Patrons

In 2007, to celebrate our 40th anniversary, the Association of MBAs asked eminent business graduates who exemplify the value of business education to be our patrons. These 21 distinguished leaders are a source of inspiration to current MBA students and recent graduates now embarking on their own careers. They are examples that testify to the value of the accredited MBA, and we are proud to have them as our patrons.

Sir David Arculus

Sir David Arculus

Sir David Arculus is a past Chairman of the Government’s Better Regulation Task Force. In the private sector he has served as Chairman of O2 plc, Severn Trent plc, IPC Media and Earls Court and Olympia Ltd. Currently he holds a range of non-executive director appointments in both publicly and privately owned companies.

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

Lord Brooke was educated at Marlborough College and Balliol College, Oxford. He studied at Harvard Business School from 1957–9 where he completed his MBA, and subsequently became Research Associate for IMEDE and Swiss Correspondent for the Financial Times from 1960–1.

Sir Peter Burt

Sir Peter Burt

Sir Peter has been the Executive Chairman and Partner of Promethean plc since its inception in June 2005. He holds board seats for Cambria Automobiles Holdings Limited, Enterprise Group Limited, TIS & PDL, Promethean India plc and the Promethean India Investment Committee.

Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy

Michael Cassidy, CBE has practised as a lawyer in the City of London for 36 years and is currently a Consultant with DLA Piper.

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald Cohen

Sir Ronald is Chairman of Portland Capital LLP and The Portland Trust and Bridges Ventures. He was the founding partner and former Chairman of Apax Partners.

Sir Donald Cruickshank

Sir Donald Cruickshank

Sir Donald became Chairman of publisher Taylor & Francis in March 2004 following his resignation as Chairman of SMG plc. Between 2000 and 2003 he was Chairman of the London Stock Exchange and previously enjoyed a varied career in the finance and media sectors, holding several public appointments.

Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy

Maureen Duffy started as a graduate trainee in advertising at JWT in the early 1980s working across a broad range of client categories.

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Sir Christopher Hogg

Sir Christopher became Chairman of the Financial Reporting Council on 1 January 2006. He began his career in industry with Courtaulds in 1968, going on to become Chief Executive in 1979, executive Chairman from 1980, and non-executive Chairman from 1991 to 1996.

Will Hutton

Will Hutton

Will Hutton is Chief Executive of The Work Foundation, an independent, not-for-dividend research based consultancy.

Sir David John

Sir David John

Sir David was born in Wales in 1938. He graduated from Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1962 and received an MBA from Columbia University, New York in 1966. He attended the International Senior Management Programme at Harvard in 1984.

Sir Michael Peat

Sir Michael Peat

Sir Michael read law at Trinity College, Oxford and completed his MBA at INSEAD.

Sigurd Reinton

Sigurd Reinton

Sigurd Reinton was appointed Chairman of London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in 1999.

Lord Sainsbury of Turville

Lord Sainsbury of Turville

After reading History and Psychology at King’s College, Cambridge, Lord Sainsbury joined J Sainsbury plc in 1963.

Alastair Salvesen

Alastair Salvesen

Alastair Salvesen was educated at Fettes and achieved his MBA at Cranfield in 1966. He became Chairman of Dawnfresh Seafoods Ltd in 1983 and has also chaired Dovecot Studios Ltd and New Ingliston Ltd.

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Bruno Schroder

Bruno Schroder attended the Université de Tours, the School of Languages in Hamburg, the University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.

Dame Helena Shovelton

Dame Helena Shovelton

Dame Helena is currently Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation. In this role she sits on the following groups: UK Lung Cancer Coalition, the Department of Health’s Lung Cancer & Mesothelioma Action Group and the Department of Health’s Physiological Measurement National Oversight Group.

Lord Simon of Highbury

Lord Simon of Highbury

Currently Deputy Chairman of the Unilever Group and a non-Executive Director of the Suez Group, Lord Simon is also a Senior Adviser of Morgan Stanley International and a member of the International Advisory Council of Fitch and of Dana Gas.

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Paul Skinner

Paul Skinner is Chairman of Rio Tinto plc and Rio Tinto Ltd, which together form Rio Tinto, the global mining and minerals company, dual-listed in the UK and Australia.

Sir Cyril Taylor

Sir Cyril Taylor

Since 1987 Sir Cyril has served as Chairman of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), and from 1987 to 2007 as Adviser to ten successive Secretaries of State for Education on specialist schools and academies, serving in a voluntary unpaid capacity.

Sir David Varney

Sir David Varney

Sir David was appointed The Prime Minister’s adviser on Public Service Transformation in July 2007.

Sir Alcon Copisarow

Sir Alcon Copisarow

Sir Alcon Copisarow served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, followed by 20 years as a civil servant in which capacity he was Secretary of the Franks Committee which recommended the first UK business schools.

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