Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members represent some of the leading names in business and management.

Paul Barrett

Paul Barrett 

Managing Director, Barretts Group, Kent

Paul is Managing Director of Barretts of Canterbury Ltd, a privately owned multi-franchised motor dealer group established over 110 years, with businesses in Canterbury and Ashford. The company employs 350 people and has a turnover of £120m.

Paul is also involved with a range of other organisations including Canterbury for Business (C4B), Canterbury Partnership, South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP), and Kent Economic Board Business Advisory Board (KEB) among others.

John Burbidge-King

John Burbidge-King 

CEO, Interchange Solutions

Formerly a Royal Marines officer, John joined De La Rue in 1982 where he was Global Director of Key Accounts, managed international distribution businesses from Chicago to Hong Kong and the international sales of a California based developer of computerised ID systems.

He established Interchange in 2006, advising companies on managing and mitigating ethical risk, in both the supply and demand sides. Interchange has worked in 62 countries and is a member of TheCityUK, ADS, the Fraud Advisory Panel and the BSI 10500 standards committee.

Mark Dance

Mark Dance

Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, Kent County Council

Mark was elected to KCC in 1997 having previously been a Swale Borough Councillor. He was initially trained as a Hydrographic Surveyor and had a very successful career in sales and marketing specifically on motivational training. He remains a businessman within the building industry.

Mark joined the KCC Cabinet in 2007 with an Education brief (Operations Resources and Skills) during which time he oversaw the billion pound capital programme  Building Schools for the Future . Mark has since chaired the Sport Olympic and Paralympics Group and the Regeneration and Economic Development Scrutiny Committee before taking his current Cabinet Member role in 2012.

Iain Hawthrone

Iain Hawthorn

HSBC (Alumnus) (Chair)

Iain graduated from CCCU in 2003 with a Masters Degree Distinction in Management Studies, following a Diploma with Distinction in Management Studies in 1998. Now a Global Relationship Director for HSBC Corporate Banking in Kent, he specialises in international trade finance and risk management. Iain has previously spent time in strategy consulting, including having held the chair of the Institute of Management Consultancy in London. He is now a strategic and entrepreneurial banker who very much helps to develop and build the Kent economy – he is also a Board member of the Kent International Business Program and speaker at international events.

Richard Heasman

Richard Heasman

Kreston Reeves

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and has worked at Reeves since 1990 where he is a Partner and Head of Forensic Accounting.

Richard advises individuals, companies and other organisations in relation to the quantum of claims, valuations and other one-off assignments. In the course of his work, he prepares many expert witness reports for court proceedings which periodically requires giving evidence in civil or criminal courts.

Tony Jones

Tony Jones

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (now retired from here)

Tony joined the Trust Board in March 2008, and was appointed Chairman in January 2009. He also attends several other Board sub-committees, two of which he chairs (the Remuneration Committee and the Foundation Trust Committee).

Outside of his duties at the Trust, Tony was Vice-Chair and Non-Executive Director of “Midland Heart”, one of the country’s top housing and care associations, sat as a Justice of the Peace on the mid-Kent bench for eight years and was a Board member for ten years of Groundwork U.K, a national environmental charity.

Previously, Tony had a highly successful career in international human resource management with the Ford Motor Company culminating in his retirement in 2002 as Director of Human Resources for Jaguar. Tony is also a past member of the Accounting Standards Ethics Committee.

Tom Purves

Tom Purves

Visiting Professor and former Chief Executive Officer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

In 1985 Tom joined the BMW Group as Sales Director in Britain and became Managing Director four years later. After a period at Rover Group he took responsibility for BMW Groups commercial Operations in the USA and the Americas. Career postings to Switzerland, Kuwait and the USA provided international experience. Tom retired from the Position of CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Goodwood (a BMW Company) in Spring of 2010.

Martin Riley

Martin Riley

NHS Medway Community Healthcare Trust

Having joined the NHS in 1995 starting in health promotion, Martin has worked both in commissioning and provision within PCTs.

Martin joined Medway PCT in 2006 as Director of Provider Development before taking the post of Managing Director of Medway Community Healthcare in March 2009. He was previously director of service development with Ashford PCT since 2003.

Having graduated from Canterbury, Martin then went on to complete a post grad diploma in health education before undertaking further studies in health management at City University, London.

Mei Sim Lei

Mei Sim Lei

LaiPeters

Mei Sim is the founder and Principal of LaiPeters & Co, Chartered Accountants, based in the City of London, which provides auditing, independent examination, accounting and tax services to the SMEs and charities and not for profit sector organisations.

Born and educated in Malaysia, Mei Sim has lived in the UK since 1970. In 2012 she won the Asian Women of the Year Award for her contribution to public service. She was appointed OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to equal opportunities . Since 1991, Mei Sim holds and has held several appointments in the public, private, voluntary sectors as well as City organisations. She is HM the Queen’s Representative for the London Borough of Brent.

Simon Wakeman

Simon Wakeman

Deeson Group (Deputy Chair)

Simon is Agency Director at digital agency Deeson. He’s responsible for the agency’s delivery of digital services to a wide range of clients including the Royal Collection Trust, Johnson & Johnson, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and Robbie Williams. 

His career spans entrepreneurial communications, marketing and digital roles with experience in the public and private sectors. He holds  professional qualifications in  PRmarketing and  change management. He is a  CIM Chartered Marketer, a former  CIPR Accredited Practitioner and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 

As an experienced speaker and trainer he has spoken at conferences for organisations including CIPR, CIM, PR Week, LGC, the Guardian, SOCITM and Public Sector Forums. He has trained communication and marketing teams in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand and has written for LGC magazine, Marketing, the MJ, Marketing Week, PR Week and Revolution.

Canterbury Christ Church University


Colm-Fearon

Dr Colm Fearon

Director of Postgraduate Programmes

Julian Glover 

Director of Undergraduate Programmes

Nicky Leatherbarrow

Nicky Leatherbarrow 

Director of Academic Programmes

Suzanne O'Brien

Suzanne O’Brien 

Director of Student Experience and Student Recruitment

Dr-Christopher-Russell

Dr Christopher Russell 

Director of Christ Church Business School 

Sarah Taylor

Sarah Taylor 

School Administration Officer (Assistant to Head of School)

Wim van Vuuren

Wim van Vuuren 

Faculty Director International Development

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