Staff Profiles

Staff Profiles

Staff have a range practice expertise and research experience, and are dedicated to providing the support students need to develop in to well-rounded professionals and to meet their full potential.

See below for more information and contact details for both our academic and business development staff:

Professor Chris Jones

Chris Jones

 

Chris joined Glyndŵr University in August 2012 as the Head of Business School. Whilst most of his time is spent managing the department, he has decided to undertake delivery on the Executive MBA.

Chris’s background is diverse, with a mix of academia and hands-on experience, both as an employee within a large company and in directing his own small business. After completing a PhD in MacroEconomics, Chris was recruited by Unilever Plc and spent six years gaining corporate experience, both nationally and internationally. Passionate about entrepreneurship, Chris left Unilever to create his own small business, which he spent four years managing. In this time he learnt first-hand of the challenges a small business owner faces. He has recently published a book describing his experiences entitled ‘Selling Moose’.

c.r.jones@glyndwr.ac.uk
01978293179


Gareth Harvey

Gareth Harvey

 

Gareth is both an accomplished business academic and freelance consumer psychologist. He undertook a PhD in Consumer and Organizational Psychology after observing that traditional paradigms used to explain consumer behaviour failed consider the psychology that drives employee and consumer behaviour. He researched a diverse range of areas, including learning theories and attention and evolutionary psychology, and sought to see how these theories can be applied to business performance.

Gareth now specializes in researching the impact of environmental cues in both a retail and corporate context. This involves quantifying how changes to our environment, (e.g. lighting, music, aromas etc.) change the way we shop and behave in a corporate vironment. Additionally, Gareth has worked on bespoke research projects for a range of large businesses, including: National Grid, Pixel, Kraft and United Biscuits.

g.harvey@glyndwr.ac.uk
01978293155


Kim Dimmick

Kim Dimmick

 

Kim is Business Development & Industrial Partnerships Manager at Glyndŵr University, working with academic colleagues and industry, to lead the development of work-base learning and part-time provision for the engineering and manufacturing sector and to manage all aspects of employer engagement and relationship management within all areas of advanced manufacturing and engineering industries.

k.dimmick@glyndwr.ac.uk
01978 293135

 

Laura Gough

Laura Gough

 

With an MA in Public Sector Management and BA (Hons) in Business Studies, Laura has over 10 years experience of establishing, developing and sustaining strong relationships between the University and Industry through a number of key roles. Laura’s current role as Business Engagement Executive includes the responsibility of developing strategic industry relationships, and helping businesses access excellent training, and qualifications. In addition, Laura supports KTP by developing projects with businesses across the region. Laura is responsible for ensuring the Professional Development Team achieve their goals.

As a new mum Laura spends her spare time looking after her son, and also enjoys walking. Laura has recently started a PhD focusing on the importance of business relationship management for University sustainability.

l.gough@glyndwr.ac.uk
01978 293997



Christina Blakey

Christina Blackey

 

Christina joined Glyndwr University from the University of Aberdeen in October 2013 bringing a wealth of experience in creating business learning and development networks. A graduate of Bangor University and the Open University, Christina is passionate about leadership and management skills. In her current role as Business Development Manager Christina is responsible for creating and developing partnerships between industry and academia and for ensuring that a first class learning and development service is delivered to regional and local businesses.

A trained statistician, Christina spent a number of years working with the public sector both at a variety of Universities and as a statistician with the Scottish Government before focusing on HR and Learning and Development.

c.blakey@glyndwr.ac.uk
01978 293985

Dr Alexandra Charles
Alexandra Charles is a Principal Lecturer and Strategic Resource Planner at the De Montfort University in Leicester.Her teaching focuses on the areas of management accounting at professional and postgraduate levels, and finance for managers, specifically for De Montfort’s in-house, distance learning and corporate Certificate and Diploma in Management Studies.As well as teaching in an academic capacity, Alexandra has considerable experience of teaching within organisations, such as RWE NPower and British Telecom.

Her career has involved undertaking various projects overseas, such teaching international accounting practices to representatives from Havana University and from the Cuban Ministry of Finance and Prices on behalf of the European Union.Alexandra was also involved in the development and implementation of the computer aided learning software ‘Byzantium’, a Government funded project carried out in China and Hong Kong.


