Innovation I Sustainability I Inclusion
The Chartered ABS Annual Conference brings together the Deans and leadership teams of UK business schools and senior representatives of government and industry. The conference is a valuable opportunity for participation in high-level discussion about the important issues facing the sector, and what it means to be a business school in the new social and economic environment.
The majority of the membership is now represented at the conference. Register now to join colleagues in-person for high-level keynote sessions, interactive breakout discussions, and networking. 25% Group Discounts available.
Hear from business school leaders and guest speakers including:
Paul Scully MP
Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Byron Dixon OBE
Founder and CEO, Micro-Fresh®
Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific
Founder and CEO, Uma
Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University; President, British Academy of Management
Dr Mette Morsing
Head of PRME, United Nations Global Compact
Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin
Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, King’s College London
Sir Geoff Palmer
Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
Day One: Monday 8 November
09:00 - 09:50
Registration and refreshments
09:50 - 10:00
Anne Kiem OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS
Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS
10:00 - 10:10
Paul Scully MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets and Minister for London, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
10:10 - 11:10
Keynote Panel Discussion: Nurturing prosperity across the UK: the contribution of business schools
In this opening session a high-level panel explores the unique contribution that business schools can make to UK business and society. Particular attention will be paid to what business schools are doing to upskill and reskill the UK workforce; to the creation of knowledge and research that influences business & government policymaking; and to how business schools are supporting regional and local communities. The panel will also consider what the government ambitions for the UK’s ‘skills system’ means for business schools and the higher education community more broadly.
Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University; President, British Academy of Management
Byron Dixon OBE, Founder and CEO, Micro-Fresh®
Harriet Green, Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific
Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS
11:10 - 11:50
11:50 - 13:00
What skills and competencies do we need from our staff in the year ahead?
Exploring the sort of capabilities that are needed in business school teams (academic and professional services) now and in the future so that business schools can fulfil their vision and mission. As well as exploring the sorts of skills that are needed we will discuss what business schools can do (eg through CPD) to enable staff to develop critical skills and behaviours.
Professor Gloria Agyemang, Head of School (Management), Royal Holloway, University of London
Janine Ellis, Head of School Operations, Alliance Manchester Business School
Professor Caroline Gatrell, Associate Dean, Research, University of Liverpool Management School
Chair: Professor Mohammad Ali, Dean of School of Business and Law, University of East London
Creating diverse and inclusive business schools
Exploring how business school can improve gender diversity; recruit more minority ethnic staff; and support underrepresented and disadvantaged staff into leadership positions.
Dr Sadhvi Dar, Senior Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
Anna Einarsdottir, Reader in Critical Diversity Management, York Management School
Professor Ian Roberts, Head, Kingston Business School
Dr Gurnam Singh, Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University
Chair: Professor Sally Everett, Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School
Higher education, further education, and the government’s ambitions for the skills system
Exploring the implications for business schools, and the HE sector as a whole, of the government’s ambitions to reform the FE sector. Particular attention will be paid to the impending introduction of the Lifelong Load Entitlement, the rollout of T Levels, and the evolution of apprenticeships.
Gail Boag, Dean, The Business School. Edinburgh Napier University
Sally Dicketts, Chief Executive, Activate Learning
Jonathan Lawson, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Faculty of Business and Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
Ayesha Owusu-Barnaby, Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
Chair: Professor Heather McLaughlin, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
Co-created, personalised learning: The evolution of business & management education
Exploring the innovations in business & management education that have come about over the last 18 months, and how business schools can keep the best of these innovations whilst transitioning to a post-pandemic world.
Professor Elizabeth Gammie, Head of Aberdeen Business School, Robert Gordon University
Leila Guerra, Vice Dean (Education), Imperial College Business School
Lewis McKinnon, Head of Partner Development (UK and Europe), Studiosity
Professor Toby Watson, Deputy Executive Dean (Education), Durham University Business School
Dr Hany Wells, Associate Dean - Student Experience and Quality Assurance, Coventry University London
Chair: Dr Cathy Minett-Smith, Associate Dean for Learning, Teaching and the Student Experience, Faculty of Business and Law, University of the West of England
Boosting innovation and productivity across the UK
Exploring the role that can be played by business and management researchers, and the wider social sciences community and interdisciplinary collaborators, in driving improvements in productivity and innovation across the UK
Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive, Women's Enterprise Scotland (CIC)
Professor Nola Hewitt-Dundas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Katy Mason, Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School; Chair, British Academy of Management
Dr Steve Welch, Director, Ideas and Capability, KTN
Chair: Professor Simon Collinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham
Helping business school staff to engage with small businesses
Exploring the ways in which business school leaders can help their staff to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that are needed to engage with SME’s. Discussion will draw on the recommendations of the SBC Report: A guide to how business schools can develop academic staff to engage with SMEs
Dr Alexandra Anderson, Principal Lecturer, Sheffield Business School
Jennie Shorley, Head of Engaged Scholarship, Faculty of Business & Law, Manchester Metropolitan University
Paula Whitehouse, Associate Dean for Enterprise, Aston Business School,
Chair: Dr Joan Lockyer, Head of School – Strategy and Leadership, Coventry University
13:00 - 14:20
14:20 - 15:30
Keynote Panel Discussion: UK business schools on the global stage: the changing nature of international higher education
Exploring how the international higher education landscape has evolved in since mid-2020; and the opportunities that exist for UK business schools to recruit students from new markets, develop partnerships and deliver innovative transnational education.
Professor Martin Broad, Dean, Faculty of Business Law and Digital Technologies, University of Winchester; Vice Chair, Chartered ABS
Professor Fiona Devine CBE, Head of School, Alliance Manchester Business School
Professor Nigel Healey, Interim Provost and Deputy President, University of Limerick
Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin, Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, King’s College London
Chair: Professor Catherine Cassell, Dean, Birmingham Business School
15:30 - 16:10
16:10 - 17:20
Eighteenth Deans’ Meeting
This meeting is solely for Business School Deans from Chartered ABS member institutions. It is the eighteenth meeting that the Chartered ABS has run and it builds on the previous meetings that have taken place since April 2020.
Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS
Supporting small businesses across the UK
Reviewing the impact on SME performance, resilience, and long-term growth of the Help to Grow: Management programme; and exploring the ongoing needs of small businesses and the ways in which business schools can support small business growth outside of the Help to Grow programme.
