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About us

Academic staff

We're proud of the quality of our teaching – and the fact that many of our teaching staff are senior or principal fellows of the Higher Education Academy, which promotes excellence in higher education.

Explore their profiles here.

Aaron Browne

Senior Lecturer

E: Aaron.Browne@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Adnan Afaneh CGMA, ACMA, MBA, PGCE

Lecturer

E: Adnan.Afaneh@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Adnan lectures on Finance and Accounting at ARUL since September 2020. 

Adnan is a Chartered Global Management Accountant, by CIMA, and a Certified International Expert in SME Finance, by Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He has more than 22 years of work experience, in 6 different countries, mainly in education, banking, and transportation sectors. Adnan has extensive experience in credit analysis, and curriculum design and implementation for finance and accounting courses. Prior to working at ARUL, Adnan worked as Head of Credit at Jaidah Group, a leading Qatari firm, and at Global Communities, a leading US non-profit organisation.  

Adnan's research interests include: (1) credit risk measurement; and (2) The role of risk committee in corporate governance of commercial banks.  

Adnan has an MBA in Banking and Finance, a PG Diploma in Mathematical Economics, and a BSc. in Economics.

Ali Raiss-Tousi

Senior Lecturer

E: Ali.Raiss-Tousi@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3279

Senior Lecturer in Law

Ali holds degrees from Shahid Beheshti University, the University of East London and Birkbeck College, University of London. He joined Anglia Ruskin University, London as a senior lecturer in law in September 2020.

Ali has more than a decade of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in constitutional law and international law. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches/has taught public law, public international law, international human rights law, international law of armed conflict and international space law and policy among other subjects.

Ali's research interests lie in the fields of constitutional law, the use of force in international law, and the law of outer space.

Amy Croft LLB, BVC,PG Cert HE.

Academic Director

E: Amy.Croft@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2142

Amy joined ARUL in January 2018 as Course Leader for LLB (Hons), BSc Business and Law, and BSc Law and Accounting.

She took over as Director of Studies in August 2019, and is currently responsible for the Director of Studies Office.

Amy has nearly 20 years’ experience teaching Law in higher education. Having graduated with an LLB (Hons) from Kingston University in 2002, and the Bar Vocational Training Course from BPP in 2003. She also holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

Amy’s research interests lie mainly in Criminal Law and the Law of Equity and Trusts. She is currently an external examiner for Leeds Beckett University Law School.

Andrew Johnson MBA, SFHEA, MInstLM, MCGI

Head of School

E: Andrew.Johnson@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3827 6012

Andrew Johnson is the Head of the Business Department and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Before moving into academia he served in the British Army for 24 years in senior rank, leading hundreds of soldiers of various nationalities on high-tempo operations across the globe. Andrew served 4 years as a leadership instructor and programme manager at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Whilst serving in Iraq he produced and delivered the Security Sector Reform Roadmap for the Basra City Division of the Iraqi Police Service. Upon retiring from the military, he studied for an MBA at Staffordshire University. Andrew then became a manager in the Public Sector and a Chairman in the Education and Charity Sectors. He has owned several small businesses and limited companies. His key academic interests are leadership, change, influence, and organisational behaviour. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys long-distance running and has published several historical fiction novels.

Andy Mantell DPhil, DipSW, BSc, PQSW, CQSW, FHEA

Principal Lecturer

E: Andrew.Mantell@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3284

Andy completed his BSc(Econ) Social Anthropology, at the University of Wales in 1986 and worked in voluntary and residential care before qualifying as a social worker from the University of Edinburgh in 1991. In 2006 he completed his DPhil in Social Work and Social Policy, entitled ‘Huntington’s Disease: The Carer’s Story’. 

He has worked in a range of setting with diverse client groups, but specialised in hospital social work, developing specialisms in working with people with neuro-disabilities, mental health problems, carers and safeguarding concernsSince 2005 he has worked in education, at the University of Chichester, the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board, London South Bank University (training psychiatric nurses), The University of Greenwich and since 2019 Anglia Ruskin University London, where he teaches health and social care. 

Andy’s interest in working with people with ABI started as a volunteer for Headway in 1987. He focused on neurological placements in his social work training and was accredited as a specialist in this field by East Sussex County Council. He is a trustee of the Brain Injury Social Work Group and a committee member of INSWABI. He has jointly edited the Journal of Social Care and Neuro-disabilitywritten on social work skills, safeguarding and traumatic brain injury (TBI), co-produced a literature review of Social Work and TBI, co-produced a webinar on acquired brain injury (ABI), and written an online guide to ABI for Community Care Inform 

Anne Saliu MSc, PGCHE, FHEA, MBCS

Senior Lecturer

E: Anne.Saliu@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3276

Anne Saliu has worked extensively in a number of higher education institutions within the UK over the last 12 years.

Her three broad areas of academic interest include the Strategic Use of Information Systems, Knowledge Management and Database Management.

Anne is a committed module leader for both Business Information Systems and Information Systems and Data Management at ARU London. Anne is a passionate Londoner with a diaspora heritage and regularly draws on these dispositions to devise learning experiences that are relevant and engaging for students.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Member of the British Computing Society.

Anne has also acted in a voluntary capacity as a Vice chair of Governors for a local school, where she chaired the ICT Committee.

Annette Helliwell MA Ed., Cert Ed. (F.E. & A.E.)

Senior Lecturer

E: Annette.Helliwell@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3287

Annette initially qualified as a nurse before moving into teaching and has worked in higher education for the past 10 years. 

Her interests include health and well being and she is a regular participant and volunteer at parkrun. Annette has previously taught on BA Public Health and Social Care and BSc Health and Social Care. She has a particular interest in teaching Research and Health Promotion. Other interests include nutrition for sport and marathon running.

Ardavan Amini MICW, MIET, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Ardavan.Amini@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3284

Ardavan is a complex adaptive system engineer with extensive expertise in digital technologies, Complex systems, innovation, and business leadership. He has been awarded a title of Professor of enterprise systems and have held number of senior industrial and government institutes roles including Chair of SAP UK & Ireland User Group in Business & Innovation, Founder & Chair of the of West Midland Open Data Working Group, Member and Chair of Centre for New Midlands Think Tank’s Digital Leaders Board, and Advisor to West Midlands Combined Authorities. Ardavan has over 30 national and international publications including a book in innovation and productivity.

Aykut Ozkaya PGCHEP, PGC, QTS, PGCE, BEng. (Hons), Senior Lecturer

Head of Digital Learning Resouces

E: Aykut.Ozkaya@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2137

Following on from his previous post as a Programme Leader for Business Management and Information Technology, Aykut joined ARU London as a Senior Lecturer in 2016.

He has over 15 years of industry experience in designing database driven websites with demanding computer graphic applications and a decade long practical teaching experience with an excellent insight into technologically enhanced learning. Recently he was involved in the successful validation process of a new BSc programme of study and development of the related modules ( App development for digital business).

Aykut is a passionate and experienced educator with a specialty in distance learning and online technology enhanced education.

Ben Parkinson BA (Hons), PGCE

Senior Lecturer

E: Ben.Parkinson@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3289

Ben Parkinson is a digital marketing and academic skills specialist with extensive experience of the copywriting industry.  

In addition to teaching Digital Marketing at Level 6, Ben has developed, led and taught on several Foundation-level modules, as well as being involved in original PhD, Master’s, and academic journal article research.
A keen educationalist, Ben champions the potency of language, use of inclusive learning technologies, and the embedding of contemporary issues as integral columns of his teaching approach.

Bruce Johnson

Lecturer

E: Bruce.Johnson@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Bruce is a senior manager, university lecturer and training consultant.   Bruce teaches human resource management and related subjects while being dedicated to widening participation in higher education.  His training work includes developing management soft skills and personal effectiveness, as well as helping scientists develop the skills needed to write and publish their work.  Bruce is a charity trustee, school governor and currently Clerk of the North London Area Quaker Meeting. 

Carmelita Charles BA (Hons), MA, DMS, ACIPD, AFHEA and HCPC

Senior Lecturer

E: Carmelita.Charles@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2131

Carmelita has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her background in training and passion for learning has enabled her to apply a ‘blended’ learning approach to her pedagogic and andragogic practice.

