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MBA alumna awarded OBE in New Year's Honours

Marian Sudbury, the Director for UK Regions for the Department for International Trade, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List for services to economic growth.

Marian studied the part-time MBA from 1993 to 1996. Today she is based out of the Department’s Manchester office but works with teams across the UK, responsible for managing a network of around 500 staff. A key area for her team right now is preparing businesses for the changes that will come with an EU exit and helping them make the most of free trade agreements.

She has worked in the civil service since 2013 after a career running marketing research businesses across the north of England.


Commenting on her honour she said she was “extremely chuffed”. “I am very grateful that colleagues chose to put me forward and for all the messages of support. It is of course to my colleagues, friends and the businesses we work with that the honour really belongs – the enthusiastic, engaged and expert people, who go above and beyond every day. Thanks to every one of you.”

In the latest issue of the AMBS research magazine Marian spoke about how the teamwork, skills and confidence that she gained from studying the MBA still helped her in her role today. “Today my core skill is in terms of leading operational teams and the MBA had a big focus on group work which gave me skills that I still put into practice today when managing teams,” she said.