Trust Members

Rev David Illingworth OSL

David IllingworthDavid was appointed as Trust Member on 16th December 2014.  He has no relevant business and pecuniary interests including governance roles in other educational institutions.

David is a successful management and leadership practitioner, mentor, coach and trainer. His knowledge and background covers Voluntary Sector Management (AWME and OYT), Production Management (IMI), Sales Management (Racal, Oceonics and TMI(UK)), and Human Resource Management (Dover Corporation(USA)).

His work has taken him into many countries, cultures and types of organisations around the globe, from major international companies too small to medium enterprises, from high street retail to industrial engineering, from telecommunications to airlines.

David’s great ability is in helping people find creative solutions to challenges. Whether the issue concerns strategy, people management or implementation, he is able to help translate vision into actions and to enable people to deliver visible results.

Dr Sola Adesola PhD, FHEA, MRes, LLM, LLB (Hons)

Dr Sola

Cranfield University alumnus Dr Sola Adesola is a Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University Business School, academic lawyer, researcher and director of PhD studies in research related to entrepreneurship education and development, energy policy, and university-industry collaboration. Sola leads and teaches at both postgraduate and undergraduate modules in International Organisations, Corporate & Business Law, International Markets & Competition and Business Strategy. Dr Adesola was a Visiting Associate Professor at Kwara State University, School of Governance & Business, Nigeria in 2014 -2015. Sola serves on the Academic Board at Oxford Brookes University and also consults as External Examiner and validation panel expert for international franchise programmes. She is a prominent player in the race and gender equality committees at Oxford Brookes University, a BME Diversifying Leadership champion, appointed as the Athena SWAN Lead in the Oxford Brookes Business School, as well as being part of BAME staff action group promoting diversifying the curriculum. Sola is a Conference organiser, international speaker and an author of widely published academic articles in peer reviewed international journals.

Dr Sola co-edited a book on “Energy in Africa: Policy, Management and Sustainability” with Palgrave Macmillan.

She is passionate about sharing her career trajectory and encouraging Black and Minority Ethnic professionals, and nurturing responsible leadership and entrepreneurship in students, young adults and academic leaders. Sola is a multi-award winner, receiving the “2009 Best of Nigeria Education Award” by the Nigerian Achievers Award Institute, UK, and “Outstanding Achiever in Education” in 2014 by the Nigeria UK Achiever’s Award. In 2015, Sola was nominated for the Brookes People Individual Award for ‘Generosity of Spirit’.

Dr Sola Adesola is married with two grown up adults. Dr Sola enjoys time out with family, walking, writing, music, volunteering.and 'spiritual metime'.

 Dr Byfield is also a trust member and her profile can be found on the Directors page.

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