No one could have predicted the curveball that 2020 would throw at us in the form of Covid-19. Heropreneurs, and many of the businesses that we support, have had to drastically alter the way in which we operate, including the cancellation of our annual awards ceremony, The Heropreneurs Awards. However, great change can bring fantastic results, and the 2020 partnership that we have with Warwick Business School is a wonderful example of this.
Following the cancellation of the awards, we agreed with WBS that we would partner again this year, this time to run 2 x virtual awards, offering prizes with potentially life-changing opportunities to the winners - a 100% bursary for a Warwick MBA (worth up to £51,450), or a 100% bursary for a Warwick Executive Diploma (worth £18,000). The Heropreneurs’ Warwick Business School Bursary Award has been a fixture of the Heropreneurs Awards for 3 years now, and this year has proven to be a great success, recording the highest number of applicants that we have ever received, all of an exceptional calibre.
So, without further ado, we are absolutely delighted to announce our winners for 2020!
Warwick Executive MBA Bursary Winner
In April 2019 Lindsay, who is a military spouse, founded Canny Communications Ltd, leveraging her niche expertise in security and threat to develop a full-service communication consultancy, and become the agency of choice for the big defence players.
Lindsay impressed the judges with her clear operating principles, strong ethical standpoint, and delivery model focused around delivering impactful change. The judges believe that Lindsay will bring flexible and original thinking to the cohort, and that her clear vision, passion and energy will take her far as she continues to build on the success of her consultancy.
Warwick Executive Diploma Winner
Gary is a veteran, who set up the Foresight Training and Recruitment Group towards the end of his military career. This business was latterly merged with the Network Training Partnership (NTP), which he leads today. The NTP designs and delivers bespoke technical training programmes for the automotive sector. He is a serial entrepreneur and, alongside NTP, is the founder and CEO of PATAM. He also recently received an outstanding contribution award from the Institute of Motor Industry (2020).
The judges felt that Gary had successfully utilised his military training to develop a strong change-maker mind-set. His entrepreneurial spirit is ‘infectious’, and they were impressed by his “unwavering drive and willingness to do what it takes to make his collective businesses a success.” They felt that he would be a valuable contributor to the peer to peer learning experience, and has huge ongoing commercial and leadership potential.
Whilst Lindsay and Gary were our overall winners of the 2 awards, we must also mention our finalists, who greatly impressed the judges with the strength of their applications. The MBA Award, in particular, presented a real challenge in the judging, with an exceptionally tight field of candidates. We are delighted to announce that WBS have generously awarded additional scholarships of 50% to 2 of our finalists: Rosie Gilderthorp and John Lodge. We will be sharing more about Rosie and John soon, so keep your eyes peeled!
Many congratulations to our winners for this year, who should be rightfully proud of their success against such strong competition. We wish you the greatest success in your executive education journeys.
These awards would simply not be possible without the fantastic network of support that we are so lucky to receive. Firstly, our thanks must go to our fantastic judges, who had a considerable task ahead of them with the sheer volume of applications that we received. We are very grateful to them for giving up their time to support these virtual awards.
Above all, we’d like to extend our thanks to Warwick Business School, whose commitment to supporting the military community is so admirable. The prizes WBS offer are truly extraordinary, and it is a great privilege to work with them to deliver these opportunities to our community.
If you would like to register your interest for Warwick Business School Bursaries for the Heropreneurs’ Virtual Awards 2021, then please get in touch with us, to be the first to know when applications open.