Which part of the course do you enjoy teaching most?
I particularly enjoy teaching strategy as part of the strategic management second year module, Strategic Business Analysis. It’s an exciting, dynamic module that gives me a chance to connect with students and encourage their thoughts and growing perceptions on how strategy in business today can make or break organisations.
Are there any misconceptions about the industry that you’d like to see change?
Business is often thought of as being a little boring with few and far between opportunities for success within it. This viewpoint couldn’t be further from the truth. Today business is prevalent in all aspects of society and the workplace. New business start-ups and entrepreneurships offer tangible opportunities for progression with a view to independence as well as career progression. What could be more exciting than being your own boss!
What did you do before teaching?
I followed a successful career for 18 years in both private and public sector organisations holding down senior management roles in the logistics, retail and home computing sectors.
What are people always surprised to learn about you?
I have a passion for all things VW Camper van and own a 1972 Bay Window Australian Kombi touring caravan. I’ve owned it now for about five years and really enjoy doing it up and going on camping trips to West Wales in it with my family.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Helping students to both successfully complete their course as well as developing their own vital business acumen and far reaching skills. I draw a great sense of satisfaction in being part of this process.
What’s the one piece of advice you would give to your 18 year old self?
I would make a plan for my future and not just work hard to achieve it but work harder still, as well as have fun along the way.
Which business person do you admire?
It’s got to be Sir Richard Branson. He is so creative, sustainable and his business ideas push the Virgin brand beyond the ‘envelope’ making it one of the most recognised in our nation. He is also a great philanthropist.