Faculty of Business and Law executive team

Welcome to our Faculty of Business and Law senior management team.Photograph of Ray McDowell

Ray McDowell

Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 86386
Email: Amy Rogerson (PA)

Ray is responsible for the financial and resource-based health of the faculty. He manages our strategic planning activities to translate, with the Faculty Executive, strategic ambitions into planned activities to achieve them.

He establishes priorities with the departments, negotiates budgets, creates staff recruitment and development plans, maintains our resource policy and monitors resource usage.

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Professor Vikas Kumar

Director of Research and Scholarships
Email: Lauren Symes (PA)

Vikas is responsible for developing and implementing faculty-specific strategy and policy relating to the research and scholarship portfolio. In his role Vikas provides leadership and direction to deliver excellence in research and scholarship, professional practice and other aspects of knowledge exchange and/or knowledge transfer activities.

He is a Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management and has established himself as a leading academic in this area. He has published extensively in leading international peer reviewed journals and collaborated with academics all across the globe in several international projects. His research interests include circular economy, sustainability, operational excellence, and supply chain management.

 Fiona Jordan

Fiona Jordan

Associate Dean
Strategic Partnerships
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 86300
Email: Ndidika Ugbah (PA)

Fiona creates mutually beneficial and commercially sustainable international, national, regional and local partnerships. 

She works with stakeholders across the university and a wide variety of external organisations to promote collaboration on new initiatives in line with our faculty and university strategies.

Fiona has collaborated on many transnational research projects and publications related to leisure, events and tourism management. She is currently working with Glastonbury Festival - investigating how to improve the sustainability of events and festivals.

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Katherine Davies

Faculty Business Manager
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 82746
Email: Elaine Williams (PA)

Katherine manages our professional services to support faculty business requirements including setting and managing service delivery standards. Plus, our faculty administration and projects.

Katherine is the executive lead for marketing, student recruitment, fees and internal communications. She chairs faculty committees and represents our faculty on university-level groups in these areas.

As Katherine works part-time; Sandra Tomkins will also answer any professional service queries.

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Patricia Voaden

Head of Department
Business and Management
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 82358
Email: Emily Fidler-Wells (PA)

Patricia has broad departmental management responsibilities in three primary activity areas:

  • teaching, learning and assessment and research
  • business engagement and professional development
  • staff and resource management.

She is responsible for ensuring our courses have market attractiveness and meet quality standards - including external quality benchmark compliance.

In addition, she oversees and promotes a vibrant research community, scholarly investigation and external engagement.

 Nadine Fry

Nadine Fry

Head of Department - Accounting, Economics and Finance
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 83441
Email: Ndidika Ugbah (PA)

Nadine is responsible for departmental strategic oversight of learning and teaching, research, external engagement and resourcing. 

She is passionate about providing an outstanding student experience and has led many learning and teaching initiatives in previous roles.

The Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance offers many undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Sarah Grabham

Head of Department - Law
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 86386
Email: Lauren Symes (PA)

Sarah is responsible for Bristol Law School at UWE and has oversight of the strategic and operational direction of the department.

Sarah is a practicing Solicitor, specialising in the area of employment law and practice. She spent 12 years in private practice before moving into higher education.

Sarah is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is passionate about learning, teaching and the student experience. She is currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Education.

 Dr Noordin Shehabuddeen

Dr Noordin Shehabuddeen

Bristol Business Engagement Centre (BBEC)
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 84305
Email: Laura Gentry (PA)

Noordin is Director of BBEC, which is situated in our state-of-the-art Bristol Business School building and represents a gateway to industry. He leads strategic initiatives programmes that strengthen UWE Bristol’s position as a provider of advanced business-relevant education and a leader in innovative services and partnerships.

Over 26,000 people have taken his MOOC on innovation and he is the author of a practitioner handbook ‘Innovation in real life: a hands-on guide to genuine innovation’.

Noordin is Fellow of the Institution of Engineers Australia, and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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