The CEO-in-Residence (Chief Executive Officer-in-residence) initiative represents a novel and innovative expansion of the resources of the School by formally appointing a nationally renowned business leader to assist in enhancing the interaction between business and the Schools’ students, staff and community. The CEO gives of his/her time to agreed activities of the School for a number of years. Their sustained involvement provides depth to the nature of the engagement normally possible with senior business people. The CEO-in-Residence represents time given pro bono by the executive to benefit the next generation of business leaders.
The CEO-in-Residence Programme was initiated by us to further integrate senior practitioner perspectives into our learning environment on a more sustained basis. At its core, the challenge of the role is to foster and release the potential of future entrepreneurs, managers and business specialists in the region – as we know, the region critically relies on the generation of these valuable resources in order for it to grow and blossom. This is achieved through meeting with staff and students of the School and engaging with them in a number of activities, including business discussions, lectures, research and master classes over the two year period.
Former appointees to this role have included Mr. Sam McCauley, Chairman of Sam McCauley Group and Mr. Pierce Casey, Managing Director, Adelaide Capital who through their interactions provided tremendous learning, development and networking opportunities for our students. In addition, the CEO-in-Residence also provides an important advisory role supporting the valuable work of the School and informing our research and programme development activities.
The initiative provides new and innovative ways for learners to develop valuable skills and business knowledge that reading and lectures alone cannot meet. Equally the programme recognises the important input that business practitioners can bring to academia, a world where theory and practice interact to develop the minds and skills of the learners of today and the business leaders of tomorrow.