Entrepreneurs

Executives in Residence

Our Executives in Residence initiative is a network of senior executives with experience of working in and with large organisations, who provide strategic guidance on business engagement, research impact and support the development of executive education programmes. The Management School has an outstanding track record of providing innovative programmes for businesses which draw on our cutting-edge knowledge but we want to do more. The Executives in Residence share their invaluable insights to help us understand the needs of large organisations and act as our ambassadors, engage with staff and students, and provide guidance on new programmes.

Our Network

Introducing Lancaster University Management School's network of 12 Executives in Residence.

Andrew Peters

Managing Director – Siemens Digital Factory

Andrew Peters has been Managing Director of the Siemens Digital Factory in Congleton since July 2014 having previously been Divisional Director of Drive Technologies from November 2009. Prior to this Andrew held a number of General Management & Business Management positions within Siemens in the UK. 

Andrew graduated from Leicester University in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Before joining Siemens, he worked for GEC ALSTOM, ABB and Cap Gemini in a number of Manufacturing, R&D, Engineering and professional Consulting roles. 

Andrew was born in 1967 in St Asaph, North Wales, and is married with one daughter. In his early years, Andrew also pursued a career as a professional snooker player.

Andrew Peters

Barrie Wells

Founder and Chairman – The Barrie Wells Trust

Barrie is a lifetime financial services entrepreneur who focuses on both innovative pricing and marketing.  He has founded, owned and managed insurance operations in both the UK and overseas.  These include the very successful direct home and motor insurance operation Prospero Direct, which became AXA Direct in 1996; and Premierline Direct, the UK’s first direct commercial insurance operation that Barrie sold to Alliance in 2006.

Barrie was also a Non-Executive Director at Marks & Spencer Money for 10 years.  Having ceased operational activity in 2008 following the sale of Premierline in 2006, Barrie continues to invest in other businesses where he can add shareholder value.

Since 2008 Barrie’s main focus is his charity, the Barrie Wells Trust.  This Trust is a charitable organisation founded and entirely funded by Barrie.  From 2009 Barrie funded a team of 20 British 2012 Olympic medal contenders who in return gave time back to the Trust by delivering workshops to 35,000 children as part of the Trust’s Athletes4Schools scheme.  Twelve of the athletes chosen made the top 6 in the 2012 Olympics, including Jessica Ennis who was also the Patron of this initiative.

In 2010, Barrie launched his Box4Kids scheme, which enables seriously ill children to enjoy VIP experiences from executive boxes in over 100 iconic sporting and entertainment arenas. To date well over 5,000 seriously ill children and their guests have benefited from these VIP experiences.

Barrie was educated at the Merchant Taylors’ School in Liverpool and holds an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.  He is also an international speaker on entrepreneurship and direct insurance at conferences.

Barrie Wells

Brian Gregory

Director – Safety Management (UK) Ltd

Brian capitalised upon his career in the Fire & Rescue Service when he started his own company, Safety Management (UK). With their primary work being in Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Safety consultancy, Brian has guided SM (UK) to be one of the largest providers of Fire Risk Assessments in the UK since 2011.

Working in multiple sectors including Housing, Retail, Education, Manufacturing & Industrial, Brian has developed SM (UK) into a nationally respected fire safety provider. He now uses his knowledge of the industry to innovate and has most recently been involved in developing Fire Risk Assessment software (Safire) that is designed to enable businesses to be able to better conduct their own Fire Risk Assessments.

Understanding that an SME's innovation is critical to future success, Brian is at the forefront of developing the fire safety industry in the 21st century working with industry, government agencies and academia.

Brian is an Honorary Teaching Fellow and represents Lancaster University at the Open Innovation Forum in California, where leading corporations such as Coca-Cola and GE meet on a sixth monthly basis.  Brian brings experience as a small business owner, as well as his knowledge of Open Innovation.

Brian Gregory

Jacqueline M Redman

Group Marketing Director – Olleco

Jacqueline is passionate about international marketing and has held senior executive roles across diverse and international manufacturing sectors, from stainless steel to luxury papers to sustainable packaging. In November 2017, after a successful 8-year career with Cumbrian based James Cropper plc, where she held 3 senior positions, Jacqueline joined Olleco, the renewables energy company as Group Marketing Director. Olleco’s vision is 100% resource recovery for the food industry.  

Throughout her career, Jacqueline has been involved in the set up and launch of a new business, corporate rebranding, deployment of effective commercialisation strategies and   building of highly effective and motivated teams. Prior to joining James Cropper plc, Jacqueline worked with 3 UK based companies with foreign ownership, helping them to drive and deploy their growth strategies and plans, which enabled her to operate and live in different countries, work alongside talented people and build wider cultural understanding.  

As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Jacqueline has been able to explore her interests in seeking ways for Art, Manufacturing and Commerce to come together and do amazing things.  

