Build your capacity to lead your institution’s learning and teaching strategy


The Leaders in Learning & Teaching Development Programme (LLT) helps those who are preparing for, or aspiring to, lead, manage and deliver high quality learning & teaching. Participants will gain a better understanding of the complexities of the role, build their leadership capacity, develop their research and practise profile and explore approaches to developing and implementing learning & teaching enhancement strategies.

LLT is a well-established and well-regarded learning and development programme for senior business school faculty. The sessions are a mixture of preparation, information, interaction and discussion. The topics and guest speakers will provoke reflection, thought and action, and the emphasis will be on collaboration and problem solving.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme you will have deepened your understanding about the role of Director of Learning & Teaching and about the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are important in the role. In particular you will:

  • Gain insight into the changing HE landscape and contemporary issues in business school education
  • Identify your individual leadership characteristics and strengths
  • Plan your development goals for effective agile leadership and management of learning & teaching
  • Develop strategies to help you achieve your personal research and/or practice goals to  enhance personal profile within the business and management community
  • Identify the ways in which you can develop your business school's digital footprint to benefit students, staff and your business schools performance in the TEF
  • Learn strategies for supporting the needs and attainment of diverse student cohorts

By participating in the programme you will have the opportunity to build your network of colleagues from business schools across the UK.

Participants are also encouraged to get involved in relevant CMBE sessions as an added reflective lens on their personal development through the programme.

Session outlines

Session One: Agile leadership: personal and leadership development
25-26 January

This session will focus on understanding the HE landscape, and provide context for shaping your development goals. You will consider your role and responsibilities, discuss your institution within the wider HE policy landscape, and explore the characteristics required for leadership in complexity. You will reflect on and apply the principles to your personal objectives for the future, identifying strengths and areas for development.

Session Two: The changing teaching and learning landscape 
7-8 March

This session will prepare you to adapt to the changing policy and external environment in which business schools operate. You will explore the digital student experience, leading dispersed teams, creating and supporting communities of practice in digital spaces and reflecting on the profiles of staff and students that may be excluded. The implications for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) will also be examined, with reflections on the appropriateness of quality assurance processes such as student partnership approaches.

Session Three: Nurturing and supporting staff talent and student achievement
18-19 April

This session will support you to better understand how EDI, meaningfully embracing technology, the changing graduate employment landscape and mental health awareness have required leaders in HE to think differently about how they both nurture staff, and support students to achieve. Using frameworks of expertise, this session will focus on how you can create and manage environments that enable authentic self to thrive.

Session Four: Personal career planning
13-14 June

By exploring ideas of credibility, this session will focus on building a personal profile in learning & teaching through research and/or practise. You will be supported in identifying areas of research/practise that align with personal and institutional targets, as well as exploring how to build a credible portfolio of scholarly output and contributions in teaching & learning.

Session format

All modules are 24 hour 'lunch-to-lunch' sessions, the usual format being:

Day One

12:00 Registration & lunch

13:00 Day One session starts

The programme will include break(s)

17:00 Day One session concludes

19:00 Dinner

Day Two

08:30 Refreshments

09:00 Day Two session starts

The programme will include break(s)

13:00 Day Two programme concludes with lunch after which participants depart

 >>The programme fee includes Dinner and accommodation on the evening of Day One<<

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

Sally is Professor of Business Education and Vice Dean (Education) at King’s Business School, King’s College London. Sally was the Academic Lead for Inclusive Education for King’s College London (2019-2023) and runs the business school’s gender network (Women@KBS). Sally is a National Teaching Fellow (2017), Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013), Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence award holder (team lead, 2016) 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 was the Deputy Dean (Quality and Student Experience) for the business school at Anglia Ruskin University, and a previous Head of Department (Marketing, Events and Tourism) at the University of Bedfordshire. In her various university management roles she has led on numerous transformational education change projects and innovative pedagogic initiatives. Sally has also widely published on inclusive education, student employability, diversity, events and tourism. She is a regular keynote speaker on inclusive pedagogy and decolonising curricula, and is a trustee for the Enabled Archaeology Foundation and sits on the SS Great Britain Trust’s education committee.

