Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Lift-Off for High Fliers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Perfect Lift-Off for High Fliers

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HIGH-fliers from the region's public, private and voluntary sectors can give their careers and organisations a New Year boost from Durham Business School's highly acclaimed Executive MBA programme.

One of the region's public sector employees who has already benefited from a Durham Executive MBA is Jonny Tew.

As a policy adviser at Durham County Council, Jonny, from Low Fell, Gateshead, has been putting his qualification to good use, as his organisation prepares for a major transition.

He has played a part in County Durham's proposed local government move from eight councils towards a new unitary model and believes that his MBA equipped him with the skills to help tackle this challenging change programme.

Jonny said: "I decided to do my MBA relatively early in my career as I wanted to gain as much business knowledge as quickly as I could and broaden my range of skills.

"Having this international business school on my doorstep meant that studying at Durham was the perfect option.

"I know the university well and have colleagues at the council who endorsed the MBA course, so I knew it was right for me."

Part of Jonny's role at the council involves partnership working with different organisations across the region, including the local community, police, fire brigade, health services and voluntary sector.

The MBA allowed him to develop the 'skills set' he needed to work in this complex environment.

He said: "The Durham MBA immerses you in a range of perspectives. It has broadened my horizons and given me an appreciation and informed understanding of business."

Jonny focused his MBA dissertation on community engagement, which was an important part of the county council's unitary bid. His studies supported him in developing a model for tackling the potential gap and perceived distance between service providers and the community, using the research techniques and 'theoretical tools' from his MBA. …

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