She brings over 30 years’ experience of local government working within L&D, Children’s Services, Human Resource Management, Organisational Development and Leadership. Carmelita has championed equality, diversity and inclusion and has applied these principles throughout her career and her teaching practice. Her research experience in partnership with Professor Beverly Alimo Metcalfe and Juliette Alban Metcalfe includes Perceptions and Prospects. The first UK study investigating the differential findings from 360 degree feedback reports, in terms of ethnicity, gender disability and the career aspirations of Black and white managers in local government. Carmelita is the module leader for the Health Care Professional, Introduction to Health and Social Care and Managing the Employment Relationship.

Charles Bladen

Senior Lecturer

E: Charles.Bladen@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3292

Charles Bladen has several degrees from a number of UK universities, as well as a successful, international track record in the experience design industries. In addition to over twenty years' international university teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, he has published widely in international academic journals and is the author of the bestselling textbook "Events Management: An Introduction," published by Routledge, which will soon be in its third edition.

Charles O’Dean BA (Hons), MA, MSc, PGCE, MCIM, CMRS

Academic Director

E: Charles.ODean@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7400 6774

Charles spent a number of years working within the Aviation and Financial sectors before transitioning into the Education sector. A qualified lecturer, he holds postgraduate degrees in International Marketing and Education Management and is a member of both the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Market Research Society.

Charles has considerable lecturing experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programme levels at institutions including the University of London and the University of Essex where he is currently an External Examiner. Charles has spent many years contributing to senior levels in higher education and maintains a keen interest in improving the pedagogical experience of students.

Chris Dampare MA, PGCE, DipM (CIM)

Lecturer

E: Chris.Dampare@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

A professional marketer and entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in developing and marketing alternative energy technologies and products.

Chris has also served as a consultant and held directorships of solar technology companies in Europe, Africa and South America.

Alongside his international business activities Chris has developed a track record in academia spanning nearly 20 years, lecturing in a number of universities and colleges in the UK. Two of Chris’s students have won the best paper worldwide with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (Integrated Marketing Communications) and the CAM Foundation (Marketing & Consumer Behaviour). He therefore brings to his students a rich blend of academic and industry experience.

David Sexton MSc, CPFA, FHEA

Principal

E: David.Sexton@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7400 6776

Following thirteen years working as a senior academic with Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), including three years as a Head of Department within the Business School, David joined ARU London as a senior lecturer and academic adviser in 2007.

He filled the role of Executive Director and Dean at the university from 2010 and has been Principal since 2012. 

After a decade in the accountancy profession, culminating in several years as a Group Accountant, David has led several educational organisations through substantive change including delivering a 30% improvement in departmental productivity at ARU, transforming a failing primary school as Chairman of Governors, and re-launching an academic community (ACIPFAL/JFMPS).  David has been recognised by his professional body (CIPFA) for services to education.

Dele Amusan

Lecturer

E: Dele.Amusan@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Prior to becoming a lecturer in 2004, Dele had worked in different industries for over twenty years, including various roles at a senior management level.

He also successfully managed his own business for a couple of years. This varied business experience enables him to bring real world expertise into the classroom and puts him in good stead to draw from practical situations while lecturing.

Dele is a member of The Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. His expertise lies in dealing in financial markets.

Dinah Thompson

Lecturer

E: Dinah.Thompson@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3409 1612

Dinah joined Anglia Ruskin University London in January 2018 as a lecturer in Health & Social Care.

Dinah has a Masters in Health Promotion from Southbank University and worked for ten years’ as a Health Promotion Manager in the NHS where she was integral in developing local smoking cessation services.

Dinah also has extensive experience teaching in a variety of settings including secondary schools, colleges of further education and higher education. 

Dinah has a professional interest in Public Health and health inequalities. 

Dione Cooper

Lecturer

E: Dione.Cooper@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3409 1613

Dione has 13 years' experience within the field of integrated health and social care practice predominantly working with looked after children and young people, children in need and their families, both in residential and the community settings. Dione has a further 11 years of academic practice, teaching a range of courses and qualifications within the voluntary sector, FE and HE. 

Prior to lecturing at ARUL, Dione was course lead on both HND Health and Social Care and Healthcare practice in the private sector,  previously course leading on level 3 Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care.

Dione is passionate about improving academic literacies in order to promote quality in vocational practice within health and social care. Other areas of interest include developing specific writing projects.

Dr Anthony Agbons PhD, PGCE, MBA, PGD, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer

E: Anthony.Agbons@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Dr. Anthony Agbons has a PhD in Marketing from Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge, an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from University of Greenwich, London.  

He has more than a decade of industry experience working in Quality Assurance, Research and Product Development, Logistics in the Pharmaceutical sector and a brief stint in Journalism. Taught Academic skills and a wide range of Business and Marketing Modules over the years at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels. A certified Pearson Standard Verifier and sits on the Board of the Christian charity organisation – BMS World Mission as a Director.  Anthony brings a lot of practical industry experience that enriches students learning. His research interests are customer engagement/fulfilment, business strategy and organisational performance. He is an avid, devoted Manchester United fan.

Dr Mark Panton

Lecturer

E: Mark.Panton@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Mark joined Anglia Ruskin as a Lecturer in September 2017.  He has practiced as a solicitor for over 20 years and taught in Higher Education since 2011.  Mark’s motivation to teach comes from his own starting point as a mature undergraduate before going on to gain an MSc in Sport Management and his Doctorate.  This experience provides him with a unique basis on which to draw on his own commercial experience and knowledge of studying as a mature student.  Mark’s inclusive approach is aimed at enthusing and encouraging students.

Dr Muke Ferguson BSc, ADMA, MSc, PhD

Head of School

E: Muke.Ferguson@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3833 3897

Dr Ferguson’s career, spanning over 35 years, includes practice in public, voluntary-aided, educational and commercial sector organisations including in a number of United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, medical research, local authority and private sector health and social care organisations and further and higher education institutions.

Dr Ferguson’s academic experience includes academic research in stochastic processes, business studies and health studies at universities in the UK, including at Imperial College London and Middlesex University. He has leadership and lecturing experience on a range of programmes including: healthcare, health and social care management, business management, and IT management and project management.

Dr Ferguson has a Masters in learning and technology and is a senior fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. Among others, his current interests include data analytics, focusing on student engagement, progression, and attainment, and, more generally, how local and big data can be leveraged to improve individual and business performance, individual and public health and human geography. He is the author of several publications including a research methods textbook, “Fundamentals of research: an activity based approach to completing your research project, ISBN 978-0-9928677-0-6”. Dr Ferguson is also a reviewer for several academic publishers including Oxford University Press and McGraw Hill (Open University Press).

Dr Rebecca Warren EdD, PGCE, MA, CELTA, BA

Senior Lecturer

E: Rebecca.Warren@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Rebecca Warren completed her BA in Combined Social Sciences at the University of Durham in 2000. She went on to complete an MA in youth and community work studies, also from Durham. Rebecca worked in a range of youth work settings, including local authorities and the voluntary sector. She specialised in working with young refugees, mainly unaccompanied minors in the UK, with youth integration projects and was vice-chair of a community music social enterprise aimed at bringing musicians from diverse backgrounds together, promoting local talent, and running music education workshops. 
Rebecca moved to Thailand in 2011 and lived there for nine years, working as a teacher for the British Council and for international schools. While there, she completed a PGCE in international education through the University of Nottingham. After realising that she had a strong interest in intercultural and inclusive education, Rebecca began a doctorate in Education (EdD), long distance through the University of Durham. Her research was an ethnographic study of the educational experiences of young refugees in Bangkok, Thailand. Rebecca used the findings from the research to apply for sponsorship and help set up a school for refugees in Bangkok aimed at helping them to gain internationally recognised qualifications through the GED programme. 
Rebecca started working at Anglia Ruskin University London in 2020 and lectures in the school of health and social care. She is a strong believer in the widening participation agenda and her research interests lie in education, youth work and refugee studies. In her spare time, Rebecca plays guitar, sings with a local choir, enjoys hiking and volunteers with the City of Sanctuary movement. 

