Monday 19 June 2017, Melbourne | AGM | Scholarship Award Dinner


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The Board of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation is delighted to invite all Alumni and partners, guests and supporters of the Scholarship to the Awards events for the Eleventh Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship, 2017 on Monday 19th June at Park Hyatt, Melbourne.

Australian alumni, partners, guests and supporters are all welcome.

Come meet this year’s wonderful finalists Vedran Azman, Susan Kennedy and Ganesh Mane. You can read about them here.

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Lily Rattray, 2015 Scholar, will be Master of Ceremonies on the night and we will have the usual (short) speeches and the traditional annual video from Cranfield. Andrew Smith, 2016 Scholar has been charged with creating the “best video ever”.

Please – if you are planning to attend – would you RSVP (yes, no or maybe) by Wednesday, 14th June.

Details of the programme of events are below. If you are unable to attend the Award night celebrations, may we ask you to consider donating the price of your ticket to the Scholarship Foundation. Your donation will be used to fund the Scholarship and will be greatly appreciated. You can donate by credit card or EFT at the Donations page here.

We hope you will join us for a fun alumni get-together and to celebrate the completion of another scholarship year.

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Alexandra Chapman

MBA 1988 | Vice-President, Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation

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Programme of Events – Monday 19 June 2017
at Park Hyatt, 1 Parliament Place, Melbourne

4.00pm to 5.00pm Ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc
5.00pm to 5.45pm The Insider’s View – Gerard Gillespie MBA 2014 explains why “It’s not what you do but how you do it.”

6.00 pm for 7.00pm

Sparkling wine and canapés preceding the Scholarship Award dinner and presentation of Awards in the Trilogy Room

10.30pm Close of events (and retire to the bar!)

Ninth Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship Foundation Inc

All supporters are welcome to attend the AGM but only members may vote on the resolutions. Membership of the Foundation is free. To become a member email us here.

AGM papers and 2016 Annual Report will be available for download before the AGM from this link.

The Insider’s View – “It’s not what you do but how you do it.”

Gerard GillespieGerard Gillespie MBA 2014, is Regional Manager for Aircraft Maintenance Services Australia (AMSA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore International Airlines Engineering. AMSA provides world class aircraft maintenance services across Australia to more than 18 international airlines on a broad range of both narrow and wide body aircraft.

When Gerard joined the company in 2015, it was underperforming. In less than 2 years, he has transformed it into a growing and profitable business.

His learning lessons: leadership in engineering – or any industry – is not about being dictatorial, rather its about getting ownership from each and every individual team member.

Gerard’s own journey has seen him make the transition from being a highly skilled and ‘logical’ aircraft engineer – in a universe of certain knowledge and confidence that you have the ‘right answer’ – to adopting a leadership mindset where confidence comes from knowing you may know nothing and may be wrong more often than you are right.

Gerard’s motto: It’s not what you need to do, but how you do it. What he learnt at Cranfield taught him about how to challenge yourself and your perspectives and how to lead and inspire those around you to get the job done well. Gerard has plenty of real life examples to illustrate his talk.

Cost: $0 if you are coming to the dinner, otherwise $30 per ticket (inclusive of canapés and glass of bubbles after the session).

Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation

Alex HeadshotAlex Chapman will present the Tenth Cranfield Australian Alumni Scholarship to the winner.  The 2017 finalists, Vedran Azman, Susan Kennedy and Ganesh are the finalists for 2017. You can read about them here.

Lily Rattray (MBA 2016), Winner in 2015, is Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

As well as the formal parts of the evening, we will be entertained by the traditional annual video from the 2016 winner and finalists: Andrew Smith.

Cranfield Alumni from all schools and years, their partners, guests, supporters, sponsors and media are all welcome.

Cost: $119 for one ticket, $238 for two tickets (inclusive of canapés, dinner and drinks on arrival).