2022 Outstanding Student of the Year - Awards Shortlist Announced
The CMI Student of the Year recognises a high level of academic attainment, dedication to their course and peers through a range of initiatives, as well as a clear contribution to their own personal and professional development.
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Our 2022 Shortlisted Entries
Our shortlisted entries for the Student of the Year Award have now been announced, take a look at the shortlist below.
Richard Hughes MCMI
Richard Hughes MCMI - Bangor University
Richard Kenneth Hughes is an Operations Officer who is responsible for facilitating safe clearance and disposal of cluster munitions, aircraft bombs and other explosive remnants of war for The HALO Trust programme in Laos. Laos is the most bombed country in the world per capita due to the Vietnam War, the post-war impact of the bombings is reflected in the high casualty rates since the war ended. Richard believes that no individual should fear that their family members/friends could be seriously injured/killed carrying out day to day activities such as going to work, school or playing with friends. He believes communities need to be safe and free from fear to develop and thrive.
During his recent MBA course he volunteered in several roles within the student union where he worked tirelessly to improve student experience and ensure the collective student voice was heard by university management.
He led a Bangor University team to 3rd place in the UBC Global Masters competition; was nominated for the VP Education award; achieved an overall distinction in his MBA, completing each module with distinction; received the Bangor University CMI Student of the Year 2022 award; and recently despite contracting a debilitating parasite, completed a five month mine action Global Operations Officer training course in Cambodia with The HALO Trust, during this he created and delivered a half day leadership and management training workshop for his peers and manager.
He holds an MBA Environmental Management and a CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership from Bangor University in North Wales.
In his spare time Richard enjoys mountaineering, climbing, wild swimming and spending time with family in North Wales.
Alexander Hunter - Arden University
Alex joined the Arden MBA programme whilst in a leadership role in Six Physio, one of the UKs largest physiotherapy companies. Having started his professional life as a clinician he moved into management over ten years ago. During this time he wore many hats: team lead, strategist, operations and acquisitions manager, clinician and coach. This culminated in a regional director role, with direct responsibility for multiple clinics across London and a place on the executive team responsible for group strategy.
Whilst undertaking his MBA Alex was increasingly interested in the increasing digitisation of healthcare, particularly the COVID enforced implementation of virtual health. His dissertation reflected this new outlook, investigating customer satisfaction in the emerging virtual healthcare world. Through this research Alex pivoted to his current role with FollowApp Care, a healthcare organisation focused on digital patient journeys. He was also inspired to create his own online business Global MSK Solutions, connecting patients with quality clinicians worldwide.
Norharizan Hussain - UUM
Norharizan Binti Hj Hussain is the franchisee operator of Marrybrown Fried Chicken in Star Parade and Souq Al-Bukhary, Alor Setar, Malaysia.
Before being named as the franchise operator, Norharizan began her career as a supervisor and an operation support team (OST) for the first few Marrybrown Fried Chicken outlets, which were located at Johor Bahru and Klang in 1989. Needless to say, Norharizan has had ties with Marrybrown Fried Chicken for over 30 years! Her skills, passion, and experience in handling a business and managing human resources were fired up during those illustrious times working as a supervisor and operation support team for Marrybrown. The dream of having her own business never left her mind and burned her spirits during those years.
Fast forward to now, she is a leader of her own. She successfully launched her first-ever business as a franchise operator of Marrybrown at Souq Al-Bukhary on 10th October 2006. 10 years later, she spread her wings once more and opened another Marrybrown outlet at Star Parade, Malaysia.
Never wanting to quit growing and improving herself, Norharizan ventured back to academia by obtaining a degree in Business Administration at Universiti Utara Malaysia after 8 years of running her businesses. Her thirst for learning never stopped there as she pursued her MBA 2 years after obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree.