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UBAA Launch: Guest speaker profiles

Professor Mike Cawthorne
Dean of the School of Science

Mike Cawthorne is a graduate of Liverpool University and obtained his PhD from the Royal Free Hospital, University of London. He was formerly Group Director of Diabetes and Obesity Research in the Department of Vascular Biology at SmithKline Beecham, where he led the research team that discovered the insulin sensitiser drug rosiglitazone, now marketed as Avandia. Mike Cawthorne received the Society for Medicines Research Award for Drug Discovery in 2001. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications. He is a former Chairman of the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO) and was the founding Secretary of the International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO).

He is an editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology, Journal of Endocrinology, Obesity Research.

Mike Cawthorne

Professor Susan Edwards
Dean of the Law School

A barrister and a well-known writer and broadcaster on feminist issues, she lectures in Evidence, Family Law, Sex and Gender in the Legal Process, Criminology / Criminal Justice and tutors in Criminal Law. She is Co-Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family.

Susan Edwards

Jennifer Fleming

Ms Fleming is Canadian / British citizen and a UK qualified solicitor. In 2001, she joined the private practice of Sidley Austin LLP, London, in the Corporate Securities Group and the International Finance practice group. In 2005, she moved to Merrill Lynch International, London, in debt capital markets and transaction management and was involved in a wide range of US, European and EMEA transactions including stand alone bond issues, Tier 1, subordinated debt, EMTN and GMTN programs, US Rule 144A and global Reg S bond issuances. Ms Fleming joined Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank in August 2008 as Senior Counsel for Treasury and Investments Group which includes ADCB’s joint venture with Macquarie Bank. Her area covers bilateral loan facilities, Islamic issues, derivative transactions, bonds, buy-backs, ongoing legal related matters to treasury as well as settlement issues. Ms. Fleming graduated from the University of Buckingham, England, with a Masters Degree in Commercial and Corporate Securities Law, and a Bachelor Degree in Law with French. She also holds a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Professor Anthony Glees
Director of BUCSIS, the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies

He is one of Britain's foremost security and intelligence policy analysts, with a wide public and media outreach. He is an advisor to the European Ideas Network's (EIN) on security issues. Professor Glees’s numerous publications include an influential analysis of the Stasi's secret intelligence work in the UK published in 2003. He has written on UK security policy, terrorism, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee, and the intelligence-led attack on Iraq in 2003. He sits on several editorial boards, including Intelligence and National Security and the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism at Macquarie University, and on various boards including the Oxford Intelligence Group and the Asia-Pacific Foundation in London.

Nigel Hawkins

Nigel Hawkins is an investment analyst, who specialises primarily in the utilities and telecoms sectors; he also covers several other sectors.

He has been employed in the City since 1988 and has worked as an investment analyst for Hoare Govett (now ABN AMRO), Yamaichi and Williams de Broe (now Evolution).

He is a regular feature writer for Utility Week and Cleantech magazines and frequently contributes to the financial media. In addition, he undertakes various research projects on energy, water and health policies for Westminster-based Think Tanks and other organisations.

Prior to joining the City, he worked for six years in politics, including three years as Political Correspondence Secretary to Lady Thatcher at 10 Downing Street. In 1987, he stood in the General Election as Conservative Party candidate in Sedgefield against Tony Blair.

He was awarded a 2.1 Degree in Law, Economics and Politics from the University of Buckingham and subsequently qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (AICS), whilst working as Export Sales Manager at Marlow Ropes, Hailsham, East Sussex.

Dr Charles Henn
Alumnus & Director of MA in Global Affairs Consultant Professor and Founding Director, MA in Global Affairs

Dr Charles Henn was one of the first students of the University College at Buckingham (as the University was originally called), and graduated with a Licence in Arts (Honours) in 1978. He subsequently achieved an MSc at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, and an LLM and PhD at Cambridge. He has taught at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand and, from 1990 to 2006, at the Graduate School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. He has advised foreign and other ministries of various countries both formally in closed-door sessions and informally through private discussions with seniors. These countries include the UK , France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and major powers in East Asia. His papers circulate as internal papers in these ministries. His research and publications are on international law and global affairs, including contributions to the Guide to International Relations and Diplomacy (London, Continuum: 2002).

