The Chartered ABS Annual Conference is the nexus between UK business schools, industry and government. Moreover, it is the occasion for deans, directors and senior leaders of UK business schools to reflect on common challenges, share best practice and explore new opportunities.

This year's gathering explores how business schools are contributing to the ‘public good’ and are helping to create a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for our society in the UK and internationally.

Key topics include:

  • How business schools are helping to support the educational growth, economic life and cultural well-being of their local communities.
  • How technology, changing student demographics and new pedagogy is disrupting education at undergraduate, postgraduate and post-experience level
  • How government policy and the changing political environment is impacting business schools and what institutions can do to manage risk and take advantage of new opportunities
  • How business and management education is contributing to social mobility and widening participation
  • How the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are being embedded in teaching, research and the management of business school faculty
  • What business and management scholars are doing to engage with the innovation agenda, contribute to interdisciplinary research and ensure their research has a positive societal impact
  • How UK business schools are operating in the international landscape and helping to forge economic links, international trade opportunities and inward international investment

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Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Caryn Beck-Dudley
Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University

Dr Ian Campbell
Executive Chair
Innovate UK

Tim Gardam
Chief Executive
Nuffield Foundation

Dr David Halpern
Chief Executive
Behavioural Insights Team

Angela Knight CBE
Former Chair
Office of Tax Simplification

Anna Laycock
Chief Executive
Finance Innovation Lab

Amanda Mackenzie OBE
Chief Executive
Business in the Community

Chris Millward
Director for Fair Access and Participation
Office for Students

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE
former Chief Executive

Asif Sadiq
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
The Telegraph

Professor Peter Tufano
Saïd Business School

Jennie Younger
Executive Director of Development
King’s College London

Day One, 4 November - view programme

Day Two, 5 November - view programme

DAY ONE, Monday 4 November

09:30 Pre-conference working groups

The Deans Meeting
The fourth annual meeting of the Deans of UK business schools.

Chair: Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School; Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Leaders in Learning & Teaching Network meeting
A roundtable meeting for Directors of Learning & Teaching and senior educators.

Chair: Dr Adam Shore, Director Academic, Liverpool Business School

The Research Directors Colloquium
A closed-door meeting for Directors of Research from UK business schools.

Chair: Professor Graeme Currie, Professor of Public Management & Pro-Dean Research Engagement & Impact, Warwick Business School

Accelerating growth: The SBC clinic for small businesses and entrepreneurs
Hosted by the Small Business Charter this business clinic offers practical support and guidance for small businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators

Saleem Arif, Chief Executive, ReviewSolicitors
Raj Burman, Head of SME, Growth Accelerator and Partnerships, GS1 UK
Matthew Clarke, Director and Founder, Privalgo
Henning von Spreckelsen, Managing Director, Shere Investment

The transnational education landscape
A roundtable about the opportunities for UK business schools to grow their global footprint.

Aisling Conboy, Higher Education Specialist, Education Team, Department for International Trade
Celia Partridge, Assistant Director, Partnerships and Mobility, Universities UK International
Co-chairs: Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International, Nottingham Business School
Chris Marshall, Associate Dean Recruitment, International and Partnerships, University of Bedfordshire, Business School

12:30 Conference registration and lunch

13:40 Welcome

Anne Kiem, Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools
Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School; Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools

14:00 Keynote session: Business schools in a changing world
Four Keynote Speakers discuss the forces that are disrupting business & management education and the ways in which business schools can deliver value to students, stakeholders, business and society.

Angela Knight CBE, former Chair, Office of Tax Simplification
Dr Ian Campbell, Executive Chair, Innovate UK
Professor Caryn Beck-Dudley, Dean, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
Professor Peter Tufano, Dean, Saïd Business School
Chair: Professor Zoe Radnor, Vice President (Strategy and Planning; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion), City, University of London

15:20 Break

16:00 Breakout sessions

Breakout i.
The societal impact of business & management scholarship
How business school research can contribute to interdisciplinary endeavours that tackle today’s key societal issues such as urban regeneration, the green agenda, health and
wellbeing and enterprise.

