On the 12th I was lucky enough to attend the Partners dinner for the new Owen Glen Building – the new home for the UoA business school. It was an event to pay contribution to the supporters particularly Owen Glen himself who was present.
At my table was Hugh Whittaker (Dean of management and international business) and Alasdair Thompson ( CEO – EMA) Maurice Ellett (MD – Signium Ltd) Sarah Kennedy ( CEO – Healtheries) and Geoff Whitcher ( Director of UoA Commercial Developments, Godfather of Chiasma and Spark).
Throughout the night a series of speeches were made which detailed the various activities/ achievements of the business school. One of these was the spread of entrepreneurship at the university mainly under the guidance of Geoff Whitcher. In addition to Geoff, two fellow students/ colleagues Fady Mishriki and Swati delivered amazing speeches that literally blew the audience away with their confidence, accomplishments , maturity. It was almost like they were delivering a subliminal message to the generations above that was ‘watch out we are coming’.