Published: 28th May 2010
AN AMBITIOUS graduate has won a rare chance to train with world’s leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Sara Parkin.
BA (Hons) Business student Naomi Allen has her fingers crossed for a First before starting a prestigious Masters in London with Forum for the Future.
Porritt, former director of Friends of the Earth and Green Party activist Parkin have made Forum for the Future a leading think-tank in sustainable development.
And Naomi, from Essex, is one of just 12 graduates accepted onto the highly-competitive Masters it runs to train sustainable business leaders.
"I really developed a passion and interest in sustainable business in my second year at MMU. There’s a module at MMU BS which I took and it opened my eyes to a future model of business.
"I also worked as a volunteer for Hulme-based charity Action for Sustainable Living helping with their audits."
The 23-year-old got a taste of the cut-and-thrust of business during a year’s placement at Marks & Spencer’s store in Colney, London – also part of her MMU course.
"I really enjoyed it, as I love the commercial side of business, but my ambition is to go deeper into an organisation and its management. I’d like to get into helping organisations plan and implement policies for the future and I’m sure the Forum for the Future Masters is going to be a great platform for that."
Naomi’s year includes leadership courses and five one-month placements where she hopes to develop her consultancy skills.
Senior Lecturer at MMU Business School Liz Walley said: "The School's sustainable business options are increasingly popular with students like Naomi who are passionate about business being done in an ethical manner. We wish her well for a successful career."