“Ex British Army Officer, proven leader under the most demanding conditions, always looking for a challenge.”
Hometown: London, UK
Fun Fact About Yourself: Alongside the Army, I’ve started 3 businesses, 2 of which fell flat on their face!
Undergraduate School and Major: University of Bristol, Chemistry
Most Recent Employer and Job Title: NATO, Programme Manager
Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Leading a Squadron of 100 soldiers through a fundamental change so we could deploy anywhere in NATO within 48 hours as the lead reconnaissance force.
Describe your biggest accomplishment at Warwick so far? Bringing together a very diverse team to achieve outstanding marks in group work assignments.
What quality best describes the MBA classmates you’ve met so far and why? Diverse! They represent (almost) every world view imaginable.
Aside from your classmates, what was the key factor that led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA and why was it so important to you? Attainment of goals. If you believe the surveys, almost all students who take the full-time MBA at WBS achieve what they set out to 3 years after the course. As there are so many possible goals this is a notable achievement and led me to believe that it could be true for me too.
What club or activity are you looking most forward to in business school? It would be case challenges, working with outstanding people to solve real-world problems and having fun on the way.
What led you to pursue an MBA at this point in your career? With leading a fighting Squadron, I had achieved my career goals in the Army and needed to find something new to challenge me. I needed to re-tune my skills and jump into a role, sector or position that would offer me as much satisfaction that I’ve managed to date. An MBA seemed like the most risk-free and certain route to achieving this.
What other MBA programs did you apply to? Oxford Said Business School. I also considered a WBS Executive MBA.
How did you determine your fit at various schools? You can course-select from the main MBA rankings providers, but this only takes you so far. Therefore, I spoke with as many alumni as I could to establish if the MBA was as transformational for them as was claimed.
I tried to find if they had been able to achieve their goals.
I measured ROI in terms of the roles they have achieved post-MBA and the trajectory of their career as I could relate it to what the MBA had given them
Lastly, I tried to gauge how much fun and engagement they’d had.
What was your defining moment and how did it shape who you are?
My defining moment was planning military operations in Afghanistan at the height of the campaign there. I realized we could out-think and, in our case, out-fight, anyone we challenged day-to-day, but that if our actions weren’t aligned to a meaningful purpose, those actions became irrelevant over months and years. As a result, I now try to spend more time judging if I’m doing the right things, rather than obsessing over how well I’m doing those things.
Where do you see yourself in five years? Satisfied with my WBS MBA!
Professionally, it would be directing logistics operations with a world-class team that I’ve built for a company I value. Personally, I want to remain in balance – finding the physical and adventure challenges I will miss from my previous career through a meaningful adventure with meaningful friends. Being a better father and husband than I am today, as I’m physically and mentally there. Having a much more diverse group of friends and colleagues.