The late Derek Channon was a non-executive director of a number of a number of companies, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, and he was a consultant to many multinational companies as well as the British government. In 1992 he became Professor of Strategic Management at Imperial College, London. Derek Channon was the recipient of the Richard D. Irwin prize from Harvard Business School in 1971 for the best doctoral dissertation titled The Strategy and Structure of British Enterprise, which was published by Macmillan. After graduating from University College London, he joined the Royal Dutch Shell Group and gained experience in several fields before obtaining a Ford Foundation doctoral fellowship to Harvard Business School. He was a founder and director of the International Financial Services Centre and also held the position of deputy director of Manchester Business School. He was also a former President of the Strategic Management Society.