Dr Saud Taj PhD, MSc, MBA, MCMI

Deputy Head of School

E: Saud.Taj@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Saud is an experienced academic with considerable senior management experience across UK and Canadian higher education institutions. He holds a PhD in Strategic and International HRM and has developed and taught leadership, HRM, Strategy, and general management modules. Saud has written numerous articles for peer-reviewed international journals and is a published book author. He understands the UK and Canadian HE sectors really well and has successfully engaged in accreditation and validations exercises across institutions.  

Dr Silvia Beale PhD, MA, BA, CELTA

Lecturer

E: Silvia.Beale@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Silvia joined ARUL in September 2021 as a member of the Director of Studies office and, more specifically, as a student academic adviser in the DoS Academic Support department, assisting ARUL students from all levels with their academic work. She has been a lecturer in the School of Foundation and Skills since January 2022.  

With over 33 years of experience in education, mainly involved with adult international students, Silvia has held both teaching and leadership positions in three countries. She has an extensive background in teaching EAP and has been involved in various programmes’ curriculum development and evaluation. She has worked as a Cambridge examiner for BEC Vantage, FCE and CAE, as well as an assessor for City and Guilds.  

Silvia is a member of the European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and her interest is to expand her current published work on human well-being further. 

Silvia has a PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior/Counselling Psychology from a US university, MA in Language Teaching, and BA in English Teaching.  She holds a Cambridge CELTA certification, a Life Coach certification, and a Mental Health First Aider at the workplace certificate.

Dr. Christopher Collier PhD, MA, BA, AET, AFHEA

Lecturer

E: Christopher.Collier@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 378 93277

Christopher joined ARU London in 2019 from ARU's sister campus in Cambridge after many years teaching in both higher and further education. This included teaching at Southampton University, on the postgraduate Global Media Management course, and at the University of Essex Business School. At Essex he was module leader for the Culture, Work and Society module, with a focus on employment and the labour market, and at ARU Cambridge, he designed and delivered a number of modules for undergraduates on the digital media programme. 
 
Prior to and alongside this, Christopher also gained several year's professional experience in arts and travel marketing, working for a number of art galleries and theatre companies with a special focus on digital promotions. He has advised several businesses, charities and cultural and community organisations on their marketing and has further taught media, design and creative courses at City Lit Adult Education college in London, holding an Award in Education and Training, as well as Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Christopher holds degrees from Essex University, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. When he is not teaching, he volunteers as a conservation ranger in his local community of South East London.

Dr. Cyriacus Okafor BPhil, BTH, PGDE, PGD(Economics); MBA, MA & PhD (Economics)

Lecturer

E: Cyriacus.Okafor@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

In January 2022, Dr. Okafor joined ARU London with a diverse array of qualifications & experience: B.Phil and B.TH Urban University Rome, PGD in Educational Foundations, PGD in Economics University of Lagos, MBA, MA and PhD in Economics University of Leeds.  

Cyriacus has more than a decade of undergraduate and graduate teaching experience in Business Economics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Management. Since 2011, he has worked in the academia, at the University of Leeds, where he specialised in teaching Business Economics and Advanced Macroeconomics, and from March 2021, at Arden University, where he teaches Business Management. To maintain a perfect blend of theory and practice, in 2018 to 2021, Cyriacus gained an extensive experience in the labour industry while working as a Management consultant in the UK.  

Cyriacus lectures on Economics for Business and Business Finance at ARUL. 

His research interests lie in the fields of Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance.  

Dr. Fadime Sahin FHEA, MBA

Senior Lecturer

E: Fadime.Sahin@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Dr. Fadime Sahin is a senior lecturer at the Accounting and Finance Department at ARUL and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Currently, she is leading various PG-level subjects as well as teaching UG-level modules at ARUL.

Before joining ARUL, she taught various subjects at the School of Economics and Finance at the Queen Mary University of London (Level 7) and at the King’s Business School (Level 7). She also worked for Richmond, The American International University of London (Level 4). She has more than a decade of HE experience in the UK.

Prior to joining HE, she has seven years working in the finance sector in the areas of investment and retail banking as well as insurance, general administration, sales and sales training and customer service management.

Dr. Gbadebo Ogunlami LLB (Hons.), LLM, PhD, MBA, B.L

Deputy Head of School

E: Gbadebo.Ogunlami@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3301

Dr. Gbadebo Ogunlami is a lawyer by training with over twenty years consulting and systems development experience. A qualified lawyer and experienced corporate trainer and lecturer, Debo has taught MBA courses in Oil, Gas, Energy and Carbon Management, as well as Carbon Management.

Here at Anglia Ruskin University he is responsible for the Undergraduate Major Projects course as well as Legal Aspects of Business where he teaches business law to non lawyers. Debo was educated at SOAS, and UCL where he obtained his LLB Hours and LLM in international law. He obtain his Ph.D from University of Dundee and an MBA in Corporate Finance from Middlesex Business School. Before entering the educational sector Debo held COO and Director level positions in several large companies after training with Price Waterhouse in London. 

Dr. Ingrid Kanuga

Lecturer

E: Ingrid.Kanuga@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Dr. Ingrid Kanuga has worked as a senior lecturer, module and course leader for over ten years. Her teaching areas include research methods, strategic human resource management and academic study skills for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Ingrid has authored 7 compiled textbooks for her teaching areas and has spoken at national and international conferences about her research in supporting knowledge retention through innovative learning, teaching and assessment strategies. Prior to joining academia, Ingrid worked at senior leadership level for multinational organisations.

Dr. Jonathan Salkeld PhD, MA, Cert HE, MBA

Lecturer

E: Jonathan.Salkeld@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Jon is a university lecturer specialising in human resource management, leadership studies, corporate strategy, change and transformation and international business. 

Jon’s experience includes many years teaching experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jon has also had oversight of corporate education programmes which have included Harrods, Crawford & Company (insurance), Willmott Dixon, The British Army, The Royal Air Force, The Royal Navy, Essex County Council, Suffolk County Council, Essex Fire & Rescue Service, Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, Systech International, Tamdown, Basildon University Hospital, Mid Essex Health Economy. A further aspect of his role has included oversight of all UK partnerships including Kaplan, London School of Marketing, Resource Development International, Globe and the Institute of Export. This includes institutional and programme validation and the establishment of rigorous academic & quality processes.

Research interests relating to corporate education have included the quest for return on investment and the role of expectations and perceptions in the evaluation of corporate education programmes. Leadership studies have focused on leader-led relationships, values-based leadership, leadership resilience, new approaches to conflict resolution and psychodynamics of leadership. Corporate strategy studies have involved the role of contemporary approaches to strategy including emergent, entrepreneurial and political dimensions.   

Dr. Peter Akinsowon LLB Hons, MSc HRMOB, PG Cert HE, FHEA, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer

E: Peter.Akinsowon@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 0203 457 2133

Peter Akinsowon is a Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Anglia Ruskin University London. Prior to this, he has worked at the University of Greenwich, Business School, London and at Regent’s University, London where he served as a Post Graduate Module Leader in Entrepreneurial Research between 2014/2015. He has taught at Greenwich School of Management, London and at Icon College of Management & Technology, London. He used to be the Module Leader for Resourcing the Organisation (RTO) for well over 3 years.

Peter holds a PhD degree in Management.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviours. He has been a qualified HE Lecturer for more than 16 years now and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development for more than 15 years.  His areas of speciality are employee commitment and turnover intention in the public sector organisations.

Furthermore, Peter is a lawyer and he has worked as a HR manager before joining the academic sector.  He is also a member of the British Academy of Management- where he has a number of publications in the BAM journal over the years.  Peter was nominated at his current place of work by students’ body for the MADE A DIFFERENCE AWARD for inclusivity award last year 2020. Peter has a considerable number of years of experience teaching on the PEARSON courses for different Colleges in and around London.

Peter is a strong communicator, a tolerant and one who possesses a-go-get-it-attitude towards life. He is a keen advocate of fairness and justice for all, irrespective of one’s background or orientation. He is a meticulous individual who has helped to make significant contributions to students’ development over the years. Peter is research active.  In addition, Peter has supervised a considerable number of students’ dissertations both at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels over the years.

Dr. Roni Ajao

Lecturer

E: Roni.Ajao@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Dr Ajao is an Associate Professor (Sessional) at ARU London and teaches Strategy in the Public and Private Sectors, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Applied Project Management and Business Management. 

