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Value Chains stream tutors

Participants are supported throughout their studies by a Tutor who will guide their learning on both individuals assignments and group projects. Tutors also contribute to the learning of the cohort as a whole by delivering and chairing workshop sessions in their individual areas of expertise. Tutors will support participants for the duration of the course, but may change each year. Biographies for some of our most recent Tutors can be found below. Read more about our Tutors thoughts on the importance of sustainability education for business leaders here.


Dr Melissa Barrett, Managing Director, Melissa Barrett Consulting Ltd

Dr Melissa Barrett, Managing Director, Melissa Barrett Consulting Ltd

  • Dr Melissa Barrett has over 20 years’ professional experience with a focus on strategic sustainability transformation and innovation, helping organisations leverage their assets, capabilities and potential to deliver commercial, social and sustainable impact across their value chains and ecosystems.

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Cindy Berman, Fair Work Team Manager at the Open Society

Cindy Berman, Fair Work Team Manager at the Open Society

  • Cindy is a Fair Work Team Manager at the Open Society Foundations, focusing on strategies, policies and programmes to support the rights of migrants, gig and other vulnerable workers in Asia, the Gulf States and Europe. She has expertise in modern slavery, trafficking, forced and child labour, business and human rights due diligence, ethical trade in global supply chains, social exclusion, gender discrimination and international development. She has worked on social justice issues internationally for over 35 years - in civil society organisations, UN and other multilateral institutions, in the UK civil service, with the private sector and trade unions.

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Dr Fiona  Charnley, Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy within the University of Exeter Business School

Dr Fiona Charnley, Associate Professor of Circular Economy and Co-Director of the Exeter Centre for Circular Economy within the University of Exeter Business School

  • Fiona works and has published extensively within the field of design, innovation and manufacture for a circular economy. She is Co-Director of the recently funded UKRI National Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Hub harnessing the UK’s leading research capabilities; creating new knowledge, tools, behaviours and relationships to capture economic, social and environmental value from a Circular Economy.

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Ian Ellison, Senior Associate

Ian Ellison, Senior Associate

  • Ian supports CISL executive, graduate and online training programmes. Formerly he led Sustainability in Product Development with Jaguar Land Rover. At JLR Ian and his team supported the development of large-scale circular economy projects, the use of science to drive sustainable product development and business strategy culminating in the development of JLRs first electric vehicle.

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David  Lawrence, Senior Associate

David Lawrence, Senior Associate

  • David is an expert in enabling organisations to be more effective in their sustainability ambitions through collaborating with others. As well as being a Senior Associate with CISL, he is currently Executive Director of AIM-Progress, the 41-company FMCG sector taskforce working collaboratively to improve responsible sourcing practices in their common supply chains.

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Dr Benn  Lawson, Fellow

Dr Benn Lawson, Fellow

  • Dr Benn Lawson is University Senior Lecturer in Operations Management, Director of the Management Studies Tripos (MST), and Director of the Centre for Process Excellence & Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. Benn is also Director of Studies in Management at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge.

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Dr Doroteya Vladimirova, Fellow

Dr Doroteya Vladimirova, Fellow

  • Dr Doroteya Vladimirova is a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Industrial Sustainability, Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge where she leads research on value innovation and new business models for a sustainable future.

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CISL is monitoring the Covid-19 situation and responding accordingly to UK Government and University advice. At present, we expect to deliver our Graduate programmes starting in 2021 as advertised. We are well equipped to deliver dynamic and engaging workshops remotely, should the situation demand. Find out more.


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