Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility – Our People

Cranfield School of Management

Our People

Our team is made up of experienced professionals with varied backgrounds who undertake research, teaching on Cranfield post-graduate courses as well as bespoke executive courses. We also provide consultancy and advice to further develop the understanding of sustainability and responsibility within a business environment.

David Grayson

David Grayson CBE
Chair of Corporate Responsibility and Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility

David started his working life at Procter and Gamble persuading consumers to buy a certain brand of washing up liquid. As a social entrepreneur with more than 30 years experience of working with business, business schools, and public agencies around the world, David has both set up and run a number of public-private-community partnerships...

Andrew Kakabadse

Emeritus Professor of International Management Development, Doughty Centre, Cranfield University’s School of Management. Recognised as a world authority on leadership and governance, Andrew has held and also holds visiting appointments at the Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Université Panthéon Assas, Paris, France; Center for Creative Leadership and Thunderbird, The Garvin School of International Management, USA; University of Ulster, Ireland; the Windsor Leadership Trust, England; Institute of Management Economics and Strategic Research, Kazakhstan; Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Australia. He has consulted and lectured in every region of the work. His latest books include, Leading the Board; Rice Wine with the Minister; Leading Smart Transformation; Bilderberg People.

Dr. Palie Smart
Reader in Corporate Responsibility
BSc (Hons) MSc, PhD, MCMI, FHEA

Palie is a social scientist who joined the Cranfield faculty in 2001, having completed her PhD in the School of Applied Sciences. Prior to this she gained industrial experience in the manufacturing and professional services sectors at Racal Defence and Electronic Data Processing Plc. In more recent years Palie has been the Chair of the Innovation Panel for the EEF Future Manufacturing Awards. This year she was also involved in the National Non-Executive Directors (NED) Awards, in association with Peel Hunt and sponsored by Sunday Times....


Sharon Jackson

Mattia Anesa

Mattia holds a MSc in International Environmental Studies from the Norwegian University of Life Science in Ås (Norway) where he specialized in Governance and Corporate Citizenship. He also completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a focus on Foreign Trade, Ethics and Law (University of Bergamo, Italy). Since 2013 he has been enrolled at the University of Queensland in Brisbane (Australia) where he received an International Scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy in Business. He is currently researching tax planning service provision and in particular how professional tax practitioners understand their role in society and the impacts of their work on welfare. In 2009 Mattia was awarded a grant from the Freedom of Expression Foundation (Oslo, Norway) for a research project investigating the sustainability of an extractive company in Madagascar. His professional record includes an internship at the UN Global Compact office in NY, a position as ESG auditor and almost ten years of freelance consulting in the management of sport events.

Sharon Jackson
Research and executive education

Sharon has had a 15-year career within global commerce in the electronic component sector, operating in both distribution and manufacturing. Sharon has held senior executive roles across SMEs and global TNCs. A diverse and varied set of business skills include international business development, implementation of global trading agreements

Melody McLaren
Research and marketing/social media management

Melody McLaren is a writer and consultant with over 25 years of experience in public relations, sales promotion, web development and corporate responsibility campaigning in the US and Europe. She worked as a specialist consultant with marketing firms in the Netherlands and the UK before joining Business in the Community in 1990, where she worked in diverse communications and knowledge management roles. She also spent four years as a client services/project director in a Silicon Valley web consultancy. Following a stint as interim Managing Director of corporate social responsibility consultancy the SMART Company, she founded McLaren (UK) in 2006.

Hayley Warren
Research and writing

Hayley joined the Centre in 2011 after completing intern positions in London and New York in CR research and communications. Hayley took her MSc in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2010. Hayley has experience working in the public sector and human resources.


Patrick Dunne, Chairman Leap Confronting Conflict.

Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum. 3i has £7bn of Assets under management. He is also a member of the advisory board of The Entrepreneurs Fund a Euros 200m venture fund.
Gilbert Lenssen

Gilbert Lenssen

For 25 years Gilbert Lenssen pursued an international business career in Belgium, UK, USA, Germany, Spain and India in Human Resource Management, Corporate Affairs, Operations Management, Marketing Management and General Management.

John Elkington

John Elkington

Co-founder of SustainAbility in 1987 and Chair from 1995 to 2005, John is a world authority on business strategies in the areas of corporate responsibility and sustainable development.