Dr Ajao has extensive experience gained while working as a Management Consultant in the UK and internationally, as well as teaching at several Universities. Dr Ajao has worked for several government departments, examples include, the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Office for National Statistics (ONS); the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) managing programmes of national importance. Internationally, Dr Ajao has worked for the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the United Nations and the World Bank.  She has also taught a various institutions, i.e. Manchester Alliance Business School, Liverpool Business School and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Dr Ajao holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University, an M.Phil. from University College London (UCL). She also holds an MBA from City University London, a M.Sc. in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC in Paris (France) and Oxford University (Said Business School). She also holds a certificate in International Development and Global Change from the University of Cambridge, a Post-graduate Certificate in Management Research from Cranfield University Management School, a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard University and an Advanced Management qualification from Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

As a practitioner, Dr Ajao has been recognised and awarded Fellowship of the Institute of Consulting (IC), Fellowship and Chartered Status of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI); Fellowship of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) and Fellowship of the Association for Project Management (APM). 

She is currently a member of the Approval Panel for Chartered Status for the Association for Project Management and is also a Panel Member for the UK Ministry of Defence – Women in Defence (WiD) Initiative. 

Dr. Teng Guan Khoo PhD, LLM, PG Dip LPC, LLB (Hons), AFHEA

Lecturer

E: Teng-Guan.Khoo@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Teng Guan joined ARU London as a Course Leader for BSc (Hons) Business and Law, BSc (Hons) Law and Accounting and BSc (Hons) Finance and Accounting in 2019.

Having spent 9 years as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Law with Anglia Ruskin University, including last 4 years as the Deputy Head of School for Economics, Finance and Law. He was also the partnership manager for the Faculty of Business and Law, primarily responsible for operational and management of the Trinidad, Malaysia and Singapore international partners, and ensuring compliance with the quality and student provisions.  

Teng holds all his qualifications from Anglia Ruskin University, with both his PhD and LLM specialising in the area of racial discrimination in sports. He lectures on the area of business law and occasionally participate in research conference in the area of sports law, either as a guest speaker or presenting research papers. He has successfully supervised several PhD research students to completion and also involved in examining PhD students in his capacity as both internal or external examiner.  

 

Ed Mcdonald

Learning and Teaching Advisor

E: Edd.Mcdonald@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2130

Ed joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Senior Lecturer in September 2015, prior to which he taught across a number of London business school campuses.

His specialisation lies in the teaching of academic and practical skills. He has previously led teaching in the areas of Advanced Critical Writing, Academic Writing, Study Skills, Entrepreneurship, Data Skills, and Computer Literacy. After acting as course manager for the extended degree programme for several years, Ed moved to take leadership in the areas of Learning and Teaching, and principally organises academic training, events, peer reviews and personal tutoring.

Elaine Cleaver MA, BSc, SFHEA

Deputy Head of School

E: Elaine.Cleaver@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3282

Elaine joined Anglia Ruskin University in 2021 as Deputy Head of the Business Department.

Elaine worked clinically as a healthcare professional in the NHS and private sector and as a lead supervisor and trainer before moving to academia in 2012. 

Her career in education has included curriculum and programme design and delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate curricula. She has also led course revalidations in conjunction with commissioners.

Elaine has a master’s in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She initiated and led the development of six international online courses, two of which were awarded recognition for their pedagogy innovation. She has supported a wide range of staff to develop their teaching skills and was awarded Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy in 2019. 

Gillian Squire

Deputy Head of School

E: Gillian.Squire@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2140

Gillian is a healthcare practitioner with a teaching background in both Further and Higher education. She has written and edited several academic textbooks and also works as a Principal Examiner for Academic and Apprenticeship qualifications. She joined Anglia Ruskin in 2019 and delivers on Health and Care programmes.

Ismini Katsadouri BA, LLB, PGDL, LPC, MA, LLM, SFHEA

Lecturer

E: Ismini.Katsadouri@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Ismini has a strong academic background, she holds degrees from the University of Sorbonne (Literature) and the University of Lille (Law) as well as two postgraduate degrees (Law) from UK universities. She started her career in education and has taught all levels over the past 30 years. She has been a course director for the LLB at a London University for 5 years. Ismini is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Society of Legal Scholars. 

In addition, she has worked as a legal advisor for seven years at the Citizens Advice Bureau and a senior paralegal in a law firm where she gained practical experience in client negotiations, employment issues, debt and family matters.

John Threlfall BA, MA, MSc, PGCE, SFHE

Principal Lecturer

E: John.Threlfall@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

John joined ARU London in February 2016 with a mandate to establish a suite of postgraduate degrees.

He has extensive teaching and programme leadership experience in UK universities including: London Metropolitan University, University of Hull, University of Plymouth and Queen Mary University. John has acted as an External Examiner for the University of Huddersfield. He is passionate about teaching management, widening access to higher education and promoting social mobility.

John holds degrees from University College, London; King’s College, London and the Institute of American Studies; and the London School of Economics. He has a PGCE from Goldsmiths, London. John was awarded a Leverhulme Scholarship at King’s College and the Lawrence Atwell Scholarship at the LSE. He has delivered presentations on management at numerous international conferences. John also has considerable experience in advising entrepreneurs and is presently an angel investor in four start-up internet businesses.

Josh Jimenez BA (Hons), MSc, PGCE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Josh.Jimenez@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Josh joined ARUL in January 2021 as Business Environment Module Leader and Senior Lecturer. He comes to ARUL with a rich background in corporate executive roles in business and media. In his academic career, he has extensive lecturing and programme leadership experience in UK universities. Previously, he delivered the Business Foundation Programme at Bayes Business School - City University of London. He is a passionate and innovative educator (PGCE and FHEA)  and committed to continuous learning, widening access to Higher Education and improving social mobility. 

Josh holds a BA (Hons) from UCL University College London and a MSc in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Birkbeck College, University of London. He speaks multiple languages and has previously studied and worked in various business settings in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain. 

He favours a learner-centred approach to teaching and learning. Combined with his wealth of industry experience, this allows him to bring theory to life through real practical application, delivering the best possible experience for his students. 

Julia Spencer BSc FCA

Lecturer

E: Julia.Spencer@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n.a

Julia joined ARU London in 2012, originally teaching professional accounting courses.  She now teaches undergraduate courses in auditing, financial accounting, business finance as well as several practical skills modules.

Julia graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Economics, before training as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in London, where she worked on a variety of external audits mainly in the insurance, entertainment, defence, and manufacturing sectors.  She later worked in local government for Nottingham City Council, firstly as an internal audit manager and later as a financial advisor in both the Education and Development departments.  She previously taught at ARU Chelmsford for eight years, where she focused on ACCA professional courses; as well as at UEA London and Kaplan in London.  Julia has also acted in a voluntary capacity as a Governor for a local school, where she chaired the Finance Committee. 

She is currently the module leader for the level 6 Financial Auditing module.

Jumaane Xavier

Lecturer

E: Jumaane.Xavier@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3833 3896

Jumaane joined ARUL in 2019 as an Academic Mentor in the Wellbeing Team/Lecturer on the Foundation programme of ARUL, shortly after completing his MBA (International Business) at the same university, and will also be lecturing on Economics for Business from Autumn, 2022.

Previously, Jumaane studied Economics and French at Kingston University, obtained a CELTA qualification in 2013 and has taught at various levels, including IELTS for adult professionals, and tutoring in French for GCSE. Jumaane also lived in Brazil, learning Portuguese while working to teach English (as a foreign language). 

With over 10 years’ experience in Finance, in various roles, in all major sectors – public, private, and charity - Jumaane was accepted into the Fellowship for the Higher Education authority in 2021, and hopes to continue inspiring and equipping students to aim for and reach their potential.

Kai Beswick DMS MBA PGCE QTS PGC Res FCMI

Lecturer

E: Kai.Beswick@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Kai worked in business & industry in the engineering sector for 22 years as a senior manager and company director before entering education during the early 2000’s. He has recent strategic management experience both as a consultant and practitioner.

