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Faculty & PSF team

Faculty and practitioners have been chosen from many different academic and practical backgrounds and specialisms to represent as wide a range of experience as possible. This list reflects a sample of individuals involved in PSF programmes.

Stacey Clifford

Stacey Clifford

Business Development Director

In her role as Business Development Director Stacey is tasked with increasing the professional service firm portfolio across open enrolment and custom programmes in UK and Europe. Stacey is responsible for building client relationships, developing opportunities and liaising with faculty and external speakers.

Guy Lewin Smith

Guy Lewin Smith

Fellow in Management Practice

Guy is a Fellow in Management Practice at Cambridge Judge Business School where he focuses on the provision of leadership and management development programmes for professional services firms. He is involved in researching the implications for professional services firms of disruptive technology and alternative business models. He also has a longstanding interest in corporate governance and the challenges for corporate boards in achieving greater effectiveness in an increasingly regulated environment.

Mark Smith

Senior Advisor

Mark is a Senior Advisor for the professional service firm programmes where he designs and delivers content to develop competitive advantage for clients. Mark has two decades of experience in the legal profession spanning a number of different roles and providing a unique perspective on the challenges facing today's leaders. 

Mark de Rond

Mark de Rond

Professor of Organisational Ethnography

Mark is an experienced executive education contributor in the area of high performance teams, strategy and negotiation strategies. As an active ethnographer Mark draws upon his research, into the Cambridge University boat crew and his tour of duty observing a team of military surgeons in Afghanistan, to provide similarities of leaders in professional service firms. In October 2013, Mark and a Cambridge colleague rowed the navigable length of the Amazon river, setting a new Guinness World Record.

Philip Stiles

Philip Stiles

University Senior Lecturer in Corporate Governance

Philip developed the Global Human Resource Research Alliance, a research group involving 30 companies worldwide - American Express, BAE Systems, BT, EDF, GE, General Mills, IBM, IKEA, Infosys, Matsushita, Oracle, Procter and Gamble, Rolls-Royce, SANYO, Sealed Air, Shell, Siemens, TCL, TNT, and Unilever. The project represents the most comprehensive worldwide research study in the subject. The contribution to knowledge has been to identify both innovative and best HR practices within companies, and to show how human capital integrates with key dimensions of social and organisational capital.

Lionel Paolella

Lionel Paolella

University Lecturer in Strategy & Organisation

Lionel's main line of research explores how market categories – a set of firms that share cognitive and cultural similarities - affect the social evaluation and performance of organisations, specifically in the international legal services market. Lionel currently teaches the core Strategy course in the MBA curriculum, and he is also involved in Executive Education programmes on Professional Service Firms. He received the Cambridge Judge Teaching Award in 2017.

Jane Davies

Jane Davies

Senior Faculty in Management Practice

Dr Jane Davies is Director of the MBA programme at Cambridge Judge Business School and Deputy Director of the Centre for Process Excellence and Innovation (CPEI). She teaches sessions in Operations Management, Operations Strategy, Lean Six Sigma and Project Management to a number of our Executive Education clients.

Ben Hardy

Ben Hardy

Fellow (Finance & Accounting)

Ben started out as a veterinary surgeon working in both academia and general practice. He then joined a pharmaceutical company and provided technical support both internally to marketing, R&D and sales, and externally to vets, clients and other industry organisations. He has an MBA from Cambridge, and his research looks at the role of hormones and emotions in financial decision making, linguistics and communication in surveys and morale in organisations.

Fiona Rice

Fiona Rice

Executive Coach

Fiona is qualified as a solicitor and has worked as an international banking, asset, project and corporate finance lawyer in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. Her experience mentoring and coaching background as HR Partner at Linklaters led her to train as an Executive Coach. Throughout her years as a lawyer, Fiona has mentored, coached and lead numerous training programmes and workshops. She now works full time as an Executive Coach, trainer and facilitator.

Des Woods

Des Woods

Leadership Development Specialist

A key contributor to the PSF programmes focusing on the firms' development of leadership and client relationship capability aligned to their strategy. An organisational psychologist by background, previously Des was Head of Professional and Organisation Development at a leading global law firm.

Who to contact

Stacey Clifford
Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)1223 339605
Email: psfenquiries@jbs.cam.ac.uk

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