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DG Higher Education Centre – The Academic Team

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    Andreia Areal

    MBA, BA, PGCHE | Head of Academic Development | Head of School - Business Management

Andreia is a lecturer, consultant and author with extensive experience in different industries. With a law background Andreia spent her first years of her career working as a solicitor for business and international law in Portugal. She worked extensively with corporate companies in Portugal acting in the capacity of a solicitor where she gained insight on business practices and procedures.

After moving to England, she decided to pursue an MBA while working in sales and marketing for UNICEF, World Vision and later for Santander UK.

She is currently a visiting lecturer at several London universities where she teaches marketing, business strategy and corporate social responsibility and ethics modules. She is also a management consultant and trainer in digital marketing, marketing strategy, and sustainable marketing. She is a published author in reputed academic journals and has her own Blog ‘Confessions of Millennial Manager’.

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    Alexander Alexandrov

    MBCS, MRTS, BA | Assistant Programme Manager - School of Business

Alexander is an experienced lecturer with more than 20 years of lecturing of Business Management and Information Technology modules at several UK universities – undergraduate and graduate level. Quite a few of his former students built successful managerial and academic careers.

He is a Full Member of British Computer Society and Royal Television Society, which reflect his interest in Information Technology as such and digital economy in particular.

Alexander served as a Marketing Manager and IT Manager at a few educational institutions. He participates in developing a VLE for DGHE Study Skills programme and continues doing freelance jobs as a web designer and webmaster.

He helped a number of foreign universities to establish links and start collaborative programmes with UK HE institutions and examining bodies, organised and moderated a few international conferences. For these activities, he received a few educational awards including an Honorary Doctorate from Ukrainian Petro Mohyla National University.

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    Professor Bruce Sheppy

    MBA, MSc, BSc, PGCHE | Lecturer - Schools of Health & Business

Bruce is an experienced senior management professional having served as group Marketing director of a South African hospital group listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and as CEO of a pan African medical insurance and health management group with offices in Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda. After moving to England in 2003, he changed his career to that of an academic, trainer and consultant. In England, he has also served as a director of a NHS Acute Trust, a Community Association and a Mental Health charity in London.

A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Member of the Institute of Directors , he is also a visiting lecturer at a number of London based universities and colleges in the subject areas of strategy, marketing and leadership. He has an extensive publication record in peer reviewed journals, and is on the editorial board of a leading healthcare management journal, and a director of an environmental management institute.

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    Hazel Cutts

    BA (Hons), DipSW, MSc, PGCE, RSW | Lecturer - School of Health and Social Care

Hazel is an experienced Higher Education lecturer having taught on BA Social Work programmes for the past 17 years. She is also an experienced social care practitioner having qualified and worked as a social worker for adults within a north east London Borough for several years prior to her employment as a lecturer. Hazel is also a qualified practice assessor and has been responsible for assessing social work students undertaking their practice placements, and has also been a mentor and assessor to qualified social workers undertaking the post graduate practice assessor course.

Hazel has been a lecturer and module lead on Social Work BA programmes for the past 17 years and has taught a range of subjects such as values and principles, interventions with adults, theories and methods, fitness to practice, lifespan development and supported students with their dissertations.

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    Prosperine Chibule

    BA ED, MA, PGCE, A1 | Lecturer – School of Health and Social Care

Prosperine begun her teaching career in Zambia and taught at secondary and university level.

After moving to England, she pursued an MA in health and social policy while working for Westminster Mind as a befriender and Mencap as a support worker. An MA and social care experience enabled her gain an insight of the health and social care system in the UK.

Prosperine is also a qualified worked based assessor and has been assessing students in different care settings for the past 8 years.

Prosperine’s interests are on contemporary issues in health.

She recently joined DGHE.

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    Patrick Wengler

    MSc, BSc | Assistant Programme Manager - School of Public Services

Patrick Wengler has been in the military for 4 years and has been a Police Officer for 15 years. Patrick received a Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) Technician training from the New-Jersey State Police Hazmat Unit and holds a University Degree in tactics and techniques in case of a CBRN (Chemical Biological residual chemical and nuclear agents) HAZMAT incident as well as a Master of Science in Security Studies. 

At present, Patrick is working on his PhD in Policing & Society, analysing re-emerging crimes with chemical corrosive agents, a new challenge for UK policing.  He is a great addition to our full-time DGHE team for the School of Public Services.

