Resilience I Inclusion I Sustainability I Innovation

The Chartered ABS Annual Conference is the yearly gathering of the deans and leaders of UK business schools. This year's event will be an opportunity for members of the Chartered ABS to reflect on what has gone well, or otherwise, since the Covid-19 crisis started; plan for the immediate future; and explore, through conversation with business and government, what it means to be a business school in the new social and economic environment.

Running the conference as an online event presents many opportunities. The programme is in development and alongside the high-level keynote sessions, the interactive breakout sessions, and networking opportunities that are a hallmark of the event; there will be a greater range of international speakers, valuable asynchronous content and a wider variety of discussion formats.

Confirmed speakers include:

Lord David Blunkett
Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

Eniola Aluko
Sporting Director, Aston Villa Women’s’ Team

Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Lord Karan Bilimoria
President, CBI

Professor George Boyne
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Dr Dana Brown
Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Professor Julia Clarke
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Dame Sandra Dawson
KPMG Professor Emerita and Former Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

Professor Sir Chris Husbands
Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Deborah Johnston
Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Mark Lomas
Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Professor Debra Humphris
Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton and Member, All Party Parliamentary University Group

Professor Enase Okonedo
Dean, Lagos Business School

Professor Gloria Agyemang
Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

David Sweeney
Executive Chair, Research England

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts
Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio
Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

Paul Feldman
Chief Executive, Jisc

Vicki Stott
Executive Director of Operations and Deputy CEO, QAA

Professor Adam Habib
Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

Explore the programme

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Programme - Day One

COVID-19 has reshaped our economic prospects and the fabric of society. This year’s programme explores the role of business schools in this new world; and how we can best serve our students, parent institutions, business partners and society at large.

09:00-10:00

Main stage session

Operating in an uncertain higher education ecosystem

Exploring how the UK’s higher education landscape has been impacted by Covid-19, how business schools have responded to unprecedented challenges, and the immediate and longer-term implications for the sector.

Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor Emerita and Former Director, Cambridge Judge Business School

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

10:30-11:30

Breakout session: Resilience

Leading UK business schools through the Covid Crisis

How Deans and senior managers of UK business schools can offer effective, impactful leadership that helps to create resilient and agile teams.

Professor Georgina Andrews, Vice Provost, Bath Spa University

Professor Jane Hendy, Dean, Brunel Business School

Nicky Randall, Faculty Head of Resources and Planning, Faculty of Business and Social Sciences, Kingston University

Johan Roos, Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Breakout session: Inclusion

Facilitating frank discussions among staff and students about race

Exploring the modes and fora that business schools can use to create safe-spaces for discussions around racial inequality, and how such discussions can be normalised.

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

Professor Ratula Chakraborty, Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Internationalisation Coordinator, Norwich Business School

Professor Sally Everett, Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School

Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire

Chair: Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

Breakout session: Innovation

International student recruitment during a pandemic

Exploring how Covid-19 has impacted international student numbers; the immediate and longer-term implications for international recruitment; and what can be done by universities and the government to maintain the UK’s position as an attractive destination for international students.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director, Education, British Council

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Samar Shams, Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility, Spencer West

Chair: Professor Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Business School London

12:00-13:00

Main Stage Session

The changing relationship between business schools and parent universities

Exploring how the relationship between business schools and their parent universities is being altered by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Professor Julia Clark, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Professor Fiona Devine CBE, Head of School, Alliance Manchester Business School

Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

Chair: Professor Martin Broad, Dean, Faculty of Business Law and Digital Technologies, University of Winchester

13:30-14:30

Breakout session: Resilience 

Boosting local economic growth through research, innovation and knowledge exchange

Exploring the contribution that business schools can make to local communities through research, innovation and knowledge exchange.

Professor Zahir Irani, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford; Chair, Bradford Economic Recovery Board

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Birmingham

Breakout session: Inclusion

Making a difference for disabled students

Exploring how Covid-19 has affected students with disabilities; and the way in which business schools, and their parent universities, are supporting students.

Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Tab Ahmad, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EmployAbility

Piers Wilkinson, Student Voice Commissioner, Disabled Students' Commission

Chair: Professor Jerry Forrester, Hertfordshire Business School and Fellow, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Breakout session: Innovation

Blended learning: how far have we come and how far have we got to go?

Reviewing the impact on staff and students of the sector-wide pivot to online learning, and how to address the challenges that still remain in creating and embedding programmes that blend learning in meaningful ways.

Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin

Professor Connson Locke, Professorial Lecturer in Management, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Professor Neil Morris, Dean of Digital Education, Chair in Educational Technology, University of Leeds

Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor Community & Civic Engagement; Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montford University

14:30-15:00

Main Stage Session

The role of business schools post pandemic: inclusion, collaboration, creativity and innovation

Lord Karan Bilimoria, Chairman, Cobra Beer; President, CBI

15:00-16:00

Main Stage Session

The value-proposition of business schools in 2021 and beyond

An international panel that explores how Covid-19 has influenced the strategic direction of business and management education, research activity and business engagement; and what business schools might look like in the years ahead.

Dr Dana Brown, Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Steve Hollis, Chairman, Sorbus Partners; Chair, Birmingham Business School Advisory Board

Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School

Professor Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School

Chair: Professor Steven McGuire, Dean and Head of School, University of Sussex Business School

16:30-17:30

Breakout session. Resilience 

Upskilling and reskilling the UK workforce through lifelong, flexible learning

How the demand for postgraduate programmes and executive education has been influenced by the Covid-19 crisis; and how business schools need to review pedagogy and mode to ensure ongoing relevance.

Scott Anderberg, Vice President, Pearson Online Learning Services, UK and Europe

Alexandra Charles, College Head of Executive Education and Enterprise Development, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Dr Eliza Morgan, Director, Leadership Hub, University of Central Lancashire

Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School

Chair: Sarah Lethbridge, Director of Executive Education and External Relations, Cardiff Business School

Breakout session. Resilience 

Recruitment strategies: Finding and landing talent during a pandemic

Exploring the challenges, and opportunities, of recruiting academic and professional services staff in uncertain times.

Alex Acland, Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Kiersten Avery, Executive Search Consultant, Dixon Walter

Dr Becca Franssen, Senior Consultant, Perrett Laver

Christopher Lake, Founder, Syllogism

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Breakout session. Sustainability

Rethinking transnational education in a low travel environment

Exploring how UK business schools can deliver transnational education in sustainable ways.

Sarah McIlroy, Dean, BPP University School of Business and Technology

Professor Agnes Nairn, Faculty International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, University of Bath

Gemma Turnbull, Head of International Higher Education Strategy, Exports and Engagement, Department for Education

Chair: Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International Affairs, Nottingham Business School

Chartered ABS Annual Conference Programme - Day Two

COVID-19 has reshaped our economic prospects and the fabric of society. This year’s programme explores the role of business schools in this new world; and how we can best serve our students, parent institutions, business partners and society at large.

9:00-10:00

Main Stage Session

Creating a culture of inclusion

Exploring the challenges facing underrepresented and disadvantaged groups among students and staff and the ways in which business schools through individual and institutional action can become more culturally nuanced and diverse.

Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Mark Lomas, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Professor Emmanuel Ogbonna, Professor of Management and Organisation, Cardiff Business School

Chair: Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

10:30-11:30

Breakout session. Resilience

Nurturing resilience in our teams

Exploring how the Covid-19 crisis, the return to campus, and the first months of the new academic year has impacted the mental health and wellbeing of staff and the steps that can be taken to support the resilience of business school teams.

Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, Bournemouth University Business School

Dr Emm Barnes Johnstone, Strategic Project Manager, School of Business and Management. Queen Mary University of London

Professor Kamil Omoteso, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Chair: Dr Christine Rivers, Director Learning & Teaching (interim), Co-Director Centre for Management Education, Surrey Business School

Breakout session. Inclusion

Closing attainment gaps between white students and those from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds

Exploring how Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on the progression and attainment of students from ethnic minority communities and the ways in which business schools can offer particular support to students from these communities.

Buge Apampa, Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University

Chiko Bwalya, VP Education, Students Union Bournemouth University

Rachael Carden, Principal Lecturer, Brighton Business School

Amy Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Students

Chair: Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London

Breakout session. Resilience 

Making the most of your Advisory Board

Exploring the opportunities and challenges facing business school advisory boards in uncertain times.

Naomi Timperley, Founder, Tech North Advocates; Chair, Salford Business School Advisory Board

Paul Brown, Director, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young LLP; Chair, Birmingham City University Business School Advisory Board

Andrew Miles, Corporate Relations Manager, Birmingham Business School

Chair: Sarah Hardcastle, Director, Hardcastle & Associates

Breakout session. Innovation

Responsible use of journal guides and metrics

Exploring the responsible usage of journal rankings and metrics; and the future direction of the Academic Journal Guide.

Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

Professor Bill Cooke, Director of Research, The York Management School

Professor Katy Mason, Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School and Chair of British Academy of Management

Professor Andrew O’Neil, Dean (Research), Griffith Business School and Bardsnet Chair, Australian Business Deans Council

Chair: Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School

12:00-13:00

Main Stage Session

Planning for September 2021

Reflecting on the lessons learned from this year’s recruitment cycle and looking ahead to student recruitment (domestic/international) for next year.

Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Vicki Stott, Executive Director of Operations and Deputy CEO, QAA

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

13:30-14:30

Breakout session. Resilience

Managing risk in business school strategy

Exploring how Covid-19 has exacerbated existing operational and financial risks, and created new risk, and the ways in which business schools can take an active approach to identifying, measuring and managing risk.

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Janine Ellis, Head of School Operations, Alliance Manchester Business School

Chair: Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, College of Social Sciences, Adam Smith Business School

Breakout session. Innovation

Business schools and the public good

An update, with preliminary findings, from the Chartered ABS’s Taskforce exploring how business schools are delivering public good.

