School Advisory Board
The School Advisory Board (SAB) advises the Head of School on the strategic management of Queen's Management School, chaired by Sue Douthwaite. The SAB also supports the School in increasing its societal and economic impact through education and research.
Through education, the SAB provides an employer perspective on future graduate skills, facilitates access to work-based learning opportunities for students, and provides direct input into degree programmes.
Through research, the SAB identifies issues of concern to business, public and third sector organisations, and assists in the conduct and dissemination of research results including engagement with communities of practice.
Professor M. N. Ravishankar
(Dean and Head of School)
Mrs Sonia O'Hare
Sue is a Chartered Banker and has enjoyed an extensive career in financial services working in Retail, Corporate and SME banking. Roles undertaken have included Managing Director of Santander Business in Santander UK and Group Head of SME Strategy for Virgin Money.
She is now a Non-Exec Director of the Melton Building Society and advisor to several SME tech and fintech businesses.
She has been involved in transformational fintech projects and alliance partnerships in the UK and Europe and the successful delivery of new operating models, systems, and culture. She has been actively involved in the diversity agenda for many years and is a Northern PowerWoman Influencer and recognised as an FT HERoes Top 100 Female Executives.
Sue is Chair of the CBI UK Financial Services Council, University of Sheffield Business School Advisory Board member and Chair of the International Advisory Board Queen’s Management School at Queens University, Belfast.
Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler is Full Professor of Sociology of Technology and Innovation, Social Simulation at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany.
Her appointment at JGU started in 2013 with getting leave for obtaining the position of Director and CEO at the EA European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany, until 2017. Before 2013, she had been Full Professor of Technology and Innovation Management at Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Ireland, and Director of its Innovation Research Unit IRU. Furthermore, she was Research Fellow of the Engineering Systems Division at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge/USA.
She started her professional career with studying Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg, Germany. At Free University Berlin, Germany, she received her PhD for a study on Artificial Intelligence, and got her habilitation at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, for a study on simulation in Science and Technology Studies.
Her main interests in research and teaching are the mutual relationship of new technologies and society, inter-organisational innovation networks, and agent-based models as methodological innovation in the Social Sciences.
Petra won various research prizes, has long experience in coordinating and completing international, mostly European research projects, publishes inter-disciplinarily in international journals, and has been awarded with fellowships of various scientific societies such as the German Academy of Technical Sciences acatech or AcademiaNet, the network of excellent female scientists in Germany.
Jim is a native of Belfast and he is a PhD graduate of Queens in 1982 having taken his BSc in Pure and Applied Physics in 1977.
He has maintained his links with the university over many years. He had a long career in industrial R&D having reached the post of Executive Vice President for the Strategic Science Group at Unilever Plc, retiring from the company in 2016 after 32 years’ service. Currently, Jim is a Strategy, Technology and Innovation Consultant as well as being an Honorary Professor of Innovation Management in the Haydn Green Institute (HGI) for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nottingham.
He brings a wealth of experience in innovation, strategy development, data and digital systems and sustainability to teaching and consultancy. In his business career he led pioneering initiatives on computer and data modelling, Total Quality Management (TQM), innovation management and breakthrough innovation Unilever Ice Cream. From 1996 Jim had a leading role in sustainability of natural resources, GHG’s and Waste and he headed up the drive in Unilever to set up the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as a trail-blazing example of industry-NGO partnerships tackle environmental challenges. He was a key player in setting up the Colworth Science Park and was a director there from 2009 until 2014.
Through the Nottingham University Business School Jim teaches on MBA and Executive Education programmes. Also, he mentors and supports the Research and Innovation team to connect and engage with the Food and Drinks industry. In the Ingenuity Centre he uses his extensive external network to connect the start-up companies and entrepreneurs to the right agencies and experts to support the development of their business models. Currently, he chairs the Careers and Employability Forum which strives to enhance the success of Nottingham students in the graduate job market. As an honorary professor in Food Science he lectures to both undergraduate and Masters students on innovation including product and process technology.
