Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall control and strategic direction of the Association of MBAs. They meet regularly during the year to consider, determine and review AMBA’s strategies and policies, and to receive board updates from the CEO.

Trustees are drawn from our professional members and serve up to a maximum of six years in a voluntary capacity. Trustee positions are reserved for Deans or other representatives of our accredited business schools, and for the Chair of AMBA’s accreditation board. The Board delegates to three committees oversight responsibility for Human Resources and Nominations, Finance and Risk, and Membership, respectively. Professional members are invited to nominate Trustees and propose resolutions for Board consideration.

Len Jones

Len Jones | Chair

Len is a Chartered Accountant and currently works as a Group Finance Director in the SME transport sector. 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 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 from the University of the West of England and Charity Accounting from 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, which is 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.

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 organisations 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 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 centres on macroeconomics, monetary theory and policy, globalisation 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,“Globalisation and Business Schools: Toward Business and World-Sustainable Leadership” published in the special edition, Deans´ Forum on the Globalisation 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 in 1983 from The University of Texas at Austin in the USA, a master´s degree in Economic Development in 1976 from Vanderbilt University, USA and a B.Econ. Cum Laude in 1975 from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Peter Mozier

Peter Moizer

Professor Peter Moizer has been the Dean of Leeds University Business School since 2008.

Peter graduated with a chemistry degree from the University of Oxford and trained as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse before joining the Department of Accounting and Finance at the University of Manchester in 1979 and then moving to the University of Leeds in 1989 as its Professor of Accounting. He has been a chair and member of many EQUIS and AACSB peer review teams.

He was an editor of Accounting and Business Research for 13 years and a co-founder of the European Auditing Research Network. He has been a member of the Council and other committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, for whom he is one of two senior moderators for its professional stage examination. For eight years, he was a reporting member of the UK Competition Commission and contributed to the judgements on the economic regulation of Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, the merger to produce ITV, the market inquiries into home credit and into BAA. He is a strategic advisor to the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (assets of some €24 billion). He has also produced reports to the DTI on issues relating to auditing, including an assessment of the audit monitoring regimes employed by UK accountancy bodies. He is a trustee of EFMD and a member of the EQUIS committee and the Deans and Directors General Steering Committee. His research interests are primarily in the area of auditing and he has published extensively in books and journal articles.

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.

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.

Bodo Schlegelmilch

Bodo Schlegelmilch

Professor Bodo B. Schlegelmilch is Chair of the Institute for International Marketing Management at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, since 1997, and founding Dean of WU Executive Education from 2004-2015. Initially educated in Germany, he obtained two doctorates, a Ph.D. in International Marketing and a D.Litt. in Corporate Social Responsibility, from Manchester Business School in the UK and an honorary Ph.D. from Thammasat University in 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 in the UK and Professor of International Business at Thunderbird School of Global Management in the USA followed.

Bodo serves on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Marketing Science, USA, the Board of Trustees of the Association of MBAs in the UK, and the Executive Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Austria. He is on the Advisory Board of a number of international Business Schools and holds and has held various visiting appointments, for example at the Universities of Minnesota, USA, Keio, Japan, Leeds in the UK, Sun Yat-Sen, China, Cologne, Germany and the Indian School of Business.

Having taught in some 30 countries on six continents, Bodo received numerous teaching and research awards as well as Fellowships by the Academy of Marketing Science and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. His 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 the Academy of Marketing Science, and Journal of World Business. He has also been the first European Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Marketing, published by the American Marketing Association.