The yearly gathering of Deans and leadership teams of UK business schools

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Each November the Chartered ABS Annual Conference brings together over 200 business school Deans and senior leadership teams; and senior representatives of government, the wider higher education sector and business.

The conference is a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues from across the sector; and join discussions about the future direction of business & management education, research, school strategy, and about what it it means to be a business school in the new social and economic environment.

Confirmed speakers include:

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Juergen Maier CBE
Industrialist; Chair, Digital Catapult; former Chief Executive, Siemens UK

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Professor Alison Wolf CBE
Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London

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Rt Hon. Professor Lord David Blunkett
Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission

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Laura Hinton
Management Board Member and Tax Leader, PwC UK; Executive Fellow, Kings Business School

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Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Chair, SOAS Board of Trustees; Chair, London Chamber of Commerce Black Business Association; Professor of Leadership, Huntsman Business School

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Jane Egerton-Idehen
Head of Sales, Middle East and Africa, Meta

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Hetan Shah
Chief Executive, The British Academy

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David Schofield
Director of Sustainability, Aviva

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Terrill L. Drake
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Harvard Business School

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Dr Katrin Muff
Director, Institute for Business Sustainability and Professor of Practice, LUISS Business School

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Vicki Stott
Chief Executive, QAA

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Dean Cook
Director – Place and Levelling up, Innovate UK

Day One: Monday 7 November

08:50

Registration, refreshments and networking

09:40

Welcome

In this opening session the results of the 2022 Annual Membership Survey will be released.

Anne Kiem OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

10:10

Keynote Panel Discussion: Nurturing prosperity and purpose: the role of business schools

In this session a high-level panel explores how business schools are being challenged to develop future leaders who are equipped with the skills, behaviours and knowledge to both get ‘transactional business’ done, and look beyond the financial bottom line and navigate the complex intersectionality of people, planet and profit. The Panel will also consider how UK business schools are helping to tackle global challenges, and support UK business and society through their teaching, research and business engagement.

Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE, Chair, SOAS Board of Trustees; Professor of Leadership, Huntsman Business School

Juergen Maier CBE, Industrialist; Chair, Digital Catapult; former Chief Executive, Siemens UK

Professor Alison Wolf CBE, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London

Moderator: Professor Julia Balogun, Dean, University of Liverpool Management School

11:10

Morning break and networking

Breakout sessions

11:50 - 13:00

The evolution of the purpose-led business school

This session extends discussions around how business schools are embracing and enhancing their contributions to the ‘public good’. Particular attention will be paid to the practical ways in which business schools are contributing to the civic engagement priorities of their parent universities; and how business school activity is being informed by the recommendations of the 2021 Chartered ABS Taskforce ‘Business schools and the public good’ (click here).

Sarah Gillard
Chief Executive Officer, A Blueprint for Better Business

Professor M.N. Ravishankar
Dean, Queen’s Management School

Christopher Cowton
Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics & Emeritus Professor, Huddersfield Business School

Dr Lisa McIlvenna
Deputy Managing Director, Business in the Community Northern Ireland

Chair: Professor Peter McKiernan
Professor of Management, University of Strathclyde

Tackling grand challenges through business school research and innovation

This session explores the multifaceted nature of the ‘grand challenges’ facing business, government, and society; and innovative ways in which business schools can contribute to interdisciplinary research endeavours, help to translate invention into innovation and inform business strategy and government policymaking.

Dean Cook
Executive Lead for Place and Levelling Up, Innovate UK

Professor Bob Doherty
Dean, School for Business and Society, University of York

Professor Jan Godsell
Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University

Professor Alison Truelove
Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education, University of Exeter Business School

Chair: Professor Caroline Gatrell
Associate Dean, Research
University of Liverpool Management School

Reflecting changing student expectations in learning & teaching strategy

This session explores how student expectations of more flexible, personalised education is influencing business and management education; and the opportunities and challenges associated with delivering the desired learning at scale and within a reasonable cost.

Professor Delphine Manceau
Dean, NEOMA Business School

Dr Cathy Minett-Smith
Dean, Learning and Teaching, College of Business and Law, University of the West of England

Elaine Clarke
College Director of Education and Students, Lincoln International Business School

Additional speaker to be announced

Chair: Professor Kamil Omoteso
Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, College of Business, Law and Social Science, University of Derby; Member, Chartered ABS Council

New ways of working: finding the right approach for your team

This session reflects on the sort of working arrangements that academic and professional services staff are seeking from their institutions, and about what business school leaders can do to create working arrangements that work for both individual staff and the institution as a whole.

Dr Deirdre Anderson
Director, Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Research Centre (GLIC), Cranfield School of Management

Professor Abigail Marks
Professor of the Future of Work, Newcastle University Business School

David Stannard
Director of Administration, Henley Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Mohammad Ali
Dean, School of Business and Law, University of East London; Member, Chartered ABS Council

Addressing the tension between international travel and sustainability

This session explores the various ways in which business schools are seeking to resolve the tension between staff and student international travel, and opportunities in transnational education; and the commitments to sustainability and the reduction of carbon footprints.

Professor Monika Foster
Head, Sunderland Business School, University of Sunderland

Professor Amir M. Sharif
Dean & Professor of Circular Economy, University of Bradford  

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Simon Mercado
Executive Vice President (Business & External Relations), ESCP Business School; Chair, Chartered ABS International Committee

Recruiting business school faculty in a competitive marketplace

This session explores the current experiences of securing academic and professional services staff. Particular attention will be paid to the subject areas for which it is particularly hard to recruit, and the steps that can be taken by business schools to create healthy recruitment pipelines (particularly for junior, underrepresented and international staff), and differentiate their offers from competitors.

Claire Mallanaphy
Associate Dean -Undergraduate, Finance and Accounting, University of Liverpool Management School

Kiersten Avery
Partner, Anderson Quigley

Morris Altman
Dean, University of Dundee School of Business

Additional speaker to be announced

Chair: Professor Stewart Robinson
Dean, Newcastle University Business School; Member, Chartered ABS Council

13:00

Lunch

14:20

Welcome back

Anne Kiem OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

14:30

Keynote Panel Discussion: Rethinking business and management education for a volatile global market

Business schools are responsible for offering an ever-wider range of programmes, delivered in increasingly varied ways to an ever broader, more diverse, and more dispersed student body. In this session a high-level international panel explores how the higher education ecosystem is evolving and the innovative ways in which business and management education is being delivered.

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Charles Moses, Dean, Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific

Simon Nelson, Chief Executive, QA Higher Education

Vicki Stott, Chief Executive, QAA

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

15:30

Afternoon break and networking

Breakout Sessions

16:10 - 17:20

Supporting early career researchers and junior lecturers from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds

This session reflects on the challenges facing junior staff from underrepresented backgrounds; and on the ways in which business school leaders can support staff through incorporating EDI objectives in strategic plans, including underrepresented staff in leadership decisions, creating ‘safe spaces’ for candid dialogue and other ways.

Professor Patricia Kingori
Professor of Global Health Ethics, Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, University of Oxford

Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic); Dean of the Faculty of Business, Arden University

Terrill L. Drake
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Harvard Business School

Additional speaker to be announced

Chair: Dr Geethanjali Selvaretnam
Deputy Head of School, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow; Chair, Chartered ABS EDI Committee

The contribution of business schools to regional enterprise and business ecosystems

This session explores how business schools, in particular holders of the Small Business Charter, are increasingly networked with their local business communities; and the variety of ways in which they are supporting small and medium sized businesses.

