Chris Blackburn recently retired as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Oxford Brookes University Business School where he had spent three decades in a variety of academic and managerial roles. Prior to his career in Higher Education, Chris worked in marketing communications and advertising  with major organisational clients such as Unilever, Colgate Palmolive and Associated Newspapers, covering a range of well-known brands from breakfast cereal through beer to banking. One of his early clients was the housing charity, Shelter. In addition to his role at Aspire, Chris also acts as a review panel chair and institutional mentor for the European Foundation for Management Development which accredits international university business schools. He is also a qualified personal development coach.