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…. making the highest quality management learning and education available to everyone and every organization in the world, wherever and whenever they wish to study and at an affordable cost

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Marshall Gurney Institute is an innovative, challenging and exciting initiative in the field of management and staff development. Marshall Gurney Institute is different by design – this difference rooted in its belief that development of professionalism, performance and potential should be accessible to all. Marshall Gurney Institute challenges the status quo by doing just that.

The team behind the Institute, all successful business and organizational development professionals and academics in their own rights, recognized that for many organizations and individuals good quality learning and development was becoming too expensive, not always available where and when it was needed, too generic and not addressing individual needs.  It was also becoming too difficult to integrate with work demands and work/life balance.

The idea of Marshall Gurney Institute was born.

Today, we are building Marshall Gurney Institute to be a vibrant, high quality learning institution providing individuals and organizations with the diversity in learning which we believe to be so fundamental, and critical to success and effectiveness.

Marshall Gurney Institute has at its heart a group of Schools each focused on its own specialist area but working closely in a collective, collegiate eco-system, which delivers the flexible, adaptable, quality learning we believe everyone wants and should have.

Board Of Directors

  • Dr Clare Morgan – Non-Executive Chair & Co-Founder

    Clare Morgan is an author, academic and literary critic with wide experience of working at executive level in business.  She worked for nine years with the Strategy Institute of The Boston Consulting Group researching the relationship between poetry and strategic thinking.  Her book, What Poetry Brings to Business, is published by University of Michigan Press (2010).  She has also served as a member of the Academic Advisory Board at Henley Management College.  Clare gained her M.Phil and D.Phil from Oxford University where she is a member of the English Faculty and director and founder of the university’s graduate creative writing programme.

  • Frank Hennekens – Non-Executive Director

    Frank Hennekens has over 20 years of international technology industry experience. He has held senior management roles in sales management, product and portfolio management, R&D and project management. In these roles, he has brought a range of new technologies, innovative products and business models to market. Throughout his career he has always felt that the most important asset to any company or institute is its people and early on recognized the importance of personnel development. Frank has formerly worked as adjunct faculty member at Ellis University, liaised to New York Institute of Technology for their MBA programs and now owns and runs an interim/change/project management consulting firm.

  • Wilf Marshall – Co-Founder & Institute Director

    Wilf Marshall is an experienced strategy, management and organizational development consultant and has worked extensively throughout the world with a wide range of industries and different size organizations.  In all his work, he has emphasized the importance of individuals and organizations taking responsibility for their own current and future development. The founding of  Marshall Gurney Institute is an extension of this principle through providing the means for many more individuals and smaller organizations to have low-cost access to high quality learning resources.

  • Richard Riley – Non-Executive Director

    Richard has over 25 years experience of leadership and management gained in UK Universities across a variety of roles. Currently the University Secretary at UCB, Richard leads on Governance, Legal and External Funding aspects of the University’s activity.

    Previously a Mathematics and Computer Science academic, Richard has moved between lead Academic roles as Business School Dean and Head of Computer Science and commercial university roles as Corporate Development and Business Development Director.

    Most recently Richard was Director of Universities West Midlands where he established an ambassadorial and think-tank operation in support of the 12 Vice-Chancellors of the region’s universities.

Faculty

  • Sue Blow – Director, Mentoring & Coaching Forum

    Sue Blow is a Learning and Development consultant with over twenty-five years’ experience working with developing leaders in some of the UK’s leading companies. She has an MBA and a Masters’ degree in Coaching and Mentoring practice and is an academically qualified coaching and mentoring supervisor. She is currently a Visiting Fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit of Sheffield Hallam University.  Sue owns Thought Support which researches, designs and runs learning and development events, primarily for technology companies.

  • Wilf Marshall – Co-Founder & Institute Director

    Wilf Marshall is an experienced strategy, management and organizational development consultant and has worked extensively throughout the world with a wide range of industries and different size organizations.  In all his work, he has emphasized the importance of individuals and organizations taking responsibility for their own current and future development. The founding of  Marshall Gurney Institute is an extension of this principle through providing the means for many more individuals and smaller organizations to have low-cost access to high quality learning resources.

  • Andrew Ashley – Director of New Enterprise

    Andrew is an experienced Business Consultant and Project Manager. He has supported Owner/Managers of smaller enterprises and Start-Ups for his whole career, Business Support teams throughout have been continually developed under a succession of funding regimes. As a Business Advisor/Mentor he focuses on building and maintaining relationships with customers or clients, suppliers and sponsors, understanding their needs and matching them with the business’ requirements. He’s a committed supporter of Community-based projects, helping people to help themselves.

  • Alan Ward – Director of Innovation

    After 20 years in Manufacturing, where Alan’s approach to continuous improvement was recognised nationally as best practice, he was seconded to the DTI’s Innovation Unit as Senior Industrialist for eight years from 1998, shaping the UK National Innovation and Best Practice agenda. Alan is an expert in helping individuals, teams and organisations to achieve something different by providing innovation insight, and utilises his valuable experience as Director of the Innovation School Limited, to deliver corporate training, mentoring and facilitation to improve practice, culture, income generation and customer service.

  • Dr Anita Pickerden

    Anita lectured in Further Education Colleges and Universities for many years, designing and delivering high quality training programmes in Leadership and Management. Having formed her own training and coaching business, she continues to work in these areas, mainly in a work-based environment, for example delivering in-house management training, and teaching on post-graduate business courses and managing Work Based Project modules on a Retail Management degree. She gained her MSc and PhD from the University of Leicester, where she researched the work life balance issues of older workers. A qualified coach, she provides face-to-face and telephone coaching for multinational companies as well as for individuals.