A Senior Lecturer for over 10 years, he has designed, managed and taught on a range of undergraduate, specialist masters, MBA and employer bespoke programmes working with experienced managers both in the UK and overseas. A fully qualified and experienced teacher, he now heads up an educational consultancy working with a number of universities and colleges in the UK, providing educational advice and support. He has wide experience of course design and higher education quality assurance, management and validation procedures. He also acted as professional mentor for school teachers during their initial teacher training for several years.

Kai holds a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies and a postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods, MBA with Distinction, PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status and is currently studying for a PhD in Management at Hull University Business School. A current university Chief External Examiner, he was Chair of Governors at a primary school and a director of a local childcare provider. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of the British Academy of Management and is registered with the Teaching Agency. His research interests include examining critical academic identity amongst practising university faculty staff, using an interpretive and qualitative methodology.

Karl Bolton PG Cert, MSc, PG Dip, CIM

Lecturer

E: Karl.Bolton@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Previously, Karl had a varied 25-year corporate career including time working in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Having studied marketing and business studies prior to moving into tourism, he has worked for several travel companies within a product, commercial and marketing role including working for First Choice, Nielsen, Flight Centre and Explore. Karl has also managed numerous departments including leading product, contracting, customer service and marketing teams. His wealth of industry experience enables him to relate the lecture content into real life scenarios which assists student learning. He has consequently been nominated for lecturer of the year at university institutions in the 2018/19 and 2919/20 academic years.

Kate Sender MA

Senior Lecturer

E: Kate.Sender@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3827 6011

Kate joined Anglia Ruskin London in September 2020. She has over 10 years of experience in teaching and lecturing, including work at multiple UK universities. 

Kate holds an MA in Spanish and Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh and is CELTA and Delta qualified. She speaks multiple languages and has previously worked in Peru, Portugal, China and Spain. Kate specialises in English for Academic Purposes. She favours a learner-centred approach to teaching, and always aims to deliver the best possible experience for her students. 

Kelly Sandiford MA, BA (HONS), PGCE, DMS, FCIPD, ITD

Lecturer

E: Kelly.Sandiford@lca.anglia.ac.uk
T: n/a

With a professional background in teaching and Human Resource Management, Kelly has spent the last 30 years in senior leadership roles, in national and local government. She has also held OD consultant roles with a leading management consultancy. Prior to joining ARUL Kelly was the Head of Learning and Development for a national charity.

Throughout her career Kelly has delivered national benchmarks and frameworks across the public and commercial sectors that have directly influenced human resource management and workforce improvement across numerous professional areas, including Health and Social Care and corporate services. She successfully created  ‘ Raising the Standard’ – A national online competency based tool supporting HR Directors in local government to raise their strategic capability. Kelly was responsible for the redesign of the Equality Standard for local government, which under her leadership became the Diversity Peer Challenge.

At the forefront of innovation in organisation and leadership development, Kelly has a particular interest in cross cultural interpersonal skills and human development, group dynamics, diversity and inclusion.

She currently teaches on the Managing Human Resources Module and is an appointed trustee of Age UK Croydon.

Kelly Strong Cert Ed, EMBA, SFHEA

Director of Studies

E: Kelly.Strong@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3875 1598

Kelly joined ARUL as a senior lecturer in January 2016, becoming course leader for the suite of degree programmes for Business & Events, Tourism and Hospitality in 2017. Her diverse background drawn from two decades of professional work coupled with knowledge and skills drawn from directing a successful business, provides her with a unique platform to draw upon personal industry experience which creates a strong synthesis of theory and practice. This inclusive approach is adopted and embraced to enthuse and encourage students.

Kelly acts as an External Examiner for Staffordshire University and the University of Suffolk, completed her EMBA in July 2014 and attained her Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2019. In January 2022 Kelly took on the role of Director of Studies, and is currently responsible for the Director of Studies Office.

Lorraine Western MSc

Employability

E: Lorraine.Western@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 8076 6654

Having had a varied and rewarding career herself, Lorraine is delighted to be leading the Careers Team, and supporting our students into fulfilling graduate roles, postgraduate study or enterprise, equipped with the skills they need to progress in their career.

She is an Occupational Therapist with a diverse range of experience including the NHS, Adult Social Care, sports injury treatment and vocational rehabilitation. Career highlights include being part of the medical team at the 2012 Olympic Games and working as a Mental Health Practitioner for a recovery focused social and therapeutic horticulture charity. She has also started and established two businesses.

She has led teams in the private and public sector, and has an applied approach, sharing learning she has gained on her own career journey with students to add practical relevance to theory.

Her educational background reflects her eclectic career, with an MSc in Sports Injury Management and PG Cert in Mental Health and Wellbeing. Lorraine is a qualified coach, with a Pg Cert in Business and Personal Coaching.

Louise Hadley MA, BA (Hons), FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Louise.Hadley@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7400 6795

Louise joined ARU London as a Senior Lecturer in September, 2017.

She is an Academic English specialist with over twenty five years of teaching experience including various universities in the UK and Asia. Her areas of specialism include exam writing and assessment, syllabus design, materials development which all incorporate research undertaken on motivation and learning styles.

She is also a successfully published author having co-written four textbooks, contributed to one other and written three academic papers. She brings to her new post a combination of vast expertise, experience and enthusiasm validated by solid and relevant academic qualifications. 

Madeline Young BA (Hon), MA (Hons), PGCert, FHEA, MCIPR, DELE, DELF

Senior Lecturer

E: Madeline.Young@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3875 3371

Madeline joined ARU London in 2020 as Economics Module Leader and Senior Lecturer. She comes to ARU London with a rich background of nearly 20 years working in corporate executive roles, social science research, academic lecturing, and thought leadership. 

In her academic career, she has worked and lectured at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Cambridge, University College of London, and the University of Surrey where she is currently completing a Ph.D. in Business Sustainability and Ethics with Dr. Gavin Hilson, while also serving on the University Research Ethics Committee. 

In corporate work and thought-leadership, Madeline's career has spanned across four continents, with government lobbying and public advocacy on social equality issues in the USA and in Latin America, international project management between the private sector and government clients in France, Africa, and the Middle East, Head of Government Relations and CSR for a Congo-based UK mining company, and Corporate Integrity & Compliance Manager at Ernst & Young. In the think-tank sector, she worked for the FRIDE Foundation in Madrid, publishing EU-level reports on EU-Africa investment ethics conflicts, and at Chatham House on natural resource governance issues, where she presented her fieldwork on democracy and petrol conflict in Nigeria. She is a regular delegate at OECD Industry working sessions, as well as an international speaker at natural resource sector and government events in the EU and across Africa. She has held positions such as director and trustee of several UK-based charities and is Non-Executive Director of the British Awards for African Development (BRAAD Awards). 

She holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a MA (Hon) in International Relations from the IBEI-University of Pompeu Fabra, PGCert in Industrial Conflict Studies from University Rovira I Virgili, Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from the University of Surrey, DELE Spanish Language Degree from Instituto Cervantes, DELF French Language Degree from L'Institut Français, and Fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy. She holds additional qualifications and memberships as Associate Certified Fraud Examiner, Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, Member of Chatham House, Member of Institute of Directors.

Makayla Whyte

Academic Director

E: Makayla.Whyte@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3875 1597

Her motivation to teach stems from her own career experience, following two decades of professional work within the tourism and hospitality industries, together with knowledge drawn from directing a company providing training for the aviation sector. Makayla is still active in the industry as a freelance hotel inspector, working with tour operators who require information on service levels, customer experience, branding, hygiene, food and beverage operations and the facilities within the property.

As a result of Makayla's professional background and teaching experience, commercial practice is effectively combined with educational pedagogy which affords students the opportunity to achieve both their educational aspirations and employment goals.

Manjit Kaur MA, BA (Hons), PGCE

Director of Studies

E: Manjit.Kaur@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7062 7460

Manjit Kaur joined Anglia Ruskin University, London in September 2018 as a lecturer in Health and Social Care.

Manjit has a Masters in Childhood and Youth Studies and has years of experience working with vulnerable children and young people including in the Early Years sector.

She has extensive experience teaching in a variety of settings including Secondary schools, 6th form colleges and colleges of Further Education.

Manjit has now taken on a role in the Director of Studies Office as an Assistant Director of Studies.

