MBA Alumni Successes
Anglia Ruskin University graduate David Hyett, who is enjoying a sparkling career in the telecommunications industry, is the recipient of the 2012 Alumni Success in Business Award, sponsored by the Luminus Group.
The 33-year-old, who lives in Chelmsford, graduated from Anglia Ruskin in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Business Administration degree and went on to become Managing Director of the Excalibur Group Ltd, which offers IT and mobile solutions to businesses across the UK, before forming his own company - Foneshop.com
David's first role after leaving Anglia Ruskin was with MBO, a direct marketing agency. After three years of unprecedented success for MBO, David was appointed as Marketing Manager at MR Plastic in 2004, where he increased yearly sales by 25% and started their highly successful mail order website project.
It wasn't long before David's burgeoning reputation attracted the attention of telecommunications company Excalibur Group Ltd, and in 2005 David was installed as their new Marketing Manager. His promotion was swift, joining the board as Marketing Director after just two years at the company and then becoming Managing Director in 2009. In the period that David worked there, Excalibur doubled its turnover and dramatically expanded its product range. Under David's guidance, the company's distribution business also flourished, increasing its turnover by 25%.
David's strong links with Anglia Ruskin were instrumental in securing two Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs), which gave Excalibur the expertise it needed to launch into new markets across Europe. David has been keen to create opportunities for our students and graduates through various business support programmes such as mentoring, internships and Low Carbon KEEP, and also contribute to the future success of Anglia Ruskin's Lord Ashcroft International Business School by offering his expertise as a guest lecturer.
Head of Alumni Relations at Anglia Ruskin
David is an excellent role model for our students and is a worthy winner of the 2012 Alumni Success in Business Award. Constantly pushing himself to succeed within new business environments and challenges, David has a bright future of entrepreneurial success ahead of him.
From his Business Administration degree at Anglia Ruskin, to managing a multi-national company with over £15 million turnover and setting up his own business, David has brought exceptional skills, capabilities and dedication to both his studies and his career.
Wayne White, MBA alumni of the Lord Ashcroft International Business School and foreman in a transport depot, has won and accepted the CMI Greenwood Memorial Prize. CMI's criteria for choosing a winner for this prize were based on the students' behavioural, cultural and academic aptitude to driving forward innovative education as part of driving leadership and management. Debbie Thomas, Director - PML Group, said that the decision to nominate Wayne was based on the reflection of his personal transformation through embracing good management, his success on the MBA programme, and his apparent vision and understanding of strong leadership characteristics necessary within this working environment. Furthermore Debbie said that the fact that Wayne is to present his dissertation on the effects of employing Polish drivers at this year's International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management World Congress in Paris, 8 - 10 July, implies personal presence and style reflective of the high quality of the content of his dissertation and being backed by others.
Tom Bool graduated from the Lord Ashcroft International Business School in 2006 with a BA (Hons) European Business degree and is the Managing Director of Norwich-based Integro Languages. Whilst studying here he discovered a taste for an international lifestyle, and a passion for languages, developing his French to near native fluency whilst spending close to two years in France between university and various work placements and jobs. After qualifying as a language teacher in Spain, he cultivated his interest in languages further still, deciding that he wanted to create his own business, doing it in his own way using his own ideas.
The result was Integro Languages, a translation agency based in Norwich providing translation and interpretation services in discerning niche-markets. Tom works with a wide range of clients in both the public and private sector and having increased his customer base to include international clients, Tom has now launched Integro Languages France, the company's first overseas office, as well as expanding to offer Braille transcription, British sign language and even more language translation options.
His drive to set up a business so soon after graduation, make a success of it and then expand internationally should be an inspiration to us all and the reason why he is a worthy winner of the 2009 Alumni Success in Business Award.
Heather Smeaton-Webb was awarded the Doctorate of Business Administration in June 2008 having studied with Anglia Ruskin University since commencing her first degree with what was then called the Cambridge Regional College in 1988. Her research area was 'Exploring strategic organisational challenges of mergers and acquisitions' and as a result of her doctorate she has been offered funding by EDF to go to Harvard as part of their business development programme. She has used her knowledge from her doctorate to create integrated delivery teams (IDT's) across London, East Anglia and the South for EDF Energy; these are co-operative ventures which are similar to a merger/acquisition and won a national prize for the successful outcome at the CIPS award ceremony. Heather is now the Operations Director for a multi utility joint venture business (MUJV Ltd) funded 50:50 from EDF Energy and Veolia Water UK, delivering gas, water and electricity to army housing across Aldershot and the Salisbury Plain as part of Project Allenby Connaught.
Dr Rob Willis, Director of Research said: "Heather's DBA is an excellent example of practice based research in action. I congratulate Heather for what she has achieved through her dedication."
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