Advisory Group

The Ketso Advisory Group


Colin Hughes  BSc PhD MBA

Professor of Applied Geoscience.  Worked internationally in petroleum exploration and production before moving into higher education. In addition to an academic career, he co-founded and for ten years co-directed, a university spin-out company. He is director of TEAM (The Environment at Manchester, a cross-faculty active network covering environmental and sustainable development themes) and of the Sustainable Consumption Institute Doctoral Training Centre. He is also Associate Dean of External Affairsat the University of Manchester.

Ian Roderick

Ian is Chairman of the Schumacher Institute, a 'think and do' tank exploring ways to change human activity towards human systems that are viable in the long term and in harmony with the natural world. He also sits on the board of the UK Systems Society (together with Joanne Tippett) and is a leading light in the Go Zero project in the village of Chew Magna, North Somerset. His early career was in Operational Research, and he co-founded a successful software company in 1982. In 2002 he completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at Bath University. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Paul Mahony

Creative Director of Countryscape (a multidisciplinary company operating primarily within the environmental sector, working with clients including government agencies, local authorities, non-governmental organisations, charities and private businesses). He develops communication materials and campaigns for a wide range of clients. Having met Jo over 10 years ago, he has been a long term supporter and user of Ketso. He uses Ketso on a regular basis with clients and groups of all sizes, including high-level strategic workshops with Manchester City Council.

Sharon Phillips

Regional Development Manager at University of Sussex. Research and Enterprise Services is responsible for the negotiation and administration of all grants and contracts for research and consultancy held by the University.

John Clark

John Clark has worked with development NGOs, the World Bank, United Nations, universities, and as advisor to governments on development and civil society issues.  His career has focused on poverty reduction, participation, civil society, globalization and bridging the gap between grassroots organizations and official agencies.
He is now a free-lance development consultant. Until June 2008, he was Lead Social Development Specialist for East Asia in the World Bank where he focused particularly on governance, poverty and civil society issues in Cambodia and Indonesia, and spent 8 months in Aceh working on tsunami reconstruction, especially regarding donor coordination.  Before that he took a four year absence from the Bank in which he worked in the United Nations Secretary-General’s office (as project director for the high-level panel on UN-civil society relations), was Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, and served on a task force advising the British Prime Minister about Africa.

Jimmy Brannigan

Director of ESD Consulting (offers design & delivery of bespoke sustainable development solutions, sustainability training and development programmes, sustainable procurement, research, training & consultancy).


Prof. Paul Jackson

Head of the Division of Marketing, International Business and Strategy at the Manchester Business School, and a member of the strategy subject group. He has published widely in the areas of the psychological impact of unemployment, work design and employee effectiveness, organisational change, teamworking, employee involvement and statistical research methods. He has held research grants from HSE, ESRC and the Swedish Council for Worklife Research (RALF).