Chartered ABS Taskforce on Business School and the Public Good,

Professor Martin Kitchener, former Dean, Cardiff Business School

Tom Levitt, Founder, Sector 4 Focus

Breakout session. Innovation

Innovative approaches to enhancing student employability

Reflecting on how Covid-19 and the low growth environment has impacted the graduate employment market, and how business schools can support student employability through work experience, placements and in other ways.

Dr Sola Adesola, Senior Lecturer and EDI Champion, Oxford Brookes Business School

Dr Janice Allan, Dean, Salford Business School

Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head, Aberdeen Business School

Marc Lintern, Director of Student Experience, Newcastle University

Chair: Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

Breakout session. Inclusion

Creating a diverse faculty

How business school can improve gender diversity; recruit more black, Asian and ethnic minority staff; and support underrepresented and disadvantaged staff (academic/professional services) into leadership positions

Dr Cynthia Akwei, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School

Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Essex Business School

Ruchi M. Watson, Managing Director, Goff Strategic Leadership Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Head, Brighton Business School

Breakout session. Innovation

Creating relevant and impactful research that responds to the needs of the changing world

Exploring how Covid-19 and Brexit are shaping the research and innovation ecosystem and how business schools can create pure and applied research that has societal and economic impact.

Professor Serguei Netessine, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Professor Herman Aguinis, Professor of Management, & Chairperson, Department of Management, The George Washington University School of Business; President Elect, Academy of Management

Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead, Middlesex University Business School

Chair: Professor Penelope Tuck, Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy and Director of Research, Birmingham Business School

15:00-16:00

Main Stage Session

The direction of UK higher education policy in uncertain times

Exploring the latest news from Westminster and the devolved nations about higher education policy.

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Chair, Board of Governors, Northumbria University

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton and Member, All Party Parliamentary University Group

Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Chair: Professor Julia Bennell, Executive Dean, Leeds University Business School

16:00-16:30

Main Stage Session

Students of the game: the Aston partnership

Exploring the development of the innovative dual-careers model within Aston Villa

Eniola Aluko, Sporting Director, Aston Villa Women’s’ Team

Dr Keith Schofield, Associate Dean: Future Students and Product Development, Aston University

Eniola Aluko, Sporting Director, Aston Villa Women’s’ Team

Dr Keith Schofield, Associate Dean: Future Students and Product Development, Aston University

16:30-17:30

Breakout session. Sustainability

Creating responsible leaders through sustainable business & management education

How business schools are delivering postgraduate programmes that teach students about the science and policy of climate change and equip students with the ‘sustainability’ skills that are increasingly valued by employers.

Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Head of Corporate Environmental Management and Dean, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University

Chair: Dr Alex Hope, Head of Department, Leadership and Human Resource Management, Newcastle Business School; Co-Chair United Nations PRME Climate and Environment Working Group

Breakout session. Resilience

Digital literacy for staff and students

Exploring the ways in which business schools can equip students with the skills to be remote learners; and staff with the skills to deliver fully online and blended programmes.

Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer, Skilled

Dr Deba Bardhan-Correia, Dean, University of Buckingham Business School

Chair: Dr Alison Truelove, Lead Academic Tutor, Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education, University of Exeter Business School

Alex Acland, Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndtson

Alex is a Partner of the Firm and leads the Education Practice in the UK and Chairs the Global Education Practice.  Based in London, he has worked in education since 2001 and has 24 years’ successful experience in the recruitment industry. He re-joined Odgers Berndtson in January 2016 after eight years with another international search firm, where he led the Education & Social Enterprise Practice in Europe.  He has successfully delivered leadership appointments for a wide range of universities as well as commercial education and EdTech clients and has a significant expertise in advising clients on the digital learning economy.  Alex has a Bachelor of Divinity from the University of Edinburgh.  He is a Director/Trustee of Goodenough College.

Dr Sola Adesola, Senior Lecturer and EDI Champion, Oxford Brookes Business School

Sola Adesola is a Senior Lecturer and EDI Champion at the Oxford Brookes Business School, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Kigali, Rwanda. Her research interests are entrepreneurship, university industry interactions, energy policy and women spinout. In 2018, Sola co-chaired an International Conference on Innovation and the new role of Universities, and is currently planning for the follow up conference in June 2020. She has published widely and is the co-editor of two books: Energy in Africa: Policy, Management & Sustainability, published in 2019 by Palgrave, and Entrepreneurial Universities –Creating Institutional Innovation in Times of Turbulence’, to be published in 2020 by Palgrave. She is a BAME leader and sits at executive committees on race, gender equality and Academic Board. Sola is a multi-award winner on Education and nominee for two awards at OBU.

Professor Herman Aguinis, Professor of Management, & Chairperson, Department of Management, The George Washington University School of Business; President Elect, Academy of Management

Herman Aguinis is the Avram Tucker Distinguished Scholar and Chair of the Department of Management at The George Washington University School of Business in Washington, USA. His research addresses the acquisition and deployment of talent in organizations and organizational research methods. He served as Program Chair for the 2020 Academy of Management (AOM) virtual conference and now serves as AOM President-Elect. He published 170 refereed journal articles and nine books. The 2020, 2019, and 2018 Web of Science Highly-Cited Researchers Reports ranked him among the world’s 100 most impactful researchers in Economics and Business and his work has received more than 33,000 Google Scholar citations (h-index = 85). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management and received the Losey Award by the Society for Human Resource Management Foundation for lifetime achievement and the AOM Research Methods Division Distinguished Career Award for lifetime contributions.

Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head, Royal Holloway School of Management

Gloria Agyemang is a Professor of Accounting at Royal Holloway, University of London. She has several years’ management and teaching experience in universities in the UK and Africa. Her research interests are varied and include NGO Accountability and Performance Management issues, Management Control in Public Sector Organisations; Funding Issues in Public Sector Organisations; the management of educational institutions; culture and control issues, and Accounting in Less Developed and Emerging Economies. Gloria’s research is mainly qualitative. She has published in the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal, Critical Perspectives on Accounting, Advances in Public Interest Accounting and in the Social and Environmental Accountability Journal. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of London.

Tab Ahmad, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, EmployAbility. 

Tab Ahmad is the founder & CEO of EmployAbility.  Set up in 2006, EmployAbility advocates on behalf of and supports talented disabled students and graduates to enable them to compete on a level playing field to get the careers they deserve; whilst providing knowledge and expertise to companies to guide them towards becoming more inclusive and valued employers.

 

Having spent the last 18 years of her career specialising in disability and employment, Tab is an unapologetic and passionate advocate of disability, equality and inclusion. Tab has been the winner of the prestigious Asian Women of Achievement Award in recognition of her work, and has led EmployAbility to win many other diversity awards. In 2020, she won the Genius of the Year Award for her innovation in supporting neurodiverse students. EmployAbility was the 2019 People’s Choice Disability Smart Award winner. Tab was on the DWP’s sounding board for the government’s Disability Confident campaign, and has also appeared on and been interviewed for BBC2’s Daily Politics, Working Lunch, BBC radio, and on BBC2’s Employable Me Series.

Prior to founding EmployAbility, Tab set up a search firm specialising in financial services and investment banking. She has more than twenty-five years experience in recruitment and selection. She previously trained as a chartered accountant, and has a degree in Economics and Accounting.

Dr Cynthia Akwei, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool Business School

Dr Cynthia Akwei is the head of the International Business Management and Strategy (IBMS) group and a programme leader for PhD training and Development at the faculty of Business and Law, Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). She currently teaches and supervises postgraduate students in strategic management and international business subjects. She has over 20 years’ experience managing businesses and in academia. She has published in top journals, and her research interest is in strategic planning and implementation, dynamic capabilities, performance management and measurement, innovation and entrepreneurship public management and governance, and customer relationship management.  She is very passionate about EDI issues and currently is the representative on CABS EDI committee for LJMU Faculty of Business and Law. She is also the disability coordinator at the faculty level and serves on BAME and EDI committees at University level of LJMU.

Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean, Royal Docks School of Business and Law, University of East London

Professor Mohammad M. Ali is a dynamic leader with over 20 years of expertise in the H.E sector and in the automotive industry. Mohammad is highly proficient in creating strategies for capability development and for the production of high quality deliverables. He is also skilled in creating teaching and learning delivery models focussed on personalised learning, technology enhanced learning and learning by doing.

Mohammad is currently the Dean of the Royal Docks School of Business and Law. Before his life as an academic, Mohammad worked first as a Consultant Engineer and then as a Supply Chain Manager in the automotive industry. During his tenure in the industry Mohammad has worked on various projects including value analysis, demand planning, inventory control and ERP/MRP implementations.

Mohammad holds a doctorate from Brunel University. His thesis discussed various new collaborative forecasting approaches in Supply Chains. He has completed a MSc in Business Performance Management, an Executive Certificate in Leadership and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT) and a postgraduate diploma in Information Technology. Mohammad’s first degree was in Mechanical Engineering.

Dr Janice Allan, Dean, Salford Business School

Dr Janice Allan was appointed as Dean of Salford Business School in February 2020, having served as Interim Deputy Dean since January 2019. Having joined the University of Salford in 2002, her background is in the leadership of teaching, learning and the student experience. She has led a number of institutional change initiatives and recently joined the holding board of the Salford Red Devils as a Non-Executive Director.

Maddalaine Ansell, Director, Education, British Council

Maddalaine is a graduate of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.  She began her career as a lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer before joining the civil service on the fast stream.  Her civil service appointments included the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit, Home Office, DIUS and BIS, and she has worked on a range of policy areas including higher and further education. Maddalaine then acted as Chief Executive of University Alliance for four years.  Since November 2018, Maddalaine has been Director Education at the British Council.

Buge Apampa, Professor of Access and Participation, Birmingham City University

Kiersten Avery, Executive Search Consultant, Dixon Walter

A graduate of the University of Oxford, with an MA in Biological Sciences, Kiersten started her career in the chemical industry, where over 13 years she held various European and global commercial roles, which provided a sound underpinning for a varied and challenging career that has included senior roles in private, public and voluntary sector organisations, including Higher Education.