Dr Bahare Afrahi, Course Director Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Programme Director Help to Grow Management, Kingston Business School
Dr Dyneshia Johnson, Associate Professor, Department of Management & Entrepreneurship, Leicester Castle Business School
Austen Okonweze, Deputy Director, Business Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Mandy Parkinson, Centre for Enterprise lead, Manchester Metropolitan Business School
Chair: Professor David Park, Associate Dean (External Engagement), Nottingham University Business School
Supporting life-long learning: a fundamental rethink for business & management educators?
This session builds on earlier discussions about the role of business schools in the UK’s ‘skills system’ and whether business schools need to adapt, partially or significantly, to deliver a wide spectrum of programmes to a wide variety of learners in an inclusive and accessible way.
Dina Dommett, Dean of Ashridge, Hult International Business School
Professor Osama Khan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, University of Surrey
Andy Poole, Director of Partnerships, Coursera for Campus, Coursera
Mark Threlfall, Director, Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management
Chair: Alexandra Charles, College Head of Executive Education and Enterprise Development, College of Business, Law and Social Science, University of Derby
Driving change through collaboration: the practicalities of climate action and meeting net-zero targets
Exploring the ways in which business schools can work with parent universities, supply chains, local communities and business and other stakeholders to take practical climate action and move towards the goals of carbon neutrality.
Professor Matt Gitsham, Director, Ashridge Centre for Business and Sustainability, Hult International Business School
Katrine Petersen, Campaign Manager, Climate Change Narratives, Grantham Institute, Imperial College
Professor Tristan Mccowan, UCL Institute of Education, University College London
Don Rintoul, School Manager, School of Management, University of Bristol
Chair: Professor Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Faculty of Business and Law), Coventry University
Supporting staff and student health and wellbeing
Exploring how the strategies by which business schools can support the wellbeing of staff and student need to evolve beyond what was delivered during the pandemic, and what wellbeing principles and policies need to look like if they are to be effective over the long term.
Chiko Bwalya, VP Education, Students’ Union Bournemouth University
Dr Dominique Thompson, Director, Buzz Consulting; Clinical Advisor to NICE, RCGP and Student Minds
Dr Mazia Yassim, Programme Leader - MA Marketing Suite of Programmes; University of Greenwich Business School
Additional speaker to be announced
Chair: David Meech Mazumdar, Department Manager – Strategic Planning & Development, Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Science
International student mobility in a changing world
Exploring the factors that are influencing inbound and outbound international student flows; the opportunities for ‘blended mobility’; the realities of the Turing Scheme, and issues around student travel during Covid and in a carbon-conscious environment.
Anne-Marie Graham, Chief Executive, UKCISA
Dr Miguel Antonio Lim, Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development, The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
Professor Agnes Nairn, University Global Engagement Academic Lead, University of Bristol
Dr Nathalia C Tjandra, Head of International & Global Online, Edinburgh Napier University
Steve Woodfield, Head of Whitehall and Stakeholder Engagement, British Council
Chair: Professor Simon Mercado, Executive Vice President / Directeur Général-Adjoint, ESCP Business School
Drinks Reception & Annual Conference Gala Dinner
Commencing with a Drinks Reception the Annual Conference Gala Dinner is a great opportunity for informal networking with fellow attendees.
End of Day One
Day Two: Tuesday 9 November
9:00 - 9:30
Registration and refreshments
9:30 - 10:40
Keynote Panel Discussion: Tackling inequalities and improving inclusion
Exploring the wide spectrum of inequalities that exist in business schools and in higher education & society more broadly; the extent to which Covid’s long-tail is re-shaping the nature of inequality and creating new challenges; and the practical action that can be taken at individual and institutional level to create organisations that are more culturally nuanced and diverse.
Jane Cordell, Co-Director, Result CIC
Rita Kakati-Shah, Founder and CEO, Uma
Sandra Kerr CBE, Race Director, Business in the Community
Sir Geoff Palmer, Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
Chair: Professor Wendy Loretto, Dean, University of Edinburgh Business School
10:40 - 11:20
11:20 - 12:30
The skills and behaviours needed by business school leaders in 2021-22 and beyond
Exploring the behaviours, competencies and skills that Deans and leaders of UK business schools need in order to effectively manage business school teams; deliver strategy and work with stakeholders including the central university, staff unions and student groups.
Professor Jane Hendy, Dean, Brunel Business School
Professor Sunitha Narendran, Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Roehampton
Professor Sankar Sivarajah, Dean, School of Management, University of Bradford
Professor Baback Yazdani, Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School
Chair: Professor Toni Hilton, Dean, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton
Collaborating with small business to enhance student employability and nurture entrepreneurial graduates
Exploring how business schools are working with small businesses on placements, consultancy projects, internships and in other ways; and how these initiatives are benefitting students, business schools and employers.
Dr Janice Allan, Dean, Salford Business School
Dr Emily Beaumont, Academic Subject Leader: Strategy, Leadership, Enterprise and Management, Gloucestershire Business School; President, Enterprise Educators UK
Brian Gregory, Teaching Fellow and Entrepreneur in Residence, Lancaster University Management School
Jinx Prowse, Chief Executive Officer, Music Fusion
Chair: Professor Kamil Omoteso, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Science, University of Derby
Supporting disadvantaged students and tackling award gaps
Exploring whether various approaches designed to close award gaps (eg mentoring, the creation of inclusive curricula, staff training) are having an impact, and what more can be done by business schools in this area.
Professor Deborah Johnston, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education), London South Bank University; member Disabled Students Commission
Dr Liz Marr, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students), The Open University
Dr Ilia Protopapa. Lecturer in Marketing and Inclusive Education Partner, King’s Business School
Piers Wilkinson, Student Voice Commissioner, Disabled Students' Commission
Chair: Professor Edgar Meyer, Deputy Dean, Leeds University Business School; Vice Chair, Chartered ABS EDI Committee
Collective impact: Driving change through responsible management education
In this session a panel representing educators, students, employers and other stakeholders will explore the practical ways in which different stakeholder groups can work together in order to make business education more responsible.
Aliza Ayaz, UN Goodwill Ambassador, Founder & Chair Climate Action Society, UCL
Professor John Lennon, Dean, Glasgow School for Business and Society
Professor Amir M. Sharif, Dean & Professor of Circular Economy, Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences, University of Bradford
Dr Rachel Welton, Assistant Head of Undergraduate, Nottingham Business School
Chair: Dr Alex Hope, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University
The evolution of journal guides and metrics
This session explores the responsible usage of journal rankings and metrics; and the future direction of the Academic Journal Guide.
