Chartered ABS Annual Conference 2019

4-5 November, London

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.

The 2018 Conference took place on 5-6 November at the QEII Centre in Westminster and was a resounding success. Once again we saw a record number of attendees, and we heard from excellent speakers including: Nicola Dandridge, Chief Executive, Office for Students; Andy Rubin, Chairman, Pentland Brands; Paula Nickolds, Managing Director, John Lewis & Partners; Rebecca Endean, Strategy Director, UK Research & Innovation; Sir Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive, British Council; Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, TEF Panel; Rt Hon. Norman Lamb MP, Chair, Science & Technology Select Committee; Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group.

We are grateful to all the speakers, facilitators, and supporters, and of course our guests, who once again created such an exciting and fertile atmosphere for discussion, debate, and networking.

Our Annual Conference programme is designed to address the top-level issues affecting business schools across the UK, including policy, research impact, and leadership. Every year we offer a bespoke programme of keynotes, breakouts, and round-tables to address these topics at their most relevant.

For reference, the programme for the 2018 Annual Conference can be downloaded below.

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Our Annual Conference speakers are drawn from across the HE sector, branches of government, and the business world, and often come from far afield to contribute.

For reference, the speakers and contributors for the 2018 Annual Conference can be found below:

Businesses & entrepreneurs

Zoe Cunningham
Managing Director, Softwire

Tony Danker
Chief Executive, Be the Business

Kelly Davies
Founder, Vi-Ability and Head of Community, More Than a Club

Adam Marshall
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce

Paula Nickolds
Managing Director, John Lewis

Andy Rubin
Chairman, Pentland Brands Limited

Shoshana Stewart
Chief Executive Officer, Turquoise Mountain

Charles Wookey
Chief Executive Officer, A Blueprint for Better Business

Policymakers & influencers

Sir Gerry Berragan
Chief Executive, Institute for Apprenticeships

Nicola Dandridge
Chief Executive, Office for Students

Rebecca Endean
Strategy Director, UK Research & Innovation

Professor Dame Ann Dowling
President, Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice-Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University and Chair, TEF Panel

Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP
Chair, Science & Technology Select Committee

Dr Rannia Leontaridi OBE
Director, Business Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Chi Onwurah MP
Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation

David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods MP
Shadow Minister for Planning and Local Government and Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

Sir Ciarán Devane
Chief Executive, British Council

Business schools & universities

Professor Anand Anandalingam
Ralph J. Tyser Professor of Management Science, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Lynne Berry OBE
Visiting Professor, Cass Business School and Chair, Breast Cancer Now

Professor Robert Blackburn
Associate Dean for Research, Kingston Business School and Chair, UoA 17 sub-panel, REF2021

Cathy Cassell

Professor Cathy Cassell
Dean, Birmingham Business School

Professor Julia Clarke
Pro-Vice Chancellor & Dean, Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and Chair, Business and Law Subject Panel, TEF Panel

Professor Sir Cary Cooper CBE
50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health, Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey
Dean, School of Management and Vice President, Corporate and Government Engagement, University of Bath

Professor Zahir Irani
Executive Dean, Faculty of Management and Law, University of Bradford

Dr Devendra Kodwani
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, The Open University

Professor Wendy Loretto
Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School

Professor Julie Lydon OBE
Vice Chancellor, University of South Wales

Professor Alan Manning
Professor of Economics, London School of Economics and Chair, Migration Advisory Committee

Professor Colin Mayer CBE
Peter Moores Professor of Management Studies, Saïd Business School

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

Professor Trevor McMillan
Vice-Chancellor, Keele University

Professor Tim Stewart
Vice-Chancellor and CEO, BPP University

Dr Paolo Taticchi
Director Global Online MBA and Weekend MBA, Imperial College Business School

Professor Helen Woodruffe-Burton
Director, Edge Hill University Business School

Fees for the 2019 Annual Conference will be announced closer to the date.

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

If you are interested in supporting the Chartered ABS Annual Conference as a sponsor, or in any other opportunities, please email our Head of Conferences and International Oliver Lowe at

Our sponsors for the 2018 Annual Conference can be seen below.