Jacqueline Redman

Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive - University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

Jackie began her career as a nurse and undertook a number of Director and Chief Executive roles, before being appointed as the Chief Executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in August 2012. Jackie has successfully led the Trust out of special measures whilst establishing ‘Bay Health & Care Partners’ to deliver an ambitious healthcare strategy (Better Care Together) to integrate services across Morecambe Bay – one of the leading Accountable Care Systems. 

Jackie has embedded significant cultural change into the organisation following publication of the Kirkup Report into maternity services using a range of innovative approaches and techniques including ‘Listening into Action’ and ‘Flourish’. Since Jackie’s appointment, the Trust has embarked upon a successful improvement journey – moving from being rated as ‘inadequate’ and in special measures by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2014, to ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding’ for caring in 2017, and now sits among the top rated NHS hospitals in the country.

The Trust has won a number of national awards and is one of the top 50 most inclusive employers in the UK. As a Chief Executive for the last 15 years, Jackie has led acute, mental health and specialist Trusts. Jackie holds a Master’s Degree in Quality Assurance in Health & Social Care and is a qualified business and personal coach. 

Jackie is an avid health and wellbeing commentator and a member of the HSJ Women Leaders Board.  Jackie has been shortlisted in the HSJ top CEO list in 2016 and 2017.  In 2017, she entered the HSJ top 100 most influential people in health and is shortlisted for the HSJ CEO of the year award. 

Jackie Daniel

Johanna Telfer

Head of Organisational Development – Sellafield Ltd

Johanna is a passionate transformational leader with over 20 year’s strong delivery in Senior Change Agent and key Influencer roles predominantly in the energy sector. Johanna is an Organisational Psychologist by trade; and has an enviable breadth of experience in Organisational Human Factors, Organisational design and development, culture change, transformation business improvements and as a Facilitator, Trainer, Coach and Mentor.

Johanna is a founding member of the Cumbrian Continuous improvement forum and an active business mentor for Cumbria SMEs. She is also a member of the Cumberland Football Association where she sits as an independent member of the disciplinary committee.

An alumna of Lancaster University Management School (Org Psych ’94), Johanna is delighted to be working with LUMS in helping to strengthen its’ value-add proposition to Industry in the Northwest.

 

Johanna Telfer

John Hardwick

Director of Business Improvement – GlaxoSmithKline

John is a seasoned Industrial manager with over 35 years’ experience of the Pharmaceutical industry. A chemical engineer by training John has held a number of senior positions including Factory Director, Supply Chain Director, Lean/Sigma Master Black Belt, Change Agent and Director of Learning & Development.

From 2008-2014 John was a key member of a core team of change agents responsible for driving cultural change and continuous improvement across the GSK enterprise. Blending skills and knowledge of Project Management, Organisational Development and Lean. John has delivered workshops for groups of between 20-40 in the US, Japan, UK, Russia, and mainland Europe. In Japan, he was responsible for partnering with the Commercial President to drive a culture of performance and problem solving, resulting in a step change in commercial performance, employee engagement and devolved decision making.

John is currently based at the GSK Ulverston facility where he is responsible for Learning and Development for c.a. 10,000 employees across 15 global sites. John is a qualified MBTi practitioner (Step I and II) and experienced executive coach. He provides a balanced view across ‘process management’ and ‘employee engagement’ topics and has a reputation for facilitating rapid change while simultaneously increasing employee motivation.

John has a passion to improve the leadership skills of SME’s and wishes to engage with Lancaster to support the University/Industry agenda. He is willing to act as consultant, mentor or coach to faculty and is keen to engage with selected programs that match his skills set and experience.

 

John Hardwick

Kent Holden

Efficiency Programme Leader – Bentley Motors

Kent is the Programme Leader for a company-wide Efficiency Programme sponsored by the Finance Board member. The programme consists of a wide range of business projects to help improve company performance. He has experience of working in a number of functional areas; Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Sales & Marketing, Purchase & HR. He represents Bentley Motors at a VW Group level for Continuous Improvement.

Kent has always had a passion for UK Engineering and Manufacturing; he started his career with a modern apprenticeship and has since worked for a number of large organisations (RAF, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors). For most of the last ten years, Kent has been working in continuous improvement management roles delivering a wide range of projects. He studied with Lancaster University Management School whilst at BAE Systems which inspired him to complete an MBA, he was also accredited as a Lean Sigma Black Belt at Rolls-Royce. Kent genuinely enjoys working with people in organisations to produce lasting results and, although challenging at times; he finds it is a rewarding career.

Bentley Motors is a British registered company that designs, develops, and manufactures Bentley luxury performance cars, which are largely hand-built. It was acquired by VW Group in 1998. Based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors was founded by W. O. Bentley in 1919. Today Bentley operates in 58 countries and has over 125,000 customers worldwide.

