Deputy Dean retirement

18 October 2017

Deputy Dean retirement

Professor Ginny Gibson announces her retirement from the world of academia

After 32 years at Henley Business School and the University of Reading, esteemed Deputy Dean Professor Ginny Gibson, has announced her retirement from the world of academia at the end of the year.

As an expert in corporate real estate, Ginny is recognised as one of the leading academics in the field, and her knowledge of higher education trends and business school education has helped steer Henley into the world-class business school that it is today. She was a key part of the transformation of the Business School following the merger with the University, developing a compelling strategy and international brand, revitalising the academic and support functions, introducing new programmes and drastically increasing student numbers and revenue. 

Alongside her leadership and governance roles, she has a keen interest in gender diversity and helping women to develop their leadership potential, not least championing our Women in Leadership MBA Scholarships with the FT and 30% Club but also our Henley Women in Leadership Forum something she plans to stay actively involved with.  Her career is an excellent example to aspiring female executives, students and business leaders. 

Raised in Canada, Ginny studied Business Administration at the Richard Ivey School of Business before being awarded a scholarship to study the MSc Urban Land Appraisal at the University of Reading. After dipping her feet in the IT industry with IBM and Imperial Oil, she returned to the world of academia and held a variety of roles at the University of Reading, including: Professor of Corporate Real Estate; undergraduate and postgraduate leadership roles; Faculty Director of Teaching & Learning for the Faculty of Economics and Social Science; Head of the School of Real Estate & Planning; Henley’s Director of Research; and finally, Deputy Dean of the Business School.

Ginny’s research and teaching is at the nexus of management and real estate and has seen her work with a range of organisations including BT, Barclays, Boots, and the Office of Government Commence, and develop an Executive Masters programme in Corporate Real Estate. Her academic contributions have been recognised with several prestigious awards and fellowships, such as the CoreNet Award for Significant Contribution to the Corporate Real Estate Field, Elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and an Honorary Fellowship for the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors.

On her retirement, Ginny comments:

“Working at Reading, and at Henley Business School, has been a privilege.  I have learnt so much over my career and in particular the Henley journey has been inspiring.  Interacting with people who are committed to the greater good, and build a highly successful new model, has kept me focused and enthused.  The next phase of my journey will present new opportunities which I relish and I will think back fondly on colleagues I have worked with, on whom I depended and who ultimately helped me to create real impact.”

Professor John Board, Dean of the Business School, adds:

“Ginny has been a great colleague over her many years at Reading.  All acknowledge her contribution within the University and her decision to retire will leave a considerable gap to fill.  Her impact on the complex project to bring Henley Business School into real existence after the merger between the old Henley Management College and the University was remarkable and impactful. I and colleagues at Henley wish Ginny well as she moves into the next exciting part of her career.”

Although departing from her roles at Henley and the University, Ginny plans to keep in touch with the business world and continue her involvement in the Women in Leadership Forum. Her retirement will be marked by the Business School with a celebratory farewell event.

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