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  • Can We Help You Prepare for the Top Job?

    SMF Patrick Macdonald, Partner, School for CEOs There has never been a greater need to prepare businessmen and women to become CEOs. The biggest recession in 80 years, intense media scrutiny and investor nervousness all combine to make the top job tougher than ever. When I was CEO of John...

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  • NEDs Just Got Interesting?

    Mark Winkle, COO, IDDAS The world of the NED has been moving at a pace, the traditional view of a NED; ex-top executive, one or two board positions after retiring and aged in 'his' 60s, is still with us, but there is a marked trend towards, younger professionals, who are making a deliberate...

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  • Is Manufacturing the linchpin of the British economy?

    Chris Coopey, Partner, Carpenter Box LLP The 3,000 redundancies planned by BAE come as a bitter blow to the firm's employees and to perhaps, the 6,000 subcontractors who supply the firm.  But what does it say about manufacturing in general in the UK?  As someone who trained as an Engineer...

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  • Creating Strategy Middle Up

    SMF Paul Christodolou The age of top-down strategy is long gone. This doesn't fit with the guiding principles of modern, empowered business cultures as it tends to disempower and demotivate the people who are our greatest asset. Strategy is now developed 'middle-up', often involving...

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  • Recruiting Trends in Engineering

    SMF Mike Astell has both engineering and business qualifications, the latter he gained through his MBA study thanks to a hefty bursary from Sainsbury Management Fellows which champions the idea of having engineers in board positions because they bring a multiplicity of skills to these...

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  • Key questions when you’re getting ready for an MBA

    If you're looking to advance to a senior management role either in your current career path or an alternative one, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from an internationally renowned business school is an invaluable qualification to attain. The MBA provides a sound background in key...

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  • Are you Ready for an MBA?

    The MBA qualification is designed to develop strategic thinking and empower you to reach career goals required for a role in senior management. If you are in full time employment, or ready to leave university you may want to consider the opportunities that acquiring an MBA may offer you and...

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  • President’s Letter

    SMF Ernest Poku Each time I look through the profile book it impresses me how unique a group the Fellows are. Although we work in a wide variety of industries and roles, we all share a common perspective and experience. We have also all participated in the vision of Lord Sainsbury. The...

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  • From MBA to DNA

    Chris Martin, Chief Executive of Sciona, a company at the cutting edge of business innovation and the revolution in genetics. SMF Chris Martin is a highly qualified chemical engineer. His MBA demystified the workings of corporate finance and enabled him to pursue his ambitions for...

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