Professor Gary Packham Commissioner, Academic Member

Gary is currently Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School. He leads a team of over 100 academic and 30 administrative staff who are responsible for delivering world class business, management, leadership and finance research and education to 4,000 on campus students and a further 6,000 students studying at one of the Business school’s UK or International Associate Colleges. 

Previously Gary led the research, third stream and engagement agenda for the Faculty as Deputy Dean (Research and Enterprise) leading the dramatic transformation of the Business School’s research and external engagement activities over the past two years. 

Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University he was Head of the Glamorgan Business School and Head of Research for the Faculty of Business and Society at the University of Glamorgan (now University of South Wales). He also acted as director of the Centre for Enterprise. He has led and managed a wide range of research and business engagement projects working for organisations such as the European Commission, Belgian Science and Policy Office, Welsh Government, Sector Skills Council and the Federation of Small Businesses. 

He has published widely in international peer reviewed journals in subjects such as economic development policy, small business management and strategy, technology transfer and commercialisation. 

Gary is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and Higher Education Academy and a member of the SFEDI advisory Council (IoEE). He also holds visiting professorship positions at the Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS), University of South Wales and University of Plymouth.