Professor Pawan Budhwar, Head, Aston Business School
Professor Katy Mason, Associate Dean for Research, Lancaster University Management School; Chair, British Academy of Management
Professor Stuart Roper, Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise), Huddersfield Business School
Professor Andrew Simpson, Chair in Management Practice, Sheffield University Management School
Chair: Professor Angus Laing, Executive Dean, Lancaster University Management School
The recruitment landscape: securing talent in a competitive marketplace
This session builds on the earlier discussion about the skills and competencies that are needed within business schools. Particular attention will be paid to the practicalities of recruiting staff from the UK and overseas, and about the sorts of things that prospective staff are looking for from new employers.
Alex Acland, Partner and Head of the UK Education Practice, Odgers Berndtson
Sara Beck, Chief Operating Officer, Saïd Business School
Professor Julia Bennell, Executive Dean, Leeds University Business School
Chair: Professor Stewart Robinson, Professor of Management Science, Loughborough University
12:30 - 14:00
14:00 - 15:00
Keynote Panel Discussion: Driving environmental sustainability: business schools as collaborators and innovators
Exploring the role that business schools can play through their education, research and business engagement, and in collaboration with students, businesses, and the official sector, in achieving tangible progress on promoting greater environmental responsibility and developing environmentally friendly technologies.
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, Chair, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
Dr Mette Morsing, Head of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), United Nations Global Compact
Professor Judith Petts CBE. Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; Climate Commissioner
Chair: Professor Kurt Allman, Executive Dean, Faculty of Business and Management, University of Chester
Close of conference
Confirmed speakers include:
Professor Gloria Agyemang
Head of School (Management), Royal Holloway, University of London
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.
Professor Mohammad Ali
Dean of 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.
Aliza Ayaz, UN Goodwill Ambassador, Founder & Chair Climate Action Society, UCL
Aliza Ayaz is the United Nations Youth Ambassador Ayaz completed her BSc degree in Population Health Sciences from University College London with a first-class distinction. Whilst Aliza's academic background is medical, she believes that her passion lies in a wider field that resonates with social positive impact. She firmly believes that engineering, medicine, finance, arts and so on, all are together the solution to climate crisis. She has grown up just like any student and is keen to inspire school and university students about how to use their interests, background and education to make change. She has served as Vice President at UCL Pakistan Society and UCL Business Society. She also founded the Climate Action Society which went onto garner the UK Parliament declaration of a climate emergency. She is the worlds youngest UN Goodwill Ambassador.
Chief Operating Officer, Saïd Business School
Sara is the Chief Operating Officer at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She works closely with the Dean and the Board to shape and deliver the School’s strategic direction. She leads the School’s non-academic operations and the professional services which support the broad range of teaching, research and global facing activities of the Saïd Business School. She is a member of both the School Board and the senior management team.
Before joining Saïd Business School, Sara had a 28-year career at the BBC where she was most recently the Director of BBC Monitoring. She spent many years on international deployments, as Bureau Chief in Russia, Asia and the Middle East, as well as heading the Russian Service and Business and Economics Unit of BBC News.
Professor Nic Beech
Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University
Nic is Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University. He has held a range of senior higher education leadership roles including Vice-Principal of the University of St Andrews and Provost of the University of Dundee. He is President of the British Academy of Management, a member of the Council of the Academy of Social Sciences and a board member of London Higher and the Chartered Management Institute Race Network.
His academic background is in business and management and his research focused on identity, diversity, change leadership and learning. His work has been funded by AHRC, ESRC, EU, Nesta and industry partners and he was Lead Fellow of the ESRC Advanced Institute of Management.
Nic has worked extensively with industry and over the last decade has focused on change and innovation in creative industries and the health service. He also led the national academic input to the current Scottish cultural policy and is currently working on methods of impactful engagement between practice, policy and academia.
Dean, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
Gail is Dean of The Business School at Edinburgh Napier University, one of the biggest Business Schools in Scotland with 9000 students and a reputation for programmes that are closely connected to industry and graduates that are highly employable. Leading on external engagement for The University, she strives to ensure the curriculum remans relevant and applied, as students receive not only, the knowledge required but the skills to be successful, renowned leaders in their field, ultimately filling the skills gap to drive productivity and economic growth in Scotland.
Before becoming Dean in February 2018, Gail spent the majority of her career working with a diverse mix of organisations; from large global corporations and national public sector bodies, to small, innovative start-up companies. Through a variety of leadership roles in commercial management, business development, strategic contract delivery and business transformation, she gained a wealth of industry insight and experience to draw on.
Gail studied at the University of Stirling, Scotland and Texas A&M University, USA. She is an ‘Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy’ and has a number of Board memberships and Trustee positions.
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).
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.
Professor Simon Collinson
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement, University of Birmingham
Simon is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (DPVC) leading on Regional Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and Director of the West Midlands Regional Economic Development Institute (WMREDI) and City-REDI at Birmingham Business School, where he was Dean 2012-2016. 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.
In the past 5 years, he has been awarded over £15 mill in research funding, including internal university funding, a RED award from Research England and two major ESRC project awards. WMREDI was established in 2019 with a £5 million award from Research England (UKRI) together with funding from regional partners and matched funding from the university; a total package of over £11.5 mill. It builds on the work of City-REDI.
Simon’s 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.
Co-Director, Result CIC
A professional coach, trainer and public speaker, since 2013 Jane has co-led Result CIC, a social enterprise making professional development training and coaching accessible to marginalised people and leaders of organisations aspiring to greater inclusion. Drawing on their lived intersectional experience, Jane and other associates enable people to become ‘confidently different’ – fully and creatively themselves. A national award winner, Result CIC’s clients include the Civil Service, the BBC, the NHS and the University of Manchester.
A professional musician originally, Jane became profoundly deaf in her mid-20s and after working in lecturing and editing, went on to become the UK’s first senior deaf diplomat, working for a decade leading political and communications teams in London and Poland.
Jane has twice been cited in the Power 100 list of the UK’s most influential disabled people and while working in Poland won several national awards for her work on disability rights and legislative reform. A regular guest lecturer for Leeds University, Jane was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University in 2018.
Currently a Board member for the Arts Marketing Association, Jane continues to regularly play orchestral viola and piano.
Dr Sadhvi Dar
Senior Lecturer in Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London
Sadhvi Dar is Senior Lecturer in Business Ethics and CSR at the School of Business and Management Queen Mary University of London. Sadhvi’s research investigates knowledge production, governance, and accountability structures, with expertise in decolonial theory. Methodologically she uses ethnography, archival research, visual methods, and discourse analysis. She is co-founding member of the Decolonizing Alliance and Building the Anti-Racist Classroom collective.
