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.

Ian McDonald

Programme Director: Ian McDonald

Ian McDonald is an engineer and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the offshore oil and water industries. An innovator with various patents to his name Ian has bought and sold companies and enterprises. Ian has delivered MBA modules on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership for the University of Liverpool Management School Ian combines lived business experience with academic theory to offer students an individual perspective on creating sustainable business growth.

 

Benito,Giordano

Dr Benito Giordano

Benito Giordano is Senior Lecturer in the Management School at the University of Liverpool. His research explores the role of public funding and policy to enhance innovation, entrepreneurship and regional economic development across Europe.

 

Dale Heywood

Dale Heywood

Dale is an expert and Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Liverpool Management School Having successfully grown seven businesses, Dale understand the importance of innovative thinking, and has first-hand experience of navigating the full range of business challenges. She believes that everyone has the ability to be an entrepreneur and the skills we develop both in life and learning mean being enterprising is an increasingly valuable skill set for all. In her capacity as Senior Lecturer for the Management School Dale delivers teaching on entrepreneurship, business creation, sales and negotiation and sustainable entrepreneurship.

Andrew Borland

Andrew Borland

Andrew is Head of Commercial at the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), the UK's leading centre for digital engineering. Andrew leads a team which supports over 350 SMEs across the North West of England in their adoption of industrial digital technologies to drive productivity, efficiency and growth The VEC is currently leading the delivery of circa £13m of industrial innovation projects supporting SMEs in the region. Andrew started his career as part of the team at a successful Liverpool tech start-up before moving into R&D commercialisation, delivering successful spinouts and licensing deals. His current focus is on developing digital strategy at a board and operational level and the practical application of "Deep Tech” into established businesses.

 

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.

 

Aparna Venugopal

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

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

Jason Laws

Jason is Deputy head of department for Economics, Finance and Accounting. He 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.