A Chartered Physicist (C Phys) since 1989, Member of the Food Research Panel of the Chief Scientist of the UK (2008-13), having held previous positions as Advisory Member for the MAFF/DTI LINK programme on innovation and Vice President of Euro-Glace industry body for Ice Cream in Europe.
On social commitment Jim is currently a member of the board of governors of St Bede’s Interfaith Middle School in Cambridge and in terms of personal interests he is a fan of Rugby Union especially the Six Nations Championship. He reads widely on many topics including history, historical fiction, psychology, crime, leadership and management.
Professor Emeritus Bob Galliers joined Bentley in July 2002 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was appointed the inaugural University Distinguished Professor in July 2009 until his retirement in July 2017.
As Provost, he headed up Bentley's progress to university status and EQUIS and EDAMBA accreditations. AACSB and NEASC accreditations were reconfirmed during this period in addition. In line with his university-wide role, he held a joint appointment as Professor in the Information & Process Management and Sociology departments. He is currently an Associate Director of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Quality Services, Brussels, Belgium and also an Honorary Visiting Professor in the University of Loughborough's School of Business & Economics in the UK. Previously, he was Professor of Information Systems and Research Director in the Department of Information Systems at the London School of Economics (LSE). Before joining LSE, Galliers served as Lucas Professor of Business Management Systems and Dean of Warwick Business School in the UK, and earlier as Foundation Professor and Head of the School of Information Systems at Curtin University in Australia. He has held Visiting Professorships at the LSE; King's College, London; Brunel University (UK); the Australian School of Business, University of New South Wales; Bond University, Australia; Hong Kong City and Polytechnic Universities; University of St Gallen, Switzerland; University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; National University of Singapore, the European Institute for Advanced Studies in Management, Belgium and INSEAD, France. He serves on the international advisory boards of a number of business schools, including those at the University of Tilburg in The Netherlands; Turku University, Finland and the National University of Ireland, Galway. He was a member of the EFMD's EQUIS Accreditation Board for the period 2009-2016 and serves on the Chartered Association of Business Schools (UK) Management Committee for its Academic Journal Guide since 2012. He holds an AB (honors) degree in Economics from Harvard University; a Master's degree with distinction in Management Systems from Lancaster University; a PhD in Information Systems from the LSE, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Turku School of Economics & Business Administration, Finland. He is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Strategic Information Systems; one of eight leading IS journals recognized by the Senior Scholars of the Association for Information Systems. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS), the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA), and the Association for Information Systems (FAIS), of which he was President in 1999. He received the AIS LEO Award for exceptional lifetime achievement in IS in 2012. He has published approaching 100 articles in many leading international journals on information systems and management (e.g., MISQ, JAIS, JMIS, ISJ, EJIS, JIT, BJM and LRP), and has authored or co-authored 13 books, including - in the Critical Perspectives on Business and Management series - "The Routledge Companion to Management Information Systems" (Routledge, 2017) and "The Routledge Handbook on Management Information Systems" (Routledge, 2015), together with, "The Oxford Handbook of Management Information Systems" (Oxford University Press, 2011); "Strategic Information Management" 4th edition (Routledge, 2009); "Exploring Information Systems Research Approaches: Readings and Reflections" (Routledge, 2007); "Rethinking Management Information Systems" (Oxford University Press, 1999), and "IT and Organizational Transformation" (Wiley, 1998). His research is transdisciplinary in nature, focusing primarily on organizational innovation/transformation and the associated management of change issues; the processes and practices of information systems strategizing; organizational knowing, and the intra- and extra-organizational impacts of information & communication technologies. He has been keynote speaker at more than 60 major international conferences and symposia including the European Conference on IS; the Australasian Conference on IS; the Scandinavian Conference on IS; the UKAIS Conference, and the Mediterranean Conference on IS. He has supervised 27 PhD students to completion (including 5 at Bentley) and his work has been cited over 11,000 times according to Google Scholar.
John has over 25 years' experience in technology, predominantly in the financial services domain.
He has extensive experience at leading global teams, developing strategy and delivering solutions to address business and technology issues.