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 was a member of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Chair of its International Advisory Committee (2003-7), a member of the Governing Council of the European Science Foundation (ESF) and the UK representative on the New Opportunities for Research Funding Co-operation Agency in Europe (NORFACE) Network Board. She has held visiting positions at the Department of Sociology, University at Chicago, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland, and was a member of the Research Evaluation Committee for Education and Human Society for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). Fiona is also currently a Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Poverty and Inequality, Stanford University, USA. She is an Honorary Professor in the Institute for Social Sciences and the Department of Sociology at the University of Queensland, Australia and continues to work with colleagues there.
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 Julia Bennell
Executive Dean, Leeds University Business School
Prof Bennell has worked as an academic in Business Schools for most of her career. Prior to her appointment as Executive Dean at Leeds, she was the Deputy Head of School at the University of Southampton. In Southampton she had previous led the Department for Decision Analytics and Risk, been director of the Centre for Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems spanning Business, Maths and Health Science and had been the director of the fulltime MBA.
Graduating with a 1st class joint honours degree in Mathematics and Management Science, Prof Bennell pursued a Ph.D. in Operational Research studying geometric optimisation problems with applications in garment manufacturing. This work set the foundation of her academic career and she continues to work in a wide range of optimisation problems applied to transport and logistics. Prof Bennell has held a range of leadership roles in her research field and currently is the Vice President 2 of the Association of European OR Societies.
Byron Dixon OBE
Founder and CEO, Micro-Fresh®
The Founder and CEO of Micro-Fresh®, Byron Dixon started the global, anti-bacterial brand over 15 years ago. Today, the brand is used as an ‘added value’ by over 50 retailers such as Emirates, Next and John Lewis & Partners. It now serves as the ‘go-to’ brand for innovation-conscious retailers that want to incorporate freshness into their products.
Dean of Ashridge, Hult International Business School
Dr Dina Dommett has been Dean of Ashridge at Hult International Business School since 2018 with prior roles in executive education, student services and leadership development at Oxford Saïd Business School, London Business School, the London School of Economics & Political Science, Duke Corporate Education, Columbia and New York University Business Schools, the Monitor Group and Marconi plc. She began her teaching career in her native USA in the humanities at Yale University, Connecticut College and the Museum of Television & Radio in Manhattan. She earned a BA in Italian and German from Boston College, a Fulbright fellowship to Rome and a PhD in Italian from Yale University.
Professor Sally Everett
Vice Dean (Education), King’s Business School
Sally is Professor of Business Education and Vice Dean (Education) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Sally is the academic lead for inclusive education at King’s and is on the self-assessment team responsible for writing chapters relating to teaching and learning for their Race Equality Charter (renewal). King’s College London was one of the first institutions to secure the REC in 2015 (Bronze). Sally was previously the Deputy Dean for the Business School at Anglia Ruskin University (2013 – 2018) and institutional chair for inclusive learning. She is a National Teaching Fellow (2017) and a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013). Sally is the Equality Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows and is a member of the CAB’s Equality and Diversity Committee.
Before her role at ARU, Sally was the Head of Department for tourism and marketing at the University of Bedfordshire. Sally’s research interests include social and cultural tourism and inclusive curriculum. Recent publications include books and peer reviewed articles on food tourism, innovative methodologies, community resistance and inclusive teaching.
Professor Caroline Gatrell
Associate Dean, Research, University of Liverpool Management School
I joined University of Liverpool Management School in October 2016. My role within ULMS is Associate Dean, Research. My research centres on work, family and health, which I explore from a socio-cultural perspective. I explore the experiences of both mothers and fathers, as they combine parenting and paid work. Regarding mothers, I have developed the notions 'pregnant presenteeism' (where expectant mothers remain at work during pregnancy, even if they are ill) and 'maternal body work', where pregnant women and new mothers seek to fulfil the often conflicting criteria of 'good' mother and 'good' employee.
Having been in receipt of a Leverhulme Fellowship I am presently working on the relationships between fathers and the work-family interface, drawing upon the lenses of gender and the body. With Rt Rev Dr Nigel Peyton I am also working on a project exploring the experiences of senior women clergy in the Church of England.
My research is published in social science and management journals including: Organization Studies; Academy of Management Perspectives; Human Relations; Organizational Research Methods, British Journal of Management; Gender, Work and Organization; Social Science and Medicine; International Journal of Management Reviews, and International Journal of Human Resource Management. My present journal roles include General Editor, Journal of Management Studies and Consulting Editor in Chief, International Journal of Management Reviews
I am a Fellow of the British Academy of Management, and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2020, I was awarded the British Academy of Management Research Medal. I am past Chair of NARTI (Northern Advanced Research Training Initiative) which reflects my core interests in capacity building among research students and early career scholars. I am interested in supervising PhD students undertaking qualitative research in the areas of work and family.
Global Business Leader, Board Exec Chair & Director, Former Chair & CEO, IBM Asia Pacific
Harriet Green is currently Executive Chair and Founding Trustee for the impact start-up, Mission Beyond. Harriet is an Advisory Board Member for digital consultancy Red Badger, on the Advisory Council for King’s College London Business School and an Ambassador for Every Child Needs a Mentor. She is a global executive with extensive, multi-channel business leadership experience, having lived and worked on four continents, and provides business coaching globally.
Harriet Green is the former Chair & CEO, Asia Pacific at IBM. While in Singapore she also sat on the Singapore Economic Development Board for 2 years. She was CEO of both Thomas Cook Group plc and the leading high service technology distributor Premier Farnell plc.
Harriet was awarded an OBE in 2010 for services to industry, named one of Fortune's most powerful women internationally in 2019 and recognised by LinkedIn as an Influencer and Top Voice in 2019 and 2020.
Vice Dean (Education), Imperial College Business School
As Vice Dean (Education) at Imperial College Business School, Leila directs and oversees Imperial College Business School's Programme Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions teams, Programmes, EdTech and Careers services for over 3500 students. Her primary focus is attracting top students to Imperial College Business School’s cutting-edge programme portfolio, driving an outstanding student experience, developing further the Edtech Lab platforms and enabling success for our graduates. She is part of the Business School's Advisory and Management Board.
Leila has a wealth of experience in business education and programmes management. Prior to joining Imperial College Business School, she was Assistant Dean of Postgraduate Programmes at Lee Kong Chian School of Business in Singapore, and Executive Director of Early Careers Programmes at the London Business School.