Lance Moir Lance Moir PhD, BA, FCT, FRSA

Lance Moir has over 30 years senior business experience in financial and strategy roles. He has been CFO of WIN plc and Executive Director of IMImobile, Group Finance Director and Director of Planning and Business Development for First Choice Holidays plc, Director of Corporate Finance for Bass plc and Head of Corporate Finance and Planning for Storehouse plc. He is currently a non-executive director of Henderson Global Trust plc, Chairman of Thompson Dunn and Treasurer of the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora.

He has a PhD from Cranfield School of Management and has published in a number of academic journals including The Journal of Business Ethics; Corporate Governance –The International Journal of Business and Society, Accounting and Business Research. He is the author of Managing Liquidity and a number of book chapters. He is a fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, where he was a member of council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


Kenneth Amaeshi

Kenneth Amaeshi

Kenneth Amaeshi worked at the Centre between January 2008 and July 2010, when he left to take a promotion at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to working at the Centre he had been a Research Fellow at Warwick Business School for three years and has ten years experience in corporate responsibility research, discourse and practice. He is also is a Visiting Scholar at Said Business School, University of Oxford.

Edward Bickham

Edward Bickham recently left FTSE top 20 Anglo American plc, where as External Relations Director he led groundbreaking work with governments and NGOs on international sustainable development projects. Previous to this he ran a consultancy business and was a senior advisor in three UK government departments.

Gib Bulloch

Gib Bulloch

Gib is the Founder and Executive Director of Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), a ring-fenced not-for-profit consulting group within Accenture, whose clients include many of the major international NGOs and development agencies. ADP's main focus is bringing affordable business and technology expertise to the international development sector and promoting private sector engagement in sustainable development. In 2007, ADP was awarded the Management Consulting Association (MCA)’s Corporate Social Responsibility Award and in 2008, Gib was named as the Sunday Times sponsored Management Consultant of the Year in the Best Partner/Director category. Gib has lived and worked extensively in developing countries and is a regular speaker on the role of business in development, corporate social entrepreneurship and cross-sectoral partnerships.

Mandy Cormack

Mandy Cormack

Mandy Cormack is an Advisor / Practitioner in international CSR practice and a Non-Executive Trust Director. She guides companies and organizations on the practical dimensions of corporate responsibility and sustainability as an integral part of their operations. Assignments have included: International CR Advisor, at TNT NV; Interim Director CSR, at Laing O’Rourke PLC and CSR Strategy Consultant to Imperial College, London and the Greater London Authority. Formerly, Vice President Corporate Responsibility / Head of Corporate Relations, London for Unilever, Mandy was the senior management team member responsible for developing the company’s approach to CSR, including groundbreaking work with the not-for-profit sector. She initiated the development of programmes that integrated the company’s CSR commitment into all aspects of operations from supply chain management, to corporate brand positioning, and leadership communications. Mandy is a Non-Executive Director of the grant-making Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust. She has sponsored projects exploring corporate responsibility in the news media, in particular working with the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, and is currently engaged in efforts to reform political party funding, contributing to the enquiry led by the Committee on Standards in Public Life. Experienced in working at Board level, both in the corporate and not-for profit sectors, Mandy’s interests lie in bridging the gap between them. She brings to her roles a keen grasp of strategic priorities and commitment to achieving team buy-in to delivering positive results for both business and society. Mandy has recently written a Doughty Centre How-to Guide: How to identify a Company's Major Impacts - and Manage Them.

Ronald Endley Ainsbury

Ron Ainsbury

Building on more than 30 years experience in business, Ron focuses on helping companies integrate sustainability into their business strategy. He is a Visiting Professor at Rotterdam Business School where he has co-written a case study on a cradle-to-cradle-certified business and is leading the development of a CSR research programme and a Visiting Professor at Vietnam's Academy of Finance. His career has been divided between business strategy consulting in the US, Asia and Australasia and stints as chief executive of two different consumer-facing companies. He is experienced in collaborating with others bringing companies together to focus on common social issues and in government liaison (both as an executive and an industry representative ) in Australia and in Thailand where he founded a Chamber of Commerce.

Sara Holmes

Sara Holmes

Sara completed her doctorate on firm-charity partnerships at Cranfield in 2010 and has been working with the Centre on publishing some of their research. She has a background in communication, having eight years experience as a broadcast journalist and television producer prior to joining KPMG as a media industry consultant in 1998, where she project managed a wide range of strategic, financial and process engagements for private and public sector media clients. Sara’s research has given her a rich understanding of the current academic trends in corporate responsibility, particularly with regard to community engagement and cross-sector partnering.