Prior to joining Allstate, John led Citi's delivery centre in Belfast, providing IT, Operations, HR, Legal, Finance and Risk Services to the broader Citi group as one of 27 global delivery centres in its global network. Before serving in this position, John held senior management roles as head of technology and as a business unit manager for Citi, as well as senior roles at Grafton Recruitment, Liberty IT, J P Morgan Chase, St George Bank Treasury and Merrill Lynch.
John joined Allstate NI in January 2016 as Managing Director responsible for over 2,400 employees based in Belfast, Derry and Strabane. He was promoted to Vice President in July 2016.
John is the Executive Sponsor for the Women in Technology at Allstate (WITA) and the Embrace (LGBT) network. External to Allstate NI he is a Women in Business Diversity Champion.
John is President of the Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Queen’s University Employers’ Forum, is a school governor and is chair of the Business in the Community Place Leadership Group.
John earned his Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Engineering and Computer Science from Queen's University Belfast.
Paul joined Osborne King in 2000 having previously advised on corporate finance and structured finance projects.
He brings together real estate and financial skills, successfully bridging understanding and communication between the two.
He has led transactions involving sophisticated financial structures including private finance initiative (PFI) and public private partnership (PPP) deals. He strives to solve problems and bring fresh ideas to any situation.
Frequently working with the public sector, Paul identifies how real assets can be utilised more effectively to provide greater efficiency and increase value for money. Assignments have included critical review and analysis of real estate holdings to reduce running costs and identify assets surplus to requirements for disposal.
Paul has extensive experience of real estate and corporate workout providing bank advisory services. He has been a Licenced Insolvency Practitioner and has acted on a significant number of cases as a Fixed Charge Receiver / LPA Receiver to maximise recovery on behalf of institutions in situations of stress and distress.
Laura is a qualified chartered accountant and is Audit Partner at BDO Northern Ireland.
As a result, Laura has significant audit experience across a variety of industry sectors and has a wide portfolio of clients. She is responsible for the audits of several large groups of companies and also acts as reporting accountant for many different companies.
Laura is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and admitted as a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland in 2016. She holds a Master’s degree in Advanced Accounting and is a Member of the Institute of Directors, a Council Member for Confederation of Business Industry, non-executive/Trustee for Belfast Waterfront and Ulster Hall Limited and non-executive/Trustee for Co Ownership Housing.
Stephen Kingon graduated from Queen's in 1968 with a BA degree. He joined Coopers and Lybrand in 1969, and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1972 - by 1993, he was Managing Partner in charge of the Northern Ireland firm.
In 1998, Stephen became Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, following the merger of Coopers and Lybrand with Price Waterhouse, until his retirement in 2007. He is currently the Principal of Stephen Kingon Associates - Chartered Accountants, and holds several non-executive positions including Allied Irish Bank (UK) plc.
He is a former Chairman of Invest Northern Ireland; the Ulster Society of Chartered Accountants; the NI Chamber of Commerce; Business in the Community NI; and the Institute of Management Consultants. Currently, he is Chairman of the NI Centre for Competitiveness; Northern Ireland Electricity and the Balcas Group of Companies. Stephen also serves on the Board of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Stephen is a member of Senate and Pro-Chancellor of Queen’s University.
Feargal is proud of his association with Queen's University, having graduated with an Economics honours degree in 1982 and successfully completed the postgraduate diploma in Accounting in 1983.
In the academic year 1982/83 he became the inaugural President of the Queen's University Accountancy Society. On 26 September 2018, Feargal was awarded Managing Partner of the year at the British Accountancy Awards 2018 in London, and was commended “for going above and beyond by demonstrating the highest levels of innovation, business strategy and quality of service”. In 2019, Feargal was selected as The Irish Accountant of the Year.
In June 2012, Feargal received the prestigious All-Ireland Award from the Institute of Management Consultants NI Region and the Institute of Management Consultants and Advisors (Ireland) in recognition “of his significant contribution to business and public life in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland over the past 20 years.”
Under his leadership FPM, which he founded in 1991, has grown significantly in size and influence. It now operates out of 5 locations with over 120 employees across the Island of Ireland and has won many national and regional awards. Feargal was elected President of Chartered Accountants Ireland at its 130th Annual General Meeting in May 2018, and has been awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees by both Queens University Belfast (2021) and Ulster University (2018).
