Meet our academics

Our programmes are based on the most up-to-date research and are taught by experienced practitioners and academics working at the cutting edge of their disciplines.

Professor Stephen Woods

Associate Dean (MBA Programmes)

Professor Stephen A. Woods joined the management school in October 2019. Since gaining his PhD in 2004, he held a lectureship at University of Nottingham, and a Readership at Aston Business School, a Chair at Surrey Business School as well as a visiting Professorship at University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus.

Professor Woods' main specialism is personality at work and his research in this area focuses on psychometric and personality trait assessment, and personality development and change at work.

He also conducts research on recruitment and selection in organizations, with special interests in how to ensure fair and effective assessment and people-analytics procedures. Steve has wider interests in human resource management and development, for example in diversity management, coaching and well-being at work.

Dr Dane Anderton FHEA, FRSA

Director of MBA Programmes/ Director of Liverpool MBA

As Director Studies for the Liverpool MBA, Dr Dane Anderton manages the strategic and operational aspects of the programme. Alongside this role, he is also Director of MBA Programmes which allows him to have strategic oversight of the entire suite of MBA programmes.

Dr Anderton holds a PhD from ULMS which was awarded in 2014. Funded by the ESRC, his research examined the agglomeration and development of the video game and life science industries in the Liverpool City Region in collaboration with Liverpool Vision. His current research examines place leadership and sustainable development in city regions.

Dr Babatunde Buraimo

Director of Football Industries MBA

Dr Babatunde Buraimo is a Senior Lecturer in Sports Management. He was educated at the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University, where he holds a doctoral degree in economics. Dr Buraimo specialises in sports management and economics and has published extensively on the economics of sports broadcasting, demand for sports, and economics of sports participation.

‌Neil Coster

Director of Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA

Neil joined the University in 2015 with responsibility for launching the Horseracing MBA, having previously studied the Football Industries MBA in 2009. 

He has a background in senior sales and marketing roles for IT and Communications companies including Cisco Systems.  Since completing the MBA, Neil has worked as a sports business consultant and worked on a range of projects, including for the Racing Post and Leaders in Racing and a leading Premier League football club. 







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