University of Essex

Advisory Board

The role of the Essex Business School Advisory Board is:

  • to provide advice on the strategic development of Essex Business School, to include teaching, research and knowledge transfer
  • to enhance the reputation of Essex Business School and promote its activities
  • to serve as a bridge to those organisations and individuals who have an interest in Essex Business School
  • to increase external support for Essex Business School with the aim of securing additional capital and operational funding for the School

The Essex Business School Advisory Board is made up of internal and external members and includes the following external personnel from the commercial, public and voluntary sectors:

  • Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police

    Craig Mackey Craig Mackey joined the Police Service in 1984 having previously been in the Merchant Navy working for BP. His initial police service was spent in Wiltshire, where he held a variety of operational roles and commands before being selected for the Accelerated Promotion Course in 1991.

    In 1999, he was selected as a specialist staff officer for her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, based at the Home Office, completing specialist inspections and thematic inspections. He attended the Strategic Command Course in 2001, spending time working with the Chicago Police looking at their approach to the review of murder enquiries.

    In November 2001, he joined Gloucestershire Constabulary as Assistant Chief Constable. In an operational capacity, he was the Gold Commander for the terrorism operation in Gloucester, which resulted in the arrest of the second “shoe bomber”. In 2005, he was appointed as Deputy Chief Constable. He has a strong background in partnership working, having been heavily involved in the development of two joint fire, police and ambulance emergency services control rooms in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

    In September 2007, he was appointed as Chief Constable of Cumbria Constabulary. Since joining Cumbria Constabulary, he has led the development of neighbourhood policing and protective services capability in the county. He was the Gold Commander for the floods of 2009 and led the force during one of its most demanding years, which culminated in the tragic shootings of June 2010. He has established a strong working relationship with partners in the county and, through the Chief Executives’ Group and the Local Criminal Justice Board, is a strong advocate for achieving working solutions for the challenges facing Cumbria.

    For the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) he sits on the Race & Diversity Business Area and leads for the service on Stop and Search and the monitoring of police powers. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the New Year's Honours of 2009. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

    On 23rd January 2012, Craig Mackey became the Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service.

  • Graeme Proudfoot, Managing Director, Invesco EMEA

    Graeme ProudfootGraeme is responsible for the good governance of Invesco’s activities within the EMEA region. Governance and culture are very important to the effective running of the organisation and are areas of keen interest to external stakeholders. Invesco is committed to having the highest standards in these areas.

    In addition to this responsibility, Graeme also leads engagement in the public affairs arena with governments and regulators across the region. As a major industry participant, Invesco has both an obligation and a desire to be actively involved in policy making at the European and UK level and also a significant voice in industry forums.

    As well as these responsibilities, Graeme continues to lead Invesco Perpetual Life and their Specialist Funds business.

  • Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta, Global Head of Transaction Management Unit (COO), Global Forfaiting and Risk Distribution, HSBC

    Dr Bhaskar Dasgupta Bhaskar is currently Global Head of Transaction Management Unit (COO) in the area of global forfaiting and risk distribution for HSBC. Prior to this, he was Head of the Programme Office for Global Finance Change, delivering a multi-billion dollar finance programme which established a global finance function, a people transformation programme, new offshoring centres, and innovative control and process improvements.

    Prior to joining HSBC, he was a Head of Strategy and Change at ABN AMRO. He has also worked at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup), Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and several other international banks in trading and risk management roles.

    Bhaskar gained his PhD from the University of Manchester in 1996. He teaches on our "Ensuring Employability" series of workshops and also hosts company visits to HSBC's London headquarters in Canary Wharf.

  • Philippa Stokes, HR Director - Land and Sea, Rolls Royce

    Philippa Stokes Philippa joined Rolls Royce at Derby in February 2011 as Senior HR Business Partner in the company’s civil aerospace business. Prior to this, Philippa worked with British Airways in a variety of HR roles, specialising in employee relations and change management. Latterly she was Head of People and Organisational Effectiveness for BA's Head Office. Key projects with BA included many organisational restructuring and redesign programmes.

    After gaining a BA Hons in Language and Linguistics (French) at the University of Essex, Philippa joined the Post Office in 1987 as a Personnel Graduate Trainee, later specialising in training and development, and internal communications.

    She went on to work in various HR roles at the Automobile Association, which was later acquired by energy giant Centrica, where Philippa became Group HR Policy Manager. She left Centrica in 2001 to join British Airways.

    Philippa is a graduate of Common Purpose (which aims to build leaders in society) and has a Certificate in Employment Law. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.

  • David Bickerton, Director of Communications, BP

    David Bickerton David Bickerton is Director of Communications at BP and has responsibility for internal and external communications including its corporate reporting programme, BP's reputation measurement, its extensive online presence and communications to over 90,000 employees globally.

    He joined BP from Interbrand, one of the world's leading brand consultancies and has more than 25 years' experience in the field of brand, advertising and corporate communications, working with many of the world's largest brands.

    David holds a PhD in Corporate Branding and Reputation.


  • Simon Adderley, Sales Director, Europe, Ingredion Ltd.