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Dartmouths' Chidley gains prestigious scholarship
August 17, 2011

Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's Daniel Chidley has been earmarked as a future business leader by the Marketing Hall of Legends and secured a prestigious scholarship with its intensive mentoring and coaching scheme, The Marketing Academy.

Chidley, who previously worked at St Mellion, is the only individual in the golf industry to have been awarded one of the coveted places, and one of just four based outside London .

The 25-year-old was among 400 individuals nominated for a place and, after a rigorous selection process including a three-part written application, a telephone interview, a series of five psychometric tests and a final panel interview in London , he was announced as one of the 30 successful candidates.

His nomination came from former BBC director general Greg Dyke, who is chairman of Dartmouth Golf & Country Club where Chidley has worked as sales and marketing manager since 2007.

Jamie Waugh, Dartmouth Golf & Country Club's managing director, said: "It is brilliant news that Dan has been accepted into the Scholarship Programme. I have always believed in encouraging young people to develop their talents while working in a real business environment.

"Throughout the four years he has been with us at Dartmouth he has been encouraged and assisted in gaining further qualifications and experience, and this scholarship is the fruit of all his hard work.

"I know he will benefit personally from the many business leaders who he will be mentored and coached by, and hopefully our businesses will also benefit."

The Marketing Academy is designed to help the next generation of marketers gain the experience they will need to become leaders in the future, and scholars will now benefit from a year's mentoring and teaching by experts from across the marketing spectrum.

Chidley said: "I am absolutely delighted to be a part of the academy. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity.

"As a young marketer working within a small-medium sized business in Devon, I will gain such an insight into some of the largest businesses in the UK and across the globe, including the BBC, Google, O2, William Hill, Comic Relief and easyJet, while accelerating my own professional learning and development."

Sherilyn Shackell, founder of The Marketing Academy said: "We're thrilled that Daniel has won a 2011 Marketing Academy scholarship and it proves that marketing talent doesn't just come from big businesses in London to succeed.

"Daniel's marketing calibre stood out throughout the application process and we're looking forward to working with him throughout the scholarship year."

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