Dr Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

 

Dr Thomas is not only a renowned speaker and academic.He has also spent many years in the field, managing companies in both private and public services, and is the founder and leader of the research and collaboration organisation DNA Definitive.He has spent time overseas consulting, teaching and working in India, China, Malaysia, Pakistan and parts of Europe, gaining significant experience in development and implementation of leadership within varying cultural environments.He is a specialist in Simplexity Theory, Complexity and Leadership

Paul’s views on management, strategy and organisational theory are highly critical and unconventional, yet proven. 

Paul is currently the subject of a BBC1 documentary ‘Ban the Boss’ and also of a BBC Radio Wales@Work Special called ‘The Business Doctor’, a series focusing on changing the mindset of business and placing organisational sustainability through the empowerment of frontline staff.


Phil Wilson

Phil Wilson

 

Phil began his career in accountancy within the commercial sector.However, since then he has gathered a great deal of experience in Higher Education, at several universities, and has lectured at all levels.He has also been involved in a wide variety of corporate and accountancy training programmes.He is currently the Programme Leader for the full-time MBA Programme at a large UK University and also Postgraduate Programme and Module Manager for the Accounting & Finance Department. His major topic areas are management accounting and financial management and his current research interests are within the area of risk management.Phil received the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teachers Award, at his current institute, in 2009.

Sarah-Jayne Gratton

Sarah Jayne Gratton

 

Sarah-Jayne Gratton is an author and social media brandologist, co-founder of the social media management business TeamGratton.Sarah-Jayne came originally from a TV and theatre background, but later moved into psychology and marketing, where she has worked with brands across the world to build both their professional and social capital.She has become a well-known social media personality with an impressive Twitter following (as @grattongirl) and is listed in the Top 10 Twitter Elite, as rated by TweetGrader.com.

Sarah-Jayne is an accomplished speaker and writer, being regularly featured in Social Media Today and other publications (including In-Spires Lifestyle Magazine and blogcritics.org). She is listed in the Top 10 of The Sunday Times Social List and her latest book "Follow Me" (Wiley 2012) is an Amazon best-seller.

George Savva

George Savva

 

George Savva is an experienced marketer and trainer with more than 20 years of experience in ‘below the line’ marketing, as well as in the delivery of cutting edge training.Whilst living in South Africa, George followed two passions:firstly, People Development with the Dale Carnegie Organisation (a role undertaken avocationally).Secondly, George worked as a marketing and sales professional in the branding, packaging and below-the-line marketing industry, meaning he was responsible for influencing a customer’s buying decisions on the shop floor.George believes that proactive and ‘useful’ communication with customers is essential because customers don’t like being sold to, but they do love to buy. 

Since arriving in the UK, George has founded and developed his training and coaching company It Takes … 7 Seconds Ltd.The company specialises in self-improvement programmes, from everything to increasing self-confidence to controlling habitual behaviours.


Mark Briegal

Mark Briegal

 


Mike Denison

Mike Denison

 

Mike Denison is the founder and managing director of both Lean Mentor International Limited and Cleareality Coaching Limited.Mike is an Executive Coach and Lean Management Consultant, specialising in leadership excellence, business process improvement and organisational development. 

Mike has built up a wealth of experience in the manufacturing industry and has particular experience in the lean management and lean leadership, having worked for Toyota for over a decade.He has 15 years of experience in lean management consulting and coaching and has worked with Mercedes Benz, Ford Motor Co, Westinghouse Nuclear Fuels, Irish Rail and most recently Daimler Trucks North America, to name a few.


Sid Madge

Sid Madge

 

Sid has run and worked for many of Europe’s most renowned and respected creative agencies including Conran Design Group, Wolff Olins and CGI. His work has covered all aspects of company communication, from corporate reporting to international branding projects.And he’s worked with many of the world’s leading brands including Heinz, IBM and VISA. Whatever the project, Sid believes there is a common truth:every successful brand builds value into the relationships they have with their customers.They inspire their staff and customers to believe in the products and services they offer.As Sid explains, “finding those special connections which build ‘valuable and emotional relationships’ is what makes the work I do so inspiring.