Learning from the best

In your classroom sessions, you’ll be learning from some of the UK’s leading business experts and academics, including specialists from SBS’s Centre for the Digital Economy (CoDE), Centre for Management Learning (CML) and our Entrepreneurship programmes. You’ll also benefit from mixing with students across all SBS programmes, giving you a huge range of insights, ideas and contacts.

Director, Professor Andy Adcroft

Andy is the founder of SurreyIDEA. He has raised over £400k to support the work of SurreyIDEA in transforming enterprise education and widening access to the university for a range of hard-to-reach student groups. Andy is also the co-editor of Management Decision and a governor of two secondary schools. He is passionate about opening up universities and the work of academics to the wider world and, as part of this, performs stand-up comedy; he made his Edinburgh Fringe debut in 2013. Andy’s research interest is focussed around excellence and how people develop expertise, covering a range of activities including excellence in learning and sports.

William Lanham-New, Programme Director

Will Langham-New

As programme director for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship, William has overall responsibility for the SurreyIDEA undergraduate programme. Prior to this, William served in the Royal Navy before completing a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours). After ten years in the space and defence sector, William went on to develop his own ventures. He is currently the managing director of D3TEX Ltd, a technical-textile integrator that is focused on combating Vitamin D deficiency in veiled Muslim women. Aside from his commitment to teaching and learning for developing entrepreneurs, William’s area of research centres on the micro-sociology of entrepreneurship.

Gavin Whichello, Visiting Professor

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the Chairman of the SurreyIDEA Advisory Board, Gavin Whichello, has passed away after a long illness.

Gavin was instrumental in the creation of SurreyIDEA where he was able to combine his passions for entrepreneurship and bringing young people from similar backgrounds to his into university. Through SurreyIDEA, Gavin regularly contributed to workshops and Young Persons University events and was hugely influential in the development of innovative undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In recognition of his work Gavin was made a Visiting Professor in 2017 and, in 2019, was the recipient of the Vice Chancellors Alumni Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University. Read in full here.

Donna Shanks, SurreyIDEA Manager

Donna Shanks

Donna is the glue that holds the many parts of SurreyIDEA together. Following a successful career in publishing, Donna joined SBS to support the Dean and Deputy Dean in 2015 as the school was becoming the fastest growing in the UK. Donna now manages SurreyIDEA: From the refurbishment of our facilities to create a unique learning space to organising our marketing, materials and summer schools, Donna is the one who makes things happen.

Visiting Professor, Janet Preston

Janet Preston is Managing Director of Cold Fuzion, her own independent business consultancy, which she has put on hold to pursue an academic career as Visiting Professor with the University of Surrey Business School and as a researcher in Astrophysics. Janet also has a broad portfolio of voluntary activities and is: a Trustee of the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium; a Trustee of Satro – a charity that provides real-life experience of the working world, particularly in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) for young people; Chair of the Surrey Organising Committee for Teen Tech – an event aimed at inspiring 12 and 13 year olds to consider STEM careers and Education Ambassador for the Institute of Directors Surrey Branch. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Janet was a Partner at KPMG.