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Henley Business School has appointed a finance specialist as its next dean and a real estate specialist as its next deputy dean.

John Board, currently director of the Icma (International Capital Markets Association) centre will take over from Chris Bones, the current dean, on October 1. The Icma centre became part of Henley Business School following the merger of the school with the University of Reading two years ago, as did the school of real estate and planning, where Ginny Gibson, who will take up the role of deputy dean of Henley, is head of the school.

Prof Board says both the Icma centre and the real estate department are outward-looking departments and both already work closely with industry, as does the business school more generally. The Icma centre, for example, runs executive programmes alongside its postgraduate degrees. He dismisses fears that the appointments are symptomatic of a takeover of the old Henley management college by Reading University.

“In any large and well-functioning business school globally there is the need for broad skills,” he says, adding that one of the strengths of Henley Business School is the value placed on the pure academic at one end and the practical at the other. “There will be no notion of saying (to faculty) ‘you do not fit’.”

Major developments since the merger of the management school and the university two years ago include the development of two themed executive MBA programmes, in real estate and corporate finance. For Prof Board having strong programmes in finance is “critical”.

Prof Board has been director of the Icma centre since 2005 and before that worked at the LSE for 15 years. Prof Gibson joined Reading in the mid 1980s.


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