Dr Henn invented the very effective personalised Professional Skills Training and Testing for students of International Law and has introduced and integrated them into each of the courses in the MA in Global Affairs programme.

Charles Henn

Daniel Ince
BSc (Hons)

Daniel Ince is currently an employee of BMC Global Services Ltd (a management consultancy firm specialising in business strategy and leadership). He has worked with BMC Global Services for a number of years whilst studying at Nottingham Business School. Upon completing his studies, he joined the BMC team full time to be part of a dynamic and free thinking organisation. His job incorporates business development, coordination, and increasingly, the integration of knowledge within the company.

Daniel has been involved in projects such as Leadership for Growth and Champions Experience in various capacities. He has also helped the company in the creation and opening of a new Elite Leadership Academy in the heart of Nottingham. In addition, he is heavily involved in ongoing marketing and development of the company.

Daniel's main business interests are strategy and finance, however he is also becoming increasingly involved in leadership and training as part of his job.

Dr Terence Kealey
Vice-Chancellor

Dr Terence Kealey has been Vice-Chancellor at the University since April 2001. He trained initially in medicine at Bart's Hospital Medical School, London, and on qualifying he specialised in clinical biochemistry. He studied for his doctorate at Oxford University, where he worked first as a Medical Research Council Training Fellow and then as a Wellcome Senior Research Fellow in Clinical Science. After 4 years in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he moved to Cambridge University to lecture in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry. He left after 13 years to come to Buckingham.

As a clinical biochemist Dr Kealey researched into human experimental dermatology, studying inflammatory skin scaling and other aspects of human skin cell biology. He published around 45 original peer-reviewed papers and around 35 scientific reviews, also peer-reviewed. He was funded by government, charitable and industrial sources.

It was while working as a researcher that Dr Kealey discovered how distorting government money could be, and in 1996 he published his first book The Economic Laws of Scientific Research where he argued that, contrary to myth, governments need not fund science. His second book, Sex, Science and Profits (2008) argues that science is not a public good but, rather, is organised in invisible colleges, which is why Government funding is irrelevant (read reviews of this book).

It is because of Dr Kealey's defence of independence in science, scholarship and higher education that he became Buckingham's Vice-Chancellor. He loves being at Buckingham because it is so small and friendly and because he gets to know so many of the students personally. The high point of his week is the Economist club, which meets every Monday in term-time at 18:30 in the Tanlaw Mill, where any student who has read that week's Economist is invited to discuss an article that interested them - and is also invited to defend their views about it! It's a robust debating forum, that club.

Terence Kealey

Lord Luce
Vice-Chancellor 1992 - 1996

Richard Napier Luce was born in Westminster on 14 October 1936. He was educated at Wellington College, and Christ's College, Cambridge.

He completed National Service in Cyprus 1955-57. From 1960 to 1962, he briefly joined the Overseas Civil Service, first as a district officer in Kenya. From 1963 to 1965 he worked for Gallaher Ltd as a brand manager, before becoming marketing manager for the Spirella Company of Great Britain. He was director of the National Innovation Centre from 1968 to 1971.

From 1972 to 1979, he was Chairman of IFA Consultants Ltd; he was also chair of Selenex Ltd (1973-79), and of Courtenay Stewart International (1975-79).

Lord Luce was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and Shoreham in a by-election in 1971. He was appointed the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Trade and Consumer Affairs in 1972. After the Conservative Party lost the February 1974 general election, he became an Opposition whip.

