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.

The School Executive

Here at Cranfield, the School Executive work closely with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Cranfield School of Management Professor David Oglethorpe, 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 David Oglethorpe   Professor David Oglethorpe
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Cranfield School of Management

Joe Nellis   Professor Joe Nellis
Professor of Global Economy and Deputy Director
David Denyer   Professor David Denyer 
Professor of Leadership and Organisational Change
Commercial and Development Director

Melvyn Peters   Melvyn Peters 
Professor of Supply Chain Practice
Director of Education

MIchael Bourlakis   Professor Michael Bourlakis
Director of Research for Cranfield School of Management,
Group Head (Logistics, Procurement and Supply Chain Management)
Director of Centre for Logistics & Supply Chain Management
Neil Wilson
  Neil Wilson
Director of Finance and Operations

  Mark Threlfall
Director, Cranfield Executive Development
Jacqui O'Donnell
  Jacqui O'Donnell
Senior HR Business Partner

  Professor Emma Parry
Professor of Human Resource Management
Group Head (Changing World of Work)

  Professor Catarina Figueira
Professor of Applied Economics and Policy
Group Head (Economics & Banking)


  Professor Stan Maklan
Professor of Marketing & Technology
Director of the Centre for Strategic Marketing & Sales


  Dr Stephanie Hussels
Director of the Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship

Sarah Hatcher
  Sarah Hatcher
Director of Strategic Marketing and Partnerships


  Graham Bell
Director of Digital Education