Professor Mark Hart
50th Anniversary Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School; Member of the Expert Advisory Council, Help to Grow Management
Mark Hart is the Academic Lead of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme in the UK who is Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship in Aston Business School. He is also Deputy Director of the national Enterprise Research Centre (www.enterpriseresearch.co.uk) which is jointly hosted at Aston University and the University of Warwick which addresses issues of small business growth. It is funded jointly by the ESRC, BEIS, British Business Bank, Intellectual Property Office and Innovate UK.
Over the last 40 years, Professor Hart has worked and published extensively in the areas of entrepreneurship, enterprise and small business development and policy. He jointly manages the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) project in the UK and advises a number of UK Government Departments and the Devolved Administrations on enterprise issues.
His work on High-Growth Firms (HGFs) at Aston has been influential in shaping policy discussions and actions in the UK and he is currently working for NESTA and the OECD on a range of follow-up projects. He has undertaken numerous evaluation studies of business support products and services in the UK and Ireland.
Professor Nigel Healey
Interim Provost and Deputy President, University of Limerick
Nigel Healey is Professor of International Higher Education and Vice-President Global and Community Relations at the University of Limerick. He is presently serving as Interim Provost and Deputy President. Prior to joining the University of Limerick in 2020, he was Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University (2016-20), Pro-Vice Chancellor International at Nottingham Trent University (2011-16), Dean of UC Business School at the University of Canterbury (2004-11) and Dean of the Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University (2000-04). During his term at MMU, he was a member of the Executive Board of the Association of Business Schools (now CABS). He holds a PhD in Management from Nottingham Business School and a DBA in Higher Education Management from the School of Management at the University of Bath.
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. Nola is currently a Senior Fellow of the UK Enterprise Research Centre and a member of the UK Panel for REF2021. She has previously held appointments as fellow for the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, London, a UK Thought Leader for the UK Economic and Social Research Council and Innovate UK on the development and integration of social science in UK science and industrial policy and has served as elected Council member of the UK Chartered Association of Business Schools. She has advised various public sector organisations including the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, London, the EU, OECD, Government of Mexico through the World Bank and between 2014-2016 was Advisor to the Northern Ireland Minister for Finance and Personnel on public sector reform.
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 as well as leading integration of the William J Clinton Leadership Institute into the School and driving forward attainment of EQUIS accreditation, which ranks the School in the top 5% of Business Schools globally. 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 commenced in post on 1 September 2020. In this role she has responsibility for almost 700 staff, 10,000 students and a cost-base of c.£42m.
Professor Toni Hilton
Dean, Brighton Business School, University of Brighton
Professor Toni Hilton is the Dean of the School of Business and Law. She gained her PhD at Nottingham University and spent 10 years working in the private sector in a variety of marketing roles, including as European Marketing Director at Fisher-Price Toys. She was Dean of Glasgow School for Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University and previously headed the business schools at Regent’s University London, Westminster University and Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand. She was also Head of the School of Marketing at Bristol Business School where she later became a Visiting Fellow.
Dr Alex Hope
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University
Dr Alex Hope is Head of Department: Leadership and HRM and Associate Professor of Business Ethics at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of the department accross all areas of activity. Prior to this, Dr Hope held the role of Faculty Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning and Teaching within the Faculty of Business and Law. He undertakes teaching, research and consultancy across topics such as responsible business, sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, energy policy and business ethics.
Alongside his work at Newcastle Business School Dr Hope is Vice-Chair of the UK and Ireland Chapter of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) initiative and Co-Chair of the UN PRME Climate Change and Environment working group. He holds a PhD in Sustainable development, an MA in Academic Practice and BSc (Hons) in Environmental Management.
Prior to his academic career, Alex worked in retail management, local government and as a sustainability consultant.
Professor Sir Brian Hoskins
Chair, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment
Brian Hoskins has been a Professor of Meteorology in the University of Reading for 40 years, was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London and is now its Chair.
He has had many national and international roles, including being a member of the UK Climate Change Committee for its first 10 years, and involvement in the IPCC.
He is a member of the science academies of the UK, USA, China and Europe, and was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.
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.
Founder and CEO, Uma
Rita Kakati-Shah is the Founder and CEO of Uma, a strategic diversity and inclusion coaching, consultancy and training platform, that empowers confidence, leadership and resilience in women and minorities around the world. Rita is also a Distinguished Alumna of King’s College London, and has won many international awards in recognition of her work as a business leader, entrepreneur and pioneer in empowering women and girls, youth development and diversity and inclusion. Rita started her career at Goldman Sachs in London where she spent a decade before transitioning into the CNS clinical trials and drug development industry. She is also a frequent media contributor, author, and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, serving on multiple boards and committees around the world.
Sandra Kerr CBE
Race Director, Business in the Community (BITC)
Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on race in the UK. The Race at Work survey in 2015 with 24,457 responses and in 2018 with 24,310 responses provided the evidence to establish the Race at Work Charter announced by the Prime Minister which now has more than 500 employer signatories.
In 2012 Sandra was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Black and Minority Ethnic People. In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity. Sandra published the Race at Work Black Voices Report in August 2020 and the Race at Work Charter 2020 report in October 2020.
Professor Osama Khan
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, University of Surrey
Professor Osama Khan is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Education, at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK. He is the strategic lead for the University's education agenda providing talented and motivated students from all backgrounds with an outstanding education that is inclusive, research-informed, technologically enhanced and professionally enriched with industry partnerships. He holds a Professor in Practice title at the Surrey Business School. He also manages the University's centre of excellence in education: The Surrey Institute of Education, as well as the Library and Learning Services. Currently, he has been leading on the Hybrid Education model at the University as a strategic response to the Covid19 pandemic and driving digital transformation in education and student experience. He is a member of Council, Chair of Senate and serves on the board of Farnborough College of Technology, the TEF Advisory Group, Student Minds Advisory Group, Prevent and the EM3 Skills Advisory Panel.
Osama has 23 years of experience in teaching corporate finance, derivatives, mathematical economics, real estate finance and economics and investment management in various universities including the University of Surrey, University of Cambridge, University of Hong Kong, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics, Copenhagen Business School and HEC Paris.
Dr Miguel Antonio Lim
Senior Lecturer in Education and International Development, The Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
Dr Miguel Antonio Lim is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. He is co-convenor of the Higher Education Research Network at the University of Manchester and the International Research and Researchers Network of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE). His engagement at the University of Manchester includes research coordination and REF strategy at the Manchester Institute of Education and work for the University External Relations Strategy Group.
