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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 rooms 125/226. SYNOPSIS OF EACH DAY: May 15 17:00-19:00


Professor Dennis Tourish and Allan Scott

Welcome and Introduction

May 16-17 09:00 -17:30


Phil Burge / Yvonne Turner

Business Simulation Game

May 18 09:00-17:30

125 / 224

LeadCentric and Allan Scott

Leadership Skills

May 19 09:00-17:00


Professor Dennis Tourish

Leadership, Communication and Change

May 20 09:30-17:30

226 119 117-8

Dr Simon Kelly Brian Cox Peter Cockhead Johan Nell

Leadership Insights


May 21 09:30 -17:00

226 119 117-8

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew Dr Peter Strachan Murray Prentice

Leadership Insights

May 22 09:30 -17:00


Professor Owen Hargie

Leadership and Communication

Photo: Leadership Event 2008: MBA students get put through their paces on day one.

May 23-24 09:00-17:30


Phil Burge / Yvonne Turner

Business Simulation Game

LEADERSHIP EVENT 2009 15, 18-22 May 2008

18 May LEADERSHIP SKILLS DEVELOPMENT LEADCENTRIC, 9:00-17:30, Rooms 125 & 226 09:00 ARRIVE BACK ATRIUM outside room 125

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch in the Faculty of Health and Social Care building canteen.

09:15 Welcome and Briefing - Matthew Anderson and Allan Scott

14:00 – 16:45 Complete command tasks

09:20 Qualities of a Leader - Matthew Anderson

16:45 Groups Competition

09:30 Inspirational Leadership Talk by military cross winner D.Rigg

17:15 Final Brief – Matthew Anderson and Dennis Tourish

10:00 – 13:00 Command Tasks

17:30 Finish

There are 8 leg command tasks and 2 leadership activities to be undertaken. Group Leaders: M. Anderson, LeadCentric A. Scott, Aberdeen Business School P. Burge, Aberdeen Business School D. Gray, Aberdeen Business School D. Rigg MC, Former Command Officer A. Summers, SAS Sergeant Major R. Leach, Ex-Olympic Athlete R. Stark, LeadCentric

Participants should bring warm outdoor clothing and appropriate footwear. It may rain.



9:30 – 10:30 Room 226

‘Leadership in Bus and Rail’, 10:30 – 13:00, Room 226

Dr Simon Kelly is a lecturer in the department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University.

Brian Cox retired from Stagecoach in 2002 after 34 years in the transport industry. He thinks he may be unique in his time in having worked in both buses and trains in both the public and private sectors, as well as with two local authorities [Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire]. His experience has made him fully committed to the need for working in partnership, although he has always been a strong supporter of deregulation.

His research interests include leadership development in the UK public sector, management education, and the application of ethnomethodology in organisational research.

Brian started his career with British Rail in 1968 as a graduate trainee, and was mainly involved in planning developments in the South East. He moved to Bedfordshire on local government reorganisation in 1974 and then to Cambridgeshire, in transport policy and co-ordination roles. In 1979 he moved to Scotland to join the Scottish Transport Group, where he took on a variety of tasks before moving to Stagecoach in 1987. His first role in Stagecoach was as Managing Director of Hampshire Bus, before becoming MD of Stagecoach South as Stagecoach expanded their southern operations. He was also heavily involved in post-deregulation start-up operations in Glasgow and Perth. He joined the Main Board in 1992 and later worked in South America before heading Stagecoach’s rail franchise work. He was Chairman and Managing Director of South West Trains from 1996 to 1998 and afterwards Executive Director (UK Bus) until his retirement. Since his retirement in July 2002, Brian has been a Non-Executive Director with Lothian Buses plc; he held a similar role with Southern Vectis plc until 2005 and joined the Boards of The TAS Partnership Ltd and tie Ltd (Transport Initiatives Edinburgh: the company responsible for promoting Edinburgh’s tram scheme) in 2006. He has undertaken consultancy work for the Commission for Integrated Transport, Transport for London, Translink Belfast and the Confederation for Passenger Transport. He was awarded the 2002 Wedlake Saint Award for Services to the Bus Industry.


JOHAN NELL, Global Upstream Lead, Accenture

‘Transport Challenges’, 14:15-17:15, Room 117-8

‘Leadership and Accenture’, 14:15-17:15, Room 119

A town and transport planner Peter worked as a Director in local government for 20 years.

Johan is a senior executive within the global resources team of Accenture, leading its upstream energy practise. He has worked in the resources environment for the past 20 years engaged in both operational and consulting roles, delivering business improvement projects for clients in the chemicals and petroleum, utilities, mining and heavy engineering industries.

