Key academics

MBA tutor, Mike Gilbert, addresses a class "Derby has great, helpful teachers, the subject content is always updated and relevant to business practice.” Mustafa Saffaf, MBA graduate from Syria

Our expertise

Throughout the MBA, we encourage you to practically apply what you are learning to real business situations. This is crucial if you want to become a better manager and leader.

You will be pleased to know that our academics have been through the same process. They have all gained extensive experience in industry and continue to undertake research or consultancy to keep their knowledge fresh and relevant.

You will also find them friendly, approachable and supportive.

Close up of MBA tutor, Gino Franco

Gino Franco – Programme Leader for MBA (part time route)

Gino leads the part time route of the MBA and is a senior lecturer in purchasing and logistics. He worked for over 25 years in the food and hospitality industries, including food manufacturing and wine importation.

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Polina Baranova

Polina Baranova – Programme Leader for the MBA (full-time route)

Polina is the Programme Leader for the full-time MBA and a Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management. She has an experienced background working in consultancy and logistics and has led a number of national and multinational consultancy projects.

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Insightful guest speakers

Throughout the programme we invite specialists from industry to come in and give talks. Their expertise is based on years of practical experience in a particular field, sector or profession, so their insights are invaluable and often surprising.

Some of our recent guest speakers have included:

  • Dr Trevor Williams, Chief Economist of Lloyds Bank and regular contributor to the finance press and Sunday Express. He gave a lecture on what he sees as the future of UK manufacturing.
  • Maria Iliffe-Wood, an independent executive coach and coach supervisor with nearly 30 years’ experience of coaching, predominately within the private sector. Maria works with a range of companies including Champneys Springs Health Resort, Paul Smith Ltd and HBOS. Her book, Coaching Presence, has recently been published.
  • Robert Fairbairn, CEO of Communitas, a national provider of education and training services, and also Chair of Social Firms UK, the national support organisation for the development of the Social Firm and Work Integration Social Enterprise (WISE) sector in the UK.