Edinburgh Business School has named the 19 applicants from Scotland who have been selected to receive a fully-funded place on our world-renowned Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.
We launched the £250,000 Scottish Silver Scholarship scheme to celebrate our 25th anniversary.
Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, said the calibre of applicants was outstanding:
“The judging panel was immensely impressed with the high standard of applications and the diverse range of sectors and backgrounds reflected by the prospective students. Without exception they are highly-driven and dedicated individuals who we are delighted to support with our MBA programme. It will challenge them and stretch them, but ultimately encourage them to develop professionally and personally, helping them to achieve their ambitions.”
Edinburgh Business School is the Graduate School of Business of Heriot-Watt University and offers one of the most popular and flexible MBA programmes in the world, with more than 11,400 active students and 19,800 alumni worldwide, including almost 1,000 students and graduates in Scotland.
Each of the scholarship recipients will have their nine self-study MBA modules and exams fully-funded. The cost of each scholarship is valued at more than £10,000 and will also include a four-day on-campus teaching seminar and two-day revision session for one course.
The successful recipients begin the programme on Thursday October 13, 2016, with the on-campus seminar at Edinburgh Business School, which will be followed in the evening by a celebratory dinner.
The recipients of the Edinburgh Business School Scottish Silver Scholarships are:
Mónica Camino Moreno (32), CEO Dialexy and Director/Founder Angelia Translations, Edinburgh
After graduating in 2007 Mónica established herself as a freelance translator with a portfolio of clients specialising in legal translation. An MSc in Translation and Computer-Assisted Translation Tools led to her co-founding Angelia Translations in 2010 and technology company Dialexy in 2013.
Dialexy is dedicated to developing innovative translation software solutions. In 2015 it won the International Create Challenge start-up competition in Switzerland and secured a £100,000 Scottish Enterprise SMART:SCOTLAND grant.
Jacqueline Cassidy (44), Head of External Affairs, Children in Scotland, Edinburgh
Jacqueline is a senior leader within the third sector in Scotland.
She has demonstrated an entrepreneurial approach throughout her career, and in her current role at Children in Scotland she is developing new approaches to tackling entrenched challenges in the sector as well as supporting organisational sustainability.
Scott Fraser (30), Events and Lettings Manager, Loretto School and Director, SF Sports Ltd Dalkeith, Midlothian
A working class background with few opportunities made Scott determined to succeed in every aspect of life. He has a MSc in Performance Psychology and lived in Sweden for five years to enable him to train in orienteering. He achieved his ambition of being an athlete at World Championship level with a silver medal in orienteering in 2013, and also established a company to improve the physical and psycho-social health of employees, as metrics show that a healthier employee is a more productive one. He secured a four-year consultant contract with Scania CV AB.
Returning to Scotland in 2015, Scott continued his ambition of getting the nation more physically active through SF Sports Ltd which established Edinburgh’s Toughest (www.ed-toughest.com) and Stirling's Toughest (www.stir-toughest.com), combining it with his role at Loretto School where he is responsible for generating income from the school’s facilities, especially school holidays.
Tony Gaston (30), Head of Key Relationships, EMMS, Edinburgh, from Paisley
EMMS (Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society) is Scotland's oldest international healthcare charity, bringing quality and dignified medical provision to some of the world's poorest communities. As Head of Key Relationships, Tony is responsible for building relationships with key figures in the UK, philanthropic development and overseeing the Major Gifts and Trusts department.
He established the Major Gifts department in 2013, connecting key individuals and trusts to overseas healthcare projects in Malawi, India and Nepal. This approach has led to the securing of six figure donations, and a 600% increase in major gifts to this important work. Tony hopes his MBA will enable him to help move EMMS further forward in reaching the poorest communities and perhaps, one day, to lead or even start a charity of his own.
Qaiser Hussain (25), Production Operations Supervisor, Mrs Unis Spicy Foods, Edinburgh
Qaiser is a mechanical engineer whose current role involves significant operational and project management skills as the company fulfils large orders for supermarket chains.
