Society is delighted to announce three exciting appointments to the University of Warwick. All three individuals will bring with them a wealth of experience in the private sector. Tom Britten (pictured left) and Bob Hogg (pictured centre) will be joining Warwick shortly as the University's two Business Development Directors. Tony Howard (pictured right) has already taken up his new role as Director of Food and Retail Strategy.
Tom joins Warwick on 6th May from Knomo, a venture capital-backed luxury accessories brand, where he was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to that Tom worked at Tesco for nearly 20 years. His early roles were in marketing and buying, however he soon became involved in launching and growing new businesses activities. This included Tesco Bank (a joint venture with Royal Bank of Scotland), the home shopping business Tesco.com, and the telecoms venture Tesco Mobile.
Bob joins Warwick from Serco, where he was Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships. During his six years with Serco, Bob held several senior roles across the company focusing on new markets, alliances and partnerships. Prior to joining Serco, he was Sector Director for Local Government with the Mouchel Group, where he established an education business and developed a number of strategic service delivery partnerships with local authorities. Bob has been a member of the CBI’s Public Services Board for the past three years.
Tony was previously a senior manager across Europe, the Middle East and Africa with Starbucks, He also has wider high street retail experience with the Whitbread Group and in the commercial arm of Ferrari. Tony's appointment is part of the University’s wider ambition to build capacity and breadth of experience and thinking in the Campus and Commercial Services Group. He will report to the Director for Campus Services, Mike Roberts, and will be applying his significant retail and commercial expertise to help develop the range of services, facilities and products at the institution.
Ken Sloan, Warwick's Registrar and Chief Operating Officer commented:
"The selection process for these posts attracted an incredibly strong field and everyone involved in the process is delighted that Tom, Bob and Tony are joining us. The development of new revenue streams to contribute to and underpin Warwick's research, teaching and student experience has been an integral part of the University's development: the management training centres, jobs.ac.uk and Unitemps are just some examples of successful initiatives that have become key to the University’s external profile and income portfolio. The ability and capacity to secure alternative revenue streams and surplus for reinvestment are more important than ever to enable Warwick to deliver on its strategic ambitions."