The Chartered ABS uses a committee structure to help develop the strategy in particular interest areas within business schools.

Criteria for Membership and Responsibilities

Our committees:

Research Committee

The Research Committee comprises of directors of research from member business schools and it provides guidance to the Chartered ABS Council to support policy formulation in the field of research as it affects business and management education.

Details of our Annual Research Conference can be found here.


  • Professor Alistair Bruce, Nottingham University Business School (Chair)
  • Professor Martin Meyer, Kent Business School (Vice Chair)
  • Professor Yehuda Baruch, Southampton University Business School
  • Professor Rob Blackburn, Kingston Business School
  • Professor Jonathan Crook, University of Edinburgh Business School
  • Professor Rick Delbridge, Cardiff Business School (DPDoR facilitator)
  • Professor David Denyer, Cranfield School of Management
  • Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Glasgow University, Adam Smith Business School
  • Dr Sunitha Narendran, UEL, School of Business and Law
  • Professor Stephen Perkins, Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law
  • Dr Nina Seppala, UCL School of Management
  • Professor Rudolf R Sinkovics, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Donna Whitehead, University of the West of England
  • Professor Professor Colin Williams, Sheffield University Management School
  • Professor Geoff Wood, Essex Business School
  • Professor Jingjing Xu, Plymouth, Faculty of Business

Terms of reference for the Research Committee


Learning, Teaching & Student Experience Committee

The LTSE Committee comprises mainly of directors of learning and teaching in member business schools. Its role is to support policy formulation and professional development in the areas of teaching, learning, assessment, quality assurance and student employability and student loans


  • Professor Jerry Forrester, Hertfordshire Business School (Chair)
  • Professor Georgina Andrews, Bath Business School (Vice Chair)
  • Professor Gillian Armstrong, University of Ulster
  • Elizabeth Aylott, BPP Business School
  • Dr Paul Cashian, Coventry Business School
  • Dr Heather Clay, Middlesex University Business School
  • Professor Monika Foster, Queen Margaret University
  • Professor Kevin Grant, University of Dundee, School of Business
  • Dr Cathy Minnett-Smith, University of Bedfordshire Business School
  • Dr Berry O'Donovan, Oxford Brookes Business School
  • Dr Keith Pond, Loughborough University School of Business and Economics
  • Dr Karen Robins, Hertfordshire Business School
  • Professor Nicholas Scott, Leeds University
  • Dr Adam Shore, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Diane Sloan, Newcastle Business School
  • Dr Jane Tapsell, Buckingham University
  • Professor Helen Williams, Cardiff University

Terms of reference for the LTSE Committee


Professional Managers' Committee

The Professional Managers' Committee consists of leading managers in a senior role in business schools. The committee plays an integral role in the Professional Managers' Annual Conference (PMAC), as well as being influential in discussing and understanding the restructuring that is going on in many business schools. The Committee’s mission statement is “to encourage and support high performance of professional services within business schools through a process of development and knowledge transfer.” The committee seeks to support professional development by acting as a conduit for innovation and good practice.


  • Dr Phillipa Towlson, Lord Ashcroft International Business School (Chair)
  • Dr Steve Gaskin, Plymouth University Faculty of Business
  • Dr Andrew Glanfield, Cardiff Business School
  • Matthew Hisbent, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University
  • Helen Miller, Newcastle University Business School
  • Ian Hamley, Warwick Business School
  • Stephanie Readey, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Hema Tank, The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Janine Ellis, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Paul Verrion, Kent Business School
  • Emm Johnstone, Queen Mary University of London
  • Diane Donaldson, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Tom O'Neill, University of Ulster

Terms of reference for the Professional Managers' Committee


Executive Education Committee

The Executive Education Committee seeks to discuss business school management issues, challenges and opportunities relating to executive education and to advise the Council on policy in relation to these. The Committee also seeks to champion the work of executive education within the UK business school community and to external audiences including business, government and the wider university community, to promote excellence within executive education, to explore and seek to demonstrate the economic impact of executive education, to demonstrate how executive education creates value in business schools internally, and to develop leaders in executive education.


