The Council

The Chartered Association of Business Schools is governed by a council of senior management from our member business schools.

Members are elected annually at the Chartered ABS Annual General Meeting, held in November.

The responsibilities of the Council's governance are outlined in our Royal Charter.

The Chartered ABS is committed to diversity as set out in our Principles on diversity, equality and inclusion.


Professor Simon Collinson

Simon Collinson is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Birmingham and Professor of International Business and Innovation at Birmingham Business School. He is also a Member of the UK ESRC Council and the Council of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

As a member of Chartered ABS Council he was closely involved in the Innovation Task Force Report: “The Role of UK Business Schools in Driving Innovation in the Domestic Economy” and sat on the Management Board led by Lord Young and Sir Peter Bonfield to launch the UK Small Business Charter.

Previous roles include Deputy Dean at Warwick Business School and a visiting Professor at Zhejiang University. Professor Collinson’s research focuses on innovation and competitiveness in emerging economies, particularly China. He also studies the performance effects of organisational complexity. His most recent book, ‘From Complexity to Simplicity’ was shortlisted for the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) business book of the year prize. As well as publishing in leading journals he co-authors the FT / Prentice Hall ‘International Business’ textbook. His research has also featured in the Sunday Times, BBC Radio 4, the New Statesman and the US News and World Report.

Vice Chair

Professor Jerry Forrester

University of Hertfordshire

Jerry has over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles in Higher Education. Jerry had extensive experiences in a variety of senior management roles including Dean, Head of Department, Associate Dean, Operations and Deputy Dean.

He is also a member of the Executive Group and Management Advisory Board that developed the Small Business Charter. Jerry was recently made a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) His research interests include the development of graduate skills for employment. He also chairs the Academic Quality Committee and is a member of the Academic Board at All Nations, a leading missionary college in the UK with degrees validated by the Open University. In his spare time Jerry has, for many years, been involved in a variety of activities with the international charity Save the Children.

Members of Chartered ABS Council

Professor Baback Yazdani (Treasurer)
Dean, Nottingham Business School

Professor Julia Clarke
Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Dean, School of Management, University of Bath

Professor Angus Laing
Dean, Lancaster University School of Management

Professor Heather McLaughlin
Academic Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University

Professor David Oglethorpe
Dean, Sheffield University Management School

Professor Zoe Radnor
Dean, School of Business, University of Leicester

Donna Whitehead
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West England

Professor Robert MacIntosh  (Co-opted Member)
Head of School, Heriot-Watt University, School of Social Sciences

Dr Emm Johnstone (Co-opted Member)
Head of Administration, Queen Mary University London


Remuneration Committee

Professor Simon Collinson (Chair)

Professor Jerry Forrester (Vice Chair)

Professor Baback Yazdani (Treasurer)

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