Kiersten has held a number of business facing non-executive director positions, was the chair of the NEECC Tees Valley Committee for 8 years and has been an FE college governor during challenging and significant change.  Kiersten returned to Executive search and selection after 10 years in Higher Education, joining the team at Dixon Walter in 2017. Her previous career and responsibility for a varied leadership portfolio of marketing, student recruitment, programme development, business engagement and international development, allows her a particular insight into the changing landscape of the HE sector and the challenges facing institutions and their leadership teams, while her time at the HEA (now Advance HE) provided deep insight into how Learning and Teaching strategy is developed, delivered and deployed in a broad range of HEI and Alternative Providers.  Since joining Dixon Walter, Kiersten has led on many successful senior Academic and Professional Service appointments, she is frequently called up on to support institutional campaigns where multiple appointments are handled concurrently and the positive relationships that she engenders with both Clients and Candidates, are a hallmark of her practice.

Dr Deba Bardhan-Correia, Dean, University of Buckingham Business School

Nick Barniville, Associate Dean, Degree Programs, ESMT Berlin

Nick is currently in Associate Dean for Degree Programs at ESMT, the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin. He is also the Founding Director of the school’s EdTech Lab. Nick is responsible for the management and development of the school’s on-campus degree programs, as well as developing blended and online programs. He is also responsible for internationalization and partnership activities, most notably through FOME, the Future of Management Education alliance and GNAM, the Global Network for Advanced Management.

Before moving to Berlin in 2010, Nick spent five years at INSEAD in France and Singapore, lastly as Director of Communications, and four years at the UCD Smurfit School in Dublin, his home town.

Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University

Nic joined Middlesex University as Vice-Chancellor in February 2020 having previously been a Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is a professor of management and is President of the British Academy of Management. His work has focused on identity and change in the creative industries and health sectors and he has held visiting chairs in business schools in the UK, The Netherlands and Australia. Nic is co-director of InGAME, the AHRC centre for innovation in games and media enterprise and is a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences. Nic holds several fellowships including the Royal Society of Arts, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management.

Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods, Chair, Board of Governors, Northumbria University

Roberta Blackman-Woods has been Chair of the Board of Governors at Northumbria University since 1 August 2020. She has recently stepped down as a Member of Parliament, having been the MP for the City of Durham since 2005.  During her time in parliament Roberta served as a Deputy Minister in the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, where she was involved in shaping higher education policy.  Since 2010 she has been the Shadow Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government.

Roberta helped establish the Westminster Higher Education Forum and the Higher Education Commission and has chaired the Parliamentary University Group for several years, a forum where Vice-Chancellors and other senior university officers discuss policy and strategic issues with parliamentarians and ministers.

At an international level Roberta has been an active member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and has made extensive use of these networks to support global education initiatives and foster better parliamentary governance. She has also been the Vice-Chair of the United Nations APPG for a number of years.

Roberta has a strong belief in the power of universities not only to transform individual lives but transform communities and societies too. She believes the research, innovation and knowledge exchange they undertake are essential for the creation of new jobs and whole new sectors of the economy. She also greatly values the role universities play in educating  and growing leaders of the future.

Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

David Blunkett was awarded a peerage in the dissolution Honours List in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett, of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield.  David was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 1987-2015, and a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet for eight years from 1997.  He served as Education and Employment Secretary, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

He is currently a Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield, Chair of the Board of the University of Law, Chair of the Heathrow Implementation Steering Group and involved in a range of voluntary and charitable organisations locally and nationally.

He is an avid supporter of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.

Married, with four sons and three step daughters, he enjoys the countryside, reading and good food.

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Aberdeen

Professor George Boyne joined the University of Aberdeen as Principal and Vice-Chancellor in August 2018. Under Professor Boyne’s leadership, the University of Aberdeen is committed to reaffirming and re-energising its 1495 foundational purpose to be open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.

Originally from Aberdeen, Professor Boyne spent the majority of his academic career at Cardiff University where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and was responsible for student recruitment across the University.  He was previously Dean of Cardiff University's business school.

During his academic career Professor Boyne has published eight books and more than 140 articles in academic journals.  He has also obtained research funding from bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Welsh and UK governments.  His main research interest is the explanation and evaluation of organisational performance in the public sector; he has acted as an advisor and consultant on these topics to government departments, the National Audit Office and the United Nations.  Professor Boyne has been a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences since 2010.

Professor Martin Broad, Dean, Faculty of Business Law and Digital Technologies, University of Winchester

Professor Martin Broad is the Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies at the University of Winchester. He is a Chartered Management Accountant with a PhD in Management Accounting from the University of Bath and has held numerous posts at the University of Southampton including most recently the Head of Southampton Business School before being appointed as Faculty Dean in September 2020. Martin is also involved with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (Chartered ABS) being a former Chair of the International Committee (remains as an active member) and also Vice Chair of Council of the Chartered ABS. With 30 years of experience in higher education and a keen research interest in higher education governance and management accounting he has been PI on funded research activity with the British Council and the Worldwide University Network where his research has an international focus.

Dr Dana Brown, Dean, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University

Dr. Dana Brown was appointed as Carleton University’s Dean of the Sprott School of Business for a five-year term commencing on July 1, 2019.

Dr. Brown joined Carleton University from De Montfort University in Leicester, England, where she was the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise. Prior to this, she was the Director of the MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School (2013-2016), Professor of Strategic Management and Academic Director of the joint DBA with Sun Yat Sen University at EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France (2010-2013) and University Lecturer in International Business and Management Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University (2005-2010).

In addition to experience working in academic institutions, Dr. Brown has also worked in business and with a number of new start-ups, including Amazon.com in its early years. She has helped to establish a number of active learning initiatives for entrepreneurs, and has a particular interest in social entrepreneurship and its impact on local economic development. Dr. Brown is President of Warm Heart Worldwide, a non-profit community development organization based in Phrao, Thailand. She is also a member of the Governing Body of the Vedica Scholars Program for Women in New Delhi, India. From 2007-2019, Dana worked as an adviser and member of the Selection Committee for the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia. She was founding Board member of the Leicester Business Festival Community Interest Company.

Dr. Brown holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She won a Rhodes Scholarship to attend Oxford in 1994. Dana has trained as an Executive Coach with Meyler Campbell in London and has incorporated coaching into her role as a manager and into MBA and executive education curricula.

Paul Brown, Director, Government and Public Sector, Ernst & Young LLP; Chair, Birmingham City University Business School Advisory Board

Chiko Bwalya, VP Education, Students Union Bournemouth University

My name is Chiko and I am Vice-President Education at Students’ Union BU Ltd. I do my best to support students during their academic career and basically act as a bridge between the students and their departments. I finished my psychology degree in June, with a dissertation titled “Implicit and explicit racial bias in higher education”. I’ve recently discovered that I identify as a Womanist and I’m something of an activist. My newly found life motto is, “We support everyone in this house” (within reason of course).

Rachael Carden, Subject Group Leader, Responsible Enterprise and Innovation Subject Group, Brighton Business School

Rachael Carden SFHEA is the Subject Group Leader for the Responsible Enterprise and Innovation Subject group at Brighton Business School (BBS). She has a demonstrated history of working in higher education since 2004 and is skilled in lecturing; teacher training; elearning; higher education research and English as a second language. Rachael is a professional educator with a first degree in Business from Sheffield Hallam University and a Master’s in Education from the University of Brighton. Her passion for work and research into Equality, Diversity and Inclusion has led to her doing a PhD into experiences of Mixed Race Students, being a member of the EDI Committee at BBS, setting up and running a Business Summer School for local Widening Participation Schools. Additionally she works on digital teaching technologies to support inclusion.

Dr Yvonne Carlisle, Head of International Affairs, Nottingham Business School

Yvonne is Head of Department, Human Resource Management, and has a School wide role as Head of International Affairs at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. Yvonne completed her PhD at Loughborough University prior to joining Nottingham Business School. With more than twenty years experience of working in the UK Higher Education system Yvonne has held a Senior Executive position at the School for ten years. She has worked extensively in the field of transnational education through course design, international projects, student and faculty mobility, managing international portfolios, and accreditation processes. Yvonne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Yvonne is a mentor for both the EFMD Executive Academy and the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ mentorship scheme. Yvonne is Vice Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ International Committee, and is an appointed member of the EFMD Executive Academy Alumni Board. Yvonne has worked as a Visiting Professor at a number of overseas institutions, including the University of Valencia, KEDGE Business School and the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada.

Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School

Professor Catherine Cassell is Dean of Birmingham Business School. Catherine is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of organisational psychology with a particular interest in qualitative research methodologies. She also researches in the area of diversity and organisational change. Her recent projects include a £659k ESRC funded grant looking at diversity and inclusion within a major high street retailer. A keen mentor of others, she has supervised 23 doctoral students to completion.

Catherine is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management; a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; and an Academic Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has held a number of journal editorial roles including 9 years as an Associate Editor of the British Journal of Management and 10 years as Inaugural Co-Editor of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: an international journal. She is on a number of other journal editorial advisory boards including the Academy of Management Learning and Education.

Catherine has published in a range of different journals including Organization Studies; British Journal of Management; International Journal of Management Reviews; Human Relations; Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Gender, Work and Organization and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She has also published 7 books on research methods included four on qualitative research methods co-edited with Gillian Symon and published with Sage. Her most recent edited collection is the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods, edited together with Ann Cunliffe and Gina Grandy.

Ratula Chakraborty, Director of Postgraduate Programmes and Internationalisation Coordinator, Norwich Business School

Ratula is Professor of Business Management in Norwich Business School (NBS) at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She has been a member of the Business School’s executive for the past 10 years, having held a variety of director and associate direct roles, and previously served as Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) for UEA’s Social Sciences Faculty. She currently serves as the Senate appointed representative on the University’s Council. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Role Model for Leadership Foundation for Higher Education’s Aurora Programme (developing future women leaders for higher education). She has completed the Executive Leaders programme of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education and the CABS Deans and Directors Development Programme. She has been a member of the CABS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee since 2018.

