Professor Phil Harris
Professor Phil Harris is Executive Director of the Business Research Institute at the University of Chester, was Dean of the Faculty of Business Entrepreneurship and Lifelong Learning, 2009-2014 and holds the Westminster Chair in Marketing and Public Affairs. Past Chairman of the Marketing Council (UK) PLC, Board member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Professor of Marketing at the University of Otago, New Zealand and Founding Director of the Centre for Corporate and Public Affairs at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to becoming an academic he held positions in the international chemical, and foods industries with ICI and RHM and has chaired or been a board member of the American Marketing Association, Academy of Marketing, and the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy.
Phil is regarded internationally as one of the founders of research and theory development in strategic public affairs management (lobbying), political marketing and economic and governmental communication. He has just completed two edited books the International Handbook of Corporate and Public Affairs with Craig Fleisher, Sage and Public Affairs and Lobbying in the EU Member States with Alberto Bitonti for Palgrave. His current focus is on China, entrepreneurship, family business, competitiveness, international trade and investment and doctoral student development. He is joint founding editor of the Journal of Public Affairs and a member of a number of international editorial and advisory boards and has written or published over 180 articles and papers and 20 books and is a regular media commentator.
Sir Cary Cooper, CBE
Cary L. Cooper is the author and editor of more than 125 books and is one of Britain's most quoted business gurus. He is The 50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK. He is the President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a founding President of the British Academy of Management, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and one of only a few UK Fellows of the (American) Academy of Management, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and recently past President of RELATE. He was the Founding Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior, former Editor of the scholarly journal Stress and Health and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Management; now in its 3rd Edition. He has been an advisor to the World Health Organisation, ILO, and EU in the field of occupational health research and wellbeing, was Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Chronic Disease of the World Economic Forum (2009-2010, and currently a member of the Global Agenda Council on mental health of the WEF) and is Immediate Past Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences (comprising 47 learned societies in the social sciences and 90,000members). He was awarded the CBE by the Queen in 2001 for his contributions to organizational health and safety; and in 2014 he was awarded a Knighthood for his contribution to the social sciences.
Nik is Chief Executive of the Bridge Group and a Partner at More Partnership. Prior to these appointments he worked in the USA, at the University of Warwick, and was most recently Head of Corporate and Alumni Relations at the University of York.
He has collaborated with multinational organisations to promote fairer access to the professions, including Google and Goldman Sachs. He has also recently been commissioned to lead significant programmes of research by the Cabinet Office, KPMG, the University of Oxford, the Wellcome Trust, the BBC, and Facebook.
Nik is an experienced fundraiser, and has secured millions of pounds from charities, businesses, and major philanthropists to support social mobility; he has spoken at international conferences and is regularly commissioned to write for leading publications.
He is a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Research Committee, a trustee of the Unite Foundation, and a Research Associate and Fellow at the University of York. He achieved a First Class degree in English Literature at the University of York, completed his MBA (UCL) with distinction, and continued his research at the Cranfield School of Management as a full scholarship recipient.