Lancaster University teams up with Pentland Group to launch a research unit: the Pentland Centre is dedicated to solving sustainability challenges faced by businesses. It will bring together the best minds in science and business to find more sustainable ways of working that can be applied and scaled by business.

Professor Gail Whiteman will be leading the Pentland Centre as the Rubin Chair for Sustainability in Business.  Before joining the Centre, he spent more than a decade at the Rotterdam School of Management and had a distinguished career in the private sector - originally working in advertising and marketing - and academia.

Professor Whiteman has also spent time living with the Cree – indigenous Canadians – as part of her PhD at Canada’s Queens School of Business. She will continue ongoing work studying Arctic sea-ice change, bringing a team of researchers with her.

Corporate sustainability is a relatively new discipline, requiring people with new skills and expertise. The Pentland Centre is providing the next generation of talent the chance to gain experience and apply their knowledge in a commercial environment.

Pentland’s portfolio includes owned brands such as, Speedo, Canterbury, Berghaus, Mitre, Boxfresh and Ellesse.  It is also the global licensee for Lacoste Chaussures and Ted Baker footwear and Kickers in the UK. Additonal, the Group owns a majority stake in retail group JD Sports Fashion plc, which operates over 800 stores in sportswear, outdoor and fashion.