Fab four bring innovation to Bristol

Issue date: 07 December 2005

Bristol Business School (BBS), part of the University of the West of England, has announced the appointment of four key Heads of School. Acting Associate Dean, Judith Jordan, believes that the appointments in academic leadership will greatly motivate and enthuse both students and staff. She comments: “The new Heads of School will be actively involved in shaping the curriculum, driving innovation in teaching and learning practice as well as programme content. This will further strengthen and reinforce the school's long held reputation for excellence.”

Dr Rhys Rowland-Jones, who joined the Business School in December 2004, has been appointed as Head of the School of Operations and Information Management. Dr Rowland-Jones comments on his vision for the new role: “I plan to focus on developing a holistic approach, integrating teaching and business practice at many different levels and in many different contexts.”

With 10 years higher education experience, Dr Rowland-Jones has a PhD from the University of Wales, which focused on environmental and pollution management. In the same year he was involved in consultancy work with the Welsh Development Agency and has recently completed four years as the national Chief Examiner for the Institute of Quality Assurance.

Dr David Bence, a senior lecturer at Bristol Business School, has been selected as the Head of the School of Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining BBS 18 years ago, David acted as an Audit Supervisor at Price Waterhouse Coopers. During his time at the Business School, Dr Bence has completed a PhD, which focused on the conceptual framework for financial reporting as well as contributing valuable work to numerous academic journals and publications. He comments: “I'm looking forward to tackling the challenges of this new role. This is a stimulating time of change within the Business School.”

Ray McDowell, previously the Programme Director for undergraduate marketing programmes at Bristol Business School, has been appointed as Head of the School of Marketing. McDowell, who has taught at the Business School since 1997, has experience in the field of B2B and service marketing. In his former role as Programme Director, he worked closely with the preceding Head of School, Toni Hilton. He says: “My previous position has enabled stable succession into the new role providing me with the knowledge and experience to build on the high standards previously set.”

Patricia Voaden, formerly Director of Postgraduate and Professional Human Resource Management Programmes, now holds the position of Head of the School of Human Resource Management. Patricia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and during her term as Programme Director, BBS achieved CIPD 'Centre of Excellence' status. Patricia has many years experience in the field of HRM both as an academic and also as a consultant. Prior to joining Bristol Business School, Patricia worked in the mid-Atlantic region for the Government of Bermuda in the specialist areas of resourcing, training and development. Patricia says: “This is a very interesting time in the field of HRM and Employment studies. I feel very privileged to hold the position of Head of School and have the opportunity to contribute to the excellent work being undertaken by the School of HRM.”


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