James Gardiner
Director of Employability, Norwich Business School

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Michael Hayman MBE
Co-Founder, Seven Hills; Chair, Small Business Charter Management Board

Post-experience education: Creating differentiation in a burgeoning market for lifelong learning

This session explores how the market for post-experience education and lifelong learning is being shaped by changing client needs; disrupted by new providers (in particular edtech); and is creating new opportunities for business schools. Particular attention will be paid to the changing demand for, and the development of, flexible learning experiences; the opportunities for business schools to collaborate with other providers as co-creators of content; and the skills and behaviours that are needed by faculty for new opportunities in this space to be realised.

Dr Nick Mount
Academic Director, University of Nottingham Online

Andy Poole
Director of Partnerships, Coursera for Campus, Coursera

Mike Ratcliffe
Academic Registrar, formerly Nottingham Trent University

Dr Annabel Kiernan
Pro Vice Chancellor Education, Staffordshire University

Chair to be announced

Twenty Third Deans’ Meeting

This meeting is solely for Deans from Chartered ABS member business schools. It is an opportunity for frank and free-flowing discussion on topics of common interest. This is the latest in the series of meetings which commenced in April 2020. All discussion is under the Chatham House Rule.

Chair: Professor Robert MacIntosh
Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

Accreditations & affiliations: reviewing the place of external affirmations for business school strategy

This session explores the ways in which accreditations, global networks and other bodies are used by UK business schools to support external and internal aims and objectives.

Professor Eileen McAuliffe
Pro Vice-Chancellor, Executive Dean, Birmingham City Business School

Dr Alex Hope,
Deputy Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University

Dr Emm Barnes
Director of Professional Services Transformation and Strategic Project Manager, School of Business and Management, Queen Mary University of London

Additional speaker to be announced

Chair: Professor Debra Leighton
HE Consultant; former Dean, University of Bedfordshire Business School

The changing dynamics of international student flows

This session explores the factors that are influencing inbound and outbound international student flows; the extent to which the new opportunities surfaced by the pandemic (for example for virtual mobility and the creation of online communities of learners) are being realised; and the ways in which business schools are supporting the international mobility of research students.

Jacqueline Jenkins
Global Relationship Manager (Education), British Council.

 

Additional speakers to be announced

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Drinks Reception & Annual Conference Gala Dinner

The Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner takes place at the Hilton Waldorf Hotel and is an excellent opportunity for informal networking with fellow attendees. The evening commences at 19:00 with a Drinks Reception and Dinner will be served at 20:00.

Dinner will be proceeded by a Dinner Address from the Rt Hon. Professor Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission.

Day Two: Tuesday 8 November

08:50

Registration and refreshments

09:20

Welcome

Anne Kiem OBE, Chief Executive, Chartered ABS

Professor Robert MacIntosh, Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University; Chair, Chartered ABS

09:40

Keynote Panel Discussion: Transitioning to sustainability: business schools and a global imperative

In this session a high-level panel explores the extent to which students, educators, governments and businesses are requiring business schools, and their parent universities, to deliver education that addresses the sustainability agenda; and how business schools are responding to these demands and weaving sustainability into teaching, research and other aspects of school strategy.

Professor David Grayson CBE, Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management

Dr Katrin Muff, Director, Institute for Business Sustainability and Professor of Practice, LUISS Business School

Hetan Shah, Chief Executive, The British Academy

David Schofield, Director of Sustainability, Aviva

Moderator: Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE, Associate Principal, University of Strathclyde

10:40

Morning break and networking

Breakout Sessions

11:20 - 12:30

Supporting the professional development and career advancement of business and management educators

This session explores the skills, knowledge and behaviours that business school teaching staff need to be effective educators and to enable career advancement; and about how business school leaders can help the development of their teaching staff through continuous professional development, and through the creation of promotion pathways that recognise and reward teaching excellence.

Dr Barbara Banda
Adjunct Professor; former Professor of Practice and Client and Programme Director, Hult International Business School

Ross Espinoza
Senior Learning Experience Designer, PwC; Chair, Staff Development Forum

Professor Heather McLaughlin
Pro Vice-Chancellor Research & Academic Staff Development; Dean Faculty of Business & Law, De Montfort University; Member, Chartered ABS Council

Chair: Dr Adam Shore
Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University

Additional speaker to be announced

Supporting staff and student financial and mental wellbeing during a cost-of-living crisis

This session explores the key principles for supporting student and staff health and wellbeing. Particular attention will be paid to the actions that can be taken by business schools to support the financial wellbeing during the current cost-of-living crisis.

Andy Bell
Deputy Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health

Dr Denise Meyer
Director of Student Wellbeing, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Michelle Morgan
Dean of Students, University of East London

Nathalie Podder
Deputy President (Welfare), Imperial College Union

Chair to be announced

Delivering future-oriented business & management education: innovation and reinvention

This session offers insights into how business schools (individually and collaboratively) are refining curricula to prepare students for workplaces of the future. For example, how business education is being given an increasingly digital emphasis; and the use of interdisciplinary teaching to prepare students to deal with the multifaceted problems.

Ed Fidoe
Chief Executive, The London Interdisciplinary School

Professor Gregory Prastacos
Dean, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology; Lead Investigator, MaCuDE

Additional speakers to be announced

Chair: Professor Duncan Angwin
Dean, Nottingham University Business School

Supporting disadvantaged students and tackling award gaps

This session reflects on how business schools are striving for inclusive education. Particular attention will be paid to nuanced challenges including the tackling ‘hidden’ attainment gaps; supporting digital inclusion; educating staff about inclusive educational practices; identifying and using relevant metrics to assess and monitor success; and the issues of intersectionality in that there is no single ‘disadvantaged student’ but a multiplicity of experiences.

Rosalind Goates
Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, The Social Mobility Foundation

Lee Elliot Major OBE
Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

Dr. Yaz Osho
Senior Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Westminster Business School

Additional speaker to be announced

Chair: Sally Everett
Vice Dean and Professor of Business Education, King’s Business School

Sustainability education: innovations in pedagogy and teaching practice

This deep-dive session builds on the discussions of the preceding panel discussion and explores the practical ways in which business schools are creating new pedagogies/approaches to delivering sustainability education at UG, PG and post-experience level. We will explore how both new courses are being developed and sustainability is being interwoven across the curriculum.

Emerita Professor Angela Druckman
Professor of Sustainable Consumption and Production, University of Surrey

Professor Alexandra Gerbasi
Dean, University of Exeter Business School

Professor Vijay Reddy
Professor of Sustainable SME Growth, Birmingham City Business School

Professor Vera Trappmann
Director of Sustainability, Leeds University Business School

Chair: Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
Professor of Marketing and Sustainable Business, British School of Fashion, GCU London

Roundtable Discussions

In this unconference session participants will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive roundtable discussion. The topics for each discussion will be determined via public vote on the first day of the conference.

Discussions facilitated by members of the Chartered ABS

12:30

Lunch

14:00

Keynote panel: Being a leader in turbulent times

The closing Keynote Session of the conference brings together a top-flight panel to explore 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.

Jane Egerton-Idehen, Head of Sales, Middle East and Africa, Meta

Laura Hinton, Management Board Member and Tax Leader, PwC UK; Executive Fellow, Kings Business School

Jacky Wright, Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US

Professor Baback Yazdani, Executive Dean, Nottingham Business School

Moderator: Professor Toni Hilton, Dean, School of Business and Law, University of Brighton

15:00

Close of conference

Confirmed speakers include:

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Dr Deirdre Anderson
Director of the Gender, Leadership and Inclusion Centre, Cranfield University, School of Management.

Deirdre is an experienced occupational psychologist and researcher with expertise in inclusive leadership, gendered working practices, flexible and hybrid working, and work/family challenges in varying cultures.  She is an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society, vice-chair of the EDI Committee to the Chartered Association of Business Schools, and co-chair of the Academic Advisory Board to Working Families.  Deirdre teaches at post-graduate level, and in Executive Education, working with clients to challenge, review and develop their approaches to more inclusive cultures through individual actions and organizational practices. Prior to her move into academia at Cranfield University, she spent over 20 years working within organizations and then as an independent consultant and trainer in the private sector.

