I felt at home when I visited Cambridge Judge Business School and knew it was a place I would fit in.
Emma Kent is a Construction Director for the Metropolitan Police Service. She is based in London, UK.
What is your professional and educational background?
As a Construction Director for the Metropolitan Police Service, I lead a team that plans, co-ordinates and delivers the Met’s programme of capital real estate development projects to support the incredible work of our operational colleagues.
My background is in engineering. I am a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Chartered Structural Engineer, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. I have an MEng in Civil Engineering from the University of Nottingham. After graduation, I worked for engineering design consultancies in Bath, Sydney and London, prior to moving client-side with the Met.
What is the most exciting thing about your work?
Working for the Met means my projects directly support our hardworking frontline colleagues. Seeing the difference a great building or facilities makes to our colleagues’ working lives is very fulfilling. Good quality accommodation improves people’s wellbeing, reduces stress levels and makes their day-to-day jobs that little bit easier. I also find it fascinating working on some of our specialist properties, such as equine stables for the Mounted Branch or a new wharf for our marine units on the Thames.
Why did you decide to pursue an Executive MBA?
I’ve always sought out opportunities to develop my professional skills and, since moving client-side, my role involves significantly more management and finance, particularly when preparing business cases for consideration by the Mayor of London’s team, so I’m keen to hone my skills in those areas.
Looking ahead to the rest of my career, I wanted to prepare myself for a C-suite role within the next few years. I feel the Executive MBA will accelerate my learning, helping me gain business acumen that might otherwise take years to develop. Inevitably, my development to date has focused on the technical skills required to succeed in engineering and real estate; now I want a broader outlook and skill set.
What attracted you to Cambridge Judge Business School?
The Cambridge brand is extremely powerful, so that was a significant factor in my decision. When I attended an information session and the Executive MBA experience day, I found myself thinking the other attendees were people I wanted to learn from and with. I felt at home when I visited Cambridge Judge Business School and knew it was a place I would fit in.
I was also encouraged by some of the research centres established at the Business School, including the Circular Economy Centre and the Wo+Men’s Leadership Centre, both of which appealed to my personal interests in sustainability and diversity.