Alliance Manchester Business School - AMBS

Olawale Odukoya's experience

Finance Manager at PHD Nigeria Limited

Manchester Leadership Development Programme

A practical, accelerated leadership development programme for leaders and managers moving forward in their careers.

The Manchester Leadership Development Programme explores the core modules for business success – leadership, leading teams, finance, strategy, innovation and project management. 

Accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), it combines skills development with one-to-one leadership coaching.

The programme is delivered face-to-face over five consecutive and intensive days.

Can you provide a brief summary of your background and current role?

I graduated from University of Lagos for my first degree in Adult Education, and I also have a Master’s in Business Administration. I am now a qualified Chartered Accountant and have worked in a number of progressively responsible finance roles for 9+ years at leading companies, including roles in financial analysis, budgeting, and risk management.

I am currently a Finance Manager at PHD Nigeria Limited leading a team of financial experts, overseeing budget development, strategic financial planning, risk assessment, and financial reporting. I also collaborate with cross-functional teams to drive cost-efficiency initiatives and optimise financial performance.

What key skills and knowledge do you feel you have gained from studying on the Manchester Leadership Development Programme?

The focus on Strategy & Innovation and Project Management were key elements that I learnt a lot about throughout the course. Learning more in depth about these topics has been so impactful and helpful for my daily strategic operations since returning back to my organisation. 

Were there any particular elements to the course you enjoyed the most?

I really enjoyed conducting a self-appraisal through the Hogan test and the group discussions and interactions were highly valuable for me. It was a great opportunity to learn from professional minded people from a range of different backgrounds and industries. 

Why did you choose Alliance Manchester Business School as the place to complete a professional development course?

Ultimately, the course content, environment, and the prestige of Alliance Manchester Business School played a part in influencing my decision.

Now you have completed the course, what impact do you think and hope your learnings will have on your organisation?

The key impact I think this programme will have on my organisation, is that it will help me focus more on improving productivity and efficient team and relationship management within the workspace. These are very important elements which I believe ensures strong organisational performance.

What advice would you give to other professionals who are looking to join this short business course at AMBS?

Be deliberate and intentional to unlearn, re-learn and learn. Take advantage of all the courses offered!

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The programme was a great opportunity to learn from professional minded people from a range of different backgrounds and industries.

Olawale Odukoya, Finance Manager, PHD Nigeria Limited.

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