Worcester Business School

Promoting ethical and sustainable business.

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Worcester Business School is an approved Chartered Management Institute Centre and a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS).

Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School (incorporating the Department of Computing) is interdisciplinary and outward-looking. Our strong emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy.

We work closely with organisations and businesses across the region including our partners in regional development at Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses.  

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A tribute to Anne-Marie McTavish

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We were very sad to hear the news about the unexpected and sudden death of our colleague and friend, Anne-Marie McTavish.

Anne-Marie joined us from Birmingham City University in November 2018 as Head of Worcester Business School and led the School until she stepped back from full-time work this Christmas to enjoy time with her family and pursue new interests.  She continued to work with colleagues in WBS supervising doctoral students and remained active supporting doctoral students up to her untimely death.

As her colleagues on SMT we will remember Anne-Marie as someone who was constantly encouraging, and passionate about enabling individuals to develop through taking on new projects and responsibilities.   She was always ready to act as a sounding board, usually responding to the question as you walked past her door, have you got a minute to discuss … with ‘yes sure go for it’ responding with wisdom, and possibly the offer of a Murray Mint to ease the conversation.  As we entered the Covid Pandemic and moved to working online such conversations continued online albeit accompanied by one of her cats seeking her attention by walking across the screen or sitting on the keyboard.

Her interests and skills extended beyond the academic world.  She was a skilled designer and creator of handcrafted decoupage cards and regular contributor to the WBS Photography Club.  There are many desks in WBS that display a handcrafted thank you card from Anne-Marie as a quiet thank you for a project handled well.

Our thoughts at this sad time are with Anne-Marie’s husband Kevin and her four children.  We will remember her for her listening ear, knowledge, insight, sense of humour and collegiality.

Lynn Nichol and Scott Andrews