Previously, he was EU-Marie Curie Fellow at Aarhus University, Denmark, and task force leader on migration and higher education at the EU-Marie Curie Alumni Association. He has taught at the London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London (UCL) and worked in the internationalisation office of Sciences-Po Paris (covering the Asa-Pacific). His research has focused on internationalization of higher education, East Asian and transnational higher education, and critical perspectives on university rankings and performance metrics.
Professor Robert MacIntosh
Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS
Professor Robert MacIntosh trained as an engineer and is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Academy of Social Sciences and the British Academy of Management. He has published over 100 outputs including books on strategy, organisational change and research impact. His background reflects a long-standing interest in multidisciplinary research that makes a difference in the world. He is an advocate of the transformative power of universities both in their learning and teaching and in their research and knowledge exchange.
He has held leadership roles in business schools at Strathclyde, Glasgow and Heriot-Watt and is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor for Business and Law at Northumbria University. He is also Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and sits on the Council of the British Academy of Management.
He has extensive experience working with, facilitating and researching strategy in a range of publicly traded firms, large public organisations and third sector organisations and has supervised a number of senior leaders from the US, Canada, Europe and the UK to doctoral completion.
He is an experienced boardroom practitioner having served on the board of the social care charity Turning Point Scotland (2013 to 2021, and chair from 2019-2021) and the board of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (2014-2021). He publishes regularly on academic life in the Times Higher Education and on doctoral study through ThePhDBlog.com. His status as a shareholder in Aberdeen Football Club demonstrates his innate optimism.
Dr Liz Marr
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students), The Open University
Dr Liz Marr is Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Students) at The Open University. Her responsibilities include the student experience, student voice, student engagement and student satisfaction with a major focus on student success. She also has oversight of student employability, the Access, Participation and Success Strategy (including the APP), the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Quality Monitoring and Enhancement (QME).
Liz has over thirty years of experience in UK higher education with particular interest in lifelong learning and continuing education and their role in social justice and social mobility. She is passionate about opening opportunity for all who wish to participate in learning, both formally and informally. She is Vice-President of the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), having served two years as President, and a college governor.
Professor Heather McLaughlin
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University
Heather is Pro Vice-Chancellor for Academic Staff Development and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. Her university-wide portfolio includes the continuing professional education of academic staff, including academic promotions, roles and responsibilities, appraisals and policy development. 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 ‘Research in Transportation Business and Management’ and ‘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.
Head of Partner Development (UK and Europe), Studiosity
As Head of Partner Development (UK and Europe) at Studiosity, Lewis McKinnon is dedicated to the provision of student support and works closely with higher education institutions enabling them to reach, engage, and effectively support more students than previously possible. He has over 13 years of experience working with some of the world’s leading educational institutions and stakeholders, most recently at the University of London Worldwide, responsible for expanding their academic, corporate and government stakeholder relationships across southern and central Asia.
Professor Simon Mercado
Executive Vice President / Directeur Général-Adjoint, ESCP Business School
Simon is Professor of Management and Executive Vice President for Executive Education, Corporate and External Relations at ESCP Business School. In a post straddling the U.K. and ESCP’s European campus network, Simon works at the heart at one of the world’s most international business schools and with a global network of partner institutions from the academic and corporate worlds. Previously Dean of ESCP London and Associate Dean at Nottingham Business School, he has 15 years of strategic leadership experience in HE.
He is an active member of the EFMD, CABS, and AACSB international education networks, and an advisory board member/chair for accredited business schools in France, India and Finland. He is Chair of the International Committee of CABS and an advisory board member for the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain. As a regular media commentator on HE management and development, Simon draws on his professional history in corporate relations, executive education, internationalisation, and institutional/external relations. In addition to his management and consultancy work, he has two decades of teaching and research experience in the UK, France, Greece and Poland.
Professor Edgar Meyer
Deputy Dean, Leeds University Business School; Vice Chair, Chartered ABS EDI Committee
Following his move from his native Germany in the late 1990s, Edgar studied for a degree in Health Care and Management before embarking on an academic career. He commenced his academic career at the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD. Following his PhD, he worked as a researcher, lecturer, and later Professorial Fellow (Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour) at the Southampton Business School, University of Southampton. He held numerous administrative roles during this time, and, prior to leaving, he led the suite of MBA programmes at the School. In 2015 Edgar moved to Imperial College London, where he took up the role of Associate Dean at Imperial College Business School. There he held responsibility for the Learning & Teaching agenda in the Business School, looking after the development, quality assurance, and assurance of the education provision, including a responsibility for accreditation. He has held numerous visiting professorial roles at Cotrugli Business School, Croatia, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan, and WiSO, University of Cologne, Germany. Edgar is an academic Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) where he also acted as a membership assessor. Currently Edgar is an active volunteer for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and sits on the Alumni Board for the EMFD Executive Academy.
Edgar joined Leeds University Business School in early 2020 to take up the role as Deputy Dean.
Dr Mette Morsing
Head of PRME (Principles for Responsible Management Education), United Nations Global Compact
In her role as the Head of PRME, Mette oversees the strategic development and implementation of the PRME initiative and its entire programmatic work and operations
Professor ’Funmi Olonisakin
Vice-President and Vice-Principal International, King’s College London
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin is Vice-President (Global Engagement) and Professor of Security, Leadership & development at King’s College London. She founded the African Leadership centre (ALC), which aims to build the next generation of African scholars and analysts generating cutting edge knowledge for peace, security and development in Africa. She was Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Group (CSDG) at King’s College London from 2003 to 2013. Prior to this, she worked in the Office of the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict.
Professor Kamil Omoteso
Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Science, University of Derby
In my role as the Dean of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences, I provide executive leadership for the College. I’m also responsible for driving change, growth and sustainability across the College and its component Schools.
As a Pro Vice-Chancellor, I support University-wide initiatives, programmes and projects. I also help shape the University's policies and strategies. I am the executive lead on the University’s Access and Participation Efforts.
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 sit on the Council of Chartered Association of Business School (Chartered ABS). 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.
Senior Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire
Sir Geoff Palmer
Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer was born in Jamaica. In 1955, he played cricket for London. Although a school in London classified him as Educationally Sub-Normal, he eventually gained BSc, PhD and DSc degrees at Leicester, Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities respectively. He is a Board Member of various community organisations and is the Freeman of Midlothian. He gained OBE and FIBD awards and was Knighted in 2014 for his contributions to science, human rights and charity. He gained a Jamaica CD award in 2020 and has a deep interest in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. In 2021 Sir Geoff became Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University. Recently he gained a Lifetime Achievement award at the Pride of Scotland Awards.