Initially trained as an economist and town planner he holds degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, London School of Economics and University of Edinburgh. Most of his experience has been in the public sector, although he has also worked in consultancy and held academic posts at several universities. After moving to Scotland in the early 1970s he joined Grampian Regional Council in 1975 and held a series of senior posts latterly Regional Planning Manager from 1989 to 1995. At local government reorganisation in 1995 he was appointed Director of Planning and Strategic Development at Aberdeen City Council. Because of its importance to the area and the controversy surrounding it Peter took a personal leadership role in transport and was instrumental in developing a new transport strategy carrying wide community support. He also instigated the establishment of Nestrans as a voluntary partnership between the public and private sectors to oversee and drive the implementation of the transport strategy. He was appointed Director of Nestrans in 2002 and through his leadership helped secure funding for major projects including the Western Peripheral Route, passenger and freight rail enhancements and bus improvements. In 2006 Nestrans became one of Scotland’s 7 new statutory regional transport partnerships. In 2007 he received the Scottish Transport Award for his Outstanding Contribution to Local Transport in Scotland. Following his recent retirement from Nestrans he has maintained an involvement in transport through university teaching and consultancy. Returning to his roots he has also been advising the government and local councils in Zambia. His recreational activities include travelling long distances, wearing walking boots in the hills and in swimming trunks in water. In 2007 he emulated Lord Byron in swimming across the Hellespont from Europe to Asia.

He gained his experience with clients in the US, Middle East, Europe, Australia and Africa which includes Rio Tinto, Western Mining, Shell, BP, BG Group, Chevron and KPC. He specialises in the transformation of upstream energy operations and operations support, providing insights into operating efficiency, capital portfolio management, asset integrity and information integration and management requirements. In his current role Johan is challenged with the task of directing Accenture’s global industry expertise to the specific challenges of upstream energy companies, in the context of economic, geographical, company intent, and asset lifecycle dimensions. Previously Johan held positions with IBM UK, PWC Consulting UK and Eskom in South Africa. He holds a Master Degree from University of Pretoria and a Bachelors Degree in Electronic Engineering.



‘Leadership Challenges in Ofcom’, 9:30-12:30, Room 226

‘Leadership in Haulage’, 14:00-17:00, Room 119

Robert Thelen-Bartholomew is a director at Ofcom based in central London and is responsible for field engineering across the UK. Working in the civil service Robert has held several posts around central government in the enforcement arena. Always leading major change programs; he has lead Ofcom field engineering through a substantial modernisation. His teams will be responsible for delivering radio spectrum management for the London Olympics in 2012. Robert is an MBA Alumni of Aberdeen Business School and is married, living near London.

Murray is Managing Director of Joclan Limited, a company specialising in corporate turnaround situations. Murray sold his previous business in April 2008. This was JBT, which is a company that is the market leader in highland and island distribution. In his 9 years controlling JBT, the revenues grew from £4m to £14m. Depots were established in Shetland, Orkney, Aberdeen, Inverness and Glasgow. Murray previously worked for TDG plc and is a qualified chartered accountant.

DR PETER STRACHAN ‘Strategic Leadership in Projects’, 14:00-17:00, Room 226 Dr Peter Strachan is a Reader in Management and has worked at the University for sixteen years. He has a strong interest in leadership and strategic management, particularly in the public sector. For more than a decade Dr Strachan has been delivering his own module on leadership to Master of Public Administration (MPA) and MSc Project Management students. He has also delivered corporate training and consultancy services to a range of business and governmental organizations.

21 May (Evening) COLIN McKERRACHER CBE QPM LLB Colin McKerracher was appointed Chief Constable of Grampian Police on 12 April 2004. He was raised in Glasgow and served as a Police Cadet before joining The City of Glasgow Police on 20 May 1974. Throughout his career in Strathclyde Police, Mr McKerracher performed many roles in both operational and support positions, including a wide variety of general policing duties. He became Divisional Commander and also worked in a number of departments, including the Force Research and Development and Force Personnel Departments, before becoming Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Management Services, Community Safety and subsequently the Operational Portfolio. On 6 September 2001, he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable. During his career he studied for three years at Strathclyde University and in 1987 he graduated LLB. Since joining Grampian Police, Mr McKerracher has been instrumental in achieving a more community based policing approach across the Force, under the banner 'Total Community'. He believes primarily in developing an integrated organisational and planning structure capable of supporting community based policing to achieve real outcomes that meet community needs. Core to this, he has challenged historical practice, has focussed minds on the empowerment and development of staff and he has reintroduced the Police Cadet Scheme to Grampian Police, having identified the benefits to both the Force and youth in the local community.

He has overall responsibility for the policing of offshore installations, Royal residences on Deeside, as well as Aberdeen International Airport. He is a member of many local and national committees including those across the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland Business Areas, which incorporates a responsibility for Counter Terrorism in the United Kingdom. In June 2005, Mr McKerracher received recognition for his Police Service to date, when he was awarded the Queen's Police Medal and in May 2006 he was admitted as Burgess of Guild as a mark of gratitude for his faithful service to the Burgh of Aberdeen. On 1 March 2007, Mr McKerracher was appointed to the Scottish Police Services Authority (SPSA) Board for a period of 3 years and has an obligation to oversee the governance of the newly formed SPSA which encompasses the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA), the Scottish Police College (SPC), the Scottish Forensic Service (SFF) and the SPSA Information Services. On 1 July 2007, he became ACPOS President with commensurate national responsibilities and a desire to develop the strategic vision of the Scottish Police Service. Mr McKerracher continued in this role until 31 March 2009. In January 2009 Mr McKerracher was awarded the CBE for services to the Police.

22 May PROFESSOR OWEN HARGIE ‘Leadership and Communication’, 9:30-17:00, Room 226 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.

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