Richard Ramsey is Chief Economist, Northern Ireland, at Ulster Bank, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland.
In addition to providing regular analysis internally at the bank, Richard is a frequent economic commentator in the media and a regular columnist in newspapers including the Belfast Telegraph and Irish News. As one of the leading voice on issues related to the Northern Ireland economy, from the property downturn and credit crunch in 2007 to the present day, Richard can also often be heard speaking at high profile events. He blogs at the website UlsterEconomix.com and tweets from @Ramseconomics
Richard is currently a member of the Department of Finance’s Statistical Advisory Committee and was formerly a member of the Department of Finance’s Ministerial Advisory Committee for Public Sector Reform.
Before joining Ulster Bank, Richard spent 10 years in the public sector – including spells as Principal Economist at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) and with Invest NI. He also held a number of economist posts within the Department of Finance & Personnel.
Richard is a graduate of Loughborough University with a BSc in Economics & Human Geography and an MSc in European Economics and Finance.
James has over 25 years’ experience in investment management and investment banking in both New York and London and currently serves as a non-executive director on the boards of three publicly listed and one private company. He has extensive international experience and brings considerable financial insight from the perspective of the capital markets.
Since June 2020, he has served as non-executive Chairman of Centamin plc, a UK listed gold mining company. He is also Senior Independent Director on the board of Anglo Pacific Group plc, a UK listed mining royalty company, where he serves as Chair of the Sustainability Committee and is a director of the Tantallon Capital India Fund, a dedicated Indian equity investment fund.
Previously, between 2019 and 2021, he served as Lead Independent Director of GT Gold Corp, a Canadian listed mining exploration company, until its takeover by Newmont Corp. Between 2013 and 2020, he was a non-executive director on the board of Anglo American plc, a FTSE100 diversified mining company and, between 2015 and 2018, he was chairman of Dalradian Resources Inc., which is developing the Curraghinalt gold deposit in Northern Ireland, until its takeover in September 2018 by Orion Resource Partners.
Between 1997 and 2013, Mr Rutherford was Senior Vice President of Capital Group, a long-established US-based investment institution, where he had responsibility for investments globally in the mining and metals industry. Prior to joining Capital Group, he spent over ten years as an investment analyst for HSBC James Capel in New York, covering the South American mining and metals industry, and for Credit Lyonnais Securities (formerly Laing & Cruickshank) in both New York and London.
Mr Rutherford obtained a BSC (Econ) in Economics & Computer Science from Queens University Belfast in 1980 and an MA (Econ) in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in 1981. He is also an alumnus of the London Business School.
The Honorable Deborah L. Wince-Smith is the President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan leadership coalition of CEO’s, University Presidents, Labor Union Leaders, and National Laboratory Directors, all committed to developing policy solutions and national initiatives to drive future productivity growth, prosperity for all Americans, and the global success of American business.
She has more than 20 years of experience as a senior U.S. government official, as the first Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy in the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Administration of President George H.W. Bush, and as the Assistant Director for International Affairs in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Reagan Administration. She served as a Senate confirmed member of the Oversight Board of the Internal Revenue Service in the Administrations of President George W. Bush and President Barack H. Obama.
Ms. Wince-Smith is also the President and Founder of the Global Federation of Competitiveness Councils (GFCC), engaging leaders from competitiveness organizations from around the globe. Ms. Wince-Smith is a member of Corporate and Non-Profit Boards of Directors, Advisory Committees, and Philanthropic Organizations. She previously served on the Smithsonian National Board, the Secretary of State’s Committee on International Economic Policy, the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation and, the Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory. She served as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness and as a Public Director of NASDAQ-OMX.
Ms. Wince-Smith currently serves as a Commissioner on the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property, as a member of Purdue University’s Strategic Research Advisory Council (SRAC), and as a member of the Council of Japan’s Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum. She serves as a member of Marquette University’s External Advisory Board for Corporate Engagement, as a member of the Queen’s University International Advisory Committee for the Management School, as a member of UNICEF’s Advisory Group, as a member of the Advisory Board of the Delphi Economic Forum, and as an Independent Advisor to Delos Living, LLC. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mycenaean Foundation, and as a Trustee of the American College of Greece (ACG). As an expert in technology commercialization, Ms. Wince-Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Aerolase, Inc., NanoMech, Inc., and Q-Net Security, Inc.
