Ged Drugan is the Executive Director of Valette’s Business School Manchester. He has an undergraduate degree in mathematics, a post graduate diploma in mathematical modelling, and an MBA and PhD from Manchester Business School. During his commercial life he has established four successful businesses in the service sector.
During his academic career Ged has managed many work based projects, and academic programmes. He has been the academic programme director of many executive programmes including the Advanced Management Achievement Course and the European Summer School Programme, the longest running executive programmes at Manchester Business School.
He has also developed and directed military transition management programmes in cooperation with the UK, Dutch, Croatian, Serbian and other Eastern European governments. He has worked in conjunction with Chinese local government and European Union agencies to help support institutional and individual transition processes. Ged teaches Corporate Strategy, Change Management, Operational Management, Leadership and Business Planning at the MBA and executive management levels.
In recent years his work outside of the UK has taken him to Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Georgia, France, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Syria, USA, Ukraine and Vietnam. His research interests include aspects of military transition, and developing a deeper understanding of emerging dimensions of business strategy both in developing and developed economies. He has also carried out work in the area of city branding.
Another aspect of Ged career has been his work as a consultant, and assignments have included projects with many corporates, UNIDO, and the British Council. Recent consultancy commissions includes work with EMS, FiMT and United Utilities.
Ged works as a management coach and has provided mentoring to many managers from an array of industry sectors during the last fifteen years.
Until recently, Ged was a board member of a North West housing association and Chair of their Business Support Committee (Finance, HR, IT and Governance). He continues to be a board member of a not for profit property company.
Carol Brooks has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Organisational Psychology, both from the University of Manchester.
She is a seasoned public sector senior leader, non-executive director, having spent 14 years in the NHS, with a further 4 years as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of one of the largest and most complex Trusts in the North West. Carol spent 6 years as an academic at the University of Manchester in a department focused on promoting research and good leadership practice across the public sector. For the last nine years Carol has been a business owner and business psychologist. She is passionate about supporting people and businesses/organisations to be in the best possible position to achieve excellence and value, to the satisfaction of the customer as well as the workforce. She has substantial experience applying organisational development tools and techniques to different organisational challenges, including senior leadership and management development programmes, board and senior team development. She is innovative in her approach with clients, taking a problem solving approach, and is appropriately energetic in her interactions with individuals and groups. She has extensive coaching experience of both individuals and teams. Carol had designed and delivered (or co-ordinated delivery) single discipline leadership programmes as well as multi-disciplinary leadership programmes within the public sector. Many of these programmes have been commissioned multiple times. The majority of programmes have included topics such as; business planning and business acumen, influencing and political skills, innovation and creativity. However, each programme context is unique and so the topics have been applied and presented in a bespoke fashion for the audience. Carol has spoken to audiences about organisational and business challenges at breakfast meetings and after dinner events, and is a member of the Institute of Directors, a member of the British Psychological Society and a Principal Practitioner member of the Association of Business Psychologists