Kate Forman - MiF Programme Director
Tell us a bit about the journey to your current role at LBS…
I’m something of an LBS boomerang having technically worked here in three different stints of employment! I joined the School in 2009 from an alumni relations role at another institution. I definitely caught the programme management bug and worked on EMBA and EMBA Global, and in Central Services, along with a bit of time out travelling. After that I popped up the road to LSE for three years (sshh!) where I was Head of Programme Delivery for all of their full-time management programmes, before returning to LBS in 2017 as Programme Director for the MiF.
Can you tell us more about your job role, and take us through a typical day?
Everyone says this but there is no typical day, which is what makes the roles here interesting. As PD I work with many different stakeholders around the school to plan the future of the MiF programme and ensure we develop it to sustain its success. So there are lots of meetings: working on projects, planning for future changes and supporting School developments. I might be sourcing speakers for an event, working with colleagues to design new activities/courses, or liaising with our marketing and admissions teams to promote the programme and feed into admissions decisions.
In addition, of course, I lead our fantastic MiF Programme Office team who are the real hub of the programme and the unsung heroes who ensure that everything happens seamlessly. We spend a lot of time advising students through their studies, particularly when they’re experiencing difficult circumstances or need additional flexibility from the School.
What part of the role do you enjoy most?
I love the people here at LBS; they definitely enticed me back to work here again. The MiF team is wonderful, and across DECC and the School it’s the same – I really think the LBS staff are defined by their professionalism and strong commitment to giving the students the best possible experience. Plus we have a lot of fun and I’ve made some great friends over the years.
Our students are also fascinating. I love hearing what brought them to LBS because they have some amazing backstories and then go on to really exciting careers and adventures as alumni.
What has been the highlight of your time at LBS?
One of the best things about LBS is that it exposes you to new places and people. I have been lucky to travel a lot while working here, which was such an amazing opportunity when I started out in my career.
I will always remember one particular evening in New York as a young Programme Manager: I was sat between the now-famous EMBA Global astronaut and his classmate, who was a European Space Agency rocket scientist, listening to them discuss space shuttle take-off and landing. It was totally surreal!
Which five celebrities would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Can I have a celebrity chef to cook and then invite my mates over to eat the dinner? That would actually be my dream! I would probably ask for Yotam Ottolenghi, the food in his restaurants is definitely up there in my top London meals to date.
Tell us something surprising about you…
Oh I hate questions like this – everyone always has such impressive answers! I don’t know if this will surprise anyone, but I’m a bit of a puzzle geek and I’m pretty good at cryptic crosswords. My very early career ambitions were to work in intelligence and codebreaking.