Faculty profiles

Julian Franks Julian Franks

Professor of Finance and Programme Director

Julian is the Academic Director of London Business School's Centre for Corporate Governance and lead investigator for a £1.4 million grant for research into corporate governance.

Julian is currently examining family businesses in France, Germany, Italy, and the UK and looking at European shareholder activism; as well as the nature of ownership in Japan. His work on ownership and control (with Colin Mayer and Stefano Rossi) won two international prizes.


Paul Coombes Paul Coombes

Chairman of the Centre of Corporate and Programme Director

Paul's work is focused on exploring why some companies are successful and resilient to challenges, while others fail to adapt.

He is former Director of Mckinsey & Company where he worked with global corporations and financial institutions. Much of his professional consulting has involved working with boards and management teams to help them translate the values and goals of their organisations into practical steps they can take to develop successful strategies.


Sir Andrew Likierman Sir Andrew Likierman

Dean of London Business School

Andrew has been a Professor at the School for many years, lecturing on all the major executive and degree programmes.  His research interests have been in the field of the measurement of performance. 

Andrew is a non-executive Chairman of the National Audit Office and a non-executive Director of Barclays Bank. In the course of his career, Andrew has run a textile plant in Germany, been Head of the Government Accountancy Service and was a Managing Director of the UK Treasury (finance ministry). 


John Kay John Kay

Visiting Professor from London School of Economics

John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.

John is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He chaired The Kay Review of UK Equity Markets and Long-Term Decision-Making, which reported to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in 2012. John is a director of several public companies and contributes a weekly column to the Financial Times.


David Pitt-Watson David Pitt-Watson

Founder and former Chair of Hermes Equity Ownership Service

David is a graduate of Oxford and Stanford Universities; Chair of the UN Environment Programme's Finance Initiative and is Trustee and Treasurer of Oxfam.

He has written and lectured widely on the issues of corporate governance, capital market integrity and regulation. His current work will show that regulators have the wrong 'paradigm', suggesting that the very foundations of the financial regulation of banks that has taken place since 2008 is profoundly flawed.


Lord Paul Myners Lord Paul Myners

Former Chairman of Marks & Spencer and Deputy Chairman of PowerGen

Lord Myners CBE was the Financial Services Secretary in the UK Treasury (finance ministry), during the Labour Government of Gordon Brown. He also served on the Prime Minister's National Economic Council.

Paul has worked in the financial sector since 1974. He has also held a number of third sector posts, including Chairman of the Trustees of the Tate and Chairman of the Low Pay Commission, all of which he relinquished on his ministerial appointment.


David Jackson David Jackson

Former Company Secretary of BP and Director of BP Pension Trustees

David is actively involved with the BP board and its committees in the development of corporate governance.

David is also the Deputy Chairman of GC100 and the Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE 100. He was previously General Counsel and Company Secretary at PowerGen, where he was responsible for all legal matters and company secretarial matters relating to the board, committees and their corporate governance.


Tim Breedon Tim Breedon

Non-executive Director of Barclays and Former Chief Executive of Legal & General

Tim joined the board of Barclays in 2012 as a non-executive Director, and later became lead non-executive Director at the Ministry of Justice.

He previously served as Chairman of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and as Chairman of the UK Government's non-bank lending taskforce. This industry-led review looked at the structural and behavioural barriers to the development of alternative debt markets in the UK, reporting its conclusions and recommendations in 2012.


Andrew Pettigrew

Professor of Strategy and Organisation, Said Business School and Senior Golding Fellow, Brasenose College

Andrew's research has pioneered the use of contextual and temporal analysis of organisational processes of strategy making, change, decision making and power. Andrew has considerable experience as a consultant on matters of corporate governance, the management of strategic change and executive development. 

Andrew is Chairman of the Academic Sounding Board for McKinsey's worldwide organisation practice. He was awarded an OBE in the 2009 New Year Honours list for his services to Higher Education.


Marco Becht

Professor of Finance, Université libre de Bruxelles and Goldschmidt Professor of Corporate Governance, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management

Marco teaches masters programmes on corporate governance, corporate restructuring, financial systems and the economic analysis of law. His research currently focuses on law and finance, with particular emphasis on corporate governance.

He is a founder member, a fellow and the executive director of the European Corporate Governance Institute, an international non-profit scientific association. Marco is also a member of the Belgian Corporate Governance Commission, the Group of Financial Market Law Experts of the German Ministry of Finance and a Senior Adviser to Oxera, the Economic Consultancy.