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Naomi is Professor of Healthcare Management at Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) at the University of Manchester. Her wide range of teaching, advisory and research interests include health care commissioning, primary care, board governance and effectiveness in the public and charitable sectors, leadership development, and international comparisons in health policy and management. Her current Department of Health funded research focuses on board level governance, culture and leadership changes in acute hospitals in the wake of the Mid Staffs scandal and following the publication of the Francis report in 2013.
Naomi has previously been Director of Executive Education at AMBS (2006-7), Head of the Health Management Group at AMBS (2008-13, and again from 2018), and President of the European Health Management Association (2007-10).
Naomi is currently the University of Manchester lead for two national teaching programmes, with over 3,000 students, commissioned by the NHS Leadership Academy: the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Leading Care II Masters Programme for aspiring senior leaders, and the Nye Bevan Leading Care III Executive Programme for aspiring executive directors, which have been running since 2013.
Naomi served as a non-executive director on various NHS boards covering primary care, mental health, acute hospital care and commissioning from 1993 – 2016 and is now a frequent contributor to local and national media, commenting on health matters.
Kieran Walshe is a Professor of Health Policy and Management and Head of the School’s Health Management Group.
He has more than 25 years' experience in health policy and was a member off the REF2014 panel for public health.
Kieran has led a wide range of research projects funded by the Department of Health, European Services Research Centre amongst others. He is well positioned to comment on numerous health policy issues including NHS reform, deficits, inefficiencies and health devolution.
Ruth Boaden is Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) and Professor of Service Operations Management.
Her areas of expertise cover a wide range of areas within health services management including quality and improvement, the use of ‘industrial’ methods within the NHS and the implementation of new approaches.
Ruth has previously spoken to media regarding the proposal of GP seven-day contracts and financial incentives within the NHS for performance improvement.
John Pal is a Senior Lecturer in Retail.
His areas of expertise include corporate retail failure, retailer lobbying, retail location and general retail management.
Prior to academia, John worked in retail management and this experience is reflected in both his teaching and expertise.
As a seasoned media commentator, John has made numerous media contributions including commentary around company results, factors of success and poor performance and changes in the retail landscape.
Dr Leah Gillooly is a Lecturer in Marketing and sport sponsorship expert.
Her areas of expertise include experiential and digital sponsorship activation and the effectiveness of sports sponsorship on the consumer and sports brand relationship.
Leah has commented on a wide range of sports news across the media including sponsorship of the Euros, Wimbledon and Rio Olympics, profits and losses at top football clubs, and the impact of sports sponsorships of football clubs.
Dr Alex Gunz is a Lecturer in Marketing.
Alex is interested in consumer experience and the impact of marketing on consumers.
He has commented in the media regarding the impact of Christmas adverts, the psychology behind consumer shopping and sales and their impact on mentality.
Sir Cary Cooper
Sir Cary Cooper is a Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health and President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
He is a world-leading expert on employee wellbeing and occupational health and safety. Cary is well positioned to comment on a number of topics including working hours, improving wellbeing in the workplace, the impact of stress and creativity in the workplace.
Dr Mark Batey is a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and Academic Lead for the School’s Manchester Leadership Programme.
He is a creativity and innovation specialist and consults on issues around research, speaking, creativity, psychometrics and leadership.
Mark is a regular media commentator and can comment on topics such as improving innovation in the workplace, work life balance, team creativity, coaching and building confidence in leaders.
Dr Sheena Johnson is Senior Lecturer in Organisational Psychology and an Occupational and Chartered Psychologist.
Her main areas of expertise are occupational stress, health, workplace burnouts and the role of emotions in workplace relationships.
Sheena also has a particular interest in commenting on the ageing workforce and how retirement issues are being managed in the workforce and its impact on the wellbeing of older workers.
Jill Rubery is a Professor of Comparative Employment Systems.
Her research areas of interest include collective bargaining in the public sector, flexible employment policies and gender segregation in European labour markets.
Jill can comment on numerous employment issues including the role of minimum wages, new forms of work and flexibility, women’s employment and pay, motherhood and pay, and employer’s working time policies.
Ismail Erturk is a Senior Lecturer in Banking.