Campaign Manager, Climate Change Narratives, Grantham Institute, Imperial College
Katrine Petersen is Campaign Manager at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and Environment at Imperial College London. She works on connecting climate research with policymakers and the public and leads a project on improving access to accurate evidence in the public debate on climate change. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the COP26 Universities Network, a group of more than 80 UK Universities working together to realise a zero carbon, resilient future, where she delivers the Network’s briefing paper series, as well as co-Chairs its Education and Skills Steering Group.
Professor Judith Petts CBE
Vice-Chancellor, University of Plymouth; Climate Commissioner
Professor Judith Petts is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Plymouth (2016-). Prior to this she was Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research at the University of Southampton and at the University of Birmingham.
Over some 30 years, her research has examined the interface between science, policy-making, and the public. Currently she is a Director of the Heart of the South-West LEP and a Trustee of the Marine Biological Association. She is the UUK Commissioner on the Climate Commission for Higher and Further Education. Previous appointments have included as a member of the Councils of BBSRC and of NERC; Defra’s Science Advisory Council; and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. She was appointed CBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours, 2012, for services to Scientific Research.
Partnerships Director, Coursera
Andy Poole is Partnerships Director for Coursera for Campus, within the EMEA region. In this role he works with universities and business schools to enhance their capabilities in areas such as online learning, student employability, lifelong learning, curriculum development, and staff upskilling.
Andy has close to 20 years of experience across different parts of the education sector. Prior to joining Coursera, Andy was responsible for business development, admissions, and recruitment on postgraduate programmes at Saïd Business School. Before that, he led Macmillan Education’s English language teaching content business in Central and Eastern Europe.
Chief Executive Officer, Music Fusion
Jinx is an experienced Chief Executive Officer with a history of working in the third sector; skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Corporate Social Responsibility and engaging with the youth sector. Jinx is an Alumnus of the University of Portsmouth (Entrepreneur In Residence) and the CEO and Founder of Music Fusion. Music Fusion is a charity based in Hampshire that provides music making activities to young people who might not otherwise have the opportunity, and bridges the gap between these young people and their community. The charity has delivered music projects to over 35,000 young people who have experienced challenging life circumstances, building their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.
Jinx's work has been recognised in the following awards:
• The Seif Award 2012 where he was recognised as the individual to have best collaborated with business to benefit the local community.
• The Inspiring Social Action in Young People Award 2013 where Music Fusion received the award during the Business in Community Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
Jinx is passionate about making a difference and his experience gives great insight into what it's like to be a social entrepreneur.
Dr Ilia Protopapa
Lecturer in Marketing and Inclusive Education Partner, King’s Business School
Dr Ilia Protopapa is a Lecturer in Marketing and an Inclusive Education Partner at King’s Business School. Ilia is actively working towards closing the attainment gap at King’s Business School. Ilia is leading the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) item at the Faculty Education Committee and she is a steering group member of the Digital Education Steering Group at King’s Business School.
Prior to joining King’s, Ilia was teaching at Kingston University and University of Roehampton. Ilia holds a PhD in Marketing from Kingston Business School, London. She also holds a Master of Research in Business and Management and a Master of Arts in Brand Management, both from Kingston Business School, London. Ilia is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and CMBE member.
Ilia’s areas of expertise include brand management and consumer behaviour. Ilia’s pedagogic research interest focuses on higher education, branding and inclusive education. Her research has been presented in a number of international conferences. Ilia has also co-authored book chapters in the field of marketing and higher education. Ilia also acts as a reviewer for peer-reviewed business journals.
Ilia’s teaching and pedagogic approaches have been recognised through various awards and recognitions such as the nominations for the ‘King’s Education Award 2021'', 'King’s Education Award 2021' at King's College London as well as the 'Lecturer of the Year 18/19’ at Kingston Business School.'
Professor Stewart Robinson
Professor of Management Science, Loughborough University
Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and previously Dean of the School of Business and Economics at Loughborough University (2015-2021). 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 is a member of the Chartered ABS Council and he was President of the UK Operational Research Society (2014-15).
Paul Scully MP
Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Labour Markets and Minister for London, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Paul Scully was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 13 February 2020. He is responsible for Small Business, Consumers and Labour Markets and Minister for London. Paul is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament for Sutton and Cheam since 2015. A member of the Conservative Party, he served as its vice chairman for the London region from 2017 to 2019. Paul was born in Rugby, Warwickshire. He moved to London after graduating and ran a number of small businesses.
Professor Amir M. Sharif
Dean & Professor of Circular Economy, Faculty of Management, Law & Social Sciences, University of Bradford
Professor Amir Sharif is Dean of the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences at University of Bradford, and Professor of Circular Economy. Before joining the University of Bradford in 2017 as Associate Dean (International and Accreditations), Amir held several senior academic leadership positions including as Head of Brunel Business School, Associate Head, Director of MBA Programmes and Director of Learning and Teaching (at Brunel University London).
Prior to academia, Amir worked for several years as an industry practitioner in financial and professional services gaining deep experience across technology, manufacturing and the public sector as a result. Amir continues to research and teach in the areas of food security, circular economy, operations / supply chain management, leadership, decision-making and humanitarian logistics (and was also an AI researcher early in his academic career). He has also taught these subject areas to students across the UK, Europe and internationally. He continues to be actively involved in research grant panels and review boards for a wide range of research funding bodies across Europe, the Middle East and the Gulf and is a contributing board member to the Higher Education advisory group for the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowships Programme and several local and regional civic and health-related partnership boards in West Yorkshire in the UK.
Professor Sankar Sivarajah
Dean, School of Management, University of Bradford
Sankar Sivarajah is the Dean of School of Management and Professor of Technology Management and Circular Economy at the School of Management, University of Bradford, UK.
His passion for research and teaching is interdisciplinary in nature focusing on the use of emerging digital technology for the betterment of society, be it in a business or government context. He has published over 50 scientific articles in leading peer-reviewed journals and conferences. His research has featured in reputable media/trade publications such as The World Economic Forum, BBC Yorkshire, Computer Weekly and The Conversation.
He holds a PhD in Management Studies from Brunel University London, a MSc in Management from Bayes Business School (City University, London) and a BSc (Hons) in Business and Management from Brunel University London. He is a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Academy of Management (BAM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS).
