Q&A with Erik Rowbotham, Archer and Student on MSD


Q: What’s your current job role?
A: I manage projects for a range of organisations, most recently for clients in the financial industry, by assessing their key issue(s), gathering the requirements necessary to address the issue(s) and managing teams of people throughout the project lifecycle to ensure progress is tracked and the end goal is achieved efficiently.
At the moment, I’m assisting a Global Retail & Investment Bank to transform an internal Supply Chain from being decentralised at a country level to a single unified global process through the implementation of a web based tool, this involves working with teams based on Hong Kong on a daily basis.

As well as his full time job, Erik is passionately involved participant in Archery competing internationally for Scotland for over 16 years in both Field and Target (Olympic) Archery. He is also former Director of the Scottish Field Archery Association

Q:  Why did you enrol on the MSD?
A.    The MSD ticks two of my main career and personal boxes because it attempts to bring the best practice of business and leadership skills which I have an academic and professional background in to the world of sport where I have a long standing passion as both an athlete and from an organisational stand point.
I felt the MSD could assist both my Consulting career and at some point in the future my involvement with a sporting organisation – the course should provide me with the experience, knowledge and network to add significantly more value to that organisation than I could have done had I gone straight in after school or university. This is one of my main drivers, to be able to add the highest possible value to organisations I work for, and in the future it will be with a sports organisation.

Q: Sport be it recreational amateur or professional is now a global business how do you think the sporting landscape has evolved to accommodate this?
A: There are two examples of the Archery Governing Bodies namely World Archery and ArcheryGB having changed their names. This is a prime example of this globalisation and a focus on easily transferrable brands that can be understood quickly across multiple continents. These organisations had long histories and traditions and it took a significant business case to persuade the memberships that this change was necessary. Ultimately those cases were built upon the driver of increased marketability and therefore an opportunity for higher revenues that (hopefully should) benefit the members directly.

Q: Can you explain the network opportunities the MSD provides along with the global guest faculty of lecturers?
A.    The absolute winning aspect of this course are the other people on the course. The amount of knowledge and varied experiences in the room is immense. Although the conversation veers towards football at least once per session, it is arguably the biggest global sport and can be seen as both the most successful (commercially) and an outlier (where the majority of other sports have far less money) which is an interesting contrast. I am humbled and delighted to have met my fellow MSD participants and look forward to our 2nd and final year ahead.
Q: Any advice for someone looking to enrol on this exclusive program?
A: If someone is looking to enrol, my advice would be to apply! Speak with the faculty, speak with VSI and ideally speak with a few members of the current class. If there are people out there in any doubt whether their CV so far matches up or that they ‘don’t have enough professional sporting experience’ – please apply!
As we’ve heard from multiple sources as part of the course (Sir Clive Woodward, Sir Dave Brailsford & Kevin Roberts) – The greatest step changes in sport and business have come from outside the organisation in question and even from outside of industry that the organisation operates.

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