After being made redundant from an engineering role due to the downturn in the oil sector Qaiser wants his MBA to enable him to support his current employees in their expansion plans, creating new employment opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds.
Matthew Jack (34), CEO and Lead Architect, Moon Collider, Edinburgh
Matthew’s career path has been a journey from one of technical expertise and ambition to entrepreneur and CEO.
Founding a technology consulting start-up from his kitchen table, Matthew established Moon Collider in the specialist area of artificial intelligence (AI) for video games. This lead to the development of Kythera, their successful AI middleware product.
He hopes the MBA will give him the grounding in business and management disciplines, establishing a framework within which his company can develop and expand.
Dr Sneh Lata Jain, Business Development Manager, Energy Technology Partnership, Dundee
Sneh works with SMEs whose innovations will develop and sustain Scotland's low carbon economy, helping them to access world-class energy expertise at Scottish universities and make their businesses more competitive.
An MBA will help Sneh gain an in-depth knowledge of management disciplines, enabling her to give more guidance to the companies she supports. This would help the Energy Technology Partnership achieve its own objectives in terms of capacity building, relationship building, internationalisation, and economic impact.
Ross Mackie (37), Head of Projects, Metro Broadcast-WPP, from Edinburgh
Metro Broadcast is an events and broadcast specialist which delivers projects for FTSE 250/100 clients globally. As Head of Projects Ross spearheads the operation in Aberdeen and is responsible for the complete business cycle, from new business development to project delivery.
While based in Aberdeen, Ross operates globally, delivering projects in locations as diverse at Germany and Malaysia. The company is committed to developing in North East Scotland and Ross has delivered three years of growth since establishing the Aberdeen office, achieving profitability in year two.
Thomas Marr (27), Mechanical Engineer, Arup, Edinburgh
Arup is an international engineering consultancy which is run as a co-operative with a strong focus on ethical and sustainable business practices. As a consultant engineer Thomas works on international projects as well as local projects with businesses which create and sustain employment in local communities.
Arup regularly develops innovative products and services suggested by employees and an MBA would help Thomas to assess the value and potential of such projects. He is also keen to develop resources which could help high school students to overcome differences in social background when accessing higher and further education and is developing a business model to achieve this.
Natalie Masterson (32), Chief Executive, Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE), from Falkirk
The reform of public services has been hotly debated and the recommendations of the Commission of the Future of Public Services will open up public sector contracts to the third sector.
As Chief Executive of Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise Natalie Masterson is the lead representative for the third sector on the Stirling Community and Planning Partnership and the Health and Social Care Partnership, facilitating the voice of 1,000 third second organisations.
Future plans for SVE include establishing a social enterprise to provide competitive and high quality financial support to the third sector.
Natalie believes the MBA will be invaluable to ensure the successful development of this enterprise, and would also give the organisation an advantage when entering collaborations with partners and when bidding for public sector contracts.
Rob Murray (27), Scotland Manager, Changing Faces, Glasgow
Changing Faces is an inspiring charity, established to support and campaign on behalf of those who have a condition or injury that affects their appearance.
Scotland Manager Rob Murray feels the wide range of subjects covered in the MBA would enhance his performance in this role.
He is also keen to network with professionals from a variety of sectors on the programme, sharing best practice and professional experiences.
Lili Z Nagy (27), Volunteer Co-ordinator, Barnardo’s Connect, Aberdeen
Lili has a clear approach to life: "Your job is to take the world apart and then put it back together again but even better,” (Rob Ryan, artist).
While at the University of Aberdeen Lili co-founded the Rotaract Club of Aberdeen and upon graduation developed and co-ordinated the award-winning Carbon School, based at Aberdeen University Students’ Association.
Since April 2015 Lili has been Volunteer Co-ordinator at Barnardo's Connect Service, recruiting, training and supervising volunteers who mentor children and young people to help them fulfil their potential.
