Visiting Lecturers

Angela Benson PhD

Angela M Benson, PhD,  is a Principal Lecturer in Tourism at the School of Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Event Management, MSc International Hospitality Management, and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg. In 2010 Angela was made an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia. Prior to her career as an academic, she worked for 13 years in leisure and recreation, managing a range of facilities and events. Angela has published over 20 articles and chapters in the areas of Volunteer Tourism, Volunteering at Mega Events, Best Value, Sustainability and Research Methods.

Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is Assistant Head of School at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Hospitality Management, MSc International Events Maangement and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg. Chris has successfully bid for a number of prestigious grants including Interreg 111a and three Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. Chris's research interests include retail operations, retail marketing, customer service, service quality and knowledge exchange and has presented his work at a number of conferences around the world.

Ioannis Pantelidis PhD

Ioannis Pantelidis, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Events Management at Wittenborg. In 2000 he embarked on an academic career, having previously worked in a number of hospitality businesses from small restaurants to 5 star chain hotels in Greece, Germany and the UK. He prefers research that can see practical applications in industry. His PhD topic focuses on the personality of the hospitality consumer and technology acceptance. He is the co-author of the best selling text, Food and Beverage Management and has published and presented papers in numerous international conferences and established academic journals such as the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly.

Shonali Rodrigues

Shonali Rodrigues is Lecturer in Tourism and Social Anthropology at the University of Brighton and Guest Lecturer on MSc International Events Management at Wittenborg University. Shonali Rodrigues has over twenty years’ experience in the management and coordination of national and international large-scale events.

Peter Odgers, M.Phil

Peter Odgers, M.Phil, has written three books in the areas of hospitality operations and management one of which has been adopted as a standard text by the HCIMA and other UK academic bodies. His Master of Philosophy in International Hospitality Management was awarded by the University of Buckingham in 1996. Peter Odgers has a broad experience of the hospitality industry. At the University of Brighton he is senior lecturer in hospitality management and a guest Lecturer on the MSc and BA degree programmes offered jointly with the University of Brighton at Wittenborg.

Adam Jones

Adam Jones is a Senior Lecturer of Business Strategy and Marketing within the School of Service Management at the University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Events Management, MSc International Hospitality Management, and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg. Adam has a wealth of knowledge of the travel and tourism industry gained from working both in destinations and at a senior strategic level in a FTSE 250 company. He started his career in the travel industry working as a tour guide rising to the position as Head of Marketing.

Jo-Anne Lester PhD

Jo-Anne Lester, PhD, is a Principal Lecturer at the School of Sport & Service Management, University of Brighton and a Guest Lecturer on MSc International Event Management, MSc International Hospitality Management, and MSc International Tourism Management at Wittenborg. Prior to entering education, she gained considerable operational experience in tour operating and on cruise ships.

Ben Prins

Ben Prins has years of experience in middle and higher management in various branches in the Netherlands and abroad. His network covers industries such as manufacturing, packaging, food, metal, automotive, hospitality, event, tourism, robotics, and many more. Creation of business opportunities by working with branch organisations/platforms is one of his main business development specialisations.  

Udo Merkel PhD

Udo Merkel, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management. He holds various degrees from British and German universities in the Social Sciences and Sport Sciences. Over the last twenty years, he has worked at a number of universities in mainland Europe, Latin America and South-East Asia.

Alexander Bauer PhD

Alexander Bauer, PhD, has many years of working experience in international sales and marketing and combines this practical experience with an academic background (PhD in International Business Management). In 2014 he decided to become a lecturer and brought his international Sales & Marketing and Management experience into the Wittenborg classroom. Besides being a lecturer Dr. Bauer is also involved in the Wittenborg Research Centre.

Joost Vos, PhD

Joost Vos, PhD (1960) studied Pharmacy at the University of Utrecht. Het worked for ten years at Schwabe Group in the functions of quality and production manager at the plants in Philadelphia (USA) and Alkmaar (Nl). As of 1999 he works as a Managing Consultant at TNO Management Consultants. In his job he combines strategic advice, research and education. In 1984 Joost Vos worked as a chemistry teacher. As of 2001 Joost is a guest Lecturer at various Universities and Universities of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. At Wittenborg Joost Vos is a Senior Lecturer as of 2013.

Jayne Luscombe, MA

Jayne Luscombe, MA,  holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Sussex and an MA in International Event Management from the University of Brighton. She has worked at a blue-chip financial services institution - Pricewaterhouse Coopers specialising in organising regular corporate events and international recruitment events for them. She joined University of Brighton in 2006.

Brian Holdstock PhD

Brian Holdstock, PhD, areas of expertise are in operational management based on 20 years employment as managing director of a medium sized subcontractor in the engineering sector. The company was a specialist supplier of surface treatments, principally electroplating and anodising....

Conor Sheehan PhD

Conor Sheehan PhD, following his graduation from Trinity College in Dublin, moved to London where he pursued his initial career in 'rooms division management' at Claridge's Hotel and subsequently two other luxury west-end outlets. Later, he made the move into hospitality education at Westminster College where he taught human resource management and applied hospitality business subjects before assuming the role of Head of Higher Education.

Michael Williams PhD

Michael Williams PhD, joined the School of Sport and Service Management in March 2008 as a member of the events management team. Michael studied event management at Leeds Beckett University and worked in the arts and cultural events sector for over 10 years. He completed his PhD in music events as contemporary spectacle at the University of Brighton in June 2017.

He teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in event management at the University’s Eastbourne campus and at Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences, one of the School’s partner institutions.

Steven Goss-Turner PhD

Steven Goss-Turner, PhD, Following a career within the HRM departments of a then major international hotel company, Steven joined the University of Brighton. He has a PhD (Brighton), MSc in Human Resource Development (Portsmouth) and a BA in Hotel and Catering Management (Strathclyde). He is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development. He is widely published and is currently reviewing the text “Human Resource management in the Hospitality Industry” for the publication of its 10th edition in 2019. He is Honorary Research Fellow, University of Brighton and is still engaged in the supervision of PhD candidates and writing joint articles with his recent PhD graduates.

Angela Maguire MA

Angela Maguire, MA graduated from the Open University in Business, Innovation & Creativity. She is a highly experienced director and senior lecturer in business and service sector management, with a background in the hospitality, retail, and tourism industry. She has experience in assessing and developing skills, executive-level exposure to liaising and networking on national and regional agendas with a wide variety of stakeholders, including government projects. Dynamic, highly motivated, focused on project management delivery, she is also experienced in providing advice and support for work-based higher education.

Stefanie Hoogland

As an organisation and management consultant, Stefanie advises companies on how to improve their business operations and organisation culture so that they can be more successful with minimal effort and resources. Her tasks are: consulting, training and coaching managers and business owners in the field of business operations, leadership and culture.