Nic Beech is Vice-Chancellor at Middlesex University, Trustee of the Academy of Social Sciences and Chair of the British Academy of Management. He was previously Vice Principal, Provost of the University of Dundee; and Dean of Arts and then Vice Principal at the University of St Andrews. His research interests are in the construction of identity, leadership, learning and change, particularly in creative industries and health care. His recent work includes a study of diversity in leadership in the FTSE100. He has held visiting chairs in the UK, the Netherlands and Australia. Nic is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute and, reflecting his interests, is a board member of CMI Race, NHS Tayside, V&A Dundee and Fife Cultural Trust.