Mark Cleary BA (Hons), MSc

Lecturer

E: Mark.Cleary@lca.anglia.ac.uk
T: n/a

Mark Cleary has published in economics, financial markets and international business. He is Senior Examiner for the Association of Corporate Treasurers in Risk Analysis and Management and has acted as a Senior Examiner for several British universities.

As well as being an academic Mark works as a practising investment economist for a large multinational insurance company. He is a former Treasury Analyst and Chief FX dealer for a large multinational company. Mark is an active member of the Society of Business Economists and frequently contributes to their journal.

Martin McCracken-Joyce MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE, RN

Deputy Head of School

E: Martin.Joyce@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3887 3665

Martin is an experienced Charge Nurse with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in Nursing Education, Health Promotion, Acute Care, Healthcare Management, and Healthcare. He is a strong healthcare service professional with a Bachelor's degree focused on Adult Health Nurse/Nursing from City University of London. Postgraduate certificates in Emergency Care and Nurse Mentorship.   

Martin joined Anglia Ruskin University London in 2019 from clinical practice, teaching on a wide range of health and social care subjects focusing on healthcare management and leadership.   

Martin has a keen interest in health management, nurse practice skills and have been involved in the NHS leadership programme. An ardent advocate of introducing first aid training to all students and encouraging student participation within community engagement programmes.  

His previous experience also traverses to the airline industry as a cabin crew line trainer. He was involved in systems training and building customer service training packages for cabin crew. 

Mayah Abraham

Lecturer

E: Mayah.Abraham@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Michael Spalding EMBA, PMI Member, BSc, DET, EMBA, PGCHE, FHEA, Prince 2

Senior Lecturer

E: Michael.Spalding@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3887 3667

Mike has been involved in numerous business startup’s and large projects in the UK and around the world for over 20 years, using his background in brand advertising and events. He has also worked as an advisor on the government gateway scheme advising business start-ups.

Mike juggles lecturing full time with helping run a number of SME businesses of which he’s a founder and Director. Mike is also a brand entry strategy consultant for a number of established south-east asian businesses entering into new markets. ‘I’m happy to be part of fast growing ambitious, innovative organization”.

Mike is also an undergraduate and postgraduate Module Lead, as well as a postgraduate dissertation supervisor.

Michelle Barned MBA, BSc (Hons), PGCHE, FHEA.

Lecturer

E: Michelle.Barned@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Michelle joined ARUL January 2019. She comes with over twenty years experience of leading operations and marketing for charities that support vulnerable adults. She has also advised startup companies on their offline and online marketing efforts.

To solidify her marketing practice Michelle studied Business and Marketing at undergraduate level before completing her Master of Business Administration qualification.

In her role as module leader for Principles and Practices of Marketing Michelle is keen to provide active learning experiences for students which draw on real life examples, and are closely aligned with global business, that reflect the diverse makeup of the ARUL student population.

Another goal for Michelle is demonstrating how marketing theory and practice plays a significant role in everyday perception and decision making.

When she isn’t in the classroom Michelle enjoys walking, hot yoga and attending charity fundraising events.

Monica Or MA, FIH, MCIPD

Lecturer

E: Monica.Or@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

As the founder of Star Quality Hospitality Consultancy, Monica is consultant, trainer, assessor, author and international speaker for the hospitality industry.  

With over twenty five years of hospitality experience Monica works with the owner / managers of independent hotels and restaurants focusing on their business structure, operations and service delivery to create memorable guest experiences. 

Monica is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and has been Chair for the Institute of Hospitality London and serving on their committee for five years. 

As an accomplished speaker and author, Monica has spoken at international hotel conferences including The Independent Hotel Show in London and COTELCO in Columbia. She has been featured in The Caterer, Boutique Hotelier, and Hospitality Quarterly Magazine.  

Monica is also the Amazon best-selling author for her three books ‘Star Quality Hospitality – The Key to a Successful Hospitality Business’, ‘Star Quality Experience – The Hotelier’s Guide to Creating Memorable Guest Experiences’ and ‘Star Quality Talent – Inspiring Hospitality Careers’. 

In the past Monica has lectured at Westminster Kingsway College and the University of Greenwich, as well as being an External Examiner for City College Norwich and Industry Advisor for the Edge Hotel School. 

She is also an Independent End Point Assessor for the Hospitality Apprenticeships and currently lecturers at ARUL on their Hospitality, Tourism and Events Programmes. 

Working closely with both industry and education, she continues to promote the hospitality industry as a fantastic place to work. 

 

 

Nick Endacott PhD; MA; BA; DELTA; CELTA.

Lecturer

E: Nick.Endacott@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Nick joined ARUL in September 2020, and works as a sessional lecturer on the Foundation Programme. Nick’s career in education began with teaching English and Professional Communication in various countries around the world, including Greece, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Qatar and Dubai. He also worked regularly in spoken English language assessment in Italy and in Spain. After time studying for a Masters Degree and then a Doctorate, Nick has worked in Higher Education in the UK since 2006.

A passionate advocate of inclusive education, Nick’s key area at ARUL is enabling students to develop their uses of written and spoken communication in their studies and in their professional lives, with a strong focus on self-empowerment through effective communication.
 
Viewing academic disciplines as “tribes” with their own particular practices and territories, Nick’s research interests lie in the different varieties and uses of language in different academic disciplines, genres and contexts, and how disciplinary language and ideas are used and re-used by different participants in UG and PG Higher Education contexts.

Nidhi Gogia

Senior Lecturer

E: Nidhi.Gogia@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3940 1992

Nidhi is a Chartered and a Management Accountant and is full-time academia now after finding her passion in teaching and helping her students to achieve their ambition of becoming finance graduates and Accountants. She has 5 years of experience in working for a medium-size accounting firm and 16+ years of classroom experience in teaching Finance, Accounts, Financial Management for various professional bodies like ACCA, AAT, ICAEW and graduate and postgraduate courses of various universities in the UK. If she is not teaching, she is reading about the British royal family or watching a documentary about them.

Nishi Mishra-Patricio

Senior Lecturer

E: Nishi.Mishra-Patricio@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3752 3243

Following seven years’ experience of teaching in higher education, Nishi joined ARU London in October 2015 and lectures across several programmes.

She is particularly interested in how the operational and organisational structure of profit and non-profit organisations impact the execution of their services as well as their feasibility and position in the marketplace.

Omba Matthew Ehomba BSc, FHEA, PGCHEP, Postgrad in Education

Lecturer

E: Ombamatthew.Ehomba@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Business lecturer teaching a rage of different modules from marketing, human resources, business strategy, with experience of teaching in higher education for the past 7 years. Omba Matthew Ehomba is an academic for over 7 years. Areas of teaching include management, human resource management, strategic management, marketing management, and business communication at the graduate and undergraduate levels. I have worked on curriculum development and module development.

Patrick O’Connor BA (Hons), MA, MCIPD.

Lecturer

E: Patrick.OConnor@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Patrick has over twenty years’ experience as a Principal Lecturer in the fields of Business Studies, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Employability, Learning and Development and associated cognate areas. 

As an academic practitioner,  he has undertaken significant consultancy, training and development work in Iran, Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, Mauritius and Brazil focussing on the development of graduate skills within the emerging Knowledge Economy. 

He has a highly interactive teaching style, a learner-centered approach and a strong focus on the development of graduate employability and professionalism. 

Philippa Vincent BSc (Hons), PGCE

Senior Lecturer

E: Philippa.Vincent@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3789 3281

Philippa joined ARUL as a senior lecturer in September 2017 on the Tourism, Hospitality and Events degree programmes. Her motivation to teach stems from her own career experience, following 15 years of professional work within the travel, hospitality and events industries. 

This experience provides her with a unique platform to draw upon industry experience which creates a strong synthesis of theory and practice. This inclusive approach is adopted and embraced to enthuse and encourage students. 

Philippa is particularly interested in Event Planning and Project Management as well as the importance of Live Projects to organisations. 

Rachael Derrick MA, DELTA, CELTA, BA (Hons)

Head of School

E: Rachael.Derrick@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 4531 0064

Following on from her previous position as Head of Department for Learning and Skills, Rachael joined ARU London as a Senior Lecturer in January, 2017. Rachael is currently our Head of School for Foundation and Skills.

