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 86302
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
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87551
Email: Elaine Williams (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 is responsible for providing overall leadership for internationalisation activities in Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School. In her role, she liaises with our network of international partners and a wide variety of external organisations to encourage innovative partnership working and create a global community of learning for staff and students.

She has worked on a number of transnational education and research projects and has developed collaboration between UWE Bristol and a range of event and festival organisations, including Glastonbury Festival, to promote sustainability initiatives.

Her interim duties include leading on regulatory, curriculum development and governance aspects of learning and teaching within the faculty.

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Katherine Davies

Faculty Business Manager
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87551
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 82746
Email: Dawn West (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 86300
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.

 Deborah Sturge

Debbie Sturge

Faculty Director of Accreditation
Tel: +44 (0)117 32 87551
Email: Elaine Williams (PA)

Debbie works with the Deputy Dean and other members of the Executive to provide leadership and strategic direction in pursuit of the Faculty’s accreditation ambitions. She is leading the project to achieve AACSB accreditation by 2023/4, as a key driver for the Faculty’s continuous improvement plans in pursuit of our mission and vision.

Debbie is also the Deputy Head of Department for Accounting Economics and Finance and chairs the Curriculum Scrutiny Group. Her academic career at UWE Bristol spans over 30 years with a strong focus on professional practice in insurance, pensions and financial planning.

She is passionate about engagement with industry in HE and practice led programme development.

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