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Rayelle Pentland-Smith

Senior Lecturer in Business and Marketing Strategy

My career in marketing and international business has taken me to amazing places and provided challenges and opportunities I barely imagined when I was young. My challenge now is to share that passion for business with those I teach. Chevron icon


When I was 17, I was offered a chance to spend a summer in Guatemala with a charity organization. For a small town girl, it opened my eyes to an amazing world. That led to my business career in international marketing which put me at the centre of businesses operating in America, Asia and Europe. After running my own business for a number of years I now balance my time between my University teaching and consultancy work. I think it helps my teaching to keep a foot in each world.


  • BSc: Business Administration – International Business and Marketing, Mankato State University (now) Minnesota State University Mankato, USA, 1985
  • MBA: Masters in Business Administration, University of Bath, 2000
  • PGCert: Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice, University of Gloucestershire, 2014

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of Higher Education Academy

Teaching & Research


My teaching draws on my 30 years of experience in the business world to create a practical, real-life approach to learning.

External responsibilities

Consultancy in technology based market development

Subject for media interview

International marketing