His teaching and research interests are banking crisis, financial innovation, financialisation, corporate governance, executive pay, emerging economy finance.
He can comment on numerous topics including the global economy, banking crises, reform and industry scandals such as compensation payments and LIBOR.
JiaJia Liu is a Lecturer in Asian Business and Organisation Studies.
Her areas of expertise include emerging multinational corporations, corporate governance, financial systems and technological innovation and business systems in developing countries.
JiaJia has a particular focus on commentating on issues for Asian Businesses, in particular innovation and industrial development in China.
Nuno Gil is a Professor of New Infrastructure Development and a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers.
His areas of specialism include design and organisation design, new infrastructure development and megaproject leadership and development. Nuno has commented in the media on numerous topics such as the proposed HS2 and HS3 developments.
Dr Kieron Flanagan is a Senior Lecturer in Science and Technology Policy and a member of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).
His areas of expertise include research infrastructure policy and the interaction between the policy making process and science and technology.
He is an active commentator on science, technology and economic development policy and he co-edits the Guardian’s Political Science blog.
Jonathan Aylen is a Senior Lecturer in the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR).
His current research expertise focuses on the management of research and development, the history of technology, wildfires and climate change.
Jonathan has a very varied career as an economist - winning a Partnership Trust Award for innovative teaching in economics – and as an engineer, an innovation researcher and in environmental management. He was also the Associate Editor of R&D Management 2014-2016.
He commentates in the media on topics such as steel companies and the future of the steel industry.
Elaine Ferneley is the Director for our MBA programmes.
She can comment on a wide range of business issues including the changing business education landscape, evolution of business education programmes as well as providing insight to Alliance MBS’ MBA programmes.
Karel is a Professor of Accounting and Political Economy and Director of the Centre for Research on Socio Cultural Change (CRESC).
His areas of specialism include strategic finance and financial innovation.
Karel has recently commented across media on the Government’s 10-point industrial strategy, the impact of the Volkswagen emissions scandal and devolution powers for the North.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
“Since studying the MBA, my communication style has improved, I see the bigger picture more easily and I understand ‘high-level thinking’ in senior meetings better." Read how Owen Lloyd, Global MBA 2017 is applying his MBA as he progresses in his career at Bentley Motors.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Following its launch in 2016, The National Forum for Health and Wellbeing at Work - led by Professor Sir Cary Cooper, Alliance MBS’ 50th Anniversary Professor of Organisational Psychology and Dr Paul Litchfield, the then Chief Medical Officer for BT - has increased its membership to 35 major global organisations including Shell, Rolls-Royce, NHS England, BP, Marks & Spencer, Barclays, Twitter, Microsoft, John Lewis Partnership, GSK, BUPA, HSE, CIPD, the Government and more.
Friday, July 6, 2018
Our latest issue features interviews and commentaries from academics across the school on subjects ranging from fintech, automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI), through to corporate governance, PFI and wellbeing.
Friday, July 6, 2018
The Manchester Enterprise Centre has been featured in a major new global report on attracting and integrating diverse entrepreneurial talent.
Record numbers of healthcare staff graduate with an MSc in Healthcare Leadership as the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday
Thursday, July 5, 2018
The University of Birmingham and Alliance Manchester Business School are celebrating with the NHS Leadership Academy as a record 1,309 people have now graduated with a Masters in Healthcare Leadership from its flagship Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme.
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Professor Rosemary Batt, the Alice Hanson Cook Professor of Women and Work at the ILR School, Cornell University, and Ron Applegate, the Empowering Communities for Shared Governance Professor at Cornell, attended the event.
Monday, July 2, 2018
St. Paul’s High School, Audenshaw School and Runshaw College, took top honours at this year’s Stock Market Challenge and Investment Challenge events for North West region schools and colleges held at The University of Manchester on the 21st and 27th/28th June. The project is funded and supported by Alliance Manchester Business School and delivered in partnership with Global Investor Simulations.
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
More employee-owned businesses would improve UK productivity, enhance the resilience of regional economies, and motivate more engaged employees, says a new report co-authored by Professor Joseph Lampel from Alliance MBS.