Meet our Deans

Dean of Students and Executive Board Member

Dr Melissa Willby

Dr Melissa Willby brings with her 30 years of experience in both the American Study Abroad and UK Higher Education sectors. She is accomplished at developing quality programmes that bring businesses and NGOs into the classroom to enhance learning. Dr Willby was formerly Academic Director of the Mountbatten Program in London, Dean at Hult International Business School, and former Internship Director at Syracuse University’s London campus. In her current capacity as Dean at GBS, Dr Willby is responsible for the School’s academic administration and external relations. She supports and promotes the highest quality educational programmes, research, and public service.


Dean, Leeds Trinity University

Dr Amanda Lee

Amanda is Dean at the Manchester Campus of Global Banking School (GBS). An experienced academic leader, Amanda’s previous roles include Associate Dean International, where she led the first transnational nursing education collaboration for adult nursing degree award in China; Program Lead for Advanced Practice at Curtin University in Western Australia, where she developed Nurse Practitioner status across Australia and as a consultant, set up the first nurse led clinics across Australia. Amanda’s clinical expertise lies in Advanced Neonatal Nursing Practice. She holds an interdisciplinary PHD in Health and Geography, using geospatial and survival data to predict areas of need for healthcare intervention. With 30+ peer reviewed publications and outputs, Amanda is an editor for Nursing Open and is external examiner for advanced practice programs at the University of Sheffield.

Dean, GBS HND Programmes

Professor Ilias Oraifige

Professor Oraifige joined as Dean for the GBS HND Programmes in April 2021. Previously he worked at BCU as Head of Engineering Centre and at the University of Derby where he was the Deputy Head of Department of Engineering. He is qualified chartered engineer and a fellow member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE). His current role involves continuous engagement with industry in many ways including R&D, development of new courses, short courses, consultancy, KTPs, etc. Professor’s Oraifige research work involves knowledge-based engineering, virtual reality, and finite element analysis. His other research work includes process flow and shop floor layout optimisation; production planning and scheduling; production/ manufacturing engineering and new product development.


Dean, University of Suffolk

Professor Jonathan Liu

Jonathan is Dean and Professor at Global Banking School (GBS) and based at the Greenford campus. Jonathan has overall responsibility for several collaborative programmes with British universities at Global Banking School. He is the Chairman of the Board at Ming-Ai. He was Professor of Global Business Management at Regent’s University London, and Assistant Dean for Research, Scholarship and Engagement for the Faculty of Business and Management. He teaches and researches in Entrepreneurship, Venture, Heritage and Performance Management. He started his academic career as a lecturer at Aston University and moved to Middlesex University as a senior lecturer. In 2002 he became Middlesex University’s Professor of Chinese Management and researched performance management and managerial development. He joined Newport University in 2006 and was their Associate Dean for Research and Enterprise as well as Professor of Management.

Dean, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Hesham Al-Sabbahy

Dr Hesham Al-Sabbahy has long experience in leading academic departments and schools of different sizes and ethos to achieve substantial improvement and reach key milestones. He has a track record in leading the delivery of outstanding student experience and accomplishing growth in all areas of activity. His academic leadership career includes leading teams and departments in several UK universities including the University of Surrey, Anglia Ruskin University, and University of Northumbria.

In terms of international standards, Hesham led strong academic teams to meet and exceed major external and global standards, and led University teams to achieve and maintain a range of prestigious academic and professional accreditations.

At the start of his academic career, Hesham gained his PhD from the University of Surrey where he also worked as a lecturer and then programme director. He also holds Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Hesham is a proactive member in a number of academic leadership forums. He completed a range of notable leadership programmes organised by reputable organisations in Higher Education worldwide.


Dean, Learning and Teaching

Dr Frances Deepwell

Dr Frances Deepwell is Dean of Learning and Teaching at GBS and is based at their Birmingham Campus. Her remit is teaching and learning enhancement and academic skills development across all programmes offered by GBS, with a particular responsibility to develop pedagogic research and scholarship.

Frances has a sustained track-record of enhancing the student experience through pedagogic enquiry and innovation in both teaching and assessment, blended learning and curriculum design. Her academic background is in modern languages and higher education, and she has a passion for educational development, evaluation research and institutional change. She has designed, delivered and evaluated many internal and external projects in collaboration with some outstanding colleagues and students.

She joined GBS from the University of Leicester where she was Director of the Leicester Learning Institute and her responsibilities spanned digital education, learning development, curriculum design and HE teacher education.

As an educational developer in the nationally acclaimed Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development (OCSLD) at Oxford Brookes University, she gained her Principal Fellowship of the HEA for her leadership of initial and continuing university teaching programmes aligned to the UK PSF.