Rona O’Brien - National Director of Business Operations

Rona O'Brien is the National Director of Business Operations for the De Broc School of Business. Rona has many years’ experience at a senior level in higher education at business schools in the UK and abroad. She also has extensive professional involvement in accounting and finance, and has worked commercially as a senior accountant in the retail – Harvey Nichols and entertainment sector – Paramount and Universal.

In particular, Rona is very interested in the student experience with regard to employability, and has been involved in the development of learning and teaching around this subject. She believes student engagement in higher education will serve them well for the rest of their lives, as it is important to work hard as well as participating in voluntary work and student societies.

Ioannis Dermitzakis - Senior Lecturer

Ioannis has over 20 years of management experience, having worked for international organisations around the world, including Greece, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Italy and Estonia. He has a reputation for raising professional standards and introducing best practice to improve all round performance, using a practical approach to empower students to achieve their goals.

Ioannis holds undergraduate qualifications in Production Management, Industrial Engineering, and an MBA (Open). He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and holds professional memberships with the Chartered Management Institute (CMgrMCMI), and Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM). His research interests are in supply chain risk, SMEs and operations management. He is a sports fanatic and in his spare time mentors young entrepreneurs.

Dr Sara Fisher - Visiting Lecturer

Sara focuses on management and marketing, and has experience in developing business, strategy and marketing plans for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and SMEs. She uses her experience to create dynamic, interactive, and varied workshops, using different platforms to communicate with students. Most importantly, she focuses on making theory relatable.

Sara is proficient in dealing with student issues and uses this knowledge to improve services and support across the business school. Her research areas include entrepreneurship, gender studies, strategic planning, innovation, and marketing.

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