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Professor Julia Balogun
Dean, University of Liverpool Management School

Professor Julia Balogun is Dean of the University of Liverpool Management School, the Brett Chair in Management and Dean of International Strategy for the University of Liverpool. Julia is an internationally renowned scholar for her research on processes of strategy development and strategic change, and in 2021 received a Distinguished Scholar award for her work in this field from the American Academy of Management. She has a particular interest is how large corporations can be transformed to both retain and regain competitive advantage, focussing on the nature of the practices, actions and activities of senior executives engaged in corporate renewal and radical restructuring.
Julia is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has published in a range of leading international journals including Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of International business Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies and Human Relations. She either remains a member or has been a member of the editorial advisory boards of most of these journals.

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Barbara Banda
Professor of Practice and

Barbara Banda is the founder of the leadership consultancy, Barbara Banda Consulting, which works with Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies. As Professor of Practice and Educator in Leadership, Inclusive Leadership and Change at Duke Corporate Education, Rotterdam School of Management and Hult Ashridge, she is passionate

about connecting leadership education to the realities of daily life in organisations. Barbara holds five degrees, including a D.Phil from the University of Oxford that explored the importance of connecting management education to the workplace, which informs her approach with clients. She is the author of The Model Black: How Black British Leaders Succeed in Organisations and Why it Matters

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Model-Black-British-Leaders-Organisations/dp/1032060549 

https://www.routledge.com/The-Model-Black-How-Black-British-Leaders-Succeed-in-Organisations-and/Banda/p/book/9781032060545

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

Emm has worked in higher education for 20 years, first as an academic, then in public engagement, and more recently in business school operations management and strategy. Emm has served in the Professional Managers Committee of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, Chairing that group in 2019 and 2021 and representing professional managers on the Council of Chartered ABS. She was a member of the Taskforce on Business Schools and the Public Good, and of the research team behind the recent report into professional services models in business schools. Emm has experience of leading accreditation projects including AACSB and Athena Swan and of using these projects to support business school strategy development and implementation.

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Catherine Cassell
Executive Dean, Faculty of Business, Durham University.

Professor Catherine Cassell is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business at Durham University. She has an esteemed track record of leadership at senior levels in Business Schools. Previously she was Deputy Director of Alliance Manchester Business School and Deputy Executive Dean of Leeds University Business School. Between 2017 and 2022 she was Dean of Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham. During that period, she led the School to a successful strategic positioning around responsible business; achievement of maximum triple accreditation for the first time in the School’s history; and an excellent result in REF 2021.

Catherine is a Professor of Organisational Psychology and holds Fellowships of the Academy of Social Sciences, the British Academy of Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She was a member of the REF 2021 sub-panel no. 17 UOA Business and Management and has served as a member and chair of AMBA, AACSB and EQUIS accreditation panels. She is also on the Advisory Boards of two international Business Schools and is a member of the Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Catherine is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of organisational psychology with a particular interest in the areas of diversity, inclusion and organisational change. She is particularly known for her work on qualitative research methodologies. A keen mentor of others, she has supervised 23 doctoral students to completion. She has also been recognised by her students in the past for excellence in teaching and learning and is a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

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Dean Cook
Director – Place and Levelling up, Innovate UK

Dean Cook is the executive lead for Place and Levelling up at Innovate UK, the national innovation agency, and a council of UKRI. His core team of English Regional and Devolved Nation engagement managers are responsible for strategic partnership building across the UK. The team has responsibility for developing Innovate UK’s Place R&D approach and developing strong relationships with local and devolved authorities, governments, and local business leaders. He also has oversight of a programme management team that will be delivering new support to innovation cluster development including the new Levelling up ‘Innovation Accelerator’ pilots for which he is the Programme Director. Dean is working widely across UKRI to deliver Place outcomes, which includes collaborative delivery of the UKRI ‘Strength in Places Fund’ with Research England.

With a technical background in agriculture and food, Dean originally joined Innovate UK in 2014 as an innovation lead for that sector. With over 30 years practical experience in research commercialisation, he was formerly at Defra’s ‘Food and Environment Research Agency’ in York, where his early career was as an applied biologist before moving into various roles within the agency’s commercial and science management teams. Dean is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology and an MBA graduate of the University of Warwick.

Originally from the South of England, Dean has lived in York for 26 years and has represented Innovate UK on a number of regional economic-boards across the North of England. Dean has a strong interest in innovation clusters and brings a business perspective to UKRI discussions on Place based R&D.

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Bob Doherty
Dean, School for Business and Society, University of York

Bob Doherty is Dean of the School for Business and Society at the University of York.  Since joining York in 2012 he has won £10.1m in grant funding with £9.4m as Principal Investigator including, ‘IKnowFood’ in 2016 (£3.4m) and more recently in 2020 a £6m award from the Transforming Food Systems Strategic Priorities Fund for the interdisciplinary programme titled 'FixOurFood'.

Bob was seconded for 3-years (2019-2022) as a senior policy fellow into UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In addition, he is former University of York lead for N8 AgriFood and former research theme leader for sustainable food in the York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI). Furthermore, he is a trustee of the Fairtrade Foundation. Bob specialises in research on hybrid organisations in the food system and has published in Nature, BMJ, Journal of Business Ethics and the International Journal of Management Reviews. Bob is Founding Editor Emeritus of the Social Enterprise Journal- after 10-years as Editor in Chief of the Social Enterprise Journal.

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Terrill L. Drake
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Harvard Business School

Terrill L. Drake is the inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer at the Harvard Business School. As a member of the senior leadership team, Terrill oversees the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for inclusive excellence throughout the HBS community. He works closely with the School’s leadership on strategic planning, programming, training, curriculum development, and recruiting and retention. Additionally, Terrill builds on the work of the School’s Racial Equity Plan to focus on issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging around race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, and age.

Terrill brings nearly two decades of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion; event, program, and project management; marketing; and operational management. Terrill holds a BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics and an MBA from the University of Maryland Smith School of Business.

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Emerita Professor Angela Druckman
Professor Emerita of Sustainable Consumption and Production, University of Surrey

Angela Druckman is Professor Emerita of Sustainable Consumption and Production at University of Surrey, having been awarded Emerita status in September 2022 in recognition of the contribution she made to advancing sustainability at the University. In particular, Angela was lead for Sustainability in the Curriculum for the University of Surrey.

Angela read Engineering at Cambridge University, and achieved Chartered Engineer status through working in electronics research and development. She subsequently had a wide variety of experience, including lecturing in electronics, developing a highly successful IT company, and campaigning on climate change issues.

Angela’s current research focuses on investigating avenues to more sustainable lifestyles, taking a holistic, systems-based approach that encompasses supply chain analysis combined with understandings of individual and societal behaviours. She is Co-Investigator for major projects, including: the Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP); Advocacy for Climate Change and Environment Social Science (ACCESS); and WISE HORIZONS: Wellbeing, Inclusion, Sustainability & the Economy (due to start January 2023).

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Jane Egerton-Idehen
Head of Sales, Middle East and Africa, Meta

Jane Egerton-Idehen is the Head of Sales , Middle East and Africa for Meta ( Facebook). Previously she was country manager in Nigeria and the regional sales manager for the West African branch of Avanti Communications Group PLC. Avanti, headquartered in the United Kingdom, provides satellite broadband and connectivity ser- vices to Internet service providers, mobile network operators, other satellite operators, various businesses, and government agencies in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Jane was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She graduated with a second-class upper degree in electronics engineering in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nusska. She furthered her education at Warwick Business School in the UK, where she received a master’s degree, and she received an executive education at both Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management in the United States. She has worked in the telecommunications industry in Africa for more than 17 years. Prior to working for Meta and Avanti, she worked for Nokia and Ericsson. Her knowledge of technology, her ability to manage complex stakeholder relationships, and her skill to manage teams and create strategies to support growth and drive business are keys to her success.