Anita Hofmann

Anita Hoffmann has over 30 years senior executive experience in industry and professional services. At the end of 2010 she left her role as Partner and Global Practice leader at Heidrick & Struggles to pursue a portfolio career as a coach and board-advisor. In her executive career Anita has held senior international executive roles in industry (Exxon chemical, Dow Corning and ABB), in Big 4 consulting firms (Accenture and Deloitte Consulting) and at the premier Leadership Advisory & Search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Anita has experience working internationally across the resources industry, chemicals, Oil & Gas, Mining, Utilities, Renewable energy, Clean Tech and Energy Investing. her experience includes international marketing strategy, business unit management, practice and business development, leadership development, succession planning, C-suite executive recruitment and coaching. She also has deep knowledge in the energy, infrastructure, renewable energy, sustainability and climate change areas.

Stephen Kimbell, Founder of Greenspire Advisors Limited

Stephen Kimbell is a director of Greenspire Advisors Limited, a corporate finance consultancy business offering strategic advice to companies in the renewable energy and recycling sectors. Stephen is a specialist in business strategy and corporate deal doing and helps companies define their strategy and negotiate corporate finance transactions such as buyouts, disposals, acquisitions and turnarounds.

Prior to this, Stephen was a corporate lawyer and established Kimbells LLP as a niche corporate law firm. Developing the business inevitably led to considerable involvement with financial and business planning, management and corporate governance issues. In addition Stephen holds a number of directorships and consultancy posts within a number of companies and is a visiting fellow at The Cranfield School of Management.

David Logan

David Logan

David Logan is the co-founder of The Corporate Citizenship Company, a specialist corporate responsibility consultancy based in London. David has over 25 year’s frontline experience in managing corporate responsibility issues for international companies.

Chris Marsden

Chris Marsden OBE

Chris teaches MBA courses on Corporate Responsibility and Business Ethics. He is Visiting Professor at the International Management School of the Ecole National des Ponts et Chausseés and Associate Fellow of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University. He is a board member of the European Academy of Business in Society, which he was partly responsible for founding. He is Chair of Trustees of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and the Institute for Human Rights and Business. He is also Chairman of the Harpenden Society, a civic society concerned with promoting all positive aspects of the life of the town.

Since gaining an Economics degree at King's College, Cambridge, Chris Marsden has worked as a schoolteacher, deputy head, and then joined British Petroleum as Educational Liaison manager before becoming Head of BP's Community Affairs from 1990 to 1996. From 1996 to 1999, he worked at Warwick Business School setting up the Corporate Citizenship Unit. From 2000 to 2007 he chaired the Business Group of Amnesty International UK. He was awarded the OBE in 1989 for services to Industry and Education.

David Slattery

After some years as a secondary school teacher, David entered the Civil Service where he had a variety of technical/policy, operational and managerial roles in the Inland Revenue department. His research interest is on the impact of economic regulation on the market structure of the UK retail pensions industry, in which David completed a PhD at Cranfield School of Management.

Heiko Spitzeck

Heiko Spitzeck

Heiko worked at the Centre between 2008 and July 2010, when he left to move to Brazil, a professor at Fundacao Dom Cabral. In 2008 Heiko Spitzeck obtained his PhD in Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. During 2006-2007 he held visiting scholar positions at the University of California at Berkley and Fordham University in New York.

Gerry Wade

Gerry Wade is founder and Director of Probus BNW, a consultancy specialising in reputation and public policy issues, corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement and executive recruitment. Previously he spent twenty-five years with IBM, devoting most of his career to developing and managing the Corporation’s approach to public affairs and public policy, mainly in the UK.

Advisory Council

The Doughty Centre Advisory Council has been established to:

  • Advise the director of the Doughty Centre and the School of Management on the overall strategy of the Centre and key priorities
  • Act as ambassadors for the Doughty Centre
  • Debate key Centre working papers
  • Advise on specific Doughty Centre projects as required

The Advisory Council is chaired by Cranfield honorary graduate Lord Stevenson of Coddenham.

Members are:
Richard Bowker
John Duggan
Peter Lacy - Managing Director of Accenture Sustainability Services
John Neill CBE - CEO of Unipart Group
David Pitt-Watson - Chairman of Hermes Equity Ownership Services
Sophia Tickell - Director, Meteos
Sir David Varney - Chairman, Chartered Management Institute
Bob Wigley - Chairman Tantalum Corporation plc, Justinvesting Ltd, Captive Minds Communications Group Ltd & NetOTC. He was previously Chairman of Hibu plc.

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