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Brewery executive wins first Stanhill Foundation Scholarship


Gains a place on Cambridge Judge Business School’s General Management Programme of Achievement

Craig Hall of ThwaitesCraig Hall, Packaging Manager at Thwaites Brewery, Blackburn has been awarded the first Stanhill Foundation Scholarship. The scholarship was set up to offer mid to senior level executives in the North West region of the UK the opportunity to apply for the chance to win a place on Cambridge Judge Business School’s General Management Programme of Achievement (GMPA).

The GMPA provides the opportunity to enhance knowledge and skills across fundamental business concepts and practices and focus on the participants specific career needs. The Programme of Achievement is awarded following the completion of five two-day open programmes from the School’s Executive Education’s open enrolment portfolio.

Fifteen executives were considered for the Scholarship each giving a presentation to a distinguished panel, including Professor Jochen Runde, Director of the MBA programme, and a senior executive from the Stanhill Foundation. The presentation required the executives to explore how the individual and their organisation would benefit from the GMPA. Craig’s presentation, enthusiasm and experience were the key factors in his successful application.

Craig has been at Thwaites, Lancashire’s largest brewer, for 26 years and started as a laboratory technician. He is now responsible for a team of 40 and plays an integral role in managing and developing a team which operates within an ever-changing and very competitive market. Craig begins his GMPA with Financial and Accounting for Non-Financial Managers in May 2013.

On winning the Scholarship, Craig commented:

I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to progress my professional development with Cambridge Judge Business School’s GMPA. I know that changes in our industry will require me up my game in my current role. Whilst I have received some management training I recognise I need to broaden and formalise my qualifications and learning to put me in a better position for the future and am prepared to throw myself into that.”

© Photograph copyright by Ellie Hoskins