In March 2020 published a book she wrote, Be Fearless: Give Yourself Permission To Be You. She drew from her more than 15 years of experience as a telecommunication executive in Africa to help women build lasting careers, especially in the male-dominated STEM industries. The book hit seven Amazon best seller lists on March 17, 2020, climbing all the way to number one in the Business Ethics and Knowledge Capital categories. The book also took top ranking in several career and leadership categories as well as appearing on seven New Release list.

Be Fearless: Give Yourself Permission To Be You - click here

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Professor Sally Everett
Vice Dean, King's Business School, King's College London

Sally is Professor of Business Education and Vice Dean (Education) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Sally is also the Academic Lead for Inclusive Education for King’s College London. She’s a National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence award holder and is the Equality Officer for the Association of National Teaching Fellows. Sally is a member of the Chartered Association of Business School’s Race Equality Working Group and their Equality and Diversity Committee. Sally has also been the Deputy Dean for the business school at Anglia Ruskin University, and a previous Head of Department at the University of Bedfordshire.

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Ed Fidoe
Co-founder and CEO, London Interdisciplinary School

Ed Fidoe is co-founder CEO of the London Interdisciplinary School. LIS is the UK’s first new university to open with Degree Awarding Powers since the 1960s. It provides a fully interdisciplinary undergraduate degree, with students studying complex problems rather than specific subjects.

In 2012 Ed co-founded School 21, an innovative 4 – 18 school in Stratford, East London (achieved Outstanding Ofsted in 2014). Previously he worked at McKinsey & Co. and as a theatre producer.

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James Gardiner
Director of Employability and Enterprise, Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia, Joint CEO of Studious Digital Education

James Gardiner is the Director of Employability and Associate Professor in Marketing and Management at Norwich Business School, University of East Anglia.  James is also co-founder and joint CEO of Studious Digital Education Ltd, an EdTech eLearning company and winner of Barclays Start-up of the year 2020, which works with universities across Europe to improve access, engagement and achievement across the HE sector.

Prior to joining UEA, James was the Academic Programme Director for the Management and Social Science degrees. Working closely with the CMI he pioneered the delivery of one of the UK’s first Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeships. Before joining academia James founded 3 companies, and worked in the London insurance market and technology sector, as Marketing Director and Managing Director for various organisations.

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Professor Alexandra Gerbasi
Dean, University of Exeter Business School; Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy, University of Exeter

Alexandra Gerbasi is currently the Dean of the Business School and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Environment, Science and Economy.  She joined the University of Exeter in 2017. Previously, she has held posts at the University of Surrey, Grenoble Ecole de Management and California State University, Northridge. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree from Duke University. Her research focuses on the effects of positive and negative network ties within the workplace, and their effects on performance, leadership, well-being, thriving, affect and turnover. In addition, her research addresses how individuals recognize opportunities for collaboration and advancement in their networks. She has formerly served as the Head of Department of Management and Deputy Dean of the University of Exeter Business School.

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Rosalind Goates
Head of Advocacy and Campaigns, Social Mobility Foundation

Rosalind joined the Social Mobility Foundation (SMF) in September 2020 to lead the advocacy and campaigns team, the Department for Opportunities, and now also oversees the Social Mobility Employer Index. She is a passionate campaigner and committed to ensuring better outcomes for young people from low-income backgrounds. Under her leadership, the team have won several awards for their campaigns in recognition of the creative approach they have taken to improving social mobility.

 

Before joining the SMF, she was a Senior Consultant at Portland Communications, advising a range of FTSE 10’s and not-for-profits in the UK and globally.

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Lord Dr Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
Chair, SOAS Board of Trustees; Chair, London Chamber of Commerce Black Business Association; Professor of Leadership, Huntsman Business School

Lord Dr. Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE is Chair of the SOAS Board of Trustees. Lord Hastings has had a deeply purposeful career across the public, private and non-profit sectors, working within education, philanthropy, justice and commercial business to support and develop communities around the world.

Lord Hastings began his career as a teacher then worked across government agencies on policies to build racial equality, including as a Commissioner with the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years. He is Chair of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Black Business Association and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Black Business Institute. He was conferred with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2003 for services to crime reduction; with Peerage to House of Lords in 2005 as an Independent Baron. He is currently a Vice President at UNICEF UK and a trustee for the Africa Philanthropy Foundation.

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Professor Monika Foster
Head, Sunderland Business School

Professor Monika Foster is the Head of Sunderland Business School. Monika has worked in Business Schools in the UK and internationally for over 30 years. She has led cross-institutional and interdisciplinary projects to ensure international students’ and mature students’ success in higher education. Monika’s research interests lie in cross-cultural management, internationalization of higher education, and change management. Her latest Routledge publication is Learner Relationships in Global Higher Education: A Critical Pedagogy (routledge.com) Monika’s external recognition includes the award of National Teaching Fellow, Principal Fellow of the HEA and Visiting Professor from Shandong University of Finance, China. Monika has served on national committees and advisory bodies influencing student learning, including an Advisory Board to HEA Internationalisation Framework and on Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee.

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Sarah Gillard
Chief Executive Officer, Blueprint for Better Business

Sarah is the CEO of Blueprint for Better Business, a charity that helps businesses to be inspired and guided by a purpose that benefits society and respects people and planet. She is a passionate advocate for making business “more human” - places where people flourish, communities prosper, and long-term sustainability is the driving force. She has over 25 years’ experience leading in fast-paced commercial environments at some of the UK’s largest retail companies, including the John Lewis Partnership where she was responsible for rearticulating and embedding the organisation’s purpose so that it continues to be a source of inspiration, innovation, and strategic differentiation.

Sarah has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and is a fellow of the RSA and a Trustee of the John Lewis Foundation.

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Professor Jan Godsell
Dean, School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University.

Jan Godsell is Dean of the School of Business and Economics and Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at Loughborough University. Her work focuses on the pursuit of more responsible consumption and production through the alignment of product, marketing and supply chain strategy with consumer needs. In particular Jan’s work focuses on the design of end-to-end supply chains to enable, responsibility, sustainability, resilience and productivity.

As a chartered engineer, Jan has more than three decades of combined industry experience in product development, innovation, supply chain strategy, and process improvement working for ICI, Astra Zeneca and Dyson. She has advised government and industry on supply chain strategy and its relationship to industrial and business strategy. Jan is currently a member of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) supply chain resilience advisory group. Jan is also a member of the advisory group for the Made Smarter Innovation (MSI) challenge, the MSI Digital Supply Chain Hub and the UK Manufacturing Forum. Jan is also a co-chair of the Regional Productivity Forum for the Midlands, part of the Productivity Institute.

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Professor David Grayson CBE
Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield University School of Management

Independent commentator, adviser and speaker on Responsible Business, Corporate Sustainability, and collaboration between businesses and other parts of society.

David is Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University School of Management. David joined Cranfield in 2007 after a 30-year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, economic regeneration, disability rights and diversity.

David has chaired several public bodies. He currently chairs The Institute of Business Ethics and the international, pan-disablity charity Leonard Cheshire. He is the author of ten books. The latest - “The Sustainable Business Handbook,” - is co-authored with Chris Coulter and Mark Lee (Kogan Page 2022).

During his career, he has done work with numerous multinational businesses as well as for many Responsible Business coalitions around the world and for the OECD, European Union and the World Bank.

