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Sustainability Expert Appointed LUMS’ Pentland Centre Director

The Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business of Lancaster University Management School (LUMS), a GBSN member school, is set to welcome a new Director in the upcoming year.

Jan Bebbington, a Professor of Accounting and Sustainable Development, joins the Pentland Centre from the University of Birmingham. She was Head of the School of Management at the University of St Andrews for several years prior, and has spent her academic career focusing on how organizations (through accounting and reporting activities) can contribute to sustainable development trajectories.

LUMS Dean, Professor Angus Laing, said: “I am delighted to announce that Jan will be taking on the role of Pentland Centre Director when she joins us in February 2021.

“Professor Bebbington has dedicated her academic life to the sustainability agenda. As well as bringing a wealth of experience, first class research and industry and government connections to Pentland, she brings true passion and commitment to her field.

“It is fantastic that the Rubin Foundation Charitable Trust has committed a further £625,000 funding to the Pentland Centre for the next five years which is testament to the crucial role that the Centre plays in leveraging the very best academic thinking to bring about long-lasting corporate change. Jan has been instrumental in shaping Government policy and agendas to date, and I look forward to supporting her in the new role.”

Professor Bebbington said: “The opportunity to join colleagues in LUMS, to work with colleagues across Lancaster University and to work alongside the Rubin Foundation Charitable Trust is an academic dream come true. It is an honor to build upon the outstanding work of the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business has already undertaken and to continue that work into the future.”

The Pentland Centre published its biennial report, covering the years 2018-2020, last week. Interim Director Professor Jeffrey Unerman compiled the report to reflect the work of the Centre towards the end of its first five-year funding term. You can read the report here.