Caroline Gatrell joined Lancaster University Management School in 1998, having completed the Lancaster Executive MBA with a distinction. She has been involved as both tutor and examiner with a number of the university's pretigious graduate business degrees. She is currently directing an Action Research project to evaluate the effectiveness of "Children First" - an early years education and childcare partnership. Sharon Turnbull joined Lancaster University Management School in 1994 having gained an Executive MBA with distinction, and has been involved with many of the School's important graduate degree programmes. She has also been cohort leader of the British Airways MBA, teaches on International Master programme and the MA in Management learning . She currently co-directs the MPhil/PhD in Critical Management.
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