Professor Socrate Karadis
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Coventry University London

Socrates holds a PhD in Economics from Clark University (Massachusetts, USA). He joined the Faculty of Economics at Bentley University in Boston in 1998 where he spent eight years as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Director of the Economics and Finance Learning Centre.

Upon his relocation to Greece, he joined the Business College Athens and went on to become Head of the Business School. In 2013, Socrates joined Leeds Beckett University and later that year he moved to the University of Bedfordshire Business School with the responsibility to develop the Economics provision. Following the successful development and launch of a number of Economics courses, Socrates became Head of Law and Finance and served on a number of committees including the Business School’s Executive Group and the University’s Strategic Planning Group.

Socrates has published in the areas of Foreign Direct Investment, economically induced migration, institutional trust, public finance and economic policy. He has participated in a number of conferences, workshops and other events as presenter, discussant or panel member and has a number of PhD completions and examinations.

Professor Deborah Lock
Deputy Dean of Birmingham City Business School

Deborah is an experienced academic leader with more than 20 years’ strategic level experience in higher education. As a career-hopper she has had numerous jobs (Bid Writer, Business Development Manager, Director of Enterprise, College Director of Education to name a few) through which she has developed a reputation for the successful delivery of education related change management projects.

Deborah is passionate about ensuring HE business education provides students and graduates with the opportunity to develop the skills required to enhance their employability prospects irrespective of whether they are at market entry or career progression level. She was awarded her professorship in 2019 based on her work around inclusive education practices.

Professor Christine Rivers
Head of Department of Management Education at The University of Surrey

Christine Rivers is Co-Director of the Department of Management Education at Surrey Business School and accredited Executive Coach and Consultant in Management Education. As part of her Director role Christine drives staff development of Management Educators at all levels at Surrey and outside Surrey, playing an integral role in shaping the future of Management Education as a scholarly profession. Christine is also Director for Learning and Teaching (interim) at Surrey Business Schools working closely with Executive Directors at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level to ensure the delivery of an outstanding student experience. At Surrey Christine designed and leads the first credit-bearing PG Cert in Management Education and implemented an internal staff development programme MEP – Management Educator in Practice.

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

Dr Adam Shore
Director of Liverpool Business School

Dr Adam Shore is the Director of Liverpool Business School and has worked at LJMU since January 2018. Previously he was an Associate Professor and Director of Learning and Teaching for the School of Management at Swansea University having taught within the Business School for over 10 years.
Adam’s role as the head of the business school is wide-reaching, having responsibility for student experience, teaching enhancement, internationalisation, and the promotion of high-quality research and enterprise. Adam is passionate about the student experience and is a strong advocate of student voice, partnership and co-creation.

In 2004 Adam co-founded Dynamic Rock climbing centre, and drew upon this experience to develop a suite of modules in the area or entrepreneurship and business start-up, with a focus on authentic assessment methods. This continued real-world experience helps to inform his teaching and leadership style, promoting an entrepreneurial culture.

His research interests are in entrepreneurial learning, with a focus on grief and the impact this has on the ability of the individual to learn from mistakes. With a background in actuarial statistics, he uses a mixed methods approach to studying entrepreneurial phenomena. Adam is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Chartered Management institute and Chair of the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Learning, Teaching and Student Experience committee. Adam was amongst the first in the country to become a Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE) and now serves on the CMBE Professional Standards Board. Adam was appointed as a Board Director for the National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education in August 2019.

Professor Alison Truelove
Associate Professor in Critical Practice, Lead Academic Tutor and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Business Education at University of Exeter Business School

Professor Alison Truelove joined the Business School on a full-time basis in 2016 after several years of consultancy work, including the design and writing of the assessment material for the UK’s first professionally-accredited MOOC, Discovering Business and Society (with ACCA on FutureLearn). She has previously held teaching and research positions at the Universities of London and Cambridge, and has taught and published in the areas of historical linguistics, medieval culture and literature, and digital humanities.

