Pentland Centre Advisory Board

Our advisory board consists of individuals from outside academia who have a professional commitment to sustainability in business, and bring a range of perspectives that can help to inform the direction of our work.

Stephen Rubin - Chair of Advisory Board

Chairman of Pentland Group since 1969, Stephen Rubin is a Liverpudlian, a barrister, a Fellow of University College London and a visiting Professor at its School of Public Policy. Whilst Chairman of Pentland, he has served on the Boards of adidas in Germany, La Chemise Lacoste in France and Reebok in America. He has been honoured within the fashion and sporting goods’ industries with five lifetime achievement awards

Pentland Group is a ninety-year-old, privately-owned, family business, trading in over 195 countries and comprising three divisions: Pentland Brands, which includes Berghaus, Canterbury, Ellesse, Endura, KangaROOS, Kickers, Mitre, Red or Dead, SeaVees, Speedo; Pentland Retail, mainly comprising its majority share in JD Sports Fashion plc with over 3000 shops; Pentland Capital, its investment arm with a focus on the consumer and technology sectors. Pentland Group and its subsidiaries hold six Queen’s Awards for Enterprise and has sales of £8 billion and 60,000 employees.


  • University College London; LLB Degree
  • Barrister at Law
  • Elected Fellow of University College, 1994
  • D (Honoris Causa), Lancaster University, 1997
  • HonDArt Nottingham Trent University, 2010
  • DArt University of the Arts London, 2013
  • DSc University College London, 2014
  • Honorary President and former World President of the
  • World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry
  • Companion and former World President of The Textile Institute
  • Companion of the Institute of Management
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Stephen Rubin

Edwin Charnaud

Chairman of Aon Global M&A and Transaction Solutions, Edwin Charnaud is responsible for providing strategic insights and guidance to the regional management teams and other Aon leadership groups to drive accelerated growth in this business, leading a number of special projects and acting as executive sponsor on a number of major private equity and infrastructure fund client accounts.Prior to that, he established, built and led for over two decades Marsh's Private Equity and M&A Services business across the EMEA region, as well as developing the firm’s Infrastructure sector global growth strategy. During that time he also served as a director on the Boards of Marsh’s subsidiaries in Turkey and France as well as on the Board of Kessler & Co AG, Marsh’s Swiss correspondent partner.Edwin has a long-standing relationship with Lancaster University having graduated from there in Law LLB in 1983.

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  • Chairman, Aon Global M&A and Transaction Solutions


  • Managing Director, Marsh Private Equity and M&A, EMEA
  • Chairman, Marsh Global Infrastructure Practice
  • Co-founder and director, Willis Faber M&A Unit
Edwin Charnaud

Linden Edgell

Linden is the Global Sustainability Director and a Partner at ERM – the largest global pure play sustainability consultancy. She leads ERM’s corporate approach to sustainability and reporting and the ERM Foundation. She has been active in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with business and civil society organisations.

Linden leads ERM’s strategic relationships with key international organisations and has been involved in many UN events, and other international initiatives.

Linden is a social scientist and has provided strategic and technical advice to a range of companies, multi-lateral institutions and governments over many years. She has worked in many countries and is listed in the ‘Who’s who of Australian Women’ for her work in professional and voluntary organisations, and she remains actively involved in a number of civil society organisations

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  • Global Sustainability Director, ERM


  • Secondment to Vision 2050 project at World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)
  • Local and Federal Government roles, Australia
  • Master of Policy and Applied Social Research (MAPSR)
  • Bachelor of Social Science (B Soc, Sci)
Linden Edgell

Tom Trezise

Tom Trezise is a consultant holding senior advisory roles with a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from early-stage enterprises to Fortune 100 companies. He developed an interest in using his experience and insights into dealing with large and complex problems, to support a range of companies and organisations to develop long-term sustainability solutions.

He was a Contributor to The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge which ranked as one of the most seminal books of the 20th Century and advisor to Jim Botkin on his book Smart Business- How Knowledge Communities Can Revolutionize Your Company.

Tom has a long-standing relationship with Lancaster University, as an Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Entrepreneurship And Strategy at the Management School.

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  • Senior Advisor to a broad spectrum of clients, ranging from early-stage enterprises to Fortune 100 companies, providing a wide array of consulting support
  • Lancaster University roles including Honorary Professorial Fellow in the Department of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Management School
  • Fellow and Acting President of the Health Studies Collegium: a clinical research and health policy institute
  • Executive Ambassador- Thomas Jefferson University and Medical School and Jefferson Health System


  • Chief Solutions Officer- Computer Sciences Corporation
  • Chief Strategy and Information Officer- E.I. DuPont de Nemours
  • Global Vice President - Marketing and Strategy R.R. Donnelley & Sons
  • Bell System and AT&T- Promoted five times in the Leadership Development Program with experiences in all parts of the Value Chain
  • Lead for United Nations Taskforce on Heath Data
Tom Trezise

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