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Meet Our School of Business Course Team

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Dr David S Allison

DBA, MBA, DMS – Head – School of Business

David has worked in Further and Higher Education for more than 30 years working his way to senior roles both in the UK and overseas. He has substantial experience of working in the Far East including China and Hong Kong and until recently held a number of senior university positions in the Kingdom of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia where he worked for 10 years.

Additionally, David has experience working in consulting roles with a number of Blue Chip companies across sectors including oil & gas, heavy engineering and motor manufacturing. He has also consulted for universities across the GCC in developing quality assurance processes and strategic planning.

David’s philosophy is that teaching should be grounded in “real world” experience and the linkage between theory and practice should be part of the overall teaching approach taken by staff in the School of Business. He is focused on ensuring our students graduate as employable and work-ready individuals able to make an immediate impact on their employers.

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Alexander Alexandrov

MBCS, MRTS, BA – Programme Manager – School of Business

Alexander is an experienced lecturer with more than 20 years of lecturing on Business Management and Information Technology modules at several UK universities – undergraduate and graduate levels. Quite a few of his former students built successful managerial and academic careers.
He is a Full Member of the British Computer Society and Royal Television Society, which reflect his interest in Information Technology as such and the digital economy in particular.

Alexander served as a Marketing Manager and IT Manager at a few educational institutions. He participates in developing a VLE for the DGHE Study Skills programme and continues doing freelance jobs as a web designer and webmaster.

He helped a number of foreign universities to establish links and start collaborative programmes with UK HE institutions and examining bodies and organised and moderated a few international conferences. For these activities, he received a few educational awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Ukrainian Petro Mohyla National University

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Steven Brown

MBA, BA (Hons), PgDip – Programme Manager – School of Business

Steven has worked in Supply Chain, Operations and Strategy Management at a global level for almost twenty years, including roles with household names like Sony, Vodafone and Deliveroo. His experience spans several different industries, and companies of all sizes: from the world’s largest shipping company to relatively small, family-owned enterprises. He has been based in the UK, Hong Kong, Sweden, Germany and Denmark; he has also worked on projects in several other countries, including leadership of several business system rollouts on a global scale.

A firm supporter of lifelong learning, his professional and academic careers have developed in tandem. Steven completed his first degree while serving in the British Army, before moving into a career in business in 2001. He originally worked in the field of Logistics, then moved on to develop his experience as a Supply Chain generalist.

After completing his first degree, Steven undertook postgraduate study in law (the Common Professional Examination) at the University of Central England, followed by an MBA at the University of Leicester. His research interests focus on the field of strategy as practice; in particular, the nexus between the strategic objectives companies set out to achieve, compared with what they ultimately achieve in practice.

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Professor Bruce Sheppy

MBA, FHEA – Senior Lecturer – School of Business

Bruce is an experienced senior management professional having served as group Marketing director of a South African hospital group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and as CEO of a pan African medical insurance and health management group with offices in Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. After moving to England in 2003, he changed his career to that of an academic, trainer and consultant. In England, he has also served as a director of an NHS Acute Trust, a Community Association and a Mental Health charity in London.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Directors, he is also a visiting lecturer at a number of London based universities and colleges in the subject areas of strategy, marketing and leadership. He has an extensive publication record in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of a leading healthcare management journal, and is a director of an environmental management institute.

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Nurul Islam

MBA, MSc – Lecturer – School of Business

Nurul has completed an undergraduate degree in business administration from a reputed university in Bangladesh, following an MBA from Herriot-Watt University, UK and an MSc in International Business from the University of Ulster, UK. He is currently studying Doctor of Business Administration (DBA); conducting doctoral research on corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

He started his career in Sales & Marketing; worked for four years in a well-reputed tea producing and trading company based in Bangladesh as a Sales and Market Development Manager. He also worked in various positions in finance and operations at SMEs in the UK. For the past 10 years, he has run a Management and Energy consultancy company as Director of Operations based in the UK.

Due to his immense interest in teaching, he has been teaching as visiting lecturer in various Universities and Colleges in the UK for more than eight years.

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Bernard Hot

PGCE, MSc – Lecturer – School of Business

Bernard has been lecturing in Higher Education for over 12 years.
After working as a Management Consultant and establishing & running businesses in London as well as Africa, he has also founded and run an Approved Corporate Training Centre with the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) dealing with Blue Chip companies in the UK and Africa.

This accumulated practical knowledge has led him to enter the education sector to passionately share it with learners.

He is a qualified teacher with a PGCE. After his first degree, he has completed an MSc in Business and Enterprise at Oxford Brookes University Business School. He is currently training for a Certified Professional status in Customer Experience, an associate member of SET, ILM and Advanced Higher Education.

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