Alexandra Charles, College Head of Executive Education and Enterprise Development, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

Alexandra is an experienced academic, programme director, and project manager; her areas of expertise include strategic management accounting, financial decision making and global supply chain management. Having joined the University of Derby in 2016, Alexandra is responsible for driving meaningful and impactful knowledge exchange activities through executive education and enterprise development, both within the College but also the wider University. She leads the College apprenticeship agenda, and several ESIF and BEIS funded project teams. Activities such as these epitomise the vital role the University plays in influencing business growth and advancing individual skills. Whilst productivity and efficiency are key aspects of the portfolio which Alexandra oversees, so too is sustainability and resilience. The portfolio is aligned to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the UN’s supported initiative, Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME

Professor Julia Clark, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Wolverhampton

Appointed in January 2020, Julia is putting students first to maximise opportunity; driving economic and social transformation in the Wolverhampton region and beyond.

Julia has taught financial accounting, corporate governance and business ethics across a range of programmes and levels. She was a founding member of the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied.  At Leeds, she established the sector-leading Nurturing Talent Mentoring Scheme, based on her research into mentoring and social capital. She has overseen the development of both student and staff mentoring programmes in higher education.

Julia is an active participant in the business education community and served as the Chair of Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools in 2018-19. She chaired the Business and Law Panel for the national Teaching Excellence Framework subject pilot.

Julia holds a degree in History and French from the University of Manchester, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Higher Education from the University of Leeds and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Liverpool. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Engagement, University of Birmingham

Simon is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC) leading on Regional Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and Director of the City-Region Economic Development Institute (City-REDI) and at Birmingham Business School, where he was Dean 2012-2016. He is also the Director of the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WM REDI) which launched in February 2020. He has held various roles, including: Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, member of the ESRC Council and the GBS Chamber of Commerce Council.

In his DPVC role, Simon leads on regional and civic engagement at the University, including its contribution in a ‘place-based’ industrial strategy. His research and consulting focuses on multinational firms, productivity, innovation, competitiveness and regional economic growth. As well as publishing in leading journals, including the Journal of International Business Studies, Research Policy, Organisation Studies and Business History his research has featured in the Financial Times, Sunday Times, Wall Street Journal, BBC Radio 4, and the New Statesman.

Professor Fiona Devine CBE, Head of School, Alliance Manchester Business School

Fiona Devine is Head of Alliance Manchester Business School and Professor of Sociology at The University of Manchester. She was previously Head of Sociology (2004-7), Head of the School of Social Sciences (2009-13) and Co-Director of Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) (2012-4) at the University which she first joined in 1994. Prior to Manchester she worked at the University of Liverpool, the Policy Studies Institute, and the former Department of Employment in London. She studied Sociology and Government as an undergraduate at the University of Essex where she also completed an MA and PhD.

Fiona's research interests are in the related fields of social stratification and mobility (with a comparative focus including the US), work and employment, and politics and participation. Much of her research has been funded by grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Leverhulme Trust. With a team of colleagues from the LSE, York, Durham and MMU, she was involved in the BBC’s Great British Class Survey, an online survey completed by over 300,000 thousand people and a class calculator completed by 9 million people.  The results have appeared in the book, Social Class in the 21st Century, published by Penguin in 2015.

She was awarded an OBE in 2010 and CBE in 2019 for services to social sciences, elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) in 2011 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA). Fiona is a companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).  She was elected onto the Assembly of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in 2015.

Professor Bill Cooke, Director of Research, The York Management

Dame Sandra Dawson, KPMG Professor of Management, Judge Business School

Sandra Dawson's research interests are organisational structure, leadership and change; technology transfer and knowledge sharing; health management and health policy.

She was Director of Cambridge Judge Business School from 1995 to 2006 and prior to that was Professor of Organisational Behaviour (1990-1995) and Deputy Director of the Management School (1987-1994) at Imperial College in London. She is a Non-Executive Director of Oxfam. She chairs the UK Advanced Institute of Management (a cross business school collaboration) and is a member of the UK India Roundtable and the Advisory Board of the UK India Business Council. She has held nonexecutive or chair office in Barclays plc, Riverside Mental Health NHS Trust, J P Morgan Fleming Claverhouse Investment Trust, RAND Europe (UK), the Public Health Laboratory Service, the Senior Salaries Review Body, the ESRC Research Priorities Board, Cambridge Econometrics, the Fire and Rescue Service Ministerial Sounding Board, and the External Advisory Committee of the Ruskin School, Oxford.

Professor Dawson was Master of Sidney Sussex College between 1999 and 2009, where she is still a fellow. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2004 in recognition of her contribution to higher education and management research.

Dr Lois Farquharson, Executive Dean, Bournemouth University Business School

Dr Lois Farquharson is the Executive Dean of Bournemouth University Business School.  Having undertaken various academic leadership roles, Lois is no stranger to the challenges of organisational change and development in an increasingly complex HE environment.  Leading with a strong commitment to the humanisation of work, she values inclusivity and wellbeing, using tools such as appreciative inquiry, the SDi and EQi to support developments that enhance the employee and student experience.  Her most recent outputs emphasise the importance of leading with a kind heart, positive psychology and socio-emotional intelligence.

Paul Feldman, Chief Executive, Jisc

Dr Paul Feldman comes from, mainly, a commercial background, leading IT and business functions across a number of industries.

Having started his career in IT consulting, building systems and strategies for a range of organisations, he spent over twenty years in Retail Financial Services at Nationwide Building Society, Barclays Bank and First Data EMEA.   Particularly notable roles during this time were CIO Barclaycard and Banking, Savings and Mortgage Director for Nationwide - the latter running the P&Ls for these products.  He particularly focused on innovation; during his time at Nationwide they introduced a number of UK and World firsts, including winning a Computerworld Smithsonian award for innovation in financial services, and Paul was in the vanguard of the first moves to use the Internet for commercial purposes.  Paul also was active in many industry-wide payments boards, for example, as deputy-chair of APACS (the predecessor to the payments council) led the work that resulted in same-day payments between bank accounts.

Since leaving banking he has been IT Director at Cancer Research UK, Global CTO at Practical Law (a purely digital company), CTO for Thomson Reuters Legal UK, Interim CTO for the Intellectual Property Office, and an Executive Partner at Gartner UK, advising CIOs/CTOs.

He has a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick and a B.Sc. (Hons) First Class in Computational Science from University of St Andrews.

Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith, Research Chair in Risk and Resilience, College of Social Sciences, Adam Smith Business School  

Professor Denis Fischbacher-Smith is Research Professor of Risk and Resilience at the University of Glasgow where he is also Deputy Head of the Business School. He is a graduate of the Universities of Manchester, Glasgow, St Andrews, Glasgow Caledonian, Derby, the CNAA, and the Open University. He holds Batchelor’s degrees in Geography/Environmental Science (BEd) (Manchester) and Science (BSc) (Open), Masters degrees in Pollution Control (MSc), Applied Psychology (MSc), Public Health (MPH) (Manchester) Psychology in Forensic Settings (MSc) (GCU), Management (MBA) (CNAA), Ergonomics (MSc) (Derby), Terrorism Studies (MLitt) (St Andrews) and War Studies (MLitt) (Glasgow). He holds a DLitt in Crisis Management (Glasgow) and a PhD in Science and Technology Policy (Manchester).

He has held professorial appointments at the Liverpool John Moores, Durham, Sheffield, and Liverpool Universities prior to his appointment at Glasgow. He has also been a visiting professor at the Universities of Kobe (Japan), Innsbruck (Austria), San Diego State (USA), Edge Hill (UK) and at the Crichton Institute. He was the Director of Liverpool Business School (LJMU) and the founding director of the University of Liverpool Management School.

Professor Jerry Forrester, Hertfordshire Business School and Fellow, Chartered Association of Business Schools

Jerry has over 25 years experience in leadership roles in higher education and is a Professor at Hertfordshire Business School and a former Dean of School at Hertfordshire.

He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England and Cardiff Metropolitan University , a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) ,a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CCMI) and an EPAS panel programme reviewer for the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD).

Jerry is a business school HE consultant. Recent projects have included a review of a business school, a university wide academic quality review, advice for business schools in preparing for subject TEF and mentoring schools applying for the Chartered ABS Small Business Charter. In addition he mentors newly appointed Deans of School.

Jerry was appointed as a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Business Schools in 2018. He is a regular speaker at Chartered ABS events and for six years chaired the Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee. In this role he has given talks and presented workshops at many business schools.

Dr Becca Franssen, Senior Consultant, Perrett Laver

Dr Becca Franssen is a Senior Consultant in Perrett Laver’s Global Higher Education, and Philanthropy, Communications and Engagement practices, and has worked on a number of senior level, strategic appointments in charities, higher education and public-private partnerships. Becca holds a BA (Hons) in History and Development & International Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, an LLM in International Law from the University of Westminster and a PhD in Law from King’s College London.  Her research sought to integrate local perceptions of justice into international transitional justice discourse in Sierra Leone.  Prior to working at Perrett Laver, Becca was a visiting lecturer at both King’s College London and the University of Westminster.

Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA

Anne Marie joined UKCISA in 2019 from the Association of Commonwealth Universities, where she was Director of Chevening, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s flagship global scholarship scheme.

Prior to that, Anne Marie has led on a range of educational programmes and projects promoting international mobility and intercultural exchange. At Universities UK International, she developed the first government-funded UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, and established the Go International programme to build capacity and influence institutional change in UK universities to increase the proportion of UK-domiciled students with international experience.

Before moving into the education sector, Anne Marie spent several years in the language services industry managing high profile accounts with multinational engineering and pharmaceutical companies.

Anne Marie is a linguist, with a first degree in Modern Languages from Anglia Ruskin University and a postgraduate translation qualification from University of Westminster.

Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head, Aberdeen Business School

Elizabeth Gammie is a Professor of Accounting at the Robert Gordon University where she is Head of the Aberdeen Business School.  With over 25 years’ experience in the Higher Education sector her research interests have focussed on gender issues within the accounting profession, professional accounting education and assessment of work-based learning. During her tenure as Head of School the School has achieved AACSB accreditation and was the first School in the world to achieve  BGA accreditation. The School was also shortlisted by the Times Higher Ed as Business School of the Year in 2019, in recognition of the School’s business connectivity and the role the School played in the aftermath of the oil slump, and in 2020 for the work-related and work-based opportunities offered within the School.

Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, Vice President (Higher Education), NUS

Professor Adam Habib, Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand

Adam Habib is an academic, researcher, activist, administrator, and well-known public intellectual.

A Professor of Political Science, Habib has over 30 years of academic, research and administration expertise, spanning five universities and multiple local and international institutions. His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas, their translation into actionable initiatives, and the building of institutions.

Habib is currently the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and incoming Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London. He is a former Chair of Universities South Africa, which represents vice-chancellors and higher education in the country. He has also focussed on building African research excellence, and together with the University of Cape Town, Wits initiated the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

Transformation, democracy and inclusive development are fundamental themes of his research. Habib’s book South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, has informed debates around the country’s transition into democracy. His latest book, Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall, provides an insight into the recent student protests in South Africa from the position of a vice-chancellor and social scientist.

Habib’s contributions resulted in his election to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in addition to serving as a fellow of both the African Academy of Science and the Academy of Science of South Africa. He also currently serves on the Council of the United Nations University.

Sarah Hardcastle, Director, Hardcastle & Associates

Sarah founded Hardcastle & Associates in 2018 to support business schools with experienced professional services expertise and market insight.   All about the stories, Sarah has recently conducted a series of in depth interviews with deans and chairs of UK business school advisory boards to publish a new ‘Sharing the Experience’ report, designed to help schools gain greater impact from this knowledgeable and valuable advisory resource.  Prior to this she spent 12 years as a Senior Consultant at CarringtonCrisp and a further 12 years as Head of Marketing Services in a City of London institution.

Professor Anne-Wil Harzing, Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead, Middlesex University Business School

Anne-Wil HARZING is Professor of International Management and Staff Development Lead at Middlesex University London, and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. Her research interests include international HRM, expatriate management, HQ–subsidiary relationships, and the role of language in international business. She has published more than 100 journal articles and books and book chapters on these topics and has been listed on the Web of Knowledge Essential Science Indicators top 1% most cited academics in Economics & Business worldwide since 2007. She has also published more than a dozen highly-cited articles in the field of bibliometrics, dealing with the role of bibliometrics and research evaluation in the Social Sciences. Anne-Wil blogs regularly about all things academia [see e.g. positive academia, academia behind the scenes, publish or perish tips, academic etiquette] and runs CYGNA, a network for female academics.

Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast

Nola Hewitt-Dundas is Professor of Innovation Management and Policy and Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast.

Her research focuses on the dynamics of innovation ecosystems in an international context, innovation, technology transfer and networks with an emphasis on small and medium sized enterprises, business strategy and technology adoption.

Nola was Head of Queen’s Management School (2017-2020) where she led the School through a period of rapid growth in student numbers, staffing and revenue. This was recognised in the award of Public Sector Director of the Year (2020) from the Institute of Directors, NI. She was appointed as Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s and took up post on 1 September 2020. In this role she leads the faculty on a number of key initiatives including knowledge creation and sharing, relationship building, and ensuring that students and staff within the faculty are fully supported during these challenging times.

Professor Toni Hilton, Head, Brighton Business School

Toni Hilton is Professor of Marketing and Head of Brighton Business School.  Prior to this appointment she was Dean of the Glasgow School for Business and Society. Toni has worked in higher education for over two decades and has held senior academic management positions at universities in New Zealand as well as in the UK. Most of her HE experience has been in large, city-based business schools with an emphasis on widening participation, applied learning, student experience, employability and applied research.  Toni read law at university and pursued a career in sales and marketing before joining the Bristol Business School, UWE as an academic.  Toni’s research interest lies in services marketing and the management of service, with a particular focus on the marketing of professional services and not-for-profit marketing. She has published in the Journal of Marketing Management, Marketing Theory, Journal of Services Marketing, Journal of Customer Behaviour, the International Journal of the Legal Profession and Non-profit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly and is a co-author of Services Marketing: text and cases.

Steve Hollis, Chair, HS2 Growth Delivery Board; Chair, Birmingham Business School Advisory Board

Steve has a wealth of experience within the professional and financial sector having had a career at KPMG spanning 30 years serving on KPMG's Boards in the UK, Europe and EMA, as well as Chairing KPMG's Midlands practice.

Following retirement from KPMG, Steve now chairs a number of Private sector businesses in the financial services and property sectors in the UK and USA. He has a passion for the promotion of the Greater Birmingham economy and was a founding Board member of the Greater Birmingham LEP, has chaired a number of high profile Midlands companies that includes Aston Villa Football Club and currently chairs the HS2 Growth Development Company.

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor, University of Brighton and Member, All Party Parliamentary University Group

Professor Debra Humphris took up post as Vice Chancellor at the University of Brighton in December 2015. In 2017 she was elected to chair the Universities UK student policy network and was subsequently returned in March 2018 to serve a further three years. In addition, she chairs the UCEA clinical academic staff advisory group (CASAG). From 1st September 2019 Debra took up the role of Chair of the University’s Alliance.  Debra joined the University of Brighton from Imperial College in London, where she held the position of Vice Provost (Education) between 2012 and 2015. As an openly LGBT senior leader in higher education, Debra is passionate about equality and diversity.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice Chancellor, Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016. A Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, he has undertaken senior roles in universities for over fifteen years, as Head of the Institute of Education at Warwick University (2000-3), as Dean of Education and Lifelong Learning at the University of East Anglia (2003-7), as Dean of Faculty and then Director of the Institute of Education (2007-15) and as Vice-Provost at University College London (2014-15). In 2018, Sir Chris was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to higher education.

In 2016, Sir Chris was appointed by the Government as the Inaugural Chair of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) heading up the assessment panel that will make decisions on awards he was subsequently re-appointed as Chair until August 2021. The TEF has been introduced to ensure excellent teaching and student job prospects are at the heart of Higher Education and will, for the first time, place the significance of teaching on a par with research.

Professor Husbands' external positions include: Member, ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) Advisory Board (2016-); Member, Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Board (2016-); Member, University Alliance (2016-); Member, Universities UK (UUK); Member, UUK Teacher Education Advisory Group (TEAG); Member, UUK Student Policy Network (SPN) (2016-); Member, International Council of Confucius Institutes, Beijing (2013-).  He is also an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Professor Ioannis Ioannou, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Prof. Ioannou is a strategy scholar whose research focuses on Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). More specifically, he seeks to understand whether, how, and the extent to which the modern business organization contributes towards building a sustainable future. His academic work evolves around two main themes: a) understanding how the broader investment community perceives, evaluates and reacts to corporate engagement with, and integration of, environmental and social issues into strategy and b) understanding the multiple and multilevel factors that may affect the corporate decision to adopt environmentally and socially responsible strategies.

Prof. Ioannou regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals including the Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Management Science, Organization Science, The Accounting Review and the Journal of International Business Studies. To date, his work is widely cited and he consistently ranks in the top 10% authors on the social science research network (SSRN).

He is currently an Associate Editor of the Strategic Management Journal and in 2015 and 2019 received an Outstanding Editorial Board Member Award for his service. He also served a Senior Editor for Organization & Environment (2016-2020)

Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission

Prof Deborah Johnston is a member of the Disabled Students Commission.  In April 2020, she became PVC (Education) at London South Bank University. She was previously the Pro-Director (Learning and Teaching), SOAS University of London. She is an economist and has split her career across academia, charities and government. She looks forward to supporting the DSC’s agenda, helping to create an environment where all students are supported to flourish.  The DSC provides the opportunity to look at the breadth of advice and challenge, ensuring that we think across the range of students that identify as disabled and consider how to support success for both undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Professor Zahir Irani, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Bradford; Chair, Bradford Economic Recovery Board

Professor Zahir Irani is a Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic) and, former Dean of Management, Law and Social Sciences in the Triple Accredited (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA) Faculty at the University of Bradford, (UK). He is also the appointed Chair of the Bradford and District Council Covid-19 Economic Recovery Board. He as worked across academe in senior management roles and previously worked for the UK Government as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office. He has published extensively in leading academic journals and has attracted research funds from the EU (FP7, H2020), EPSRC, ESRC, QNRF and various industry sources. He tweets at: @ZahirIrani1

Dr Emm Barnes Johnstone, Strategic Project Manager, School of Business and Management. Queen Mary University of London

Emm started her career as a lecturer in cultural history at Roehampton before working for the Wellcome Trust as an outreach historian at the University of Manchester. In 2009 she moved to Royal Holloway where she held a series of senior positions in central professional services with responsibility for widening participation and student recruitment, managing change programmes, and client-side project managing major capital projects. Since 2015 she has worked at Queen Mary University of London, initially in the Chief Operating Office where she held financial accountability for all university professional services spend and lead Queen Mary's participation in the UniForum services benchmarking exercise. She has worked in Queen Mary's School of Business and Management since 2017, first as director of operations and more recently as director of strategic projects."

Professor Elisabeth Kelan, Professor of Leadership and Organisation, Essex Business School

Elisabeth Kelan, PhD, is a Professor of Leadership and Organisation at Essex Business School, University of Essex. Her research focuses on women in leadership, men as change agents for gender equality, generations at work, and diversity, inclusion and belonging. Elisabeth Kelan currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to explore the future of work, digitalisation, and gender. She has published three books and numerous peer-reviewed articles in leading journals. She was British Academy Mid-Career Fellow and a Dahlem International Professor of Gender Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. She is part of the United Nations Global Compact Target Gender Equality Global Coalition. She has won various academic and practitioner awards for her research. Elisabeth Kelan held appointments at London Business School, King's College London, Cranfield School of Management, Zurich University and the London School of Economics and Political Science where she also earned her PhD.

Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community

Sandra is Business in the Community’s Race Equality Director. Before joining Business in the Community, Sandra worked in the Cabinet Office advising on diversity and inclusion.  In January 2012, Sandra was awarded an OBE for services to Black and Minority Ethnic People.

In 2015 Sandra spearheaded the largest ever survey on race in the workplace with 24,457 responses. In January 2016 she was invited to join the Royal Society Diversity Committee.   The Race at Work 2018 Scorecard report, one year from the government review into Race in the Workplace, provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter and Ethnicity and Pay consultation announced by the Prime Minister in October 2018.

In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity.

Professor Martin Kitchener, former Dean, Cardiff Business School

I  served as Dean and Head of Cardiff Business School from October 2012 until August 2018. While at the helm, I designed and implemented a unique public value strategy for the School, working closely with colleagues across the University, and also with a wide range of external stakeholders including employers and politicians. Having successfully completed my six-year tenure as Dean of Cardiff Business School, I was appointed 2018-2019 Visiting Fellow at Said Business School and Harris Manchester College, Oxford University where I collaborated on a major European Union Horizon 2020 research study of public service innovation in nine countries.

I am currently the Academic Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Taskforce on Business Schools for the Public Good.

Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School

Angus Laing was appointed Dean of Lancaster University Management School in October 2015. In addition to his role leading the School, he is the current Chair of the Association of Business Schools.

Professor Laing was previously Dean of Loughborough University’s School of Business and Economics. He has also held posts at University of Glasgow Business School, where he was Head of School, and at the Open University Business School, where he was Director of Research.

As Dean at Loughborough Business School he was responsible for the merging of Business, Economics and Information Sciences into a single School and developing the research base and teaching performance of the School.

Dr Christopher Lake, Founder, Syllogism

Dr Christopher Lake is Director and co-founder of Syllogism.  A former fast stream civil servant, Christopher took his undergraduate degree at Newcastle University and his graduate degrees (M.Phil. and D.Phil.) at Nuffield College, Oxford.  He was Tutor and Fellow in Politics at Magdalen College, Oxford from 1995 to 2000.  He became a consultant in 2000 and worked for three well-established consultancies before setting up Syllogism, through which he has advised on a range of senior appointments in the business and management studies field, including for the University of Bristol, University of Edinburgh, University of Liverpool, Newcastle University, and University of Surrey, as well as working with the Association of Business Schools and the British Academy of Management. He is a published academic author (Equality and Responsibility: Oxford University Press, 2001).  Christopher has a long-standing interest in succession planning and applied ethics and, as Director of Syllogism, has published articles in The Guardian, The Business Economist, and People Management.

Marc Lintern, Director of Student Experience, Newcastle University

Marc is President of AGCAS (Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services), the UK’s expert membership organisation for Higher Education Careers Services, and for career development and graduate employment professionals. He is also Director of Student Experience at Newcastle University, a role which includes managing the University’s award winning Careers Service. Having joined Newcastle University in 2013, Marc’s experience over twenty years includes: embedding employability across institutions, increasing student placement opportunities, developing employability awards, developing programmes to increase social mobility and raise career expectations, and helping students recognise that starting their own business can be a viable career option.

Mark Lomas, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity, HS2

Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HS2 (High Speed Rail 2), Mark has delivered numerous diversity and inclusion projects in the UK and internationally for organisations ranging from The Financial Reporting Council and Sheffield University to Bermuda Hospital Board and the BBC. He has extensive experience across all areas of EDI practice including strategy development and managing sector wide D&I initiatives. Mark created the multi-award winning HS2 Inclusive procurement model, managing supply chain EDI performance. Mark set out a vision for how HS2 would improve standards of EDI across the infrastructure sector, developing new tools, programmes and delivering impact. Last year, HS2 was named the VERCIDA No.1 Gender Inclusive Employer in the UK and is the first organisation in the UK to achieve GOLD level against the Clear Assured accreditation framework. Mark’s strategy is certainly influencing the sector to improve practices.

Professor Connson Locke, Professorial Lecturer in Management, Department of Management, London School of Economics

Professor Connson Locke joined the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008 where she teaches leadership and organisational behaviour.  Connson has over 30 years’ experience as an educator, coach, and consultant working in Europe, Asia Pacific, North America, and Australia. Prior to entering academia, she served as Regional Training and Development Manager for the Boston Consulting Group where she was responsible for the learning and development of consulting staff in 10 offices across Asia Pacific. Connson holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Business Administration (Organisational Behaviour) from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University where she graduated with honours. Her new book, Making Your Voice Heard (out in March 2021), uses the research on power and influence to help people speak up to those who have more power than they do. https://connsonlocke.com/

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Robert is Head of Heriot-Watt University’s School of Social Sciences, which includes Edinburgh Business School. In his current role, he has responsibility for staff and students at three main campus locations in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. In addition to having been a member of the Chartered ABS Council since 2014 (voting member since 2018), he is also a Fellow of both the Institute for Engineering and Technology and the Academy of Social Sciences. Robert brings this multidisciplinary background, combined with over 25 years of research expertise in strategy development position, to the important role played by the Chartered ABS in improving awareness of the considerable contribution that business schools make to the university sector and to the wider economy, and in advocating the needs of business schools.

Professor Steven McGuire, Dean and Head of School, University of Sussex Business School

Steven McGuire has been Dean of the University of Sussex Business School since 2015.  Professor McGuire was previously Director at the School of Management and Business at Aberystwyth University.  He also taught at the University of Bath, and in 2009 he was a visiting professor at the College of Europe. He has also taught on degree and executive-development programmes at the Audencia Nantes Management School, the University of Bath and the Vlerick Business School. His research interests are in the areas of international political economy, international business and corporate political activity. He has a particular interest in the interaction of firms and governments in international trade and has published a number of papers on the World Trade Organisation. He has also written extensively on technology policy in Europe and the United States. He is currently involved in a Horizon 2020 project, RESPECT, which looks at the place of trade policy in the European Union's broader economic and foreign policies. He has held previous research grants from the British Academy, the European Union (Framework Seven) and the Nuffield Foundation.   Professor McGuire serves on the council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), as well as being a Fellow of the UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO).

Professor Katy Mason, Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School and Chair of British Academy of Management

Professor Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor Community & Civic Engagement; Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montford University

Heather is PVC/Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law.  Previous roles have included Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law at Coventry University, Director of the Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University, Director of the Centre for International Transport Management at London Metropolitan University, Head of Consultancy for the Global Policy Research Institute, and a professional career as a Chartered Accountant.

As a Professor of Management and International Transport, she has published extensively in a range of international academic journals, and maintains excellent contacts with the maritime and wider logistics industry. She served as a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons Select Committee for Transport, and has been a member of a number of international expert panels on maritime transport.  She is a currently on the editorial board of ‘Maritime Policy and Management’ and was co-editor for 10 years from 2007-2017. As a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of World Traders’ livery, she remains well connected in the business community.

She is a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools Council and Chair of the Learning Teaching and Student Experience Committee, reflecting her expertise in business education.

Dr Joe Marshall, Chief Executive, National Centre for Universities and Business

Prior to joining the National Centre, Dr Marshall has held a number of positions across government and university organisations. As an academic specialising in government education policy and practice he worked with a number of international agencies including UNESCO, WHO and the European Parliament.

A researcher at the University of Manchester, he went onto hold senior lectureship positions at Liverpool Hope University and University of Worcester before working for UK Sport (the government agency for elite sport) and then the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Sarah McIlroy, Dean, BPP University School of Business and Technology

Professor Simon Mercado, Dean, ESCP Business School London

Professor Simon Mercado is Campus Dean for ESCP Business School, London (UK). A member of ESCP’s European Executive Committee, Professor Mercado is responsible for the strategic development of ESCP’s London School and directs its senior management team. He also acts as Managing Director of the School’s Corporate Services Board, responsible for executive education provision to high recognition clients including LVMH and leading multinational business firms. ESCP is Europe’s No. 12 ranked business school (FT, 2019) and was voted U.K. Business School of the Year in 2018 by The Times Higher Education (THE) magazine.

Simon has extensive experience of HE leadership and governance across European markets and within complex matrix structures. Over the last decade in executive and management level roles he has held senior level responsibilities in such areas as: strategy and finance, faculty management, external relations, quality assurance, accreditation, internationalisation, student experience, and academic programmes.

He currently serves at Steering Committee level for the EFMD (and as a Peer Review Team member); as External Examiner for joint/dual international degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire; and as an Advisory Board Chair/member to international business schools in India, France and Finland.

Simon holds a PhD in International Political Economy (IPE) and a Masters’ in International Relations (IR) from the University of Nottingham. His primary research interest is in the internationalisation of higher education and commercial services. He has published on issues related to international management and education, including a widely adopted textbook on European Business and Culture.

Andrew Miles, Corporate Relations Manager, Birmingham Business School

Andrew leads on the delivery of Birmingham Business School's corporate strategy, as well as managing key accounts that contribute to the University of Birmingham's business engagement mandate. Andrew works closely with the different research centres at the Business School to identify the best means of creating external partnerships and matching graduate talent, research expertise, and academic consultancy to a range of businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He also manages the Business School’s Advisory Board activity, meeting regularly with the Board chair and acting as chief liaison between all Board members and the wider School.

Dr Eliza Morgan, Director, Leadership Hub, University of Central Lancashire

Eliza is responsible for the Executive Education and Leadership Development portfolio within the business school, University of Central Lancashire.  She is a member of the Faculty Senior Executive Team and leads a multi-disciplinary team.  Her responsibilities currently include leadership of a consortium of providers delivering a £7.8 million European Socially Funded project to enhance leadership capacity in the Lancashire region.

