Advisory Board members
The Advisory Board provides ideas and connections for our staff, to help them pursue our Vision, Mission and Aims. Meeting once a year, it includes people from a variety of sectors and locations.
We are grateful to the following for agreeing to serve on the Advisory Board during 2014-2016:
Professor Liz Beaty
Emeritus Professor with the University of Cumbria, Liz was, until recently, Pro Vice-Chancellor. She is co-chair of the IFLAS Advisory Board.
Dr Anthony Miller
Anthony, who joins Liz Beaty as co-chair, is Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and co-founder of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative. Dr Miller lectured at IFLAS in 2013.
Dr Pete Boyd
Pete is a reader in Professional Learning at the University of Cumbria and guides the faculty’s research activity.
The founder, CEO & Senior Managing Partner of Media Investment Group, Richard is the former head of International Business Development and Strategy at Facebook.
Mark is Chief Executive of the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, an AACSB and EFMD strategic partnership established with the support of the United Nations Global Compact.
Dr Michael Edwards
Michael is editor of Transformation, part of www.OpenDemocracy.net and formerly head of civil society programmes at the Ford Foundation.
Ed is the co-founder of Futerra sustainability communications. He spoke at the launch of IFLAS at the Royal Geographical Society.
Tony is Head of Finance and Business at the New Economics Foundation and the Treasurer of Transition Towns. He collaborates with IFLAS on short courses in complementary currencies.
Adam is a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group, co-founder of Student Hubs, and curator of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Shapers Hub in London. He attended the launch of IFLAS at the RGS.
Kate is the University of Cumbria’s Director of Finance with additional responsibility for planning.
Richard is a Senior Consultant with Impact International. He is a visiting lecturer on programmes run at the University’s campus in the Lake District.
Lucie is a partnership builder and former Vice-President for National Geographic's Explorer Programs team, working with adventurers, scientists and storytellers to engage people in global solutions projects.
Jonathan is co-founder and Board Member of Impact Hubs. Jonathan lectured at IFLAS in 2013.
Dr Kaz Stuart
Kaz is Head of Research and Evaluation at the Brathay Trust.
Ariane is head of strategic developments on Environment, Health and Safety for the L'Oréal Group.
A Senior Advisor at the Lake District National Park, associate of the think-tank Green Alliance and former vice-chair of the Sustainable Development Commission, Rebecca acted as external validation expert for new IFLAS programmes.
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Arianna Briganti MA MSc is a development economist, practitioner and researcher specialising in the holistic growth and management of emerging economies. Her foci are on generative sustainable development, institutional development and living educational theory research. A development manager for initiatives implemented by both Governmental and non-Governmental organizations mainly in Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, Arianna has worked extensively with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Development Cooperation Unit) and is engaged with the German Government Agency for the International Development Cooperation. She co-founded and manages pro bono the non-profit organization Nove Onlus. She is currently collaborating with the Swedish foundation ‘Cultural Heritage without Borders’ in Albania and is a peer-reviewer of the Educational Journal of Living Theories. Her Ph.D. title is, ‘As a development economist how do I contribute to the establishment of the human capabilities of the people I work with in the developing countries?’ Her doctorate is being supervised by Professor Jack Whitehead, Dr. David F Murphy and Professor Moira Laidlaw.
Leander Bindewald (MSc, MA) is an expert in Complementary Currencies (www.CriteriCal.net) and he manages the international Community Currencies in Action (CCIA) project for the Finance and Business Team at the New Economics Foundation. Leander holds a masters degree in Neurobiology (Diplom Biologe) and a Master of Arts (Magister Artium) in Philosophy and Business from the University of Freiburg in Germany, his country of origin. His research interest is in the theory and practice of innovative exchange and monetary systems framed as social technologies for the advancement of democratisation and empowerment. His PhD title is “The Practice of Community Currencies and the Critical Examination of the Discourse of Money.” Leander also teaches on IFLAS short courses and our Certificate of Achievement in Sustainable Exchange. Professor Bendell and Dr Audrey Slight supervise his PhD.
Jo Chaffer, MADT, is a highly experienced global consultant, trainer and coach specialising in strategy, change and leadership with particular expertise in cultural bridging (www.korakoru.com). Jo's research interest is in developing leaders whose understanding of themselves and their role is constructed through socio-centric and eco-centric self-construal. Jo's PHD working title is "Into the Wild: transformative journeys for (sustainable) leadership development." Professor Jem Bendell, Dr Kaz Stuart and Jamie McPhie are the advisors for this study. Jo brings together an academic background in outdoor experiential learning, Critical Leadership Studies and ecology alongside professional practice in supporting leaders of organisations in private, public and third sector organisations. She's also a mountain guide with many years climbing, biking and trekking in the higher ranges to call on.
Sonia Hutchison BSc is an expert in unpaid caring and non-profits having worked in the sector supporting carers and care-givers for over a decade. Chief Executive of a local UK carers' charity which has tripled in size under her leadership over the last 6 years and Development Executive of a small national UK charity supporting young carers with ambition and tenacity to succeed. Sonia has been recognised for her tireless work to improve the lives of carers and their families. Sonia is now researching how she has come to be a success in her career after starting of life in foster care where statistical predictions for life chances have remained stubbornly low to achieving both personally and for carers and their families. Her enquiry question is 'How does my lived experience, from being ‘a child in care’ to being a leader of a carers’ charity, sustain the hope that I can be the change I want to see in the world? Sonia has taken her research around the world presenting in the USA, Canada, South Africa and the UK. Sonia's supervision team for her doctorate are Professor Jack Whitehead, Dr. David F Murphy and Dr. Marie Huxtable.