Our Faculty Members
Prof John Board: Dean of Henley Business School
John Board is the Dean of Henley Business School. As well as managing the strategic and operational development of the Business School, John has a particular interest in the development of Management Education in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Before assuming the position of Dean, John was Director of the ICMA Centre, University of Reading, with a record of success in academic innovation including the UK's first collaborative programme in Islamic Finance and a significant professional development programme.
His research has always stressed the applied nature of the subject and has focused on the real world implications of theory and practice. This work has ranged from asset selection models, through derivatives pricing to, latterly, the effects of market regulation and investor behaviour on the efficiency of markets. He has a long record of interaction with financial markets and regulatory bodies (including the London Stock Exchange, the FSA and the European Commission) and he has also acted as advisor and participant to several investigations by the House of Commons Treasury Committee. Before joining the ICMA Centre, John spent 15 years on the faculty of LSE. John's teaching experience includes MBA and executive development in the UK as well as in over 20 countries including Argentina, China, Russia, Malaysia, India, Kenya, Egypt, Qatar and the UAE. His research stewardship includes the successful supervision of numerous PhD students.
Prof Dominic Swords: Co-Director
Dominic is a Business Economist, Independent Strategy Consultant and Visiting Professor at Henley Business School.
He has a background in the City working in Economic Intelligence at the Bank of England during the 80s and has worked in Business Schools for some 20 years having held full time and visiting posts at Henley Business School and London Business School, amongst others.
He is a co-chair of the judging panel for the National Business Awards sponsored by Orange with a special focus on the SME sector and growth.
Dominic brings a deep and pragmatic understanding of the impact of market change on the strategic, operational and financial needs and resourcing of organisations. He consults with a range of businesses and is a regular speaker at corporate conferences on the business impact of economic change.
Typical projects include the analysis of market and industry dynamics and translating these into competitive options and actions: for example business planning and execution, investment decision-making, workforce resource planning, market development strategies and performance improvement projects.
He is a frequent contributor to a number of TV and Radio programmes as a Business Economist including BBC TV and Radio and CNBC.
Dominic has over 15 years of international experience having run client projects in the EU, the US, the Far East (in Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia and Japan) and Australia.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics, has an MPhil from Cranfield and a DBA from Henley Business School.
Stephen Wells: Co-Director
Stephen Wells is an independent consultant in financial markets.
Since 1997 he has conducted projects in a wide range of developing markets including China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Egypt, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region. The projects have covered capital market development, regulation of market abuse and broker capital adequacy, regulatory structure, stock exchange business development and demutualization, bond market development, securitization, Islamic finance and development of derivatives markets. His focus in these projects has been developing practical solutions that conform to international norms but that are sensitive to local conditions and history.
He has also worked on the UK market for a range of institutions including the London Stock Exchange, FSA, Investment Management Association and Corporation of London as well as internationally for the World Federation of Exchanges and Federation of European Stock Exchanges. These projects have covered stock market business and their competitive positions, regulatory structures, market abuse, capital adequacy, development of bond markets, development of derivative markets, impact of new trading systems, finance and trading of smaller companies and barriers to cross-border trading.
He is a senior visiting fellow at the ICMA Centre at the University of Reading. Before that from 1997 to 2001 he was a research fellow at the London School of Economics. Prior to 1997 Stephen was chief economist at the London Stock Exchange and was involved in the major market structure developments affecting the London market through involvement in research and negotiation with participants. He led the Exchange's research covering the functioning of dealer markets, cross-border trading, smaller companies markets, and impact of regulation particularly on transparency of markets.
Stephen is a graduate in economics from the London School of Economics and also has an MBA from City University in London.