Ms. Wince-Smith graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vassar College and earned a Master’s Degree in Classical Archaeology from King’s College, Cambridge University. She received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Michigan State University, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from the University of Toledo, an Honorary Doctorate of Law honoris causa from the Queens University Belfast, an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and, most recently, an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of South Carolina.
Ms. Wince-Smith is married to former Deputy United States Trade Representative Ambassador Michael B. Smith and resides in McLean, Virginia. Her two sons are graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy and are currently serving as officers in the U.S. Navy and Marines Corps.
Paul Allen started his career in corporate banking in Dublin with AIB and then Ulster Investment Bank in the 1990’s before moving to PwC in Belfast and Birmingham where he worked in corporate finance, working on mergers, acquisitions and finance raising.
He joined Tayto (NI) Limited in 2002 and subsequently led the family owned company, as CEO, through a number of strategic acquisitions in Great Britain including that of Golden Wonder, Red Mill, Real Crisps and Mr Porky’s pork scratchings. The company enjoyed a period of rapid growth from £15m to £180m turnover and became the largest indigenous crisp and snack manufacturer in the UK. During this time, he also developed a sister company to Tayto, called Montagu, which became the second largest vending group in the UK following the acquisition of four businesses across the country, bringing a further £40m of turnover to the wider group.
He is an economics graduate of Queen’s University, Belfast, holds an MBA and is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA).
Paul acquired Genesis Bakery in Magherafelt, out of administration in 2018 and left Tayto the following year. Since then he has made significant investments in over a dozen other companies in the UK and America, including Pasta King, which is one of the leading providers of school meals in the UK. He also has connections with the QUB Institute for Global Food Security (“IGFS”) and is a shareholder in a spin-out company from the IGFS, BIA Analytical.
He is married to Nicola and they have a daughter, Sophia. Paul acts as Executive Chairman, investor and consultant across his portfolio of interests.
Fergal Costello is Principal Officer in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (D/PER) . He currently has responsibility for the management of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve Fund within D/PER and in collaboration with colleagues across arrange of Government Departments.
He previously led the Government Accounting area of D/PER, including responsibility for a major reform of Government accounting to update the existing framework to an international standards based accruals framework. He also had responsibility for the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. He has previously worked in the Higher Education Authority, where he had responsibility for a range of functions including institutional funding, performance management and policy development, as well as in the Department of Education and Skills. He holds a B.A. and M.Econ.Sc both from UCD.
M.N. Ravishankar is a Professor of Technology & Globalisation, and Dean and Head of Queen’s Management School. Previously, he was Professor of Technology & Globalisation at the School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University.
During his stint at Loughborough University (2006-2022), Ravi contributed in multiple leadership roles including Associate Dean (Research) and Director of Internationalisation. Ravi serves on the editorial board of five scholarly journals and he has been consistently ranked amongst the top 20 global scholars based on research publications in the Association for Information Systems’ basket of world-leading scholarly journals.
His external research engagements (2004 - present) span strategic coordination of technology sourcing, management of digital social innovations, and social entrepreneurship. Ravi’s teaching has been well-received by all student groups, and he has designed and delivered undergraduate, postgraduate, MBA, doctoral, and executive education courses on the strategic management of multinational enterprises, strategies for emerging markets, technology management, management information systems, global sourcing, and fintech innovations.
Sonia graduated from the Queen’s University Belfast with a degree in Economics and completed a Masters and Professional Qualification in Administration and Law at the University of Ulster.
Sonia has over 25 years’ experience of working in Higher Education at Queen’s University Belfast, and was appointed to School Manager, Queen’s Management School, in 2005.
A member of the School’s Senior Management Team, responsible for the development of plans and policies to enable the School to deliver its key strategic objectives, with specific responsibilities for finances and resources. Sonia leads the Professional Services Team in the School.
She is a member of the Association of University Administrators and was appointed to the CABS Professional Managers Committee in April 2020.