Meet the Team

We have brought together a blend of our academics and practitioners who teach, consult and research in their areas of expertise. Their skills and knowledge will be complemented by guest speakers who will share their expertise.

 Programme Director: Mr Richard Leighton

 Richard is the Entrepreneur in Residence for the new Brett Centre of Entrepreneurship within the University of Liverpool Management School - supporting the institute with its development of enterprise education, research and engagement / impact across the Liverpool City Region.  He earned a Masters in Enterprise Development where he focussed on the development of platforms that can provide entrepreneurs with access to the equipment, facilities and resources required to create successful start-ups. 

Professor Sue Bridgewater

Professor Sue Bridgewater

Professor Sue Bridgewater (PhD) is Director of Executive Education and Director of the Centre for Sports Business at University of Liverpool Management School. Sue combines her academic career in business and management with her involvement in sports practice.

Sue's early career was in brand management and new products with Forbo and Unilever. She completed her MBA and PhD at Warwick Business School, teaching and researching in the areas of marketing strategy, international marketing and international business.

Sue has designed, directed and taught on executive education courses for a range of blue chip clients including HSBC, IBM, Ford, Philips, Nestlé, Prudential, Diageo, TeachFirst, Ranks Hovis McDougall, Corus, KPMG. Since 2001, she has also developed and directed leadership and other executive education courses in sport and football. Sue’s PhD is in Emerging Markets and she has undertaken research on China, India and the Middle East.

 Mr David Cockayne

 David is a Senior Lecturer and has held research, consulatancy in high technology, start-ups and professional sport industries.  David has a keen     interest in medical and health technologies. 


Aparna Venugopal

Dr Aparna Venugopal

With a commercial background in engineering Aparna is a lecturer in strategic management and entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Liverpool management School Before joining us, she was a research associate in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship in an academic setting in Canada. She has a specific interest in how organisations can engage stakeholders in entrepreneurial opportunities. She works as a coach and mentor to entrepreneurial teams, largely in engineering solutions, and on the organizational designs of innovation and research methods.


Andy Lyons

Professor Andy Lyons

Andy Lyons is Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management.

He has specific expertise in the automotive, aerospace, consumer goods and food industries in the areas ofdesign of supply chain performance measurement systems; development of supply chain strategy; outsourcing and make/buy evaluations; bullwhip effect mitigation design and supply chain co-ordination planning; supply chain mapping and modelling; the facilitation and design of collaborative networks and collaborative innovation; operations strategy development; lean and agile practices; digital strategy and analytics in SMEs.

Jason Laws

Mr Jason Laws

Jason is a senior lecturer in Corporate Finance and his philosophy on finance education is focused on its real-world application. An innovative thinker and teacher, Jason focuses on participant engagement and interactivity to deliver engaging and inspired learning sessions.

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