Professor Frances Bowen, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Social Sciences, University of East Anglia
Professor Mark Freeman, Dean, The York Management School
Tim Gardam, Chief Executive, Nuffield Foundation
Jennifer Wallace, Interim Joint CEO and Head of Policy, Carnegie UK Trust
Chair: Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Head, Queen’s University Management School

Breakout ii.
Business & management education as an engine of social mobility
How business schools can support disadvantaged young people and mature learners through: developing new entry points to HE; utilising new modes of learning; and creating new
routes into employment.

Chris Millward, Director for Fair Access and Participation, Office for Students
Professor Jonathan Michie, Professor of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, University of Oxford; President, Kellogg College
James Turner, Chief Executive, Sutton Trust
Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlin, Academic Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, Coventry University

Breakout iii.
Future proofing the business school: generating transformative investment
How additional investment can help business schools tackle the big challenges facing business and society and have an impact across the globe.

Professor Stephen Bach, Dean, King’s Business School
Jennie Younger, Executive Director of Development, King’s College London
Chair: Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

Breakout iv.
Embedding the principles of equality, diversity and inclusivity in a business school’s DNA
The more diverse the business school the better the mix of skills, experiences and ideas. We explore how an inclusive working environment, in which diversity and equality flourishes, benefits business school staff and how an inclusive working culture can be built.

Osama Khan, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Students and Teaching, Solent University, Southampton
Asif Sadiq, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, The Telegraph
Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton, Director, Edge Hill University Business School
Chair: Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head of School of Management, Royal Holloway University of London

Breakout v.
Creating learning environments that boost progression and attainment
Exploring how business schools are blending physical and digital resources, using cutting-edge scholarship and applying other tools and techniques to create stimulating learning environments at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Angela Dalrymple, Director of Education and Student Experience, School of Business, London South Bank University
Jonathan Sandling, Head of Academic Studies, CU London
Dr Esther C. Jubb, Head of Academic Services, Pearson

Breakout vi.
Engaging with government
Assessing the implications of recent, and impending, HE policy and exploring how business schools can more effectively inform and influence government policymaking.

Dr Diana Beech, Policy Adviser to the Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation (subject to final confirmation)
Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham
Chair: Professor Steven McGuire, Dean and Head of School, University of Sussex Business School

17:00 End of Day One

17:20 Annual General Meeting

19:00 Drinks Reception & Gala Dinner

Commencing with a pre-dinner drinks reception the Gala Dinner is an opportunity to network and build relationships.

Day Two, Tuesday 5 November

08:30 Registration and refreshments

09:15 Welcome

Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School; Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools

09:30 Keynote session: Making our world a better place
Four Keynote Speakers share their unique insights into some of today’s grand challenges, and how business schools can be part of the solution to create a sustainable, inclusive and prosperous future for our society in the UK and internationally.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, former Chief Executive, MITIE Group
Dr David Halpern, Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team
Anna Laycock, Chief Executive Officer, Finance Innovation Lab
Professor Michael Posner, Director, Center for Business and Human Rights, NYU Stern School of Business
Chair: Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School

11:00 Break

11:30 Breakout sessions

Breakout i.
Putting sustainability and responsibility at the heart of the business school
Exploring how business schools are embedding the principles of ethics, responsible business and sustainability into business & management teaching, research and school administration.

Professor Brigid Daniel, Dean, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, Queen Margaret University
Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community
Dr Rosina Watson, Senior Lecturer in Sustainability Strategy, Cranfield School of Management
Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Head, Brighton Business School

Breakout ii.
International education: what is in the offing?
Investigating the impact of Brexit, the implications of the new International Education Strategy and the changing treatment of international students.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, British Council
Anne Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UK Council for International Student Affairs
Professor Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Europe Business School London
Chair: Professor Martin Broad, Head, Southampton Business School; Vice Chair, Chartered ABS

Breakout iii.
Building wellbeing and promoting resilience
How business school leaders can support the health, wellbeing and resilience of their teams; and the positive impact that this can have on staff performance and the success of the business school.