A graduate from Exeter university in Modern Languages, she is a tri-lingual education professional with almost 30 years’ teaching experience, 15 of which have been in the area of Academic Literacy in a number of European and UK universities. She has specialised in teaching and learning theory, and has designed and had validated numerous Foundation and university English Language programmes for both domestic and international students, as well as developing EAP and ESAP modules for students of law, business, science and engineering, psychology, and humanities.

Whilst living abroad she founded a translation and language training company in Germany specialising in technical and business English, and then went on to found and run a language school and translation business in Spain in 2005.

Rachael has research interests in adult learning motivation, and widening participation / non-traditional entry students entering and progressing in UK Higher Education institutions. She is a passionate classroom practitioner, teacher, lecturer, academic mentor and course developer.

Ravi Gill FCCA, Chairman

Chairman

E: Ravi.Gill@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7400 6792

Chairman of ARU London, Ravi Gill, FCCA, has been offering the benefit of his accounting experience - academic as well as professional - to aspiring accountancy and business studies students for some 25 years. His teaching experience has been initially in the public sector where as ACCA course director he pioneered weekend revision courses for the corporate market. He then moved into the private sector where he founded a highly successful private college.

Ravi later went on to start the London College of Accountancy which is an internationally renowned private college.Under his stewardship the College has gained two Queen's Awards for Enterprise, the first in 2006 and more recently in 2010. On his travels abroad it is no surprise that he has met so many LCA students who proudly acknowledge their success and indebtedness. He has overseen many changes in LCA, none bigger than its adoption into the Anglia Ruskin University family as ARU London.

Rehan Ally Master of Marketing (Australia), BA IHM (Australia), Dip Hotel Mgt (Switzerland)

Lecturer

E: Rehan.Ally@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Rehan is a full-time academic with the Business School at ARUL. He is the module leader for Digital Marketing. 

Richard Willmsen

Lecturer

E: Richard.Willmsen@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Richard has taught English for over 20 years in a very wide variety of capacities and contexts, including in Portugal, China, Spain, Italy and Mexico. Over the last five years he has mostly worked in academic contexts, including at King’s College London and the UCL Institute of Education.

He holds the RSA DELTA from UCL (2012) and in 2019 achieved a distinction in the MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT at KCL. He also holds an MA in Portuguese Studies (KCL 2009). Richard joined ARUL in September 2019.  

Rose Makam BA, MSc, PGCE, PRINCE2

Senior Lecturer

E: Rose.Makam@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7119 1831

Joined ARU London as a Senior Lecturer in January 2018 and the module lead for ‘Understanding Business’.

A focused, personable and highly effective and outstanding teacher with extensive experience spanning over 18 years including a period as Head of Department, committed to providing the highest quality student experience by creating a positive learning environment for both students and colleagues. Trained Ofsted inspector of education and Assessment for Learning (AFL) champion with superb analytical and problem solving skills partnered with the ability to mentor, coach and support teaching staff have been pivotal in improving their teaching skills in realising their long term vision.

Prior to working in the education sector, she has worked in the government departments including diplomatic services for over five years with enhanced transferable skills including team working, interpersonal and presentation skills.

Roy Ringham

Lecturer

E: Roy.Ringham@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Roy joined ARU London in September 2019, with a passion to enhance his students’ learning and employability opportunities, by blending his industry and practitioner experience with his academic and professional credentials. His aim is to always deliver effective teaching practices in line with PGCHEP. 

As well as holding a Fellowship Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (FHEA) and Mathematics degree (Exeter University), Roy is also a Fellow Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA). He has a varied teaching background, having taught internationally in Nigeria (VSO) and domestically, covering an array of topics from Mathematics, Finance and Accounting to Scuba Diving BSAC).

 

 

Sakhile Masuku MSc, BSc, Dip (Th. Rad.) PGCE, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Sakhile.Masuku@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 7119 1832

Sakhile joined Anglia Ruskin University as a Lecturer in September 2019. She is currently a Module Leader for Comparative Healthcare Systems.  

She holds a Master of Science Degree in Health and Social Care Management and Policy, a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Services Management and Public Health as well as a Diploma in Therapeutic Radiography.

Sakhile has attained an international career in Healthcare spanning nearly 20 years in both clinical and administrative capacities. Her first-hand experience in the NHS provides her with the unique platform to translate theoretical concepts and apply real-life experiences in the lectures she delivers.  

With this strong academic record and expertise enhanced with enthusiasm, Sakhile aims to impart this to her students in this post at ARUL. 

Sandie Deshpa CIM Dip, CAM Dip, PgDMS, Executive MBA

Lecturer

E: Sandie.Deshpa@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Sandie has extensive industry experience of over 21 years, working in the Strategic and Operations Management functions.

He has worked for multinational companies to include BAT, Sears and Pepsi Cola Inc. and the last 12 years in the capacity of a senior manager/country manager.

In 2000, Sandie made a career transition to the education sector and has taught in various colleges and Universities, within and outside UK. He joined ARUL in Jan 2014 as an associate lecturer.

Sandie’s background and experience of working in diverse industries and environments provides him with a unique platform to simplify and enhance theoretical concepts by relating them to his past endeavors and commercial experiences.

Shahriar Daudpota

Senior Lecturer

E: Shahriar.Daudpota@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Shahzad Ali

Lecturer

E: Shahzad.Ali@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Shahzad has worked in professional and higher education for more than 12 years, having taught and trained professional accountants and business students around the world. Before moving into education, he worked in the tax teams at Dean Coopers Charted Accountants for 2 years. Since then, he has also worked in lecturer and education management roles at several premium schools across the UK. Shahzad holds Bachelor of Commerce degree, professional qualifications ACCA, ACSI and postgraduate qualification MSc in International Accounting.

A Chartered Accountant of 12 years, Shahzad specialises in teaching financial accounting/reporting, taxation for business, business finance, data skills 1 and 2 in both classroom and online environments. His teaching style is clear and methodical, which will help you to approach your exams with confidence. His in-depth knowledge of business, accounting and taxation allows him to make regular contributions to Anglia Ruskin University course manuals.

Shahzad is also a freelance writer. As a Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) he has recently written raw content of Accounting Principal and Recording Financial Transactions for the HN Online 2021 Pearson BTEC Business units. Author of a book called “Fundamentals of UK tax systems” FA2018 suitable for Level 4, 5 and 6 students. In 2018, Shahzad provided IAS/IFRS training to Nigerian aviation industry directors on the topic of “First time adoption of IAS/IFRS”.

Shepherd Mande MSc, PGCE (PCET), Lic.Ed. (BSc + PGCE Secondary Education)

Lecturer

E: Shepherd.Mande@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 8076 6657

Shepherd has 29 years of experience working in education in different countries and at different levels, including secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges and higher education in the UK. His experience is hugely in teaching biological sciences and health studies, including research skills and study skills; roles including head of science department in secondary school, course team leader in sixth form and further education colleges, and currently module team leader in ARUL. His area of work included teaching of GCSE, A level, BTEC, Access to HE, and HE. 

Shepherd has also worked in HE as a lead partnership officer; working with partnership officers and university student ambassadors, planning, developing and delivering outreach activities to widen participation in HE. His area of specialty is microbiology.  

Silvia Duedal BA(Hons); BSc(Hons) MPhil(Cantab); MInstLM; FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Silvia.Duedal@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 8166 1328

Silvia joined ARU London with a diverse array of qualifications & experience: BSc Behavioural Science; BA law; MPhil Cambridge University.

She headed the Industrial relations at Singapore University setting up joint ventures, worked with Franco-African Mission de Coopération en Afrique, Niger; and Service de Santé Navale - Ministère de la Défense; Bordeaux, France. 

She has vast international experiences cross 3 continents, includes working for United Nations, Copenhagen, Denmark, as a Procurer for UNDP & World Bank. Research with the NHS; MRC Cambridge and Cancer Genetic Unit, Cambridge University linking ATM gene with BRAC 1 & 2 as precursor for Breast & Prostate Cancer leading to the publication of Cancer Risks and Mortality in Heterozygous ATM Mutation Carriers in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 

Silvia is currently Module leader for Level 6 Managing Employment Relations & teaches Employment Law on the LLB course.

