the Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow. Recently, he was appointed as a Governor of the Royal Grammar School Worcester. John earned his MBA from the University of Leicester.

Tim Randall

Tim Randall

Tim Randall currently works for Seagate Technology LLC., where he is a Senior Staff Black Belt within the Cloud Systems and Electronics Solutions (CSES) Group. In this role he leads and delivers major business improvement programs from inception to completion, providing managerial, statistical problem solving and process improvement methodologies to drive up customer satisfaction levels and business performance.

Tim has spent his entire career working in the technology and hi-tech sectors as a line manager and management consultant. He worked for organisations such as Compass Management Consulting (now ISG), Gartner, Applied Materials, General Motors, Motorola and Lloyd's Register. His areas of expertise include Business Transformation, Business Process Management & Improvement and IT Management. He is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, a Chartered Manager, Chartered IT Professional and Fellow of the Institute of Consulting, the Chartered Management Institute, the Institute of Operations Management and the Royal Society of Arts. Tim has an MBA with a Technology Management focus from the Open University Business School (OUBS).

Anna Maria Favini Robertson

Anna Maria Favini Robertson

Anna Favini Robertson is an Italian training specialist with over 20 years’ experience of working with corporate and individual clients, professional associations, training groups and educational/academic institutions in both the private and public sectors. She specialises in the design and delivery of both open and customised professional development programmes, in which she combines the relevant knowledge from her MBA with interpersonal and professional skills. Fully bilingual (English/Italian), she works in both languages for an international client base.

She has an MBA from the Open University Business School, which she completed between 2001 and 2004, studying from her hometown near Varese, in the north of Italy. She has been an AMBA member since 2005. Born and bred in Italy, Anna moved to the UK as a university student and then spent a few years living and working in London. She moved back to Italy in the 1980s. She always combined her first career in teaching in Italian High Schools and academic institutions with freelance work in a variety of sectors, which helped her build extensive expertise and hone her training skills in different contexts. She started her own training consultancy, Bprofessional, in 2008.

Bodo Schlegelmilch

Bodo Schlegelmilch

Bodo B. Schlegelmilch is Dean of the WU Executive Academy and Chair of the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates (Ph.D. and D.Litt.) from Manchester Business School (UK) and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University (Thailand). Starting at Deutsche Bank and Procter & Gamble in Germany, he continued his career at the University of Edinburgh and the University of California, Berkeley. Appointments as British Rail Chair of Marketing at the University of Wales (UK) and Professor of International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management (USA) followed.

Bodo has held various visiting appointments, for example at the Universities of Miami (USA), Keio (Japan), Leeds (UK), Sun Yat-Sen (China) and Cologne (Germany). He has received numerous teaching and research awards and was granted Fellowships by the Academy of Marketing Science and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. He research has been published in a wide variety of books and journals, such as the Strategic Management Journal, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of World Business. He has been also been the first European Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing, published by the American Marketing Association.

Helen C Stevens

Helen C Stevens