Dr Phil Smith

Dr Phil Smith

BRI Academic Staff
Core Module Leader Dr Smith is a practitioner-turned-educator. His past career experience, to Managing Director level of Multinationals, is grounded in many different consumer focussed environments where he gained first-hand international experience across varied cultures. Dr Smith’s significant business experience complements his proven academic know how and success in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students and supporting PhD researchers.An accomplished senior executive who tirelessly works to include practical insights within a robust academic framework, Dr Smith passionately including his real-world understanding within academic teaching to enhance classroom engagement and student learning. Dr Smith’s decision to complete the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programme has further crystallised his extensive practitioner experience and proven academic know how. His earlier career includes involvement in major research projects that shaped the strategic direction of the…
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Sen Yang

Sen Yang

BRI Academic Staff, PhD Students
International Programme Director Mr. Sen Yang is responsible for developing bespoke international programmes and managing partnerships for the university. Outside of his work for the university, he is a self-made serial entrepreneur and runs businesses including a software development start-up focusing on introducing disruptive technologies into higher education, as well as a consultancy businesses to connect higher educations and other stakeholders between the UK and China. Inspired by his own entrepreneurial journey, Sen is working towards his doctoral degree in the Business Research Institute at the University of Chester. His research topic is to investigate the interplay between immigration entrepreneurship, social context, entrepreneurial capital and entrepreneurial learning. He holds a first degree in Economics and Trade and a Master degree in Management. Teaching Entrepreneurship and Career Development Qualifications BSc, MSc Research Interests  Immigration…
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Lan Li

Lan Li

PhD Students
Lan Li is a second year PhD student and researcher in Business Research Institute with particular research interest in Student Expectations and Entrepreneurship Education studies.  She is currently focusing on a comparative study of students’ expectation on Entrepreneurship Education the UK and China as part of her PhD Thesis. She holds a Masters Degree in International Hospitality and Tourism Management at Sheffield Hallam University in 2011. She is an Association of Chartered Certified Accounts candidate and has previously studied at the London School of Business and Finance between 2013 and 2015. Finally, Lan is a cat lover, and enjoys travelling. Publications Sidsaph, H., Harris, P., Li, L., Zhu K., Zhao, Y., Yang S. (2017). Chester Forum VIII Edited Proceedings. University of Chester, Business Research Institute.
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Ke Zhu

Ke Zhu

PhD Students
Ke Zhu MSc, MBA Ke is a second year PhD student and researcher in Business Research Institute with a research interest in family business studies. She is currently focusing on family business and the expectation of first and second generations on oversea education as the direction in her PhD research topic. She holds an MBA, an MSc in Banking and Finance and also a BA in International Finance. She is also a Chartered Institute of Management Accounts candidate and has previously studied in London from 2014 to 2016. Finally, Ke is fond of playing table tennis, fencing, swimming, and enjoys travelling. Publications Sidsaph, H., Harris, P., Li, L., Zhu K., Zhao, Y., Yang S. (2017). Chester Forum VIII Edited Proceedings: UK and     China Business: The Marco Polo Initiative and Belt…
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Theresa Robberts

Theresa Robberts

PhD Students
Theresa Robberts is an inspirational humourist author and speaker. Based in Chester, England she is studying for her PhD in Corporate Social Responsibility. She has only 3% sight but has a hunger for adventure and except the challenges of daily life with loads of determination, tenacity and a wicked sense of humour. 
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Graham Shapiro

Graham Shapiro

BRI - Advisory Board
Graham Shapiro, Entrepreneur in Residence Graham Shapiro is a chartered designer with over 21 years experience in the visual communication sector. Graham Shapiro is an award-winning inventor, designer & digital entrepreneur. A Fellow member of The Chartered Society of Designers and Chartered Institute of Marketing. Entrepreneur in Residence and on the advisory board for The Business Research Institute at The University of Chester. Ambassador of Innovation for The University of Cambridge. Graham invented the interloopmailer® and Reggie®. Over the last 23 years his company Graham Shapiro Design (GSD®) has created online and offline visual communication for some of the world’s most respected companies. Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on linkedin LinkedIn Share on email Email Share on print Print
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Professor Andrew McAuley

Professor Andrew McAuley

BRI - Advisory Board
Professor Andrew McAuley, CEO IFET, Brisbane, Australia and Advisory Board MemberBorn in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Andrew attended the University in Nottingham, England where he completed his BA and PhD in Geography. His academic career began as a Research Assistant at Lancaster University before moving to the University of Stirling in Scotland where he worked for 22 years. Having begun his career at Stirling as a Research Fellow in the Scottish Enterprise Foundation, he finished his time there as Professor of Marketing Management, Head of the Department of Marketing and Vice-Dean for Learning & Teaching.He has published in many leading marketing journals including the European Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Management, Journal of Strategic Marketing, Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and the Journal of Consumer Marketing. Professor McAuley serves on the Editorial Advisory Boards…
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Professor Gary Davies

Professor Gary Davies

BRI Academic Staff
Gary Joined the BRI from Manchester Business School in 2017. His links with Chester date from 2015 when he was appointed as a visiting professor. His academic career has involved sponsorships from Tesco, Asda and the Post Office. Before his academic career he worked with the Mars Group and British Aluminium. He also acts as a consultant in business strategy and reputation management. Professor Gary Davies Professor of Business Strategy BSc, PhD (London), PhD (Manchester), DIC, ARSM.Research:Gary’s current research interests include: the image benefits of being a family business; personal branding; how consumer trust and distrust of brands develops; how brand image should be measured; investor decision-making; the globalisation of retailing and; the role of public relations in the marketing of luxury brands. Publications Books: G Davies with R Chun,…
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Clive Drinkwater

Clive Drinkwater

BRI - Advisory Board
Regional Director, UKTI NW Clive took up his post in 2006 and is based at UKTI’s Daresbury office, from where he has responsibility for helping the North West to develop its international businesses, to grow the number of firms exporting and increase the region’s presence in the high growth markets of the world. Before joining UKTI, Clive held the position of Director of International Trade for the Chambers of Commerce in Staffordshire. This followed extensive private sector experience in international trade, working in industry and selling to over 90 countries worldwide. He has particular experience in Asia having lived and worked in Indonesia, Malaysia and China. Clive has a degree in Business Studies, an MBA and Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. He is a member of the Institute of Directors, the…
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