Peregrine Global includes two interrelated companies – Peregrine Academic Services and Peregrine Leadership Institute – along with our strategic partners and associates. Together, we make a difference in leadership and higher education by leveraging a diversity of talents across a broad spectrum of disciplines, backgrounds, experiences, and cultures. We are Thought-Partners in higher education with personal and organizational experiences in quality assurance, accreditation, leadership, assessment, and institutional effectiveness, and solve challenges with customized academic solutions to improve the quality of higher education throughout the world.

Studiosity was founded upon the belief that every student deserves individualised study support at the time it is needed. Since inception Studiosity has delivered over 1.25 million online academic literacy sessions, and now leads the digital education revolution across APAC and the UK with our brilliant and innovative education partners.Today we provide after-hours support for over 350,000 students at 20+ universities in more than a dozen countries, and demonstrably improve learning gain and student engagement. Our mission is to provide accessible and ethical academic literacy support at scale – and we achieve this by connecting students to experts through awesome technology.

VitalSource® is a renowned innovator and trusted partner for institutions and publishers globally, improving the student learning experience by making it easy to deliver effective, affordable content on the World’s number 1 digital content platform, Bookshelf®. Students in 241 countries connect to content from over 1,000 global and local-language publishers, online or offline while data-driven insights from our analytics tools give instructors the ability to understand student study habits and effectively support student success and outcomes. With our comprehensive training and onboarding programmes, our aim is a smooth, successful implementation experience that realises your institution’s vision and goals.


Pearson Higher Education UK works with educators and institutions to support learner needs and deliver measurable results, enabling students everywhere to fulfill their potential. We are transforming our content to be flexible and digital so that you can deliver learning in more impactful, accessible and personal ways. From digital learning tools and personalised resources to online and blended course development, we help you help your students be the best they can possibly be.


McGraw Hill Education are a leading learning science company with a vision to unlock the full potential of every student, providing digital technologies grounded in research, worldwide. Complete with a team of innovative pedagogical experts, learning engineers and content developers their solutions facilitate the teaching process and enhance the learning experience, improving pass rates, elevating grades and increasing engagement. Their range of innovative technologies are available in nearly 60 languages, and includes ebooks and a digital course management solution, Connect2.

Conference Supporter: The Case Centre

The Case Centre is the independent home of the case method. A not-for-profit organisation and registered charity, we advance the case method worldwide to inspire and transform business education across the globe. Access to the best management cases, articles, book chapters and instructor materials available worldwide is provided at, and includes facilities to search, preview and purchase for instant download. The Case Centre also offers many services to support the writing and teaching of cases including training, scholarships, awards and materials on the case method. The Case Centre’s distribution service allows authors to make their cases available to a global audience.

AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.

Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide.

Netex develops and delivers cutting-edge solutions for digital classrooms, focusing its innovation on 5 technology layers - integrated authoring, learning analytics, collaboration, gamification and adaptivity - to create a new way of learning, Netex’s smartED solution. Netex is also a referential technology partner for publishers, governments and educational institutions.

ILM is the leading specialist provider of leadership qualifications in the UK. Over 70,000 ILM qualifications are awarded each year and in the past year alone, ILM has delivered over 14,000 management apprenticeships. Over one million people hold an ILM qualification and the organisation is dedicated to continuously improving leadership, management and coaching skills - both in the UK and internationally – ensuring businesses and individuals are equipped for the working world now and in the future. ILM develops qualifications, accredits and assesses training, and provides quality training materials to ensure continual learning development. ILM is a City & Guilds Group Business. All ILM qualifications are awarded by The City and Guilds of London Institute, which was founded in 1878 and is incorporated by Royal Charter.

ACADEM is a comprehensive web-based software solution for faculty and research data management. It allows institutions to manage all their accreditations and rankings in one place and produce the appropriate statistical reports, e.g. for AACSB, EQUIS, EPAS, and AMBA. ACADEM also provides modules to manage Syllabus, Assurance of Learning, and Faculty Workload. With our latest innovation, the PITCH ePortfolio module, institutions can certify all students’ learning goals and outcomes (transcripts, internships, diploma) within a digital passport. More than 80 business schools in 26 countries around the world work with ACADEM.

If you are interested in sponsoring this year's conference please contact Oliver Lowe.

Oliver Lowe
Head of Conferences & International
Chartered Association of Business Schools
Direct: +44 (0) 207 634 9581  Main: +44 (0) 207 236 7678

The 2019 Annual Conference takes place on 4-5 November in London

Further details to be announced soon.