Stuart Woodbridge

Lecturer

E: Stuart.Woodbridge@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin Stuart taught Academic Study Skills on the International Foundation Programme at the University of Greenwich. In the summer periods since 2014 he has taught English for Academic Purposes (to English as a Second Language students) at the Universities of Brighton, Kent, Brunel, Royal College of Art, and University of the Arts London.

Before university teaching Stuart worked as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher in London Borough Adult and Community Education colleges. Stuart has an MA TESOL from UCL, and a (level 7) Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Stuart is working towards a PhD Education with the complementary nature of complexity theory and drama techniques as the research interest. He originally trained as a dancer and worked in cabaret and a one-man show for several years.

Tex Dunstan

Senior Lecturer

E: Tex.Dunstan@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2138

Tex Dunstan works at the interfaces of digital media, computing and business.

An academic and entrepreneur with over twenty years experience as a leader, teacher, mentor and award winning business owner, he has delivered work and projects of substantial significance, complexity and risk with vision, dexterity and empathy for the customer.

Tex pursues a number of interests in research and advanced professional practice including entrepreneurial attitudes, pedagogy and policy; the use of video as an action research tool; employability; and small business applications of business intelligence and analysis.

Thomas Baby MBA, MTech-CAD/CAM, BTech, Diploma

Lecturer

E: Thomas.Baby@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Thomas joined ARU London as Lecturer in September 2021 and at present the module lead for ‘Resourcing the Organisation’. He holds an MBA (Marketing) from Edinburgh Napier University Scotland and MTech in Mechanical Engineering (CAD/CAM) from VIT University, India. Thomas has successfully executed a student-centred strategy while teaching which led to many positive student outcomes. A key part of his teaching career involved helping students reach their potential by focusing on customising the module content. He has 10 years of experience in teaching and lecturing, including work at multiple UK higher educational institutions. Thomas also possesses 8 years of professional industry experience in the fields of Engineering, Marketing, Procurement and Inventory Management. While looking into his past achievements, he was honoured with HCL centre of excellence award, received Indian President’s scout award and worked as Head of the department of Business Studies at his previous work assignment. Thomas has published a Textbook on Operations Management; his academic research interest areas are Supply Chain Management, Business Process Reengineering and Product Life Cycle Management. Areas of teaching in ARUL include Operations and Project Management, Resourcing the Organisation, Business Environment and Professional Development Skills. 

Tim Spencer BSc (Hons), FCCA

Lecturer

E: Tim.Spencer@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Tim joined ARU London in 2012, originally teaching on professional accounting courses.  Hnow teaches undergraduate courses ifinancial accounting and financial reporting as well as practical skills modules. 

Tim trained as a certified accountant with F.W. Smith Riches in London, where he worked on a variety of external audits including manufacturing, haulage, architect and advertising sectors. Since qualifying in 1993, he has specialised in ACCA courses including working with ACCA in marking and quality assurance for financial accounting and management accounting papers.

Hpreviously taught at ARU Chelmsford for eighteen years, where he was ACCA course leader. He is currently the module leader for the level 4 Introduction to Financial Accounting and level 5 Financial Reporting for Businesses modules

 

Tobi Awoyemi MBA, PGCE, BSc.

Lecturer

E: Tobi.Awoyemi@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Tobi holds a first degree in Business Information systems, and a Masters degree in Business Administration - with a major in Marketing. 

She worked as a Management Information Analyst within the Financial Services industry for over a period of 9 years and managed her own Business Start-up and Marketing Consultancy for many years. She therefore has a wealth of experience in both academia and industry to share with her students. 

Tobi continues to be an Educator and Coach, within the classroom and in communities close to her heart. 

 

 

Ukent Milwood Exe MBA

Academic Mentoring

E: Ukent.Milwood@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Ukent has maintained a Continuous Professional Development programme of academic learning since 1995. He received his Executive MBA from Plymouth University in 2012 and in February 2019 was accepted as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Ukent teaches on the Health and Social Care and Foundations of Computer Based Technology modules. He is passionate about learning, teaching and supporting students ‘to be the best, they can be’. His passion for Health and Social Care stems from a desire to promote change and address inequalities.

For more than 30 years he has linked his academic and professional working life, into championing and working with many different organisations across the health sector, local and central government to create change and improve local services. As a lecturer, his passion is to help students develop their pedagogy through learning more about the knowledge, skills and values that are required for a lifetime of employment.

Ursula Hennessy MSc, BSc, DipHE, DTLLS, FHEA

Senior Lecturer

E: Ursula.Hennessy@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 0203 701 9756

Ursula’s career commenced within the health sector whereby she gained qualifications in both nursing and midwifery. During her nursing career she managed a short-stay surgical unit. Whilst working as a midwife she undertook her Masters in Health Sciences and also contributed towards producing a specific policy and guidelines for pregnant mothers with Sickle Cell and Thalassemia.   

Ursula holds a teaching qualification and is a member of the FHEA. Ursula has a keen interest in research and epidemiology as well as population health. Another interest is that of English as a foreign language and she also possesses a TEFL qualification. Ursula has been teaching in education since 2007 and has taught in a wide variety of educational institutions. 

Vick Krishnan Prof

Senior Lecturer

E: Vick.Krishnan@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

Vick Krishnan joined ARUL in January 2015 and has been a Visiting/Associate Senior Lecturer since. Vick is and has been a Barrister and an Academic for almost 30 years in many Universities across London and the UK. He has previously held Visiting Professorships in International Law in South Africa, Botswana, India and Malaysia (2005 -2014). Vick also has several law publications with Old Bailey Pubications.
 
Vick is a highly experienced Barrister, Corporate Trainer and a Life Coach with extensive background in People Management especially within the Corporate and Commercial Sector. He is also a Principal Trainer for the Barristers Professional Training Course.
 
Vick teaches Civil & Criminal Litigation, Criminal Law, IT Law and Legal Aspects of Business.

Vida Tweneboah-Boahene

Senior Lecturer

E: Vida.Tweneboah-Boahene@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3833 3890

Vida joined Anglia Ruskin University, London as a senior lecturer in August 2021.

She has extensive years of working in the NHS in a management role. She also has experience in teaching on a wide range of module in public health, health services management, health policy, planning and financing. She is passionate about policies that improve the health of a population and strengthening health systems globally.

She is currently a module leader for Comparative Healthcare Systems. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Health Policy Planning and Financing, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Services Management as well as Postgraduate Certificate in Management.

As a lecturer, she is keen to provide a learner-centered approach that gives students the opportunity to work in any healthcare system.

Vivek Badhwar FCA, BA (Econ)

Lecturer

E: Vivek.Badhwar@london.aru.ac.uk
T: n/a

An economics graduate of the University of Manchester, and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Vivek Badhwar has extensive experience of lecturing both on taxation and on management accounting.

He has also practised as a Chartered Accountant.

Winsome Odusina

Lecturer

E: Winsome.Odusina@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3833 3892

Winsome Odusina is the module lead for ‘Ethics and Values in Health and Social Care’ along with ‘Understanding Business’.

With over 30 years’ experience in local government and the independent sector, she has worked as a manager as well as an independent management consultant and trainer.

Winsome’s has specialised in local government and charity finance, equality, diversity inclusion as well as team, personal and management development. She has worked on significant community development initiatives such as the regeneration of Marsh Farm in Luton and White City Estate. For the last 20 years she has also worked in higher and further education settings, lecturing at both undergraduates and postgraduate levels.

Yas Kojouri

Employability

E: Yas.Kojouri@london.aru.ac.uk
T: 020 3457 2129

Yas is a Careers Consultant, who supports students and graduates increase their employability skills through careers information, advice and guidance in one to one and group employability sessions.

She is experienced in providing CV and application guidance, interview coaching, labour market information and job search advice and strategies.

Yas graduated with a BA Hons in English Studies and Creative Writing and proceeded to start her professional career in the Higher Education sector in 2006, where she has continued since. She has worked at both public and private education institutions, in roles all centered around student and graduate recruitment and employability. A Certified Recruitment Practitioner and Mental Health First Aider, Yas is passionate about providing support to students and graduates in order to help them increase their employability skills and reach their career goals.

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