On 1 February 2018 we welcomed retail turnaround specialist and industry expert, Allan Leighton, to officially launch York Business School.
York St John University has been established for over 175 years and has offered business and management education for over 20 years. Following a university wide re-structure in 2017 York Business School was formed and has now officially launched in Jaunary 2018, following the appointment of a new Dean and the acquisition of a new business school building on Gillygate.
Leading the new York Business School is newly appointed Dean of School, Dr Bob Gammie. Dr Gammie brings his wealth of experience in delivering a wide spectrum of business education and is already transforming the range of education opportunities at York St John University.
The launch event was hosted by broadcast expert Jon Hammond Booth who engaged guests with a live Q and A session with Allan, where he discussed his vast industry experiences, from sweeping Maltesers on the factory floor to turning around the failing ASDA organisation worth around £500 million into a highly successful company that was sold to US retail giant, WalMart, for £6.7 billion in 1999.
Allan shares the ethos of York Business School, telling students to challenge current business methods and always seek progress and innovation. Allan spoke about the value of the mind-set of individuals who push business forward and provided an inspirational evening for business leaders from the region who attended the launch event.
Bob Gammie stated, "The new York Business School has ambitious aims. It’s vital that we enable the next generation of business leaders to develop the confidence, resilience and skills to meet the needs of a changing world.
This commitment to transform individuals in order to enhance their capacity and capability to make a difference in society is at the heart of York Business School’s aim to build and sustain a learning community through teaching, research and enterprise of the highest standard."