External Advisory Group members

This group meets twice a year with members of the Graduate School Board. Nominated by faculties and selected by the Board, our external advisors have expert knowledge and experience at discipline and/or sector level. The group provides important external views and guidance to the Board which informs policy and practice in relation to research degree provision and strategic objectives.

Stewart BrodieDr Stewart Brodie

Dr Brodie has been involved in the direct selling industry since 1963. He is a former Managing Director and Chief Executive of The Tupperware Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Stewart is a past-Chairman of the UK Direct Selling Association (DSA) and a member of the Legal and Government Affairs Committee of the Federation of European Direct Selling Associations (FEDSA) in Brussels.

Although his first discipline was metallurgy, he was awarded his post-graduate, Master’s (MA) degree at the University of Keele in ‘International and European HRM and Industrial Relations’. He earned his Doctoral (PhD) degree for research on ‘Self-Employment Dynamics of the Independent Contractor in the Direct Selling Industry’. In 1977, he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Directors (F.Inst.D). Dr Brodie continues his research in ‘direct selling’, ‘self-employment' and ‘micro-enterprises’ as Honorary Research Fellow of the Westminster Business School (WBS) at the University of Westminster, where he also works as a non-stipendiary mentor to WBS PhD students. Recently, at the University Graduation Ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, for his services to the University and his work with PhD students, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the University of Westminster by the Chairman of the Court of Governors, and the Vice Chancellor, Professor Geoffrey Petts.

Peter HambletonDr Peter Hambleton BSc, PhD, FSB

  • Thirty-five years’ scientific, technical and managerial experience in applied microbiology and biotechnology.
  • Research career in infectious disease, aerobiology, microbial toxins and biosafety with 100 peer reviewed papers; over 60 invited lectures.
  • Directed large and complex scientific and technical teams and lead pharmaceutical manufacture and technology transfer operations at CAMR, Porton Down.
  • Corporate executive roles at CAMR included Director of Production, Director for Vaccine Development and site Deputy Director. Participated in corporate management of operational, strategic planning and business development activities.
  • Since 2003 consultant to bio-defence and bio-pharma companies also UK and other government agencies.
  • Member of Advisory Committees for postgraduate courses and research programmes at UCL, since 1997; external examiner for biochemical engineering Masters’ degrees at UCL (2005-2009).
  • Member, Masters Training Package Steering Group, Universities of Birmingham and Aston (2000).
  • Experienced journal editor, member of editorial advisory boards and co-editor of four multi-author books.

Society memberships and other honours

Member of SCI, Biochemical Society, Society of General Microbiology, Fellow of the Society of Biology
SCI- Chairman, Publications Advisory Committee (2007- )
SCI - Member, Board of Trustees (2007- )
SCI - Member, Finance and Investments Advisory Committee (2007- )
SCI - Distinguished Service Award, 2004
SCI - Lampitt Medal, 2009

Vincent NadinProfessor Vincent Nadin

Vincent Nadin is Professor of Spatial Planning and Strategy in the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft, the Netherlands. He is editor-in-chief of the international peer reviewed journal Planning Practice and Research (Routledge) and joint author of Town and Country Planning in the UK (Edition 14, 2006, Routledge) and European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation (2010, Routledge). He led the preparation of the EU Compendium of Spatial Planning Systems and Policies (CEC 1997); the Spatial Vision North-west Europe (2001); played a key role in the UK research on Spatial Planning in Practice (2008); and has led numerous research projects on comparative planning, polycentricity and development planning. He is an editorial board member of Town Planning Review (Liverpool University, UK), Disp  (ETH, Zurich), and International Review of Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, (Kanazawa University, Japan).

Vincent has acted as external examiner at eight universities and has supervised eight completed PhD candidates mostly on international comparative spatial planning. He has been visiting professor or researcher at Leibniz University, Hannover (2009), National Taipei University (2010), National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, and South China University of Technology, Guangzhou (2013). He has presented more than 60 invited papers in about 30 countries and has received sponsorship from numerous international bodies including the OECD, UNESCO, UNECE, and others. He is currently and evaluator for Luxembourg National Research Funds, and was previously advisor to the European Union of Developers and House Builders.

Hannu NieminenProfessor Hannu Nieminen

Hannu Nieminen is Professor of Media and Communications Policy and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland. He received his PhD in 1996 from the University of Westminster, London. His research interests include media and democracy, theories of public sphere, and communication policy and regulation. Currently he is leading a Finnish Academy funded project “Facing the Coordination Challenge: Problems, Policies, and Politics in Media and Communications Regulation” (2011-2015). Professor Nieminen is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Science Foundation’s programme “Forward Look on Media Studies – New Media and New Literacies” (2012-2013) as well as a member of the ESF’s Pool of Reviewers (2010-).

Naomi SegalProfessor Naomi Segal

Professor Segal is Professorial Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2004 she was founding Director of the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies; before that, at the University of Reading, she created an MA on the Body & Representation. She has served on or chaired numerous inter/national committees including within ESF, HERA and the AHRB/C. She is the author of 75 articles and 13 books, most recently Vicissitudes: Histories and destinies of psychoanalysis (2013), ‘When familiar meanings dissolve...’: Essays in memory of Malcolm Bowie (2011), Consensuality: Didier Anzieu, gender and the sense of touch (2009), Indeterminate Bodies (2003), Le Désir à l’Œuvre (2000) and André Gide: Pederasty & Pedagogy (1998). She is currently coediting two collections, running one international project for COST and HERA and another at Birkbeck on translation into English, and retranslating Anzieu’s Le Moi-peau for Karnac; two more monographs are at the planning stage.

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