Dr Gurnam Singh
Associate Professor of Equity of Attainment, Coventry University
Dr Gurnam Singh is currently Assoc Professor of Equity of Attainment at Coventry University and much of his work focuses on the question of 'race', 'pedagogy' and higher education. Also, he is Hon Assoc Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick and Visiting Fellow in Race and Education at the University of Arts, London and Visiting Prof of Social Work, Chester University. Before entering academia, he had a background in community activism and professional social work. In recognition of his work on critical pedagogy and equity in education, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) from the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2009. And in 2018 Dr Singh was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (FRSA). He is considered a world expert on social justice, social work and higher education and has published 4 books and 40 book chapters and peer-review journal articles and delivered numerous conference papers, many as keynotes. He has worked as a consultant with several bodies, such as the HEFCE, UUK, OfS, HEA, LFHE, Advanced HE, WMPTP, NOUS and various universities.
Mark Threlfall, Director, Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management
Mark is the Director of Executive Development for Cranfield University who holds an MBA with Distinction. Currently leading the transformation of executive education to provide individuals and organisations with the knowledge, skills, tools and resources for the decade ahead
In his previous role within CCED Mark was accountable for the end to end delivery of customised executive development for clients over the long term, seeking to maximise individuals and organisational impact. He led from initial enquiry/proposal and diagnosis through to delivery and follow-up/impact evaluation at every level; employing a consultative approach with clients to develop long term value creating partnerships. In 2016 he was awarded Gold in the EFMD Excellence in Practice award in the category Executive Education for the design and delivery of a global leadership programme for BG Group. Mark has deep expertise in designing and delivering Leadership programmes. Passionate about supporting individuals on their learning journey towards Personal Mastery Mark partners with organisations to create challenging impactful interventions that deliver sustainable transformations for individuals and organisations.
Dr Dominique Thompson
Director, Buzz Consulting; Clinical Advisor to NICE, RCGP and Student Minds
Dominique is an award winning GP, young people's mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with two decades of clinical experience.
Dom has done two TEDx talks; ‘What I learnt from 78000 GP consultations with university students’ and ‘Understanding Why’.
She contributed to Student Mental Health & Wellbeing in Higher Education: A practical guide (Sage).
Dom is a Clinical Advisor for NICE, RCGP and Student Minds.
Further information about Dom www.buzzconsulting.co.uk
Dr Nathalia C Tjandra
Head of International & Global Online, The Business School, Edinburgh Napier University
Nathalia is the Head of International and Global Online and an Associate Professor in Marketing at Edinburgh Napier University Business School. She oversees and leads the implementation of the University’s internationalisation strategy in the Business School and develops an international and online strategic direction for the School. She establishes, manages, and develops the School’s transnational and global online education and international partnership provisions. She leads the International Operations team in the School and liaises with internal and external stakeholders in developing and implementing internationalisation policy and initiatives, and promoting continuous enhancement of the international and online programmes. She is an active marketing educator and researcher focusing on branding, B2B marketing and sustainability.
Dr Steve Welch
Director, Ideas and Capability, KTN
Dr Steve Welch is one of the founding directors of KTN, now director of Ideas – the directorate that looks after strategic relationships with Universities (including the KTP programme), emerging innovations, and ‘place’. Steve has extensive knowledge transfer experience, dating back to the earliest Faraday Partnerships and running through all of KTN history, up to the Electronics, Sensors, Photonics KTN of which he was CEO.
Before moving into knowledge transfer full-time, Steve had an extensive academic career designing, building and using scientific spacecraft instrumentation, based at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. During this time, Steve was also involved in teaching and research in systems engineering, and has delivered bespoke teaching, research and consultancy in computer science, electronic engineering and systems engineering to large corporations and space agencies around the world. Steve has a PhD in High Energy Astrophysics. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics, and a member of the UK Space Agency’s Earth Observation advisory Committee.
Dr Hany Wells
Associate Dean - Student Experience and Quality Assurance, Coventry University London
Hany is an academic leader with extensive experience in leading initiatives to drive an outstanding student and staff experience. With 22 years of experience in higher education, she is currently responsible for providing strategic and operational academic leadership at CULC, leading sizeable teams of academics and professionals to deliver an excellent student experience. She is responsible for developing CULC’s teaching and learning strategy.
Prior to this role, she was the Associate Dean Postgraduate Development and Head of the Management, Leadership and Organisation Department at Hertfordshire Business School. Under her leadership and ambition for innovative curriculum and pedagogy, she changed the landscape of postgraduate portfolio.
Hany is a Principal Fellow of HEA and has a particular interest in andragogy research in innovative teaching and learning, particularly in the areas of improving support to international students and enhancing supervisory support to postgraduates. She gained her PhD at University College London, Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management examining failure in projects and the importance of adopting the right tools or methods for successful delivery of projects.
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.
Dr Mazia Yassim
Programme Leader - MA Marketing Suite of Programmes; University of Greenwich Business School
Mazia is the Faculty Quality Enhancement Lead at Greenwich Business and the Programme Lead for MA/MBA Marketing Suite. Mazia has been involved with student development for over a decade and has implemented various initiatives to ensure inclusive development and wellbeing of students within the Greenwich Business School.
Professor Baback Yazdani
Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School
Baback Yazdani is Professor of Product Development and the Executive Dean of Nottingham Business School (NBS), the UK’s top business school for personalisation and experiential learning, integrating research, teaching and industrial collaboration in business, economics and management research and education. During his Deanship since 2007, NBS has gone through a period of growth and transformation to become a leading business school by ranking and accreditations.
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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What happens if Covid-19 restrictions prevent the conference from taking place as an in-person event?
If we are forced to cancel the in-person event on 8-9 November we will run a fully online conference on the same dates or as soon as is practicable. Registered participants will have the option of transferring their booking to the online event or receiving a full refund
What if I register and then want to cancel because I am uncomfortable about attending an in-person event or my institution discourages my participation?
If you register and decide that you cannot attend you can transfer your pass to a colleague free of charge. If you decide to cancel there may be a cancellation fee. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full details.
If I am not comfortable about attending in person can I participate virtually?
We are very much looking forward to hosting our first in-person conference since 2019 and will be working with the venue and participants to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience. Nonetheless, we recognise that some people might be unable (for various reasons) to attend an in-person conference in November. Therefore, we are exploring the ways in which we might make this a Hybrid Event that is meaningful and useful to all attendees.
If you are interested in attending virtually, or you are simply unsure about how you'd like to participate, please click here to complete the Conference Attendance Research Form.
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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.