18 Mar 2008

Cream of international business unite to drive forward OU Business School

Sir Emyr Jones Parry

Sir Emyr Jones Parry

A new International Advisory Board has been established for the OU Business School, tasked with supporting the global development of the school. Providing advice, networking opportunities and strategic oversight for the OU Business School, the board includes a spectrum of members who are business leaders excelling in their own fields.

The Chair set to lead the International Advisory Board is former United Nations representative, Sir Emyr Jones Parry. Sir Emyr has worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office since 1973 and was recently UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations as well as Permanent Representative to NATO. Sir Emyr said: “The OU Business School’s International Advisory Board is an exciting new body that will provide strategic guidance for the School, help to facilitate relationships across the globe and assist in the development of the OU Business School, establishing it as a world-class leader in business, management and legal education.”

Dean of the OU Business School, Professor James Fleck, said: “The OU Business School has a mission to be a truly global business school, supporting a community of international students, alumni and partners who take our world-class learning approach into the heart of professional practice. The International Advisory Board will have a pivotal role in helping us achieve this mission, and the appointment of a Chair with the calibre and experience of Sir Emyr is a major step towards this goal.”

Alongside Sir Emyr on the board are ten other executives who each bring experience and international perspectives to the OU Business School:
• Dr Andreas Raffel, Global Partner and Chief Executive, Rothschild, Germany
• Mr Justin Jenk, Senior Partner, Boreal
• Mr Andrew Craissati, Chief Executive, Transpac Media Ltd
• Ms Beverley Salt, Vice President, Strategic Planning, World Outside USA, AstraZeneca Plc
• Ms Margaret Miller, Senior Vice President and CIO, Warner Music Group
• Mr James Cullens, formerly Group Human Resources Director, The Linde Group
• Ms Chinyelu Onwurah, Head of Telecoms Technology, Ofcom
• Mr Paul Mylrea, Director of Communications, Department for International Development
• Mr David Day, Chief Operating Officer (Europe), Lightspeed Europe, WPP Group Plc
• Mr Sanjeeb Choudhuri, Head of UK Consumer Banking, Citibank International Plc

The Board held its first meeting in March 2008 and will come together regularly to scrutinise the global development of the OU Business School.

Editor’s Notes

For biographies, photography and further information on Advisory Board members, please contact Kath Hardwick.

Biography for Sir Emyr Jones Parry
Sir Emyr retired in August 2007 as Permanent Representative to the UN. He joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1973 and his first posting was to the British High Commission in Ottawa as First Secretary (1974–79). He moved to work in the European Community Department and then to the European Community in Brussels as First Secretary. He was at the British Embassy in Madrid (1993–97), followed by the post of Deputy Political Director in the Foreign Office, where he was also responsible for Balkans and Aegean policy (1996–97). Sir Emyr was Director (European Union, during the 1998 United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union), with overall responsibility for policy, co-ordination and organisation of the presidency. From July 1998 until August 2001 he was the FCO Political Director. He took over as Permanent Representative to NATO in September 2001, and held the position until 2003, whereupon he became the Permanent Representative of the UK on the UN Security Council in New York. In 2007 he was appointed Chairman of the 'All-Wales Convention' - a body established by the Welsh Assembly Government to review Wales's constitutional arrangements and to consider whether the Assembly should have powers similar to the Scottish Parliament. In January 2008, Jones Parry took over as President of Aberystwyth University, succeeding Lord Elystan Morgan.

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