The Centre for General Management Development (CGMD) runs the flagship executive education programmes within Cranfield’s School of Management. 

Established over 40 years ago, Cranfield's General Management Programmes have earned a reputation for top quality, practical executive education. It is a record of success that goes far beyond Cranfield itself, through the achievements of programme participants. 

Cranfield is regularly ranked as one of the top UK business schools in the FT Executive Education Survey – 5th in the UK in 2017. Our general management programmes receive the highest world ranking for the quality of support for programme participants. 


Meet the Team

CGMD Faculty Team

L-R: Dr Catherine Bailey, Philippa Thurgur, Dr Veronica Burke and Dr David Butcher

The directors of our General Management Programmes harness academic knowledge and practical business experience to support managers at all levels. 

Dr. David Butcher, Director, Cranfield Executive Programmes, CGMD Director, Programme Co-Director, Cranfield Directors Programme 

David's career has spanned multi-national business, consultancy and university business schools. He has a depth of international experience in both management practice and executive education. 

Find out more about David by reading his faculty biography. 

Dr. Catherine Bailey, CGMD Research and Business Director, Programme Co-Director Cranfield Directors Programme, Programme Director, Cranfield Advanced Development Programme  
BSc PhD CPsychol AFBPsS 

Catherine's experience spans production, HR, programme management consultancy and business school executive education. Her publications focus on performance; teams, business leadership, knowledge management and executive development. She works internationally as an executive development and business leadership consultant and coach.

Read Catherine’s faculty biography including publications. 

Dr. Veronica Burke, Programme Director, Cranfield General Management Programmes, Programme Co-Director, Cranfield Talent Development Programme 
BH (Hons) PGCE MA PhD 

Veronica has a strong teaching and consulting background. Her publications focus on leadership, conflict management, learning transfer and peak performance. She works internationally and across sectors as an organisational development consultant and executive coach. 

Find out more about Veronica on the faculty profile. 

Philippa Thurgur, Programme Co-Director, Cranfield Talent Development Programme 
BA (Hons) MSc 

Philippa's career has spanned design, manufacturing, key account management and executive education. She has worked with a wide range of clients undertaking significant organisational change, specifically through strategic competency and capability based interventions. Her key research interests are in talent management. 

Read Philippa's faculty biography.