Local businessman is the first to receive a Doctorate from Chester Business School

Posted on 14th March 2014

A local businessman has an extra reason to celebrate this week as he becomes the first person to graduate with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) degree from the University of Chester.

Mark Ward, 44, from Frodsham, combined his part-time studies with a demanding managerial role as CEO of social and environmental charity, Groundwork based in Manchester. 

The organisation brings together communities, businesses and government in a joint effort to improve the quality of life and promote sustainable development in places that had become run down and neglected.

Mark based his research on organisational identity, looking at ways in which employees and senior managers, understand their organisation.

As a result of his research, he has been able to introduce changes to internal practice at his own place of work as well as gain a better understanding of business practice.

Mark, a father of three from Frodsham said: “The DBA course has made me think about things in a distinctly different manner and increased the extent to which I review and reflect upon my actions and motivations.

The changes it has brought about have directly and positively impacted both my professional and personal life.” Mark’s three children Amber, Maisy and Alfie will accompany his parents Lol and Colette, to Chester Cathedral on Friday to see him graduate.