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Welcome to the executive leadership event at Aberdeen Business School. This event brings together a number of speakers from academia and industry. During the event there will be a mix of academic and practical workshops. Each session will explore a different aspect of leadership. The event will be hosted in the modern facilities at Aberdeen Business School, Garthdee in MBA room 125/226 and The Faculty of Health and Social Care Building in the Conference Suite H230. The evening meal on May 22 will be held at the Carmolite Hotel.

SYNOPSIS OF EACH DAY: May 16 17:00-19:00 May 17-18 08:45-17.30




May 19 09:00-17:00


May 20 09:00-17:00


May 21 09:30-17:00


May 22 09:30 -17:00

Professor Dennis Tourish and Allan Scott

Welcome and Introduction

Tom Mason

Business Simulation Game

Allan Scott and Professor Dennis Tourish

Leadership Skills

Professor Dennis Tourish

Leadership, Communication and Change

Colin Menzies and John Duncan

Police and Leadership sponsored by the Scottish Police College

Dr Alan Moult

Leadership and Innovation

Mike Salter

Leadership During Acquisitions and Disposals

Professor Owen Hargie

Leadership and Communication

Tom Mason

Business Simulation Game



May 23 May 24-25 08:45-17.30

Photo: Leadership and Creativity 2007: eMBA students get put through their paces on the high ropes day.



20 May COLIN MENZIES, Assistant Chief Constable

JOHN DUNCAN, Superintendent

‘Transformational Leadership’

‘Emotional Intelligence’

Born and raised in Dundee before moving to Montrose and educated at Montrose Academy, Colin joined Grampian Police in 1982 serving as a Community Officer in Aberdeen before transferring to the Traffic Department in 1987 where he served for 8 years as a patrol officer, firearms officer and driving instructor. On promotion to Inspector, Colin returned to response policing in Aberdeen before serving as Staff Officer to Chief Constable Andrew Brown.

Joined Grampian Police in November 1981 and was stationed in Aberdeen where he served on the Beat, in the Traffic Department and Stolen Vehicle Squad before being promoted to Sergeant in 1992. During this time he was an Authorised Firearms Officers and was regularly involved in Royalty Protection Duties as well as operational call outs.

In 2000 he was appointed Deputy Divisional Commander in North Aberdeenshire and promoted to Superintendent in this area the following year. Since 2002 Colin has served as a Chief Superintendent with responsibility for the Development & Governance and Operational Planning & Support Business Areas . In 2007, Colin successfully completed the UK Senior Strategic Command Course and was appointed to his current role as Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for territorial policing in March 2008. Colin is married to Donna, an Accountant, and remains competitive in a number of sports including basketball & tennis and less competitive in others including golf, cycling & hill walking. He also enjoys reading, travelling and lecturing on Leadership & Policing. Colin is a graduate of Leicester University and Lancaster Business School.

In 1998 he was promoted to Inspector responsible for Force Communications with a £1 million budget. He served there for 2 ½ years when he was then seconded to serve at the Lockerbie Trial in Holland. On returning to force some 3 months later he was posted as area Inspector for Fraserburgh with responsibility for the delivery of policing within the town. In January 2003 he was transferred to the Professional Standards and Conduct Department with responsibility for investigating criminal complaints and serious misconduct issues within the force. In January 2004 he was promoted Chief Inspector with responsibility for Community Policing within Aberdeen. The following year he was given responsibility for Performance, Standards, Quality of Service and all staffing issues for Aberdeen Division which has in excess of 500 members of staff. In October 2006 he was transferred to the Development and Governance Department with responsibility for staffing, force business planning, delivering on 3 force conferences a year and HMIC Liaison Officer. In April 2007 he was promoted to Superintendent and appointed Head of Leadership and Management Division at the Scottish Police College. He is also a Licensed Police Negotiator and a Post Incident Manager. In 2002 he graduated from Robert Gordon University with a Masters Degree in Management. He also holds a Higher National Certificate in Police Studies and both Elementary and Advance Police Exams. In June 2004 he was awarded the MBE in the Queens Birthday Honours list for his services to charity.



‘Leadership and Innovation’

‘Leadership: Acquisitions and Disposals’

Alan Moult is Managing Director of XPD8 Solutions, a specialist Maintenance Management company providing consultancy advice to the Oil and Gas Industry. XPD8 was set up 5 years ago, employs 40 people in Aberdeen and London, and has a range of blue chip clients including BP, BG, ConocoPhillips, Apache, PetroCanada, Dragon LNG and CNR. He is also a director of Aberdeen Analytics Ltd, a newly formed consultancy specialising in business planning, profit improvement and continuity management.