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    Jack Adams

    BSc, MSc | Lecturer - School of Public Services

Since graduating in a BSc (Hons) degree in Criminology and Sociology, Jack Adams has pursued an academic career developing his research interests in Criminal Justice Policy and the idea of implementing a Universal Basic Income as a new form of income distribution. Jack has also completed his MSc in Social Policy and Social Research from UCL which has expanded his understanding of contemporary social problems, the policy making process and research methodologies. Starting as a researcher – looking at cross-European comparisons of being on remand and critical reflections on policy differences – Jack progressed to become an Associate Lecturer at Buckinghamshire New University and is now our newest Public Services Lecturer at DGHE
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    Ruth Brooks

    Programme Leader - School of Art & Design

Ruth Brooks is a highly personable workplace innovator with extensive experience of the creative public sector (including central government experience) and of charity environments. Her talents lie in facilitation, analytical business improvement, strong communication and partnership building.

After having achieved success in helping existing organisations with business improvement as an employee Ruth became a business owner in August 2015, taking over operational control of a private Art school in London. Since taking over she has overseen an increase in both turnover and profit in her first two years at the helm as well as overseeing an enormous increase in high level passes for our qualifications. Ruth is also a programme leader of the School of Art & Design overseen all the art school at DGHE.

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    Adrian Jara

    MA, BA | Academic Skills Leader and Academic Support

Adrian has a BA in English and translation studies from the Catholic University of Santiago and an MA in Applied Linguistics and ELT from Kings College London, and has taught on the BA English and other linguistics based programmes in both South America and the UK.

Adrian’s broader interests are the pedagogical models underlying academic literacy, learning analytics and language teaching methodology. He is also a self-motivated Linux connoisseur with experience in digitisation and automation of data systems and has worked on projects that range from search-engine optimisation for KYC due diligence purposes to Computer Aided Translation (CAT).  At DGHE he is currently involved in projects with a focus on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and blended learning.

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    Professor Agi Oldfield

    MSc, BSc | Lecturer - School of Business

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and an Organisational Psychologist with substantial lecturing experience in Leadership, Organisational Behaviour, Corporate Governance, Human Resource Management, and Risk Management in a number of major UK universities and also delivered Masters level courses internationally. Her academic career has been underpinned by considerable consulting experience with major organisations in the private and public sector within the UK. Her research and consultancy expertise focus predominantly on Human Factors in Risk Management.

As an expert, she has made a major contribution to the production of British Standards Institution (BSi) guidelines on Organisational Risk Management, and was a key author in the report for the Rail Standards and Safety Board (RSSB) on Risk in Management Systems. Agi has held visiting lecturer roles in ESADE in Barcelona and Budapest University. The EU also supporting her to disseminate her Risk Management knowledge to other institutions in the EU. Additionally, she has contributed to EU policy on Risk Management. Agi has held a number of senior positions within the UK Higher Education Institutions, not only in lecturing but also senior management roles.

Agi’s latest publication was in 2016 as co-author of Global Risk Assessment and Strategic Planning: An introduction and facilitator’s guide to GRASP Methodology, published by ICE (Institute of Civil Engineers).

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    Vera Koubkova

    MSc, MBA | Lecturer - School of Business

Vera Koublova is an experienced leader with 15 years of expertise in strategy implementation and change management. Certified in Agile Project Management, Management of Risk, Change Management and PRINCE2 with a proven track record of delivering multi-million pound business process redesign and technology-driven change projects within Financial Services and Higher Education, in the UK, Europe and Russia. Skilled in leading cross-functional virtual as well as co-located teams. She is an enthusiastic lecturer of BSc, MSc and MBA students at a range of business schools in London and a member of the Executive Board of the Czech British Chamber of Commerce in London and a trustee of a children’s charity Kipepeo Foundation.

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    Juan Zuliani

    MBA, BA | Lecturer - School of Business

Juan was born in Medellin, Colombia with Italian ancestry, Juan David's professional and academic careers have developed simultaneously and internationally. His work as Information Systems Co-ordinator for the British and Colombian Chamber of Commerce in London helped strengthen the commercial and cultural bond between Europe and South America by promoting bilateral trade and investment projects. This allowed him to work closely with major multinationals that operate on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as with the high spheres of national governments. More recently, as the Director of Education Programmes for Gold Mercury International, a London-based governance and strategic visioning think tank, Juan David worked alongside the CEO on advisory projects with global brands such as Coca-Cola. He has also co-created and taught executive education programmes within the field of strategy and change management, which have been offered in London to top-level management from leading African corporations.


Throughout his work and involvement with companies and governments, Juan David has also been active in the academic realms by developing and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate managerial courses for an array of colleges, universities and business schools. He has taught students from every continent and his courses have been taught in academic institutions and business schools in North America, Europe and Asia. His research on project quality and risk management has been published on the British Journal of Healthcare Management, a highly ranked peer-reviewed academic journal in the United Kingdom.


Juan David holds an honours BA degree in International Business and a distinction MBA degree, both from the University of Buckingham - UK. He is now exploring PhD prospects within his main research areas, which include sustainability, project management, risk management, smart cities and organisational behaviour.

DG Higher Education Centre – The Management & Administrative Team