Craig Nicol (30), External Engagement Business Partner, University of the West of Scotland, from Dumfries
As External Engagement Business Partner for the University of the West of Scotland Craig Nicol liaises with local authorities, businesses and third sector organisations around UWS campuses.
He is also managing the implementation of the UWS Children's University across nine local authority regions. It is focussed on raising aspirations, celebrating achievement and inspiring young people to get into extra-curricular activities.
Craig was the first person from his immediate family to complete a degree at university and he is passionate about enabling others to achieve their potential. He feels the MBA will help him achieve his own objectives.
Lynne O’Brien (45), Assistant Director, Barnardo’s, from Stirling
Working in the charity sector there are few opportunities to undertake business development programmes, despite the sector continually striving for efficiency and effectiveness due to limited resources.
This anomaly prompted Lynne O'Brien to apply for the MBA scholarship so she can achieve the ultimate business qualification at no financial cost to her organisation.
Lynne hopes the MBA will enable her to learn and share the most up-to-date theory and business intelligence, positively influencing her organisation, the sector, and ultimately changing and improving outcomes for the communities she serves.
Alan Robertson (40), External Consultant, HSBC, and pro bono mentor to start-up companies, Edinburgh
Alan's professional life is split into two distinct and separate roles. As a consultant at HSBC Alan delivers large scale IT projects, as well as assisting with innovation through support and mentoring. He is also a pro bono business mentor to start-ups.
One ultimate goal of Alan's is to found a successful start-up within the learning and organisational culture sphere. Alan blogs at www.alaninrepose.com where he shares his creative and innovative thinking.
Euan Somerville (34), Senior Electrical Engineer, Hurley Palmer Flatt, Cumbernauld
Euan Somerville is described as a 'perfect applicant and a gifted and talented engineer' by his regional director.
Euan recently gained Chartered Engineer status and is currently on secondment for six months at the University of Glasgow where he is Lead Engineer implementing a range of initiatives including two energy efficient lighting projects valued in excess of £200,000.
Euan intends to apply the skills that he develops during the MBA course to progress within his industry to a strategic development role or look at starting up his own business.
He has also registered as a volunteer with the Prince's Trust Enterprise Programme and to aims to help develop future entrepreneurs.
Jayne Stuart (47), Freelance consultant to charity sector, Edinburgh
Jayne Stuart has worked predominantly in the charity sector for her entire career, latterly as Director of WEA Scotland.
Since leaving the organisation in June 2016 Jayne has been developing plans to establish a new social enterprise to test models of governance, leadership, and business development for social action.
She is also working in a freelance capacity with third sector organisations in the areas of leadership, the arts and youth work.
Dr Julio Traub (39), Co-founder and Operations Director, Horizon Proteins and Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh
Dr Julio Traub is a Chartered Chemical Engineer with an MSc in Bioprocessing and PhD in Chemical Engineering. His PhD project evolved commercially into a spin-out company, Horizon Proteins, which utilises by-products from the whisky making process to produce sustainable, high quality protein for fish food for salmon farming.
Julio's responsibilities have included the design, construction and operation of a pilot plant at a malt whisky distillery, as well as looking after the commercial aspects of the business - preparing the business plan, and meeting potential investors.
The knowledge and skills developed on the MBA programme will be critical as the company develops. It has already secured a £575,000 grant from Scottish Enterprise under the High Growth Spinout Programme, with the aim of the company developing to a £5 million turnover business within five years.
Sian Wilson (36), Technology Manager, Offshore Renewable Energy, The Crown Estate, Scotland Portfolio, Edinburgh
Sian Wilson has been working in the offshore renewables sector for 10 years and her current employer, The Crown Estate, manages the majority of the seabed around the UK, leasing it to generate maximum value while focussed on commercially-sound, sustainable development.
Scotland has a huge potential energy source to exploit and Sian is at the forefront of commercialisation of wave, wind and tidal technology. Most recently she has been managing leasing for the introduction of floating wind turbines to Scottish waters.
An MBA would give Sian expertise in the business aspects of such commercialisation which in turn can help combat the global climate change challenge.