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Laura Hinton
Management Board Member and Tax Leader, PwC UK; Executive Fellow, Kings Business School

Laura is a member of PwC’s UK Management Board, where she holds the position of UK Tax Leader, which includes leadership of PwC UK’s Tax, Legal and People and Organisation practices. Laura has over 25 years experience as a business consultant, specialising in HR and Workforce transformation, operating model programmes and culture change. Laura will also shortly take on the role of Chair of the EMEA Executive team and is currently transitioning into this position. She has been a partner in PwC since 2006.

Prior to taking on this role, Laura was PwC UK’s Chief People Officer, and a member of the Executive Board for over 5 years, where she was also responsible for the Firm’s overall Transformation Programme and leading on our External Reputation and Communications agenda. Laura graduated from King's College, London with a 1st Class Business Management degree, is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

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Dr Alex Hope
Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University.

Dr Alex Hope is Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) in the Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University. He is responsible for developing and implementing strategy around student experience, teaching excellence, the REF, TEF and NSS and Trans-National Education. He undertakes teaching, research and consultancy across topics such as responsible business, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), CSR, energy policy and business ethics. Alongside his work at Newcastle Business School Dr Hope is Co-Chair of the United Nations Principles of Responsible Management Education (UN PRME) Climate Change and Environment working group.

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Dr Annabel Kiernan
Pro Vice Chancellor Education, Staffordshire University

Annabel joined Staffordshire University as Pro Vice Chancellor - Education in May 2021, having worked in higher education for nearly twenty-five years.

Annabel previously worked at Nottingham Trent University as Deputy Dean for the School of Social Sciences, leading the Education portfolio.

Prior to NTU, Annabel was the Head of Education for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she was also the Director of the Centre for the Study of Football and its Communities.

Annabel has also held posts at Sheffield Hallam University and at the University of the West of Scotland, where she was Jean Monnet Chair of European Integration and Public Policy.

Annabel studied Economics (major in Politics) at the University of Manchester, gained a distinction for her MA European Studies at Newcastle University, and was awarded her PhD in policy-making theory from the University of Warwick.

Throughout her career Annabel has had a commitment to higher education access and inclusion, innovating teaching and the student experience, social mobility and social justice.

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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 strategyorganisational 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.

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Juergen Maier CBE
Industrialist; Chair, Digital Catapult; former Chief Executive, Siemens UK

Juergen Maier is Chair of the Digital Catapult, is the co-founder of vocL – a platform for responsible business voices, and is Vice-Chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership where he supports the drive for the green re-industrialisation of the North of England. He advises tech start-up and scale-up businesses which are a key part of the industrial ecosystem creating the green 4th Industrial revolution. In that capacity Juergen advises the Welsh hydrogen car company Riversimple.

Juergen is the former Chief Executive of Siemens UK. A position he held from July 2014 to December 2019. Over his 33 year career with Siemens he held a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 as a graduate engineer with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014 and became a Fellow of the Royal Society in May 2022 and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in September 2017. Juergen has also received honorary doctorates for his services to UK Science and Engineering from the Universities of Lincoln, Nottingham Trent, Salford Manchester, Cranfield, Sheffield and Manchester Metropolitan who also made him an honorary Professor in 2019. Juergen was awarded a Fellowship of the City & Guilds Institute in 2020, in recognition of skills development support for technical apprenticeships and workplace upskilling for 4th Industrial Revolution technologies.

He was awarded a CBE in the New Years honours list 2019.

Juergen takes a strong leadership role for UK’s industrial and manufacturing community. He is a passionate advocate for a new post-covid politics and economics; one that provides much stronger leadership and support for innovation led, high productivity, green ‘frontier industries’. In 2017 he was asked by the Government to lead a review into how to increase the digitalization of the UK manufacturing sector. The subsequent report led to the creation of the joint industry/government Made Smarter initiative driving advanced digitalisation and productivity in the manufacturing sector.

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Lee Elliot Major OBE FAcSS
Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

Lee Elliot Major is Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter. He was previously Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust and a trustee of the Education Endowment Foundation.

His work is dedicated to improving the prospects of disadvantaged children and young people. He works closely with school leaders, universities, and employers as well as Government policy makers.

His Penguin book Social Mobility and Its Enemies has attracted attention across the world. Lee is one of the most prominent public voices in national education debates and regularly advises the Government on education and social mobility.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and serves on the Strategic Advisory Network of the Economic and Social Research Council.

He was awarded an OBE in the 2019 Queen’s Honours. He is the first in his family to go to university.

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Professor Delphine Manceau
Dean, NEOMA Business School

Professor Delphine Manceau is the Dean of NEOMA Business School (France). She holds a PhD from HEC Paris (1996), and was a senior research fellow at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (1997). Delphine Manceau is member of the EQUIS Committee. As a Professor of Marketing and Innovation, she has published papers on these topics. She was a member of the EU Commission High Level Expert Group “Research, Innovation and Science Policy” (RISE) in 2015-2018.

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Professor Abigail Marks
Professor of the Future of Work, Associate Dean, Research, Newcastle University Business School

Abigail Marks is Professor of the Future of Work and Associated Dean Research at Newcastle University Business School. Abigail was recently the Principal Investigator on an ESRC funded project looking at the experience of homeworking during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to her appointment at Newcastle University, Abigail was Associate Dean Business Engagement and Director of the DBA/DMan Programme at Stirling Management School. Abigail has also been the Director of Research at Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University and Director of Doctoral Programmes. Abigail's first academic roles were at the University of Edinburgh (1995-1999), followed by the University of Strathclyde (1999-2002). Abigail is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Future of Work and has recently given evidence to the House of Lords and Senedd Cymru on temporal changes in work. She has also been involved in the development of the Digital Ethics strategy for the Scottish Government.

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Dr Cathy Minett-Smith
Principal Fellow, Higher Education Academy; Dean of Learning and Teaching, College of Business and Law, University of the West of England.

Dr Cathy Minett-Smith is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a National Teaching Fellow reviewer and has extensive teaching experience in Higher Education. Cathy is currently the Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Business and Law at the University of the West of England. Prior to this she was the Associate Dean Student Experience in the University of Bedfordshire Business School where she successfully led the Education Impact strand resulting in Bedfordshire Business School being the first school in the UK to be recognised under EFMD’s Business School Impact System (BSIS).  In both of these roles she was responsible for developing and enhancing all aspects of the student experience, working with colleagues in the Business School and wider university to actively link the functional areas of the student learning experience, including administrative, learning support and academic delivery, to creatively and effectively develop the learning experience for students.  Cathy has extensive experience of strategy development and implementation at both an institutional and faculty level. Cathy also has strong connections with the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS), is Vice chair of the CABS Learning, Teaching and Student Experience committee and leads the CABS Leaders in Learning and Teaching development programme.

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Dr Michelle Morgan
Dean of Students, University of East London

Dr Michelle Morgan is a national and internationally recognised Student Experience Transitions Specialist across all levels of study and is extensively published in the area. She is currently Dean of Students at the University of East London. Michelle is a Principal Fellow of the HEA, Fellow of the AUA , an elected council member of UKCGE and Student Minds Mental Health Charter Assessor. During her varied career, Michelle has been a faculty manager, lecturer, researcher and academic manager. She describes herself as a ‘Third Space Professional’ student experience practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Michelle has over 50 publications and has presented over 100 national and international conference papers (including 45 keynotes and 30 invited papers). She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in higher education www.improvingthestudentexperience.com

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Professor Charles Moses
Dean, Eberhardt School of Business, University of the Pacific

Charles T. Moses is the Dean, and Professor of Management, at the Eberhardt School of Business at the University of the Pacific. He previously as Dean of the School of Management at the University of San Francisco, and in leadership roles at Austin Peay State University and Clark Atlanta University.

He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Mona School of Business and Management at the University of the West Indies, in Kingston, Jamaica, where he teaches MBA classes in strategy and a doctoral level seminar In 2010-2011, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the university.

