Saïd Business School University of Oxford Park End Street Oxford OX1 1HP
In her role as an Associate Fellow at Saïd Business School, Gay works particularly with international clients and programmes.
Until October 2010 Gay was Dean of Executive Education and CEO of Oxford Saïd Business School Ltd. In this role she was responsible for the development of a growing portfolio of intellectually rigorous, broadening and relevant diploma and open enrolment programmes and for the design and delivery of customised programmes that really make a difference to the performance of client organisations around the world.
Under her leadership, Executive Education at the School more than doubled in revenues and has also obtained a high ranking in the annual Financial Times Survey of Executive Education, placing the School among the world’s leading business schools. As well, one of the customised programmes (for MAN AG in Germany) received the annual award of the European Foundation for Management Development for excellence in custom programmes. Growth was mainly fuelled by internalisation with an increasing number of clients in the Middle East, India, China and South East Asia.
Before this, Gay spent eleven years at London Business School as Director of External Relations (2003 to 2006) and Associate Dean of Executive Education (1995 to 2001). Between 2001 and 2002, she was seconded as Associate Dean to establish Executive Education at the Indian School of Business (ISB), established in partnership with London Business School, Kellogg and Wharton. ISB now runs a highly successful portfolio of programmes and has achieved international standing in a very short space of time. She has also served on London Business School’s Governing Body.
Between October 1990 and December 1994, Gay was Director General of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) in Brussels. EFMD is Europe’s leading network of worldwide organisations from business, business schools and the public sector involved in the continuous enhancement of management development worldwide. EFMD also coordinates a range of projects on behalf of the European Union. A key achievement during her tenure was the establishment of the now highly regarded China-Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in Shanghai. Gay was the first woman to be appointed to this top-level European position. Earlier, Gay was Director of The Economist Newspaper’s Conferences.
Gay has an MBA with distinction from York University, Canada. She has co-authored various papers and reports on management development and corporate social responsibility and is a founding member of the European Women’s Management Development Network. She was awarded the 1995 prize of the Sven Ake Nilsson Memorial Fund in Sweden in recognition of her contribution to management development. She is a member of the Royal Society of Arts. She has also served on the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body at the invitation of the Prime Minister.