When the Conservatives returned to power at the 1979 general election, he became Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1981, he was promoted to Minister of State for Foreign Affairs within the same department. In 1982, he followed his Secretary of State, Lord Carrington, in resigning over the Argentinian invasion of the Falkland Islands. However he returned to office in 1983, again as a Minister of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In 1985, he was moved to the Privy Council Office as Minister for the Arts, which was his last ministerial office. He resigned in 1990. Lord Luce has previously been knighted in 1991, and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1986.

He became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham between 1992 and 96 and was Lord Chamberlain to HM The Queen from 2000 to 2006.

In 1997, he was appointed Governor of Gibraltar, an office he held until 2000, when he was created a Life Peer as Baron Luce, of Adur in the County of West Sussex, GCVO and became Lord Chamberlain in HM The Queen's Royal Household.

Lord Luce was created a Knight Companion of the Order of the Garter on 22 April 2008. The Order of the Garter is the highest Order of Chivalry in the United Kingdom and is in the personal bestowal of HM The Queen.

Professor Patrick Minford CBE

Professor Minford received his Doctor of Letters honoris causa in March 2002. The text which follows is taken from the formal address given at the graduation ceremony.

"Chancellor, as the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee continues in 2002 to under-shoot its inflation target of 2.5 per cent and unemployment in the UK remains below 4 per cent it is important sometimes to remember the way things were. During Patrick Minford's school days he would have experienced post-war reconstruction based upon a political consensus around Keynesian taxing and spending policies. Inflation and unemployment levels were not dissimilar to those prevailing today, but a storm was brewing. By the time he went to Balliol College Oxford to read Politics, Philosophy and Economics in the early 1960s and completed his MSc in Economics at the London School of Economics in 1970, the signs of economic breakdown were becoming more obvious. As he packed his bags to join Her Majesty's Treasury Delegation at the British Embassy in Washington in 1973 the rate of inflation was surging to over 10 per cent per year. Given his developing expertise in monetary theory and policy, he would no doubt have been grimly anticipating the inevitable further increase in the rate of inflation to over 20 per cent in 1975. Unemployment was also rising and seemed immune to the old remedies of government spending. It would peak at over 11 per cent in the mid 1980s.

It is to the analysis and solution of these post war problems that Patrick Minford has contributed with such distinction. Between 1976 and 1997 he held the Edward Gonner Chair of Applied Economics at the University of Liverpool. Since 1997 he has held a Chair in Economics at the Cardiff Business School. From this academic base he has produced a stream of academic papers and books showing that inflation is a monetary phenomenon that can be cured only by monetary means while unemployment is the result of distortions to the price system and cannot be painlessly cured by monetary expansion. He was one of the main proponents in the United Kingdom of the monetarist and 'supply-side' revolutions of the 1980s. His work has contributed greatly to the introduction of new mechanisms of monetary control. Between 1993 and 1996 he was a member of Her Majesty's Treasury Panel of Independent Economic Forecasters (popularly known as the 'wise men').

His work has not been confined to monetary matters, however, but has covered a very wide field. Because low levels of unemployment require a flexible labour force he has produced studies on the operation of labour and housing markets in the UK. Because markets confer their advantages fully only when competition prevails, he has written on monopoly policy and has served as a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. Patrick Minford has contributed to pure and applied economics; to economic theory and policy; to microeconomics and macroeconomics; to academic life and to government service; to scholarly and to popular journals. He is a political economist in the old fashioned sense. Since 1984 he has acted as a member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Institute of Economic Affairs. He was awarded a CBE in January 1996 for services to economics. Not least, he has supported this University over the years by regularly visiting the Economics Department to meet staff and students.

Chancellor, I present to you for the award of the degree of DSc Honoris Causa, Professor Patrick Minford".

Patrick Minford CBE

Dr Adolfo Paolini
Lecturer in Law

Dr Paolini is a lecturer in Banking Law and Company Law. His area of research and interest also includes Insurance Law and Dispute Resolution. He is the co-author of the recently published Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance and contributor to "Directors and Officers" (chapter 23) in the well known Professional Negligence and Liability loose-leaf published by Informa Law.

