Cranfield recently announced the impressive new additions to its Advisory Board, which provides the School with strategic direction. If you want to know who the most talented and influential business people in Britain are, this would be a pretty good shortlist!
They're all at the top of their game in industries from banking, to semiconductors, to healthcare to private equity. Three of the five hold MBAs from Cranfield.
Here’s a quick round up of who’s on the board and how what kind of expertise they bring to the table…
Antony Jenkins, Group Chief Executive of Barclays
Jenkins grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, in the north of England and was educated at Oxford University, where he earned his MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He also holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management.
He began his career in finance at Barclays in 1983, but subsequently moved to Citigroup and rose to head the company's branded credit card business. In 2006, he returned to Barclays to take over the company's Barclaycard division. In 2009, Jenkins was promoted to Chief Executive of the Retail and Business Banking Group and asked to join the Executive Committee.
He was appointed as the Group Chief Executive of Barclays on 30 August 2012 after Bob Diamond left in the wake of a Libor manipulation scandal that resulted in a $450 million fine by the American and British authorities. In the bank's bid to repair its battered reputation, Jenkins announced that Barclays' staff would have to sign up to an ethical code of conduct or quit this year. He reportedly sent a memo to the bank's 140,000 employees saying that performance would be judged on a set of ethical standards.
Warren East, Chief Executive Officer of ARM Holdings
Warren East is CEO of ARM Holdings, a semiconductor and software firm based in Cambridge, UK, with annual revenues of close to £500 million. East is also a chartered engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute. He holds an honorary doctorate from Cranfield University and is a member of the UK Trade and Investment Executive Board
He joined ARM in 1994 to set up its consulting business. He was Vice President, Business Operations from February 1998 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2001. Before joining ARM he was with Texas Instruments. ARM is unusual because it designs chips for a host of different manufacturers. It licenses the designs collects royalties each time the designs are implemented.
ARM Holdings' chips are found in 99 per cent of smartphones but East says the British company is only just getting started!
Helena Morrissey, Founder of the Thirty Per Cent Club and Chief Executive of Newton Investment Management
Morrissey is a champion for equality of women in the boardroom. She has an MA in Philosophy from Cambridge University and founded the Thirty Per cent Club in order to get that proportion of women into Britain’s boardrooms by 2015.
She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Newton investment Management, which manages around $50 billion. When she joined the firm in 1994, it managed less than $8 billion dollars. In addition to this, Helena is mother to nine children!
Simon Rowlands, Founding Partner of leading European private equity firm Cinven
Simon Rowlands holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, a BSc in Engineering and is a Chartered Engineer. Cinven, which he founded in 1986, is a private equity firm specializing in healthcare. he has acquired and successfully developed several hospital groups including Spire Healthcare in the UK, and invested in groups such as Classic Hospitals, Avio, Partnerships in Care, Aprovia, Générale de Santé, Amicus Healthcare and Nutreco.
In July 2012 Simon became a Senior Adviser to Cinven, continuing his on-going portfolio company responsibilities. Prior to joining Cinven, Rowlands worked with an international consulting firm on multi-disciplinary engineering projects in the UK and Southern Africa.
Sarah Willingham, serial entrepreneur, investor and personal finance expert
She is a founder and investor in Letssavesomemoney.com and Londoncocktailclub.co.uk . She is also a former owner of the Bombay Bicycle Club Restaurant chain.
Wallingham regularly appears on TV and radio shows including Daybreak, This Morning, The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 and Sky News as a personal finance expert. She also appeared as a restaurant inspector and investor on all three series of Raymond Blanc's The Restaurant and as an independent investor on Sky TV series Cooks to Market.
Commenting on her appointment to the board Sarah Wallingham said: “I am delighted to accept the invitation to join the School’s Advisory Board. Cranfield played an important role in my career and it is great to see the impact the School continues to have on the business community. The School of Management is going through an exciting period of growth and I am very much looking forward to working with them and using my experience to support the School's strategic vision.”