Our world class faculty are passionately committed to improving the practice of management. Many of the team have extensive senior management experience and are actively engaged in consultancy and business-relevant research, as well as being closely in touch with the evolving needs of business and government.

Senior Management Team

Here at Cranfield the senior management team work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of the School of Management Professor Maury Peiperl, ensuring that the University operates to the highest standards possible. The team includes senior academic and support managers with diverse skill sets, ranging from academic expertise to extensive, hands-on business experience.

Find out more about the team and their roles and responsibilities below:

Professor Maury Peiperl, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management and member of the Senior Management team

panel maury webPro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management and member of the Senior Management team

Professor Maury Peiperl BSc(Eng) AM MBA PhD FRSA joined Cranfield University as Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management in February 2015.

His areas of research interest are top management learning, executive careers, change management, talent strategy and global mobility. He has taught, researched and consulted in some 32 countries on 6 continents.


Professor Joe Nellis, Professor of Global Economy and Deputy Director

panel maury webJoe graduated from the University of Ulster with a BSc(Econ) in 1976 and was awarded the Adam Smith Tassie Medallion as the top graduate in Economics.

He obtained his MA in Economics from the University of Warwick in 1979 and his PhD from Cranfield University in 1991.

He was Midland Bank Research Fellow at Loughborough University (1978-81) and was appointed Director of the University of Keele's Management Science Degree (1981-84).


Professor Michael Bourlakis, Director of Demand Chain Management Community & Head of Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management

large joe nellisOverall, Michael has an applied, industry-led research perspective examining logistics and supply chain management issues via multi- and inter-disciplinary lenses.

Subsequently, he has produced more than 170 publications (including 44 journal papers) and his work has appeared in leading supply chain management, marketing and business journals.


Professor Keith Goffin, Professor of Innovation and New Product Development

teamKeith Goffin is Director of the Centre for Innovative Products and Services (CIPS).

He has extensive experience of product development from both an industrial and an academic perspective.

During 14 years with Hewlett Packard (HP) Medical Products he worked on the development of the world's most successful patient monitor and designed the marketing campaign that took defibrillators from 3% market share to market leadership within six months.


Professor Mark Jenkins, Professor of Business Strategy

teamPrior to joining Cranfield held positions at Nottingham University Business School, Massey Ferguson Ltd and the Lex Service Group.

Mark's teaching, research and consulting activities focus on the areas of competitive strategy, and innovation.

He is the author of a number of books on strategic management issues, including Performance at the Limit: Business Lessons from Formula 1 Motor Racing, Advanced Strategic Management and The Customer Centred Strategy.


Professor David Denyer, Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change and Director of Research

Mark JenkinsDavid worked for the management consulting group of Mouchel before joining Cranfield in 2002.

David is Professor of Leadership and Organizational Change and Director of Research at Cranfield School of Management.

He has published a large number of important and highly cited articles and book chapters. He is strongly committed to, and has a significant track record of, developing the next generation of researchers.


Professor Kim Turnbull James, Professor of Leadership and Executive Learning; Director of Faculty Development

David DenyerKim is a Chartered Psychologist, with a BSc(Hons) in Psychology from University College, London and a PhD from the University of Aston, Birmingham.

She is a member of the Higher Education Academy.

Kim's career began with Dunlop, who also sponsored her PhD research. Prior to coming to Cranfield Kim was at the University of Birmingham for five years and before that, at Coventry University.


Melvyn Peters, Senior Lecturer and Director of Education

teamMelvyn has a BTech in Non-metallic Materials Technology and Management from Brunel University.

His early career was in the distribution industry and he studied for his MSc in Transport Management at Cranfield.

He then spent four years working at the University of Westminster, where he developed his interest in European logistics and logistical systems, before returning to Cranfield as an academic in 1988.


Dr John Glen, Director of Centre for Customised Executive Development

JohnJohn was Director of the Executive MBA from 2002 – 2004 and the Full-time MBA from 2004 – 2007.

He has worked extensively in the area of executive education in the UK and globally.

John has published over 30 commissioned reports for a variety of corporate clients and more than 50 academic and conference papers, his major academic interest being in the area of housing and health economics.


Dr David Butcher, Director, Cranfield Executive Programmes and Director, Centre for General Management Development

John GlenDavid's career has spanned multi-national business, consultancy and university business schools.

He has depth of international experience in both management practice and executive education.


Neil Wilson, Director of Finance and Operations

DavidNeil Wilson BSc ACA became the Director of Finance and Operations for the School of Management in August 2014.

After graduating in Physics from the University of Southampton, Neil qualified as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) following three years of professional examinations and relevant work experience with one of the UK's major Accountancy firms, Ernst and Whinney (later becoming Ernst and Young).


Neil Godfrey, Director of Executive Education Services

RebeccaNeil has responsibility for the marketing and administration of Executive and Professional Development programmes and the Career Development Service.



Rebecca Jarrett, Human Resources Business Partner

large neil wilsonRebecca Jarrett MBA, MCIPD became Senior HR Business Partner for Cranfield in August 2016

Rebecca has 15 years’ generalist HR experience gained primarily in the UK and Australia, but also from North Africa, Singapore and the USA.


Jo Wood, Marketing Partner