From 1994-2001, was a consultant, based in South Africa and the Dean of Edupark, a business school affiliated with the University of Limpopo in Polokwane, South Africa. He was also a Managing Director of Labat Africa, a business advisory firm.

As a senior advisor to former New York State Governor Mario M. Cuomo, Dr. Moses was the administrator of the State’s South Africa policy, which included the development of policies for the State’s investment portfolio. Dr. Moses was also strategic planning and budget executive for Newsday, one of America’s largest daily newspapers.

In 2001, he was a Mandel Fellow at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management from where he received a Doctorate in Business Administration in 2004. His dissertation focused on the development of economic models facilitating entrepreneurial development. He has served on the boards of three non-profit organizations, The National Issues Forum Institute, Special Olympics of New Jersey, and ELMCOR Youth, and Adult Activities.

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Dr Katrin Muff
Director, Institute for Business Sustainability and Professor of Practice, LUISS Business School

Dr. Katrin Muff is Director of the Institute for Business Sustainability and Professor of Practice at the LUISS Business School in Rome. She works as a consultant for executives and boards of directors in the area of sustainability and strategic transformation. Ms. Muff, together with Dr. Thomas Dyllick, co-directs two leading-edge executive education programs in Sustainability Leadership. She was previously Dean of the Business School Lausanne for 10 years. Her books “Five Superpowers for Co-creators” and “The Positive Impact Mindset” are a testimony to her experience in stakeholder engagement, facilitation and coaching for positive impact. She has 20 years of international business experience in strategy and management in Australia, the USA, Russia, Eastern Europe and the Netherlands at Schindler, ALCOA and Procter & Gamble. Ms. Muff was born in Switzerland and is committed to the positive contribution of companies to society and the environment.

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Simon Nelson
Chief Executive Office, QA Higher Education

Simon is CEO of QA Higher Education, a fast growing HE provider which partners with UK universities to recruit, teach and support students from all over the world on highly employable degrees.

He draws upon a 25-year career building ground-breaking products and services across media and education that have impacted millions of people worldwide.
Prior to QA, Simon was founding CEO of the UK’s leading online learning platform, FutureLearn, from launch in 2012 until mid-2020, by which time 15 million people had signed up to short courses and degrees delivered by over a quarter of the world’s top universities. Post FutureLearn he spent a year as Group Digital Director for the world’s leading international schools group, Nord Anglia.

His earlier career was spent at the BBC – leading all-digital strategy and product development, initially for BBC Radio & Music, then for BBC Television. His teams delivered pioneering on-demand services such as the iPlayer, RadioPlayer and Podcasting, helped build BBC.co.uk into one of the world’s leading websites and led the BBC’s development on all other digital platforms.

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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 Plan as well as EDI.

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.

I hold a professorial chair in Accounting and Governance and my research interests cover Corporate Reporting, Accountability and Governance. I sit on the Council of Chartered Association of Business School (Chartered ABS). I am also a member of the Management Committee of its Academic Journal Guide.

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Dr Yaz Osho
Senior Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Westminster Business School

Dr Yaz (Iyabo) Osho is an academic at the University of Westminster and a School EDI Lead. She currently lectures in the areas of social entrepreneurship, new venture creation and the commercialisation of business. Her research interests include areas related to the ‘BAME’ attainment gap, racially minoritised entrepreneurship, equity and EDI within HEIs and racially minoritised academics’ experience within HEIs. Yaz has founded two social organisations: Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Women Academic Support Network (BAMEWA) and Black Academic Network (BAN). Her HEI experience spans over twenty years and includes posts at Middlesex University, University of Sussex, UEL and Kings College, London.

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Nathalie Podder
Deputy President (Welfare), Imperial College Union

Nathalie is a student at Imperial College who is currently working full time in her second term as Deputy President (Welfare) at Imperial College Union. She received her BSc in Physics and is currently working on reforming the higher education sector, both within and outside of her home university. Her main interests lie in EDI, reforming student disciplinary procedures and policies to be more trauma-informed, and reforming organizational culture. Recently, she has led the Union’s response to the cost-of-living crisis in making recommendations to Imperial College and Universities UK around student financial support.

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Gregory P. Prastacos
Dean, School of Business, Stevens Institute of Technology
Co-Chair, AACSB Affinity Group on Digital Transformation
Principal Investigator, MaCuDE project

Gregory P. Prastacos has been the Dean of the School of Business at Stevens Institute of Technology, USA since 2012. Prior to joining Stevens, he was the Rector of the Athens University of Economics and Business in Greece, and before that, he was on the faculty of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He also has significant consulting experience, and has served as Chairman of Deloitte’s Management Consulting Practice in Greece. He has been educated at Columbia University, where he received a BS and an MS in Computer Science, and a Doctorate in Operations Research. His research has been published is top journals, and he has received numerous awards and distinctions and.

Professor Prastacos is a pioneer in the technology-driven transformation of business education. He co-chairs the Digital Transformation Affinity Group of AACSB International, he is the Principal Investigator of MaCuDE (macude.org) - a global initiative supported by PwC to revise the management curriculum for the digital era, and he is the program co-chair of the forthcoming conference “Leading and Managing in the Digital Era: Shaping the Future of Work and Business Education” (LMDE2023.org).

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Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas
Professor Marketing and Sustainable Business, School of Fashion, GCU London

Professor Natascha Radclyffe-Thomas EdD FRSA is a Professor in Marketing and Sustainable Business at the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University, London, where she is also responsible for Academic Leadership for Business and Sustainability.

Professor Radclyffe-Thomas is a National Teaching Fellow, Vice Chair of PRME UK&I Chapter, Editor-in-Chief for Bloomsbury Fashion Business Case Studies, Associate Editor for the International Journal of Sustainable Fashion and Textiles, and co-author of Fashion Management: A Strategic Approach.

Natascha's cross-disciplinary research spans the creative industries practice; sustainable fashion; social enterprise and responsible business; cultural heritage; consumer behaviour, and international fashion marketing. Natascha has extensive international teaching and professional development experience, and is an advocate for globally responsible education, and an inaugural Advisory Board member for the Council for International African Fashion Education.

Natascha won the Case Centre 2020 Award for Ethics and Social Responsibility and was Runner-Up in the FT’s 2022 Responsible Business Educator Awards, and has supported the RSA and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation on their Make Fashion Circular initiatives.

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M.N. Ravishankar
Dean, Queen’s Management School,

M.N. Ravishankar is Professor of Technology & Globalisation, and Dean of Queen’s Management School, Queen’s University Belfast. Previously, he served as Associate Dean (Research), and Director of Internationalisation at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. His research spans management of digital innovations, social entrepreneurship, and global technology sourcing. Professor Ravishankar holds editorial positions at five scholarly journals and has been consistently ranked amongst the top 20 global scholars based on research publications in the Association for Information Systems’ basket of eight world-leading journals.

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Professor Vijay Reddy
Professor of Sustainable SME Growth, Birmingham City Business School

Based at Birmingham City University Business School, Professor Maharaj Vijay Reddy, is an expert in disaster management and sustainable SME growth. Before joining Birmingham City, Vijay worked for Coventry University Business School as Associate Professor. At the University of West London, he led College Research and Enterprise portfolio and was also the Head of Subject for the Department of Tourism, Aviation and Event Management. Previously, Vijay worked for Anglia Ruskin University Business School as Deputy Head of the Department for Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Tourism, and as Lecturer to Principal Lecturer in the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University.

