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Having formerly been Principal Lecturer in Strategic Management, Director of the AMBA accredited MBA programmes and Deputy Head of Department in Marketing & Business Strategy, Neil is now a Visiting Lecturer in Strategic Management.  Prior to joining Westminster Business School a number of years ago he held managerial positions in production, marketing, financial analysis and strategic planning.  He has worked within commercial organisations, public sector organisations and the voluntary sector.  Whilst at WBS he consulted (and still does) on foresight, strategy development and innovation & entrepreneurship.  Amongst many others, clients have included the BBC, Shell International Oil Inc., The Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, UBS Swiss Bank, Medecines sans Frontieres, Wavin BV and British Telecom amongst other international organisations.  He has mentored Board Directors at a number of major public sector organisations. 

Neil has supervised more than 250 work based MBA projects in these topic areas, and is the author and co-author of eight books (all with a practitioner focus).

His current teaching encompasses Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Design Thinking and Futures studies at mainly postgraduate level and his research interests are foresight and complex adaptive systems in the context of innovation.

He is an expert assessor for European Commission Horizon 2020 grant applications and has been a committee member for the European Conference on Digital Government since 2013.

Neil is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters. He is a non-executive director of the Institute of Continuing Professional Development and Finance Director and a Trustee of the Firefighters Memorial Trust* dedicated to remembering fallen firefighters. 

Neil divides his time between his family, reading, consulting, writing, the Alumni, the Trust and teaching.  He is an active member of LinkedIn https://uk.linkedin.com/in/neilbotten and would be honoured to have the opportunity to help you if you connect with him. 

*www.firefightersmemorial.org.uk/

Education:

MSc, FIFireE, FMS, FRSA, FInstCPD, MIMgt, CGMA, ACMA