  • Dr Andrew White, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Stephen Peak, Coventry Business School, Coventry University (Vice Chair)
  • Karen Blakeley, Winchester Business School,  University of Winchester
  • Anne Clydesdale, William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Lynda Hinxman, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University,
  • Dr Keith Hurst, School of Social Sciences, Business & Law, Teesside University
  • Terry Kendrick, Business School, Leeds University
  • Sarah Lethbridge, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University
  • Deborah Lock, Lincoln International Business School, University of Lincoln
  • Steve Ludlow, Henley Business School, University of Reading
  • Professor David Mackay, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling
  • Professor Michael Nicholson, Business School, Durham University

Terms of Reference for the Executive Education Committee


Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee comprises those in a leadership role in a business school and/or experts in diversity in organisations. The Diversity Committee reports to the Chartered ABS Council and will define and deliver on key projects as outlined in the objectives set in its Terms of Reference. The Chartered Association of Business Schools recognises that commitment to diversity supports social justice, responsible management and successful business.

  • Professor Sharon Mavin (Chair), University of Roehampton Business School
  • Dr Cynthia Akwei, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Professor Dana Brown, Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University
  • Professor Julia Clarke, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor Nelarine Cornelius, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London,
  • Dr Anna Einarsdóttir, The York Management School, The University of York
  • Dr Samantha Evans, Kent Business School, University of Kent
  • Professor Helge Hoel, Alliance Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester
  • Professor Simonetta Manfredi, Oxford Brookes University Business School
  • Dr Francine Morris, Salford Business School, University of Salford
  • Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Edge Hill University Business School

Terms of Reference for the Diversity Committee


International Committee

The committee tackles the biggest issues facing the internationalisation of business schools, both in the UK and abroad.


  • Professor Nikolaos Tzokas, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, University of Plymouth, (Chair)
  • Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Assistant Head of Undergraduate Courses,Nottingham Business School
  • Dr Diane Wright, Associate Dean (International), Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Professor John Anchor, Head of Department, University of Huddersfield
  • Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Advancement, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Adrian Bell, Associate Dean (International), Henley Business School
  • Professor Roman Matousek, Professor of Banking and Finance, Kent Business School
  • Professor Martin Broad, Head of Southampton Business School, Southampton Business School
  • Michael J Rosier, Associate Dean (International), University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr. Gordon Fletcher, Head of Operation & Information Management, Salford Business School
  • Professor Alistair Cheyne, Director Internationalisation, Loughborough University, School of Business
  • Andrew Halford, Associate Dean of Strategy and Development, Oxford Brookes University Business School
  • Christopher Marshall, Associate Dean Recruitment, University of Bedfordshire
  • Chartered ABS Lead – Oliver Lowe

Terms of Reference for the International Committee


Scottish Committee

The committee brings together Scottish business schools and explores the opportunities and difficulties faced by being a business school in a devolved nation


  • Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head of School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University (Chair)
  • Professor Sharon C. Bolton, Dean, Stirling Management School, University of Stirling
  • Professor John Finch, Head (Management), Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Malcolm Foley, Dean, Dean of School of Business and Enterprise, University of the West of Scotland
  • Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head, Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
  • Professor Kevin Grant, Director, School of Business, University of Dundee
  • Professor David Hillier, Executive Dean, Strathclyde Business School, University of Strathclyde Glasgow
  • Professor Toni Hilton, Dean, Glasgow School for Business and Society, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean, Business School, University of Edinburgh
  • Professor Bryan MacGregor, Vice-Principal (Research) and Executive Dean, Business School, University of Aberdeen
  • Professor James F. O’Kane, Dean, Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Professor Kevin Orr, Head, School of Management, University of St Andrews
  • Professor Gavin Reid, Head, Dundee Business School, Abertay University

Terms of Reference for the Scottish Committee