As principal investigator and co-investigator, Vijay has completed 10+ research projects to foster socio-economic development and business resilience following a range of disasters that affected some of the most challenging regions in the world including Kashmir, Fukushima, and Andaman and Nicobar. These projects were commissioned by national and international organizations, including UNESCO (2002-03), Rufford Foundation (2002), Royal Geographic Society (2004), UNESCO (2005), British Academy (2007), British Academy (2009), Higher Education Innovation Fund (2010-12), Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation (2013), British Council (2015), and British Council (2019-2022). Vijay’s publications appear in CABS 3-4* journals as well as in high-impact sources such as The World Financial Review and UNESCO.

His contribution in the field of sustainable development has attracted the attention of practitioners, professional associations and some of the international policy agencies driving green economy practices, business resilience and poverty reduction around the world (e.g., United Nations HQ Division for Sustainable Development, UNESCO, and UNEP Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch). Vijay’s expert opinions were often sought by print and broadcast media in the UK and abroad, which include BBC TV, Sky TV, ITV, BBC Radio, Asian Voice, and Arabian Business.

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David Schofield
Director of Sustainability, Aviva

David is the Director of Sustainability at Aviva. With a background in the third sector, e-commerce and financial services he leads Aviva’s group Sustainability team working on strategy, governance and implementation to support Aviva’s Sustainability Ambition which includes their Net Zero by 2040 goal. He also sits on the board of trustees of the United Nations Global Compact UK Network and International Consortium for Street Children. He is a regular speaker at CR & Sustainability conferences and runs up and down hills for fun in the Peak District where he lives with his family.

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Dr Geethanjali Selvaretnam
Deputy Head for EDI and Sustainability, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow; Chair, Chartered ABS EDI Committee

Dr Geethanjali Selvaretnam is a Senior Lecturer at the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow where she is currently the Deputy Head of the Business School for EDI and Sustainability.  She previously worked at the University of St Andrews, Royal Holloway and University of Essex, where she read for her PhD in Economics. Before academia, she worked as an accountant and at the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. She is a Senior Fellow of HEA, holds an MBA from the University of Colombo, M.Ed in Academic Practice in Higher Education from the University of Glasgow and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA). In addition to her research interests in Development Economics, she is working on inner feedback generation, peer support initiatives and multicultural interactions.

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Professor Dilshad Sheikh
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic); Dean of the Faculty of Business, Arden University

Professor Dilshad Sheikh has more than 20 years’ experience in the higher education sector, gained from multiple roles ranging from teaching in the classroom through to senior management. She currently holds the strategic leadership positions of Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) & Dean of the Faculty of Business at Arden University. She recently appeared on a BBC Radio 4 panel, in an episode of Rethink, discussing technology, digital and the future of higher education. She is also a regular contributor to Times Higher Education Campus, has written for digital publication FE News and was named as one of Business Women in Education’s Women to Watch for 2022.

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Hetan Shah
Chief Executive, The British Academy

Hetan Shah joined the British Academy in 2020. He is Visiting Professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. Hetan is Vice Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute, which focuses on how to ensure artificial intelligence and data are used for public good. He is on the board of The Legal Education Foundation, a philanthropic body supporting a better justice system. He is a trustee of St George’s House, a charity based in Windsor Castle which organises discussions on issues of public interest. Hetan is on the advisory board of the Science Media Centre and the Bennett Institute for Public Policy at the University of Cambridge.

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Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE
Associate Principal, University of Strathclyde

Professor Eleanor Shaw, OBE is an Associate Principal with responsibility for the University’s entrepreneurship strategy, 'Strathclyde Inspire'. She is also Director of Strathclyde Doctoral School. Eleanor joined Strathclyde in 2001 and became Head of the Hunter Centre in 2013. She has been Vice Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Senior Vice Dean of Strathclyde Business School. In January 2020, Eleanor became an Associate Principal and joined the University’s Executive Team.

Eleanor’s research is focused on the practice of entrepreneurial networking and firm growth. She focuses on entrepreneurial diversity and her work on women’s, graduate, social and creative entrepreneurship is published in leading journals including Journal of Business Venturing, Entrepreneurship, Theory & Practice, Human Relations and International Small Business Journal. Eleanor’s research has been funded by the ESRC and EPSRC and a range of private sector organisations and agencies including the Cabinet Office. She is Co-I of the ESRC-funded ProPEL Hub (Productivity Outcomes of workplace Practice, Engagement and Learning) - a major new initiative designed to support improvements in productivity through enhanced workplace practice and employee engagement that is also supported by CIPD.

Eleanor is an inclusive entrepreneurial leader with more than 25years of experience of enhancing business growth. She is co-designer of the Growth Advantage Programme (GAP) - a leadership and growth programme for ambitious entrepreneurs. GAP was recently fully endorsed by the ScaleUp Institute and is one of only two UK leadership programmes to be designed and delivered by faculty and entrepreneurs. Complimenting her research and teaching interests, Eleanor sits on the Council of the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABs), the Small Business Charter (SBC) Management Board, the People, Talent and Leadership Committee, ScaleUp Institute and is a trustee of the Beatson Cancer Charity.

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David Stannard
Director of Administration, Henley Business School

David is Director of Administration at Henley Business School, leading a team of around 100 professional services staff who manage and support Henley’s students, programmes (both degree and non-degree executive education) and operations.  He is a member of Henley’s senior leadership team and a key part of his role is responsibility for Henley’s ongoing Triple Accreditation by AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS.  David has been a member of the CABS Professional Managers’ Committee since 2020 and is part of the Committee’s working group undertaking research on professional service resourcing models in UK business schools.

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Vicki Stott
Chief Executive, QAA

Vicki has been QAA’s Chief Executive since November 2021. She previously served as QAA’s Executive Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive. Since September 2021 she is also a Board member of INQAAHE, the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education.

Vicki has worked in Higher Education since 1997, when she worked in the International Office at UMIST. She subsequently worked with University of Warwick, the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford, before joining QAA following the agency’s transformation programme. From 2019-21, Vicki led QAA’s operational teams through the inception of QAA Membership model and early Designated Quality Body period. She took over as Chief Executive following the COVID-19 pandemic and is looking forward to leading QAA as it supports the sector to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Vicki also has experience in the commercial and charity sectors, having run her own company and been director of a charity working with families affected by domestic abuse. She currently lives in the Cotswolds with two highly photogenic dogs and a grumpy cat.

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Professor Vera Trappmann
Professor of Work and Comparative Employment Relations; Director of Sustainability, Leeds University Business School

Vera Trappmann is Professor of Work and Comparative Employment Relations and Director of Sustainability at Leeds University Business School. Her research engages with the comparison of labour relations across Europe, her interests focus on the dynamics of restructuring of organizations and the labour market and its impact on workers’ responses, their working biographies, and precarious outcomes. This leads to research into climate change and just transition, platform work and mobilization, precarity and class. Curretnly she is leading a research project on Just Transition and climate change in 12 countries.

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As a Director of Sustainability at LUBS she is leading on a Blueprint programme that implements the new Faculty’s Strategy to become net zero by 2030. LUBS has been leading the way with initiatives to implement sustainability into the curriculum and beyond.

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Professor Alison Wolf CBE
Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London

Alison Wolf CBE is the Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College London. She sits as a non-affiliated peer (Baroness Wolf of Dulwich) in the House of Lords. She specialises in the relationship between education and the labour market and is seconded part-time to government as the Prime Minister’s expert adviser on skills.

Professor the Baroness Wolf was a panel member for the ‘Augar Review’: the independent Review of Post-18 Education and Funding chaired by Sir Philip Augar, which was appointed by the then-Prime Minister (Theresa May), and reported in 2019. Many of its recommendations have been accepted and are being implemented. In March 2011 she completed the Wolf Report which led to major reforms in vocational education for 14-18 year olds.

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Jacky Wright
Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US

Jacky Wright is the Chief Digital Officer and Corporate Vice President, Microsoft US, where she inspires and leads teams to help businesses leverage technology to drive innovation, adopt sustainable and accessible business models, and digitally transform.

