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The Tallow Chandlers Cass MBA Challenge

Three teams of full time MBA students recently competed to win the inaugural Tallow Chandlers Cass MBA Challenge.

Three teams of full time MBA students recently competed to win the inaugural Tallow Chandlers Cass MBA Challenge. Supported by their full cohort of peers and the Cass Careers and Professional Development Team, and watched by some of the esteemed Tallow Chandler membership, students researched and delivered presentations to answer the question ‘Optimising investment in a biofueled future – what should be in the perfect portfolio?’
The Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers are one of 110 livery companies located in the City of London. Established over 500 years ago as a trade guild they engaged in the regulation of oils, lubricants and fat-based preservatives and the management of candle making. Nowadays their membership is comprised of senior professionals from the energy, oil and edible fats industries. The company continue to support trade and London as a leading commercial centre, but a major strategic focus is to support educational initiatives.

Tallow image 4A close relationship between Cass and the Tallow Chandlers has existed since 1989 when they began to sponsor an award for excellence in relation to MBA dissertations. This year we have worked in partnership with David Homer, the Clerk of the company, to create a new event where the full cohort of full time MBA students could participate. The challenge set required students to effectively apply theories and approaches learnt on the course, in combination with the skills being enhanced on the professional development curriculum designed by the Careers Team.

The judging panel was comprised of Dr Sionade Robinson (Associate Dean), Mr Nicholas Bull (Master), Mr David Simmonds (Chairman of Education & Charity Commission), Dr Brian Gilvary (Chief Financial Officer BP plc), Mr Nick Wayth (VP Group Competitor Intelligence BP plc), Mr Martin Farrow (Immediate Past President FOSFA International). Following a challenging round of questions to each group the judges retired to deliberate, whilst students enjoyed drinks and networked with members in the historic and beautiful Tallow Chandlers Hall, where the livery company has been resident since 1672.

After much discussion the panel announced the team ‘BioFuture Investment Advisors’ as the prize winners, and they were presented with a silver Armada dish, which will be engraved and put on display in the school. The main presenters in the winning team were Caroline Casanovas, Carlo Barchetti and Adam Culley, and they were ably supported by team colleagues Karina Pais, Brandon Moore, Tao You and David Bernal Padilla. The Tallow Chandler Master, Mr Nicholas Bull, represented all of the judges and members when he stated ‘all of us have enjoyed chatting to the students who were, without exception, impressive and engaging. The presentations were excellent.’

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