The current products are GT Continental, Flying Spur, Mulsanne and Bentayga, all of which have a wide range of variety, customer options and customisation possibilities. The Brand has recently extended its reach and they now have a wide range of partners including Breitling, Estede and EA Games. Although Kent has mainly worked for large companies, he tries to work in an entrepreneurial way in terms of looking for new opportunities, ideas and ways to improve how they operate. Similarly, he always ensures that what he does is aligned to the customer; which can be easy to lose sight of in a large organisation. In summary, Kent's business experience to date is relevant to small, medium or large companies and people at all levels that operate within them.

Kent says “I have always been passionate about UK Engineering & Manufacturing along with the principle of continuous improvement, which I believe can be successfully applied anywhere.”

 

Kent Holden

Leasil Burrow

Executive Director and Independent Consultant - Minvera Imagines Ltd

Leasil Burrow is an experienced business leader with strategic and commercial leadership expertise spanning twenty years in a Global FTSE 100 telecommunications and service organisation and before that in oil & gas and government sectors. She has had a broad ranging career and has a highly successful track record in leading and delivering strategic and transformational change programmes, leading large scale M&A programmes, leading and delivering HR programmes including talent and succession, leadership development, talent acquisition, employer brand, resourcing, skills, organisational effectiveness, engagement and performance management.   

Her HR Business partner roles have spanned large-scale engineering to specialist professional functions. She has also held a variety of legal and commercial roles in oil & gas, telecommunications and public sectors, leading large and diverse teams. Leasil is a highly accomplished speaker, facilitator, tutor and coach.  She specialises in personal branding and helps people be their best self.

Leasil holds a bachelor degree in law from University of Central Lancashire and a Master of Science in Major Programme from the University of Oxford.  She is also a graduate associate of University of Michigan and has studied behavioural economics at Harvard Business School.

Leasil describes herself as a life-long learner, knowledge-sponge and self-proclaimed geek.  She has a passion for history, technology, genealogy and behavioural sciences.  At home, can usually be found helping a big girl of six believe in fairies or engaged in the endless upkeep of a 300-year-old house.  She has also recently written a fiction book to help young children come to terms with divorce, blended families and disability.

Leasil’s affiliation with Lancaster University began in February 2017 when she was guest of honour at the G.D. Goenka World Institute Lancaster University graduation ceremony.

 

Leasil Burrow

Martin Rayner

Director & Co Owner - Lakeland

Martin, along with his brothers - Sam and Julian, owns Omni channel retailer, Lakeland, which specialises in creative kitchenware and wants to appeal to anybody interested in their home. In the school holidays nearly 50 years ago, three brothers in need of pocket money started helping their dad count polythene bags into packs of 100...They didn't have the faintest idea where it would lead them, but by sticking to their father's philosophy of ‘always look after the customer and the business will look after itself’, Lakeland has blossomed into what it is today – one of the UK's leading kitchenware companies.

Martin is now retired from his day-to-day role within Lakeland’s buying team after 42 years working full time for the business that his father founded in 1964. Lakeland grew from selling plastic bags to farmers into the multi-national, multi-channel business it has become today with 69 stores across the UK as well as stores in the Middle East, Australia and India. Lakeland also operates an internet company in Germany. Martin continues as a Director and Co-Owner of the company. He devotes his time to helping local businesses Cumbria Crystal, Millican, Function 18, PixieMe, Ikawa and Aqua Power Technologies.

From a turnover in 1974 of £500k to a turnover in 2014 of £160m, Lakeland has seen its number of retail stores increase from 1 to 69 in 2015. They have families who have worked with them through three generations.

The core essences at Lakeland are; the customer is at the centre of everything we do. There is a relationship of trust between Lakeland colleagues, customers and our suppliers. We innovate constantly in everything we do. Martin is very protective of the essence he and his brothers have developed at Lakeland and believes that it is something very different and special. Martin also works with St Martin’s church in Windermere and is a director of The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust, which supports schools in Cumbria and the surrounding area.

His personal interests are Christianity, Europe, Cumbria, democracy, and the environment. He enjoys his family, golf, skiing, walking and running and living in the World Heritage site of the Lake District National Park.

 

Martin Rayner

Sean McIlveen

Managing Director – Infinite Perspective Consulting Ltd

Sean McIlveen is an Honorary Teaching Fellow at LUMS and he runs his own change consultancy. He has significant experience of leading the people implications of change - often involving complex employee relations environments, high profile compliance and risk issues, or M&A.

His experience is varied and global; he supported Ford Credit’s expansion in South America and Asia Pacific, led learning for Ford Europe, and managed major restructuring as the HR board member for Ford Britain. At Rolls-Royce, he was the HR Director for the Aerospace division, enabling significant growth, whilst also serving on the Group Operations Executive and as an NED in the Defence and Marine Businesses.

Sean was a member of the CBI Employment Committee, supporting the No. 10 advisory group on Pensions and Equality legislation. He has an MBA from Warwick Business School and a degree in Economics from Liverpool University.

 

Sean McIlveen