Originally from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, following a student apprenticeship with the CEGB, Mr Salter moved to Glasgow University graduating in 1974 with B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering. Returning to the North East of England he worked for four years in the Petrochemicals Industry before moving to Aberdeen in 1978 where in 1980 he joined Bawden Drilling (UK) Ltd being promoted to the Vice President / General Manager in 1987. He moved to Smedvig Limited as Chief Executive in 1990 where for five years he managed a series of intensive change processes as the business grew and adapted to the market.

Prior to joining XPD8, Alan spent 24 years at BP in a range of senior commercial and technical management roles in BP’s Exploration & Production Business, in BP Finance and in BP Engineering. His last role for BP was Director of Business Continuity Planning for the BP Group. In this role he led a team, located in the UK and the US, which was accountable for supporting BP Businesses and Functions worldwide and encouraging them to develop Business Continuity Plans that ensured BP could continue to transact during emergency situations. Alan has also held the post of Director of Business Innovation for BP, where he was responsible for identifying new technologies that could have a significant impact on BP’s business and for encouraging their adoption across the Group. He has managed BP’s external e-investment portfolio where he set up and managed a range of external e-investment start-up companies that sought to encourage partners and the broader industry to exploit digital technologies. Alan has also worked as an engineering consultant in the construction and mining industries. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a Masters degree in Finance and a PhD in Fluid Mechanics. Alan has been a key note speaker at Harvard University, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and the University of Edinburgh.

In 1995 he joined Abbot Group plc just as it was undergoing a reverse takeover of a publicly quoted cash shell, being appointed Chief Operating Officer in 1997. Since that time he has been involved in a significant level of corporate activity and the follow on processes which have involved the amalgamation of companies and the development of management teams. He is a past chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors North Sea Chapter, and of the British Rig Owners Association. He was involved with CRINE, an industry initiative to improve efficiency in the Upstream Oil and Gas industry and currently sits on PILOT, the joint Government/Industry Liaison group and the underpinning Industry Leadership Team. Retired 31 July 2007, retaining the Chairmanship of Bentec Drilling and Oilfield Services GMBH. July 2007 appointed President of Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.

21 May (Evening) BOB KEILLER After graduating in 1986, Bob Keiller worked as an engineer for BP, becoming a chartered engineer in 1990. He was then head-hunted by a technical consulting company where he worked for two years. He was head-hunted again by oil producer Amerada Hess in 1992, where he held a variety of management roles across the group. Further career progression at Amerada Hess would have disrupted his children’s education with overseas postings, so an offer to join Halliburton in January 2002 was irresistible. In May 2002 Bob became head of UK operations for the Production Services division within Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). Bob refocussed the business, assessing key strengths, divesting non-core assets and improving tender success from one in ten, to nine in ten. Following this success, Bob was made Global MD of the Production Services division in 2004. Recognising that business model for Production Services differed from the rest of KBR, (it was less capital-intensive and had a lower risk profile), Bob saw the opportunity to spin out the division. Bob secured over $400m (US) of funding from the Bank of Scotland Integrated Finance and on 1st May 2006 created PSN through an award-winning $280million (US) management-buy-out. Since the origination of the deal, Bob has overseen a 20% growth in the business with EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) several million dollars ahead of plan. PSN has also created over 2500 new jobs globally and now employs a network of over 8,500 people, working in 20 countries, across five continents. Bob’s charismatic leadership style, technical operational experience and outstanding commercial acumen has lead the creation of a company with turnover over $1.2 billion, an order book worth more than $2 billion and work secured to 2013.

Under Bob’s leadership, PSN won the ‘Management-Buy-Out’ of the year at the 2006 Scottish Business Insider Deals and Dealmakers awards ceremony, the National Business Awards for Scotland 2007 award for corporate social responsibility and the Scottish Offshore Achievement Award 2007 for ‘succeeding through people’ for creating a corporate culture that inspires the business leaders and technical champions of the future. Bob was declared Entrepreneur of the year at the Entrepreneurial Exchange awards ceremony 2006 and was Insider Elite KPMG Businessman of the Year 2007. Bob is also currently Chairman of the Offshore Contractors Association whose members employ 2/3 of people in the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

22 May PROFESSOR OWEN HARGIE ‘Leadership and Communication’ Owen Hargie is Professor of Communication at the University of Ulster. He is also Associate Professor at the University of Chester and Adjunct Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society, a founding Executive Council Member of the European Communication Association, and an Elected Member of the exclusive Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. He has published 20 books, 50 book chapters and well over 100 major papers on communication and has presented at numerous international conferences. Owen is widely regarded as one of the foremost authorities on communication in Europe. He has worked with many companies on communication and leadership issues during his career.

PROFESSOR DENNIS TOURISH ‘Leadership, Communication and Change’ Dennis Tourish is a Professor of Leadership and Management at Aberdeen Business School. He has published over 60 papers and book chapters, and coauthored or co-edited six books, in this area. He has worked at several Universities in his career, and has regularly consulted with senior management teams on leadership, strategy and communication issues.

MBA Leadership Week 2008  

MBA Leadership Week 2008 programme