Retail expert joins University

Posted on 10th February 2014

A leading retail expert will share his expertise with students and academic staff at the University of Chester.

Professor Harris with Phil Smith.
Professor Harris with Phil Smith.
Phil will be a great ambassador for the University and he has been collaborating with the senior team at the University’s Business School on several retail agendas over the last three years.
Phil Harris

Phil Smith, who has enjoyed an extensive career in retail, with over 35 years’ experience of holding key management roles for household name stores such as Asda, B&Q, and Makro, has been given the Honorary Title of Visiting Research Fellow at the University.

Phil’s early retail career was spent in department store and high street retailing. He is an Approved Business Mentor with the National Skills Academy for Retail and is working with high street retailers, such as Lead Retail Mentor, on their ‘Thriving High Street’ campaign in Wales. He advised Chester Cathedral on the redevelopment of its shop and he co-authored a report on the Kingsway Shopping Parade with the University and Cheshire West and Chester Council. He has a good understanding of SME (Small Medium Enterprises) and micro-businesses on the high street and works with independent and national retailers, and consumer facing businesses.

Phil gained an MBA at the Institute for Retail Studies at the University of Stirling and is currently completing his DBA at the University of Chester Business School.

Professor Phil Harris, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Westminster Chair of Marketing and Public Affairs, said: “Phil will be a great ambassador for the University and he has been collaborating with the senior team at the University’s Business School on several retail agendas over the last three years.

“He was a speaker at the University’s Chester Forum in 2012 and 2013 and he regularly lectures on retail and business topics. We are really pleased to welcome him and look forward to working with him in the future.”

Phil Smith said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Phil Harris and his team at the Business School on retail and business and am absolutely delighted to receive this recognition. I’m looking forward to supporting the University in collaborating with retail businesses in my home city of Chester”.