Eliza is an experienced learning, educational and development specialist with a proven track- record of improving individual and organisational capability through: analysing organisational and individual learning needs; creating bespoke organisational and generic sectoral interventions; leading the delivery and evaluation of interventions; blending interventions designed for organisational needs with the enhancement of individual learning. She is an engaging facilitator, coach and researcher.

For over 25 years Eliza has worked with techniques including psychometric instruments such as MBTI Step 1 & 2 and FIRO-B. She is a member of the British Psychological Society and an accredited Lego® Serious Play® Practitioner. Her current research interests include the cartography of leadership and the impact of leadership development approaches. She is looking forward to the return of competitive amateur cricket and Salsa dancing.

Professor Neil Morris, Dean of Digital Education, Chair in Educational Technology, University of Leeds

Professor Neil Morris is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education and the Dean of Digital Education at the University of Leeds, reporting directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Student Education. He is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of awards for teaching excellence. Neil has a research background in neuroscience and current research interests in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. Neil has led a large number of strategic technology projects at Leeds and he has oversight of the University’s Digital Education Service. Neil has given a number of keynote talks at UK and international events, and is a regular speaker at conferences.

Rajay Naik, Chief Executive Officer, Skilled

Rajay Naik is Chief Executive Officer of Skilled Education, the enabler of online courses and degrees for the world’s most prestigious Universities and largest companies. Skilled also delivers marketing, recruitment and other support to Universities seeking to grow enrolments, increase revenue and enhance quality. In 2014 Naik coined this model "online enabling".

Rajay was formerly Global Chief Commercial Officer of Study Group, the world’s largest pathway provider and prior to that was Founder and CEO for four years at Keypath Education which continues to operate the online degrees of the University of Exeter, Aston and other leading institutions.

From 2010 until 2015, Rajay served as Director of The Open University where he was a key architect of the FutureLearn MOOC platform. Previously he was one of five members on the Independent Review of Higher Education Funding and Student Finance chaired by Lord Browne, board member of Coventry City Football Club and Chairman of the Big Lottery Fund which invests over £1.5bn per year.

Rajay continues to serve as a non-executive of UBS’ investment board, Pay.UK which oversees the UK’s payments system and as Governor of the Ditchley Foundation.

Professor Agnes Nairn, Faculty International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, University of Bath

Professor Agnes Nairn is Chair of Marketing, School of Management and International Director, Faculty of Social Science and Law, at the University of Bristol. Previous to that she was Dean of Hult International Business School in London and Professor of Marketing at EMLyon Business School in France.  She was recently appointed Distinguished International Visiting Faculty at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai.  Her research on the ethics and regulation of marketing to children has led to invitations to join over 30 international multi-stakeholder projects with public, private and third sector organisations ranging from UNICEF, UN, EU and the Brazilian Justice Ministry to Unilever, Coca-Cola and Public Health England.

Professor Serguei Netessine, Vice Dean for Global Initiatives, The Wharton School

Serguei Netessine is Vice Dean for Global Initiatives and Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He lived, taught and worked with companies in the USA, Russia, France and Singapore.

Prof. Netessine received BS/MS degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology and, after working for Motorola and Lucent Technologies, he also received MS/Ph.D. degrees in Operations Management from the University of Rochester.  His current research focuses on business model innovation and operational excellence and he worked on these topics with numerous organizations around the world including Federal Aviation Administration (USA), Lockheed Martin, Safeway, Kohl’s, Dillard’s, Jo-Ann, Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Rolls Royce, Comcast, Expedia, Sberbank, Temasek, Keppel, ABB, US Air Force, Amazon and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He is an active angel-investor in technology startups and he serves on advisory boards of multiple ventures around the world.  Professor Netessine is a frequent speaker on innovation at global events including World Knowledge Forum (Seoul) and World Economic Forum (Davos).  He recently served on The Future of the Economy Committee of Singapore government and he is a Founding Member of Responsible Research in Business & Management Network (http://rrbm.network).

Professor Kamil Omoteso, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Derby

As a Pro Vice-Chancellor, I support University-wide initiatives, programmes and projects, such as leading the University’s strategic investment prioritisation group. I also help shape the University's policies and strategies.

I began my academic career in 2001 at Lagos State University, Nigeria, after six years of working in different accounting and auditing roles in both public and private sectors. Between 2003 and 2013, I held different academic positions including Principal Lecturer and the Director of Postgraduate Programmes in Accounting at De Montfort University, Leicester. Prior to joining the University of Derby, I was the Head of the School of Economics, Finance and Accounting at Coventry University, where I led a number of strategic initiatives that drove change, growth and reputation. I’m the Chair of the Centre for African Resources Research and Development.

I have recently been elected to the Council of Chartered Association of Business School (Chartered ABS) and will serve the body as a Council Member/Trustee for the next three years. The Chartered ABS is the voice of the UK’s business and management education sector. It supports members to maintain world-class standards of teaching and research and help shape policy and create opportunities through dialogue with business and government.

Professor Andrew O’Neil, Dean (Research), Griffith Business School and Bardsnet Chair, Australian Business Deans Council

Professor Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School

Professor Enase Okonedo, FCA, became dean of Lagos Business school in 2009. Trained as an accountant with a doctorate from the International School of Management (ISM), Paris, she has over 30 years' experience in the financial services and management education sectors.

Before she was appointed Dean, Professor Okonedo was a full-time member of faculty at Lagos Business School where she held several leadership positions at various times.

A seasoned educator and leading expert in problem-solving and decision-making in Africa, she has developed and taught courses in this area, as well as incorporate financial management.

Professor Okonedo has been instrumental in the development of Lagos Business School as under her governance; the school has attained exceptional milestones such as attaining two global accreditations as well as sustaining the Financial Times of London ranking of the school in open-enrolment courses over the last thirteen years and ranking as the best custom Executive Education provider in Africa in 2020. Furthermore, The Economist magazine ranking of MBAs in 2020 has Lagos Business School Executive MBA as the only African Business School to feature amongst top global schools.

Professor Okonedo serves on several boards in the management education, banking and telecommunications sectors including the Global Business School Network (GBSN) and Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the academic advisory board of the Blatnavik School of Government, University of Oxford. She has also served on the boards of AACSB International as well as the Association of African Business Schools where she was Chairperson.

She is the President of AIFA Reading Society, Nigeria, which is committed to achieving sustainable education in Africa by promoting and supporting a reading culture.

Pradeep Passi, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, University of Central Lancashire

Pradeep is Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Central Lancashire, where he is responsible for working with colleagues to ensure that a strategic, coherent and focussed approach is taken to embedding EDI principles across the institution. Prior to this he has held a number of senior level academic roles, where his teaching and research interests have been in the field of EDI with a particular focus on the award gaps that are prevalent in higher education. Prior to joining UCLan Pradeep worked extensively across the public sector providing advice and guidance in relation to equality and human rights.’

Amy Norton, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Students   

Amy Norton is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the Office for Students.  As well as overseeing the implementation of OfS’s Public Sector Equality Duty objectives and action plan, Amy leads on work to tackle sexual harassment, violence and hate crime affecting students and OfS’s work to enhance support for students experiencing mental health difficulties. She works within the Directorate for Access, Inclusion and Skills, aiming to identify and promote effective practice in E,D&I in the context of the new higher education regulatory framework. Outside of work, Amy is a Trustee Board member of Gloucestershire Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre.

Professor Hanna-Leena Pesonen, Head of Corporate Environmental Management and Dean, School of Business and Economics, Jyväskylä University

In addition to responsibilities in the role of Dean in developing sustainable research and education at JSBE, Pesonen is chairing sustainability work of the University, and is member of a working group developing sustainability agenda of the whole Finnish University sector. She also works actively in the Deans & Directors Cohort of GRLI (Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative) supporting sustainable business education. Pesonen works with sustainability challenges of business through executive education, consulting, and in her positions of trust in business.

In research, Pesonen has focused on developing sustainable business and bioeconomy. She has participated in international research groups, published articles in several international journals, and is editorial board member of International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. Pesonen is member of EASAC’s (European Academies Science Advisory Council) Energy Steering Panel.

Dr Christine Rivers, Director Learning & Teaching (interim), Co-Director Centre for Management Education, Surrey Business School

Christine Rivers is Co-Director of the Centre for Management Education and Director of Learning and Teaching at Surrey Business School. In addition, Christine is an accredited Executive Coach and Consultant in Management Education. As part of her CME Director role Christine drives staff development of Management Educators at all levels at Surrey and outside Surrey, playing an integral role in shaping the future of Management Education as a scholarly profession. At Surrey Christine designed and leads the first credit-bearing PG Cert in Management Education and implemented an internal staff development programme MEP – Management Educator in Practice.

Outside Surrey, Christine consults and collaborates with professional bodies, business schools and higher education institutions. Projects are based on her research expertise around staff development and blended learning design in particular usability in virtual learning environments. Partners include University of Cambridge, University of East Anglia, Chartered Association of Business Schools, Majan College Oman, MCI in Innsbruck, Austria to name a few. Christine’s expertise and knowledge of developing staff and designing meaningful blended learning experiences has been instrumental in supporting the transition of Surrey during Covid-19.

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University, UK.  During his career he has worked in business as an analyst and consultant specialising in simulation and modelling.  As an academic Professor Robinson has held posts at Aston University and the University of Warwick before joining Loughborough in 2011.  His research interests are in the practice and use of simulation models.  He has published six books and over 200 refereed journal and conference articles.  Professor Robinson was President of the UK Operational Research Society (2014-15).

Vicki Stott, Executive Director of Operations and Deputy CEO, QAA

Vicki joined QAA in 2019 and has responsibility for a range of functions including: Membership & Quality Enhancement Services; International & Professional Services; Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland; Quality Assurance England; and Marketing & Events. She is a member of the Executive Team and acts as Deputy CEO.