Dr Ruth Caleb MBE, University Wellbeing Consultant
Emma Mamo, Head of Workplace Wellbeing, Mind
Zoe Swan, Course Leader Law Programmes, Senior Lecturer in Law, Brighton Business School
Chair: Janine Ellis, Head of School Operations, Alliance Manchester Business School

Breakout iv.
Collaborating with the FE sector to deliver a joined-up approach to tertiary education
How the HE and FE sectors can work together on degree apprenticeships and in other ways to deliver a more effective system of post-18 education.

Alun Francis, Principal and Chief Executive, Oldham College
Dharma Kovvuri, Dean, Lancashire School of Business and Enterprise
Dr Yvonne Moogan, Associate Professor of Online Business Education, Leeds University Business School
Chair: Professor Caroline Elliott, Deputy Dean, Aston Business School

Breakout v.
Empowering students for today’s knowledge economy
What are the skills and behaviours demanded by business and being prioritised by government? We explore how business & management education is evolving to meet changing labour
market demand.

Professor Ben Brabon, Director of Learning and Teaching, University of Surrey Business School
Dr Wilson Wong, Head of Insight & Futures, Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
Chair: Professor Julia Clarke, Pro-Vice-Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Breakout vi.
Nurturing social enterprise
The growing social enterprise sector presents important opportunities for business schools and exciting careers for students. We explore the ways in which supporting social
enterprise can help business schools increase their civic impact and improve graduate employability.

Stephanie Burras, Chief Executive, Ahead Partnership
Gail Boag, Dean, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive Officer, Social Enterprise UK
Chair: Dr Mairi Watson, Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Northampton

12:30 Lunch

Lunchtime drop-in session: Introducing the Chartered ABS’s new Taskforce on ‘Business Schools and the Public Good’ The Chartered ABS’s new Taskforce will explore how business schools contribute to the public good and suggest ways in which these contributions can be built upon. Join us for this drop-in session to find out about the Taskforce’s aims and
workplan, and have the opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions. The session will be led by the co-chairs of the Taskforce: Professor Martin Kitchener, former Dean, Cardiff Business School and Tom Levitt, Founder, Sector 4 Focus.

13:30 Deep-Dive Sessions

The last section of the conference will be made up of a small number of ‘Deep-Dive’ sessions. These 90 minute discussions will allow for in-depth discussion about some of the key issues emerging from the previous two days and about the Chartered ABS’s current strategic priorities.

15:00 Close of conference


Group Booking Discounts are available.


Chartered ABS Members

Not sure whether your institution is a member? Full list available here.

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £795
Single day without Gala Dinner  £459
Single day with Gala Dinner  £519
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £735
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,389
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants. Save 25% on each additional place  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members (higher education, public sector and third sector)

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £875
Single day without Gala Dinner  £509
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £815
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,529

Commercial organisations

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £955
Single day without Gala Dinner  £559
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £895
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,699


Full conference with Gala Dinner  £469
Single day without Gala Dinner  £249
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £409

View the Chartered ABS policy on cancellations, transfers and substitutions.


This year's conference takes place at the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge in the City of London.

45 Prescot Street
E1 8GP


Please note participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements. Please find below nearby hotels for consideration:


Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge
45 Prescot Street
E1 8GP

The Conference venue has offered participants discounted rates for accommodation. For further details please visit and enter promo code: LHCHAR031119. Deadline: Monday 23 September 2019. 


Premier Inn London City (Tower Hill) Hotel
22-24 Prescot Street
E1 8BB

This hotel is approx. 3 minutes' walk from the venue


Novotel London Tower Bridge Hotel
10 Pepys Street

This hotel is approx. 8 minutes' walk from the venue


Hub by Premier Inn London Tower Bridge
28 Great Tower Street

This hotel is approx. 13 minutes' walk from the venue


Supporting the Chartered ABS Annual Conference is an excellent way of engaging with deans and directors of UK business schools. If you are interested in supporting this year's event please email our Head of Conferences and International Oliver Lowe at

With thanks to our supporters…

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