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Jonas Ridderstrale joins Ashridge Business School

Dr Jonas Ridderstrale is joining Ashridge Business School as a Visiting Professor.

Dr Ridderstrale is also a director of Ashridge's affiliate in Sweden, the Stockholm Center for Management Development (SMD). Previously, Dr Ridderstrale was a professor at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Leadership at the Stockholm School of Economics.

He has published a number of books and articles on organisational models and leadership styles. His books include the recently published Karaoke Capitalism and previously, Funky Business: Talent makes capital dance. Both books were co-authored with colleague Kjell Nordstrom.

Kai Peters, CEO of Ashridge Business School said: "Jonas always has uncompromising, imaginative and refreshing perspectives on business life and it will be fantastic working with him. He fits perfectly into the Ashridge philosophy of always looking at new and innovative ways of helping our clients overcome ever more complex challenges."

Mitchell on board as new GoSkills director

GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council for passenger transport, has appointed Nick Mitchell, the HR Director of the Go-Ahead Rail Group, to its Board of Directors.

Mitchell, who has previously worked with British Rail, InterCity and Virgin Trains, said: "I see my appointment to the GoSkills Board as an exciting opportunity to make a positive contribution to the skills agenda in the passenger transport sector.

"Learning and development was something which tended to get left behind during the privatisation of the railway industry and it has taken some time for it to catch up. GoSkills can be a really positive force in developing a workforce development agenda for the future and I look forward to playing my part."

Peter Huntington, GoSkills' Chief Executive, added: "We welcome Nick's appointment to the Board of GoSkills. His strong background in the rail industry will give us fresh insight into the skills and training requirements of the industry, and how these can best be addressed.

"Nick's close involvement with employees as part of his previous work in industrial and employee relations, personnel, and training and development, offers a good opportunity to utilise his significant industry experience."

Council for Administration appoints new chair

Trevor Hodson has been appointed the new chair of the Council for Administration (CfA).

The CfA promotes vocational education in business and administration; designing standards, endorsing qualifications, designing apprenticeship frameworks, developing skills and conducting research and consultancy.

Welcoming the appointment, Jenny Hewell, chief executive of the CfA said: "The CfA is delighted to be working with Trevor as its new chair. Trevor has made a solid contribution to the charity. His vision for the future supports the strategic development of Business & Administration skills at work and in all education and training sectors."

Hodson has long been associated with the CfA board, originally joining as a director in 1999. He said: "Administration is a fundamental work skill. It is essential that its value and contribution to the world of work, is recognised. Without administration, very little would be achieved in business. I look forward to continuing the successful momentum that has been achieved at the CfA over the last few years and to making us an even stronger and effective voice within the Business & Administration sector."

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