Prior to joining QAA, Vicki worked at St Hugh's College Oxford, where she was the Bursar (COO), a Director of Oxford Limited, St Hugh's Conferences, St Hugh's Estates and a founding Director of NOSCS. She has also worked at University of Birmingham as the Director of Strategic Planning and in various roles at the University of Warwick and Warwick Business School. She started her career in Higher Education at UMIST, where she worked in international student recruitment. Vicki also has experience in the commercial and charity sectors, having run her own company and been director of a charity working with women and families affected by domestic abuse.

Samar Shams, Partner - Immigration & Global Mobility, Spencer West

Samar Shams is an Immigration and Global Mobility Partner at Spencer West LLP. Samar practices immigration law so businesses can access talent and individuals can live and work where they want to. Samar’s many years of experience include responsibility for immigration knowledge for an international firm in the City. Her expertise in this notoriously complex and changing field is therefore detailed and practical.

David Sweeney, Executive Chair, Research England

After studying Statistics at the University of Aberdeen, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, as a consultant statistician. David was a Director at Royal Holloway, University of London, before moving into university leadership as Vice-Principal in 2004.

He joined HEFCE in 2008 as Director and led the development and implementation of the first Research Excellence Framework. He was responsible for research policy and funding, knowledge exchange and university/business relations.

In May 2017 he was appointed the first Executive Chair of Research England which is one of the nine research councils that forms UK Research and Innovation. Research England is biggest research funder in the UK with responsibility for university block-grant funding for research and knowledge exchange.

David was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, was Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Newcastle, NSW in 2015 and is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.

Naomi Timperley, Founder, Tech North Advocates; Chair, Salford Business School Advisory Board

Co Founder of Tech North Advocates. Proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019 and 2020. I am an experienced partnerships, engagement and digital innovation consultant with established relationships across the UK. I have extensive experience working with startups and growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital and creative sectors. I am a non executive director and consultant of growth and innovation agency Alt Theory. I have been a mentor for 8 years and mentored several hundred businesses. I also am an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School and chair of the Industry Advisory Board. I sit on GMCA’s Innovation Board and am Interim Chair of Future Everything.

Professor Penelope Tuck, Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy and Director of Research, Birmingham Business School

Penelope Tuck is Professor of Accounting, Public Finance and Policy at Birmingham Business School. Prior to joining Birmingham Business School, she has held academic positions at Warwick Business School and at the Universities of Southampton and Buckingham. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a Chartered Tax Advisor. She was formerly a Senior Tax Manager with Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Penelope’s research areas are accounting in a public policy context, and taxation policy and practice from a social and institutional perspective. Penelope is currently Director of Research at Birmingham Business School. Previously she was Head of the Department of Accounting.

Ruchi M. Watson, Managing Director, Goff Strategic Leadership Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

Ruchi M. Watson, MBA, Ed.D. serves as Managing Director of the Goff Strategic Leadership Center (Goff SLC) and faculty member in the Department of Entrepreneurship & Strategy at the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah.

She also serves as the co-chair for the university’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and a member of the Board of Directors for the Utah Women in Higher Education Network (UWHEN). Prior to working at the U, Watson spent 10 years in the corporate sector at Fortune 500 companies.

Watson graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds a doctoral degree in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Watson’s research focuses on gender equity and women’s advancement.

Andrew White, Associate Dean for Executive Education and Corporate Relations, Saïd Business School

As the Associate Dean for Executive Education at Saïd Business School since 2010, Andrew is responsible for forging connections between the research, resources and expertise of the School, and of the wider university, with senior leaders in companies and organisations throughout the world.

Andrew is an experienced programme director, teacher and researcher. He has directed and taught on a wide range of executive development programmes for organisations such as BAE Systems, Lloyd’s Market Association, the Government of Abu Dhabi, Avon Cosmetics, State Farm and IBM. He also regularly contributes to the School’s open and accredited programmes focusing on the areas of leadership development, change management and innovation management.

Andrew acts as a consultant to a number of international organisations, and has co-authored a review of how information technology will create intelligent infrastructure systems over the next few decades for the British Government's Department of Trade and Industry. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and is a Scholar with the Advanced Institute of Management Research.

Professor Baback Yazdani, Dean, Nottingham Business School

Baback Yazdani is Professor of Product Development and the Executive Dean of Nottingham Business School (NBS). He combines extensive senior academic, business and leadership experience and has invested in acquisition and the development of a world-class faculty; developed NBS research to international standards; deepened NBS links to business; developed a revolutionary programme of experiential learning and personalisation that has received international recognition and acclaim.

He plays a key role in the development of business research and education. As well as being the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), Baback is a Board Member of European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Council Member and Treasurer of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS).  He is also former regional chairman of the CBI in East Midlands and member of its influential national chairmen's committee, and a former member of Board of Trustees and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

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Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Executive Chair, Resolution Foundation

Lord Willetts is a visiting Professor at King’s College London, a Board member of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a Board member of Surrey Satellites and of the Biotech Growth Trust. Lord Willetts has written widely on economic and social policy. His book “A University Education” is published by Oxford University Press. A second edition of his book on the Boomers and the young generation “The Pinch” was published in November 2019.

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Piers Wilkinson, Student Voice Commissioner, Disabled Students' Commission

Piers is a Student Voice Commissioner for the Disabled Students’ Commission, the new independent and strategic group that aims to improve support for disabled students. They studied a Physical Oceanography MSci at Bangor University, and supports Diversity and Ability’s work as their Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator. Piers has been deeply involved in representing disabled student voices for the last 6 years, culminating in being unanimously elected as the national Disabled Students Officer for the 2019/20 term. Their previous work includes collaborating on the UNCRPD inquiry, as a commissioner for the HE Commission on Disabled Student Experiences, and advised on Student Minds’ Mental Health Charter."

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AACSB International

AACSB International (AACSB), a global non-profit association, connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders. Members of the AACSB Business Education Alliance are part of a movement united to improve the quality of business education around the world. AACSB connects, shares, and inspires innovation and quality throughout the member network, as well as the business community. The collective strength of the organization is founded on diverse perspectives, a global mindset, and a commitment to making a difference. Connect with Tara van der Hoorn or Richard Magennis during the conference to learn more.

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Pearson

We’re the world’s learning company, working across 70 countries. Our unique insight and expertise comes from our long history of working closely with teachers, learners, researchers, authors and thought leaders.

In today’s fast-changing world, we believe education is the key to success. We are passionate about the opportunities that new technologies create for today’s universities and collaborate with partners around the world to create learning experiences that engage and excite students.

We work in partnership with institutions to provide scalable, supported and affordable solutions that help deliver world-class learning experiences that can be delivered flexibly. Whether it’s by providing personalised interactive course resources, institution-wide assessment, online programme management, online tutoring services or help with transition, our focus is on helping you and your students get results.

If you would like to find out more about how Pearson can help your institution, please get in touch at HEenquiriesUK@pearson.com.

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Studious

Studious Digital Education is a social enterprise with a mission to revolutionise higher education learning and teaching. We create innovative and interactive online resources, designed with students in mind, and teachers at our heart.

Our courses are created in collaboration with educational institutions to offer a new way to engage learners. We use cutting edge technology combined with key pedagogical theory to create our content, and ensure students receive the best learning experience possible.

We are committed to bringing education to life and helping students learn, no matter what their circumstances. Our resources perfectly complement remote and blended learning and allow students to feel in control of their studies. Connect with Ivan Mitchell, Michael Cronin or Miriam Cantwell during the conference to find out more.

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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 contact Oliver Lowe.

Oliver Lowe
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The Chartered ABS Annual Conference takes place online throughout two days on 9-10 November. The Conference will feature high profile speakers from business schools, government and industry, who will explore the latest trends in business & management education.

The topical programme comprises engaging keynote sessions alongside interactive workshops and opportunities for strategic planning. For more details, view the programme: Day One | Day Two

Sessions will take place within our conference portal on ‘Hopin’ and you will receive your login details the week prior to the first session. Hopin enables conference delegates to access live sessions and fully participate through either written or video chat functions.

General FAQs about Hopin

1. What is the best internet browser to access the Conference from?
We recommend that you access the online conference via Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. We also recommend that you access the conference on a desktop or laptop.

2. How do I log in?
The details you provided when booking your place at the conference will be uploaded to Hopin. Once your details have been uploaded, you will receive an email with your log in details.

The ‘Virtual Doors’ of the conference will open at 13:00 on Sunday 8 November. The programme itself will commence at 09:00 on Monday 9 November.

If you have any issues accessing the platform, please contact events@charteredabs.org to find out!

3. My Magic Link
You will receive your log in details in an email from Chartered Association of Business Schools <no-reply@hopin.to>. To access the conference on each day, you will need to click on the blue button that says 'Click to enter the Annual Conference'. Please save this email as without this you will not be able to access the conference.

Please note that this magic link is unique to your email address and the desktop/laptop you will use to attend the conference and therefore cannot be shared.

By clicking on the 'Click to enter the Annual Conference' button on this email, you will be taken to your default Internet browser. As it is recommend that you use Google Chrome, we would encourage you to copy and paste the conference URL to Google Chrome to access your audio and camera without any problems.

4. Looking to share your audio and video?
All sessions will be moderated by the chair and a Chartered ABS staff. If you would like to share your audio and video, you can request this to the moderator. Further details can be found in the participant guide below. Please ensure that before sharing your audio and sound, you have closed all other applications on your desktop/laptop which use your video and audio and you are accessing the platform out of your VPN network.

For further information on how to navigate Hopin as an attendee, please click on the participant guide below. 

Although we don’t anticipate any issues, technical support will be available from the Chartered ABS prior to and during the Conference by emailing events@charteredabs.org.

Certified Management & Business Educator

CMBE’s can claim up to 14 hours* towards their CPD commitment by attending the Chartered ABS Annual Conference.

About the CMBE

The CMBE gives business and management educators a recognised professional designation and a framework for continuous professional development. The scheme supports educators to further develop their teaching practice and/or leadership of learning & teaching activities, and helps to advance the quality of business and management education in higher education.

For more information about the CMBE and group subscriptions for your faculty, contact Barney.Roe@charteredabs.org.

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