Senior business leaders, from some of the UK’s best known brands and the regional business community, will help inform student success, curriculum development and knowledge exchange as part of Solent Business School’s new Business Advisory Board.

Chaired by Pete Markey, Chief Marketing Officer at Boots Wallgreen Alliance, the board brings together senior business leaders with an interest and influence in relevant industries and organisations across the areas of management, entrepreneurship, social media, social enterprise, conservation, consulting, finance, retail, law, property, education, transport, port operations, tourism and global business.

Pete Markey says, “It’s a huge privilege to be chairing the new business advisory board. I am excited about the potential for the board and the positive impact we can make together to enrich the lives of students at the University and the wider community working in partnership with a range of fantastic businesses. I am greatly inspired by the impressive vision for the business school and the journey ahead.”

Board members will provide input and feedback for both strategy development and operational requirements such as supporting student employability, graduate outcomes, mentoring and ensuring our courses are future-proofed.

Members will also be actively involved in driving knowledge exchange between business and Solent’s student community, sharing their knowledge, expertise and experience through a range of programmes and initiatives.

Solent Business School has a history of working closely with the business community, developing graduates that have gone on to either lead some of the UK’s leading brands or establish their own business. Throughout the Pandemic the School has played a key role in helping local businesses survive and thrive, supporting over 140 regional businesses through the Government backed Small Business Leadership Programme

Caroline Walsh, Director of Solent Business schools says, “This exciting initiative will provide the school with an additional platform for collaboration and innovation with business.  It will help Solent achieve its strategic priorities by producing dynamic, work ready graduates that industry needs.

“By ensuring that the school is aligned to relevant industry practices and future skills needs, their valuable insights will benefit staff, students and the economy, Caroline continues.”