Adolfo Paolini

Chris Smith

Chris Smith studied European Studies in Buckingham and Aix-en-Provence, graduating with a 2.2 in 1984. He then became a solicitor, with West End media firm Marriott Harrison.

In 1988, Chris and Robin Totterman started Inspecs Ltd, a company which became a fast growing business in the eyewear sector [Walmart supplier of the year 2006, Queens award for international trade in 2007] – Robin was the brains behind that one. In 2001, Chris and Robin founded (together with a friend from Kiev) Maratex Ltd which has become a leading retailer in the CIS – Dima was the brains behind that one. In 2006, Chris formed Zeonardo Ltd to pioneer new fuels and to make transport greener – there are lots of big brains behind this one!

Chris has never deliberately set out to be an entrepreneur, but has some good friends who have created some good business around him. He sees himself as an accidental entrepreneur.

Chris is married with 4 daughters and lives in Somerset.

Chris Smith

Professor Rakesh Kumar Sondhi
BSc (Eng), MSc, MBA, MBIM

Rakesh Sondhi, Managing Director of BMC Global Services Ltd (a management consultancy firm specialising in business strategy), Visiting Professor at University of Buckingham and Visiting Executive Faculty at Henley Management College, has 25 years management and strategy experience in senior management positions with blue chip companies, covering financial services, aviation and agricultural machine industries, all over the world. In addition, he has extensive experience of working with the automotive, apparel, IT, Biotech and food sector. He is the author of Total Strategy. Rakesh also has a number of non-executive directorships.

Rakesh is a Business Strategy, Change Management and Leadership Development specialist whose many years experience in senior management positions in blue chip companies have demonstrated a creative, thought provoking and challenging mind, working in many industry sectors. He is internationally recognised as leading strategy faculty for Henley Management College. As a former editor of ConCise, an East European aviation journal, he has gained great insight into Eastern Europe and CIS markets. He also currently writes regularly for Management Today SA in leadership and strategy.

Rakesh is responsible for developing strategy and also undertaking client projects related to strategic change management and economic issues for a broad variety of corporate clients worldwide.

His current area of focus is the development of learning and leadership within companies as a resource towards implementing a corporate strategy and also the development of profitable growth in organisations. Rakesh has just finished building a unique, dedicated leadership development academy in Nottingham, embracing concepts and training methods from sport to accelerate the development of potential leaders and athletes. His Champions Experience programme is being used in a number of organisations in the UK.

Rakesh lectures on MBA and Executive programmes and has developed a number of workshops for senior executives from all over the world and has provided training programmes for international companies and delivered these programmes world-wide.

Currently, Rakesh is assisting a variety of SMEs from Scotland, through Scottish Enterprises, on a program of globalisation and leadership development.

Jae Sundaram
Lecturer in Law, Director and Admissions Tutor, LLM programmes

A dual qualified lawyer, Jae practised for a number of years before taking to academics. He has an LLM in Maritime Law from the University of Southampton and taught at the University of Plymouth before moving to the University of Buckingham. He teaches Maritime Law (both wet & dry), International Trade Law and Commercial Conflict of Laws in the LLM Programme and tutors in Torts and Contract Law.

Jae practices Tai Chi & Qigong and runs classes to both students and staff at the University of Buckingham.

Jae Sundaram

Dr Jane Tapsell
Dean of the Business School

Jane is Dean of the Business School. She also lectures in the areas of organisational behaviour and business psychology. Prior to joining Buckingham, she worked as a business psychology consultant and managed projects in selection, assessment, management development and team working for both public and private sector organisations. Jane's doctoral thesis was in the area of the organisational change to team working and she is currently researching the entrepreneurial personality.

Jane led the faculty team that developed and implemented the innovative new undergraduate programme in Business Enterprise.

Jane Tapsell

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