12 March, 2008 – Manchester Business School associate named as business leader of tomorrow
Manchester Business School's Helen Thornton has won a prestigious Business Leader of Tomorrow award.
Helen, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associate working with Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust to improve patient access to the NHS, saw off strong competition to win the national award, which recognised the exceptional leadership and project management skills she has demonstrated through her KTP project.
Nominated by Dr David Bamford, lecturer in operations management at Manchester Business School, and Jim Bamford, service improvement manager for the PCT, Helen was short-listed and battled it out with 12 other finalists. This involved a presentation and a 20-minute Dragons’ Den-style grilling from the panel consisting of:
- Pete Munday, KTP programme manager at the Technology Strategy Board
- Debbie Buckley-Golder, director of the KTP programme at AEA Momenta
- Neil Southern, director of membership development at the Chartered Management Institute
- Tim Weber, business editor at BBC News Interactive
Helen said: "I am surprised and delighted to win the award. We’ve been working on improving access to health services by looking at the transport issues which are making access difficult.
"We’ve joined forces with organisations in the social and voluntary sector, as well as other local health organisations, to address these issues and the award is great recognition for this hard work."
In addition to her work with the KTP, Helen is also studying on Manchester Business School’s Global MBA and completed her first degree at the School before spending a number of years with Kraft Foods.
KTP aims to foster innovation and accelerate wealth creation by forming a partnership between a knowledge base (academic or research institution) and a company in response to a specific strategic project.
The KTP programme is part of the Government’s commitment to supporting UK businesses competing in a global market, placing the knowledge transfer of science and innovation as central to the UK’s economic performance.
Source: Manchester Business School press release