Wright rejoined Microsoft in 2019 after completing a two-year secondment as Chief Digital and Information Officer (CDIO) for HMRC, the British Government tax department. Jacky has extensive experience leading large-scale organizations driving digital transformation and market making solutions and helping to align with their sustainability goals. Some of her previous roles include CIO roles at Microsoft, BP and GE.

Wright is widely recognized as a transformational global leader, innovative technologist and recognized STEM advocate. She uses her broad platform to drive thought leadership not just for the positive impact of digital transformation for business, but also for social, economic, and environmental change.

As a woman of color, her passion, advocacy and influence to create a truly inclusive world is demonstrated in the various forums where she regularly speaks on diversity, digital inclusion and the power of inclusive leadership.

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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 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).

Baback is an international expert in the automotive industry, product design and development and Lean management, advising CEOs and senior executives of major industries. He is fluent in four languages and has a wealth of experience from his senior academic roles at the University of Warwick and Nottingham Trent University, as well as extensive senior leadership roles in industry and international business (US and Europe), including Director of Product Development at Jaguar Land Rover, and Director of Business and Operations at Premier Automotive Group: JLR, Volvo, Aston Martin and Lincoln Mercury in the USA and also a member of the Anderson School of Management’s Advisory Board.

Baback is a Fellow of IET, Fellow of Chartered ABS, a Companion of the CMI, Principal Fellow of HEA and member of the Fédération Européenne d'Associations Nationales d'Ingénieurs, American Society of Mechanical Engineers and British Academy of Management. He is also an Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Science’s Graduate School of Management and a Visiting Professor at University of Technology Malaysia. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Wales) and is also Chartered Engineer, has an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering (Warwick) and a PhD in Product Development (Warwick) and also completed a Leadership Program for Senior Executives from Harvard Business School.

Gala Dinner: Waldorf Hilton Hotel, Monday 7 November

This year's Drinks Reception and Gala Dinner takes place at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel (Aldwych, London WC2B 4DD)

The Dinner is an excellent opportunity for informal networking.

The evening will commence with a Drinks Reception from 19:00. Dinner will be served at 20:00. Dress code: smart casual.

Dinner Address

The Dinner Address will be delivered by the Rt Hon. Professor Lord David Blunkett, Co-Chair, Higher Education Commission.

David will share his thoughts and reflections about the Learning & Skills White Paper.

Bring your colleagues and save 25% on each additional ticket!

Members

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

  • Full conference with Dinner - £835
  • Full conference without Dinner - £765
  • Single day without dinner - £480
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £1,460 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £1,340 (save 25% on the second place)
  • For groups of 3 or more participants or for bespoke combinations of tickets please contact enquiries@charteredabs.org for a quote.

Non-Members

Universities, public sector, commercial

  • Full conference with Dinner - £920
  • Full conference without Dinner - £850
  • Single day without Dinner - £540
  • Two participants for full conference with Dinner - £1,610 (save 25% on the second place)
  • Two participants for full conference without Dinner - £1,485 (save 25% on the second place

Important: Non-member organisations are are allowed a maximum of two tickets. If you wish to bring more people to the conference please contact Oliver Lowe to discuss sponsorship opportunities oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org

Transfers, Cancellations and full Terms & Conditions - click here

Venue

This years’ conference takes place at:

etc.venues, County Hall
Belvedere Rd
London
SE1 7PB

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We will ensure that the necessary health & safety measures are in place. If you have any particular concerns then please contact enquiries@charteredabs.org

Participants are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements.

Here are some options of nearby hotels.

Premier Inn London County Hall
County Hall, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 7PB. This hotel is in the same building as the conference.

Premier Inn London Waterloo (Westminster Bridge)
85 York Rd, London SE1 7NJ. This hotel is a 2-minute walk from the conference venue.

Park Plaza County Hall London
1 Addington St, London SE1 7RY. This hotel is a 2-minute walk from the conference venue.

London Marriott Hotel County Hall
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB. This is a 2-minute walk from the conference venue.

Ruby Lucy Hotel
100-108, Lower Marsh, London SE1 7AB. This is a 7-minute walk from the conference venue.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if Covid-19 restrictions return preventing the conference from taking place as an in-person event?

If we are forced to cancel the in-person event on 7-8 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 need to cancel?

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.

Transfers, Cancellations and full Terms & Conditions - click here

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.

Sponsors include:

AACSB

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 create positive societal impact and 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.

CarringtonCrisp

At CarringtonCrisp we work with universities and business schools to offer imaginative approaches to your ever-changing world, using data and creativity to drive analysis, insight and practical solutions.  We help universities and business schools change.

We believe the more you know, the better you do and we work with our clients to provide the market intelligence they need to successfully drive change in their institutions.  Higher education doesn’t need more of the same, it needs better, original and inspiring.

Recent projects include:

  • a study of the future of lifelong learning and executive education in partnership with LinkedIn, surveying more than 2500 learners and 500 employers worldwide,
  • assessing the potential for a new online Master’s degree in business analytics for a leading international business school, and
  • working with a UK business school to examine the opportunity to launch new undergraduate, MBA and DBA degrees.

To date, CarringtonCrisp has worked with nearly 200 institutions of higher education in more than 35 countries.  CarringtonCrisp has deep sector knowledge and experience built on our five annual studies for business schools providing data across prospective MBAs, prospective Master’s, alumni, school branding and digital communications.

CarringtonCrisp work with the leading business school membership bodies including the Chartered Association of Business Schools, EFMD, AACSB and GMAC among others.  Our work has been widely featured in the media, including articles in The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal and even the Qantas Inflight magazine.

Hardcastle & Associates

Hardcastle & Associates exists simply to support business schools to do better.

Our team offers a strategic mix of those who have worked in the corporate world, NHS and within business schools and universities.

We draw from our associates, strategic partners and our wider networks to create project teams that will help you successfully:

  • develop your school strategy, vision and mission
  • create your brand and articulate school distinctiveness
  • build your reputation
  • identify and take advantage of market opportunities
  • engage and reshape your advisory boards to deliver greater impact
  • create marketing strategies
  • improve candidate journeys
  • simplify accreditation and review rankings strategy
  • achieve better communication and deeper engagement with key stakeholders including faculty and professional staff, students, alumni, corporate partners and employers

Drawing from our network of global business schools, we have authored free Sharing the Experience reports on Business School Advisory Boards and The MBA and the Value of Practitioner Engagement - available to download now.

Our approach is straightforward: understanding that every business school is different we spend time getting to know you.  We work collaboratively on projects to share our experience, provide in-depth insights and focus on what’s right for you, delivering creative and practical solutions.

Website: hardcastleassociates.com

Email: info@hardcastleassociates.com

McGraw Hill

McGraw Hill is a global pioneer in educational content, assessment, training, and platform innovation; and is one of the world’s largest educational companies, with products and services in more than 60 languages and 130 countries. A trusted and iconic brand that students and professionals depend on to meet the demanding educational needs of a rapidly changing world, we are focused on creating solutions that deliver real value and support your teaching and learning goals whether at primary, secondary, tertiary levels or beyond. We share your passion for learning and are committed to helping students reach their full potential. Our engaging learning solutions combine trusted content, powerful educational technology, outstanding support and flexible purchase options to drive meaningful outcomes.

Media Minds

With over a decade specialising in the graduate management education market, Media Minds Global is a boutique marketing and communications agency with real experience in the sector. We offer a portfolio of services delivering real results to help you achieve your goals – from raising visibility of your school, to building reputation, recruiting students, attracting corporate partners, or engaging your alumni community.

Our services include market research & intelligence, media planning & buying, digital marketing, alumni relations and communications consulting, and professional development workshops.  No big promises or fancy marketing: just real experience, real insights, real results.

Become a Supporter

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