Guest Speakers

As part of KYRA’s commitment to develop strong leaders of the future, powerful bosses volunteered to provide ongoing mentoring and practical, hands-on experience.

As leaders of major regional and national companies, the mentors have amassed a wealth of management and business expertise that they are able to share with students.



Bob Battye

Bob Battye is a student of authentic leadership, Chairman of a group of 18 Managing Directors who’s role is to expose them to new management techniques and to coach them into becoming better leaders making better decisions.

Bob has been coaching and mentoring business leaders for the past 20 years and is now Chairman of four companies Director in another four and advisor to the board to a further six.

A wealth of experience in running international organisations and believes that leaders are not born, but made through sound principles and beliefs.

AlanGrangerAlan Granger

Alan Granger is Chief Executive and Resident Land Agent for the Ragley Estate near Alcester, Warwickshire.  The 6500 acre rural estate is a 9th generation family business and comprises a 4000 acre farm and 1000 acre woodland business with sawmill.  There is a substantial property portfolio with properties let in all sectors as well as a number of development opportunities, retail butchers in the estate farm shop and finally Ragley Hall itself that operates as both a visitor attraction and events venue.

The business is complex and varied with some 40 full time staff and a similar number of part-time and seasonal staff.  Alan’s role is the principle executive director for the business reporting directly to the owners and the Board of Trustees.  He is supported by a part time finance director and the managers of the 5 businesses which make up the estate.

Alan qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and with 25 years’ experience holds a wide range of business skills and knowledge which allow him to provide excellent mentoring for younger people.


Russel Allen

I am the Managing Director of Aubrey Allen and been doing this role since June 2010 to the present day.  Aubrey Allen is a family business established 80 years ago by my grandfather, Mr Aubrey Allen.

From a back street Coventry Shop opened by the orphan Aubrey Allen in 1933 to the award winning national catering butcher it is today, the core philosophies that run through the business have remained the same.  Our company has evolved over the years to what it is today – one of the best know catering butchers in the Midlands and throughout the UK. Aubrey Allen have grown through our commitment to making the best quality meat available to our customers.  Our staff, many of whom have stayed with us for over 20 years, share and understand our family philosophy of integrity and experience over the fast buck and quick fixes.  We are proud that successful restaurants nationwide rely on Aubrey Allen meat but we don’t rely on our reputation; we work hard to ensure that we keep it.  The business comprises of several diverse yet connected businesses which include a catering butcher business based in Coventry, a retail butcher and deli business based in Leamington Spa, a restaurant business called Oscars French Bistro based in Leamington Spa, and an event catering company based in Warwick.  I am proud to be awarded a Royal Warrant and represents the most prestigious stamp of quality and reliability. The businesses keep me extremely busy.


Mentors visit students in their workplace to discuss their progress in developing skills in leadership and management. They advise on strategies to develop these skills, and evaluate evidence of their progress with the students. A visit is made during each module, and it includes discussion with the student’s line manager. A report is prepared for the portfolio of evidence for the student’s progress.

New mentors are sought for each year’s intake of students – including business people, leaders of public sector organisations and the voluntary and community sector. The mentor role is an excellent voluntary opportunity ‘to put something back’; all receive full training and are involved in the Course Committee. Alan Jones said of his first visit to his student “I got an awful lot from that. You know when you give like this, you receive something too.”

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I am Caroline Berry. I work for a charitable organisation. I first learned about the KYRA foundation degree through its links with the my employers. They were keen for me to take the opportunity that KYRA offered for personal and professional development. What attracted me to the KYRA degree was the opportunity to work towards […]

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