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Oxford Saïd Creates International Advisory Board for Executive Education

"At Saïd Business School we want to help executives to realise their potential and shape the future of their organisations by building on the intellectual richness of the University, and of our own faculty."


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Today, members of the new International Advisory Board for Executive Education gathered at Saïd Business School for their inaugural meeting. Chaired by Hugh Crisp, former Chief Executive at the leading law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, the 30 members of the Board represent a wide range of sectors and regions internationally, and bring significant insight and experience of executive development to the group. Board members are senior professionals practising within the field of executive development, talent management and human resources. The regions represented include Middle East, Europe, UK and Asia and the sectors include financial services, infrastructure, professional services, energy, consumer goods, retail, government, and high-tech.
In welcoming the Board to the School, Gay Haskins, Dean of Executive Education said: ‘At Saïd Business School we want to help executives to realise their potential and shape the future of their organisations by building on the intellectual richness of the University, and of our own faculty. We realise that this will be best achieved with help and advice and so we have created an International Advisory Board specifically for our Executive Education activity.’
‘The Board will be a key means through which we will learn of the most significant needs and activities of leading companies and public sector organisations worldwide in developing their prime resource -  the people they employ. The Board constitutes a global, diverse network of practitioners who want to shape a resource for 21st century leaders of business, government and the professions. It will facilitate debate on innovative pedagogical approaches that should form part of leadership development, and will draw upon relevant expertise within the wider community of the University of Oxford. The group will share information and insights on Executive Education priorities and challenges and will explore specific themes each time we meet. I look forward to the significant contribution the Board will make towards our goal of making a real difference to executive education within organisations.’
Chairman of the Advisory Board, Hugh Crisp said: ‘I am delighted to Chair this group of senior international practitioners, all of whom have a real interest in executive education and considerable experience of it in practice. The opportunity to help shape the executive education activity of a school such as Saïd is one which we all value. The potential to have a real impact upon leading edge executive education practices internationally – and how this translates into improvement in performance within organisations globally – is exciting and I am looking forward to taking this forward with my fellow board members and Saïd colleagues.’
Colin Mayer, Dean of Saïd Business School commented: ‘Oxford has been educating leaders for over 800 years. The Saïd Business School now educates both the leaders of today and tomorrow, and to this end, we are dedicated to being a global leader in the field of executive education. Through strong research, careful attention to programme design and the development of high-quality programmes, we are rapidly building what we offer to companies and individuals in executive education. Our executive education provision must always be driven by the needs, challenges and priorities of our customers and supporters. This is why we have developed such a strong, diverse and international Advisory Board for Executive Education which will help us foster even closer engagement with our stakeholders. We look forward to a continuing dialogue as our proposals for the future become a reality.’

Members of the International Advisory Board for Executive Education

  • Chair: Hugh Crisp, Former CEO, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
  • Gareth Ackerman, Chairman Pleiad Capital
  • Mugheer K Al-Khaili, Undersecretary General, Abu Dhabi Executive Council, Secretary General of UAE University
  • Abdullah Al Rakhis, Founder and Chairman of RAKISA Holding
  • Jayne Antrobus, Head of Talent Development, BAE Systems
  • Celia Baxter, Director of Group HR, Bunzl plc
  • Helen Bostock, Managing Director and Global Head of Campus Recruitment, Credit Suisse
  • Diana Breeze, Director of Organisational Development, Sainsbury’s
  • Julia Clarke, Global Learning & Development Partner, Clifford Chance LLP
  • Franz Cottone, Strategic Employee Development and Succession Assurance, BMW Group
  • Jonathan Flint, CEO, Oxford Instruments plc
  • Noel Hadden, Director, HR Development, Deutsche Bank
  • Ian Hardie, International Group Training Director, LVMH
  • Gay Haskins, Dean, Executive Education, Saïd Business School
  • Terry Hayday, Manager, Professional Standards, Lloyd’s Market Association
  • John Herbert, Executive Director, European HR Forum
  • Heiko Hilse, Senior Director, Learning & Development, Infineon Technologies AG
  • Ajit Gulabchand, Chairman, Lavasa Corporation
  • Alessandro Lanza, Chief Executive Officer, Eni Corporate University
  • Tony Marchak, VP, HR, Global Operations, BP International plc
  • Kirstan Marnane, Change Director, Client Communication, McKinsey & Company
  • Julia Middleton, Chief Executive, Common Purpose
  • Satish Pradhan, Executive VP, Group Human Resources, Tata & Sons Ltd
  • Kim E Pringle (Al-Sahhaf), Head of Education Sector, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
  • Juan Rovira de Ossó, Managing Director, Universitas Telefónica
  • Geoff Skingsley, Executive VP, Human Resources, L’Oréal Group
  • Rebecca Stevens, Leadership and Partner Development, Deloitte UK
  • Drew Watson, Head of Executive Development, Standard Chartered Bank
  • Andrew Wright, Director, Leadership & Partner Development, Ernst & Young LLP
  • Gao Ying Xin, Executive Director & Deputy Chief Executive, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd

The Saïd Business School is Europe’s fastest growing business school. An integral part of the University of Oxford, it embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education.

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