Westminster Business School's 'Social Entrepreneurship' MBA module has helped develop a water purification device called 'LifeStraw' contributing an additional 20,000 litres of clean drinking water to one Ugandan community's supply, with each device offering enough clean water for 7-8 people for approximately 5 years.
Notable alumni: Laura Moreno (Associate Director, NBCUniversal)
Originally from Colombia, Laura came to the UK more than 14 years ago to learn English, before deciding to stay in London for her undergraduate degree in Business Administration; she has gone on to build a hugely successful career in the media industry, and is now Associate Director at NBCUniversal. After obtaining a First Class Honours for her BA, Laura joined the Comcast International Media Group initially as an office manager. She climbed the career ladder very quickly, moving from an operational to a strategic business development role, but it was alwaysat the back of her mind to do an MBA.
In 2010 Comcast supported Laura's decision to take Westminster Business School's Executive MBA; she graduated from the course with distinction in 2012, and described the MBA as "a fantastic experience". "I knew that doing an MBA would give me a different status at work, and professionally it put me on a different level," says Laura. Her areas of expertise range from business operations to budgeting and forecasting, strategy and leadership, change management, and business improvement. "The MBA has given me the professional and educational knowledge to back up business decisions, and reassurance on how business should be conducted," adds Laura.
Howard Collins (CEO, Sydney Trains)
As Chief Operating Officer of London Underground, Howard achieved many men's boyhood dream - to drive a train! After a 35-year career with London Underground, Howard moved to Australia in July last year to take over as Chief Executive Officer of Sydney Trains, a position he feels he would never have attained without his Westminster Business School MBA.
Howard left school at 18 and joined a two-year training programme at London Transport, where he was put through every operational job: "Because I hadn't gone to university I was finding it quite a challenge when going for jobs against graduate trainees," he says. Howard received sponsorship from London Underground to study at Westminster. "I was really keen to do a practical, pragmatic course where I could put my learning into practice straightaway. We were closing the East London line for major refurbishment at the time, and I did my thesis on the impact - a piece of work which directly influenced my day job. Many of my classmates were from different industries, which was conducive to good teamwork, and without any doubt my ability to study and work simultaneously helped me when I became a general manager in 1999 and was responsible for a number of lines."
Charlie Clayton (Programme Director, NBCUniversal)
With a proven ability to lead and manage business, IT and organisational change, Charlie worked as an independent contractor in project management for more than 12 years. International clients have included Lloyds, Shell, GSK, Pearson and Fujitsu.
As Senior Project Analyst he successfully controlled a multi-million, multi-disciplinary programme for the Royal Mail, and worked on the largest British American Tobacco (BAT) project ever (circa £1bn), supporting the contracting and due diligence work streams at a global scale. With a degree in Social Studies, Charlie decided to study Westminster Business School's Executive MBA, graduating in 2011; he described studying while working full-time as "the hardest thing I have ever done", but very rewarding.
After graduating he returned to BAT as PMO Manager, and then went on to support Sharp Electronics as European Transition and PMO Manager on a £30m finance transformation and outsourcing project. "Don't expect the MBA to give you the keys to the executive boardroom or to get into that special 'club'," says Charlie, now Programme Director at NBCUniversal. "It doesn't work that way... but it will earn you respect with your colleagues in the workplace and the ability to talk the same language as other senior executives at a strategic level."
Maria Axente (Consulting Manager, PwC Digital Practice)
As an experienced digital strategy consultant, Maria has a proven track record in creating innovative solutions for businesses in the retail, telecoms and media sectors, helping them to define their digital transformation and strategy. She is passionate about helping start-ups to reach their potential, and is a keen evangelist of digital themes within organisations.
Maria graduated with merit from Westminster Business School's MBA programme in 2012. "The degree was an important step in achieving my dream of joining the consultancy industry," says Maria. "The programme enriched my knowledge of strategy and strategic thinking, and deepened my expertise of the business challenges that organisations face. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of the programme was studying with the most amazing group of people, while enjoying each and every single aspect of it."
Maria is currently a Consulting Manager for PwC Digital Practice, and is responsible for helping clients to define their digital vision, and meet the challenges digital brings around mobile, social media, analytics and the cloud. Her consulting engagements have included leading the innovation and mobile work streams in a digital transformation programme for a leading UK media company and a large retailer, and design enhancement solutions for data intelligence and publishing products.
Westminster Business School will be exhibiting at our Spring Accredited MBA Fair 2015 taking place on 16 April at the Cumberland Hotel, London.
Our Accredited MBA Fairs are a great opportunity to see a selection of prestigious, accredited business schools in one place. They also offer you tasters of what an MBA course involves and advice on the admissions process alongside top level networking drinks.
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