Meet our higher level apprenticeship tutors

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This week marks National Apprenticeship Week – a week to celebrate and recognise apprenticeships of all forms. Here at Lincoln International Business School, we offer higher level apprenticeships, which allow our learners to gain level 6 and level 7 qualifications while working, with programmes that can be tailored to the needs of a wide range of workplaces.

We’re very proud of our apprenticeship programmes and our tutors who deliver them. So to celebrate apprenticeship week, we wanted to give you an insight into the people who make up our Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship and Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship teams.

Tracey white – teaches on our Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship and our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programmes

Tracey White is Chartered Manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a highly qualified Academic Manager with a demonstrable record of achievement forging successful partnerships between Higher Education and employer organisations. Having had a diverse working background, Tracey originally started out her academic career quite late in life in Tourism, where she was interested in research on the socio-cultural impacts of tourism and sex tourism. Tracey then discovered work based learning and focused her career in this area, facilitating and guiding learning.

Tracey is the Academic Lead for Employer Responsive Provision, Executive Education and Degree Apprenticeships and Programme Leader for the MBA Leadership and the Senior leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship.  Tracey is a work based learning practitioner with specific expertise in the area of Employer Responsive Provision. Tracey led on the design of the Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship and the Senior Leaders Master’s degree Apprenticeship, designing the work based project modules.


Alex Alterskye – teaches on our Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Alex works full time as a programme leader and lecturer on the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship at the University of Lincoln.

Alex is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Lincoln, the current working title of his thesis is “What is the context of entrepreneurship: an investigation into the field of entrepreneurship in a region”. This piece of research will contextualise a regional area in relation to the influences on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial intent in that area using an institutional view combined with Bourdieu’s theory of practice. The life experiences of a number of entrepreneurs in that region will be examined to determine the key themes that may have led them to make the decision to start their own business.  Alex achieved the award of best paper at Doctoral level, at the European Academy of Management conference held at Strathclyde University in 2017.


Craig Marsh – teaches on our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Craig has 30 years’ experience in the field of management learning and development, as a teacher, consultant, researcher, and senior manager. After graduating from Oxford University in 1987, Craig joined the RAF as a pilot; he then spent the early part of his career in Organisation Development, working on HR transformation projects in BP and Marconi, where he acquired a particular interest in the performance and development of operational leaders.

This expertise he then developed into his own consulting business, designing and delivering leadership development, change management, and strategic change projects to clients across the UK and continental Europe for nearly 10 years. Following an enjoyable introduction to teaching on an MBA programme in France, he gradually transitioned into a more academic career, while retaining a core interest and expertise in the practice of management and leadership. To this end he continued to design and deliver executive education programmes, while taking his doctorate in Management Learning at the University of Lancaster in 2006, studying the work of Police Sergeants and following his thesis with a postdoctoral fellowship in the Centre for Performance – Led HR at the University of Lancaster. For the last 10 years, Craig has worked in senior academic leadership roles, both as Chief Academic Officer for the UK in Laureate Online Education, and in his current role as a member of the Senior Management team at the University of Lincoln.


Nicola Wood – teaches on our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Nicki qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 2000, gaining invaluable experience in practice (mostly audit) before moving into industry as a Financial Accountant, where she worked her way up to Financial Director, employed in manufacturing and the wholesaling sector.

In 2013, seeking new challenges, Nicki embarked on an MSc in Forensic Accounting at Sheffield Hallam University. The appeal of study continued and so she commenced a PGCE in Maths in 2016 and a year teaching Maths, before she began as an Associate Lecturer at Lincoln University in 2017.

As well as teaching on the SLMDA Finance and Governance modules, Nicki teaches Postgraduate modules on Governance, Financial Accounting and Management Accounting.

Anthony Smith – teaches on our Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship programme.

Tony undertook an Engineering Management degree via the Work Based Distance Learning (WBDL) programme in 2012 and graduated in January 2014 whilst still serving in the Royal Air Force. Tony then left the military after a 27 year career as an aircraft mechanical engineer and enrolled at the University of Lincoln on a full-time MSc degree course. Upon completion in 2015 he then worked for Lincoln College tutoring Level 5 certificate Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to Human Resource practitioners and Business Studies at BTEC and HNC/D level. He joined the academic team as an Associate Lecturer in February 2016 and is now currently employed as the Programme Lead for Engineering Management and is the module coordinator for all WBDL dissertations, further responsibilities include ownership of the Managing and Developing People module on the Chartered Management Degree Apprenticeship.

Michael Edwards – teaches on our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

Mike Edwards BA Hons. MSc. MCIPS is an Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln. His research interest is in the Optimisation of Knowledge Transfer within both communities and organisations alike. Previously he worked as a manager in the Supply Chain and Logistics fields. After nearly 30 years in Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer sharing his experiences at all levels he retired to spend more time with the family and walking the dog.


Emma Ellse – teaches on our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

Emma’s extensive 20 years’ career in marketing spans working in both top-tier agencies as well as direct with both B2B and B2C clients of varying sizes from large multinational and global brands to new start-ups in many sectors. Emma began her career working with one of the UK’s largest providers of data, part of the Daily Mail and General Trust Group companies Data, Media and Research Ltd. Emma’s career then shifted to a creative digital and integrated marketing role with one of the UK’s top agencies Dig For Fire (now Jaywing). This was followed by a number of client side roles as digital services manager and head of marketing.

Emma now runs her own business consulting, mentoring, writing and delivering digital marketing training. Emma is an Elected Fellow of both the CIM and IDM, She is twice qualified PG dip in Direct and Interactive Marketing and Digital Marketing with the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing.

Andy Brookes – teaches on our Senior Leaders Master’s Degree Apprenticeship

Andy has more than 30 years’ experience as a manager in a number of organisations across the public and private sector.  He teaches across a range of subjects in the field of business and management at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as providing continuing professional development on corporate programmes. He is the Programme Leader for the part-time MBA programme and has adopts a Critical Management Education approach to develop reflective and independent thinkers. His research area is interorganisational collaboration, particularly in the domain of social problems.


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