As Director of the School's Centre for Innovation in Business Education, Alison leads on staff development aligned to enhancing teaching practice, module design and assessment. As the School’s Lead Academic Tutor, she also oversees our students’ transition into higher education, and provides tailored, evidence-based academic development support to encourage all learners to achieve their full potential.

Alison is also Project Director / Principal Investigator of the UKRI/Research England £5 million 'Developing Business-Aware Academics' project, working in collaboration with the Chartered Association of Business Schools and a range of other universities to offer knowledge, skills and networking opportunities to doctoral and early career researchers to engage effectively with industry.

Tom Lowe
Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth

Tom Lowe is a Senior Lecturer in Higher Education, where his research includes student engagement in development of education, embedding employability into the curriculum and belonging. Prior to Portsmouth, Tom was the Head of Student Engagement and Employability where he led the University’s student development, internationalisation and extra-curricular opportunities, staffing and strategies relating to fostering student success at Winchester. Tom was also the programme leader for the MA in Student Engagement in Higher Education at Winchester, and has served on the RAISE Committee in various roles for eight years. Tom is experienced in the practicalities surrounding student engagement in quality assurance, learning and teaching, University governance and Students' Unions, as well as student involvement in extra-curricular activities and overcoming barriers to student success through inclusive practice.

Professor Steven Rhoden
Dean of School Business at University of Central Lancashire

Steven Rhoden is the Dean of the School of Business and Professor of Business Engagement. He is a higher education leader, educator, and researcher. He has a strong commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, particularly for first-in-family students. He aims to provide transformative opportunities for learners and businesses through outstanding education, research, and knowledge exchange.

Steven is President of EuroCHRIE (European Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education). Here, he chairs the EuroCHRIE Board of Directors, and serves on the global Board of Directors of International CHRIE.

He is a Chartered Association of Business Schools Certified Management and Business Educator (CMBE), a Senior Fellow of Advance HE (SFHEA), a Member of the Institute of Travel and Tourism, and a Member of the Institute of Place Management. Steven also serves as a Quality Assessor for the Office for Students.

Steven holds a PhD in transport and tourism. His research interests focus on tourism mobilities, mobile placemaking, cultural tourism, and tourism/hospitality education. He has publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and has presented at international conferences on tourism and transport. He has supervised postgraduate research degree students (MPhil/PhD) to completion in tourism mobilities and destination management.

Professor Hannah Holmes 
Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Business School at Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Hannah Holmes is Dean of Business School and Deputy Faculty Pro-Vice-Chancellor within the Faculty of Business and Law at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The Business School holds the prestigious Triple Accreditation: AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.

Hannah is a Senior Fellow of the HEA and Chair of the Economic Review Editorial Board. Hannah holds several external Board and Trustee positions including Prospere Learning Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University Board of Governors.

Robert Dixon
AI Consultant and Educator

A seasoned business leader, entrepreneur and respected academic, Robert excels in strategic management, specialising in AI applications for business and education. With 30 years' experience in both SME's and blue-chip firms, and over a decade in higher education, Robert merges theory with practice, delivering cutting-edge insights and preparing both professionals and senior executives for the AI revolution.  Robert has delivered AI Literacy and Strategy Workshops to various prestigious institutions and, as a Vistage speaker, to over 100 CEOs and business owners. His client list includes universities like Birmingham, Newcastle, King's College London, Royal Holloway, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as companies like Analox Group, IPG, Principal Group, Brook Taverner, and Team Sport.

Tessa Harrison
Partner Education at GatenbySanderson

Tessa’s 30-year career in higher education senior leadership and management saw her working in five universities ranged across the sector mission groups.

She held department and faculty roles at Anglia Polytechnic University before joining Lancaster University in a central university role. She was the Academic Registrar & Clerk to the Board of Governors at the University of the West of England, the Registrar of the University of Southampton and most recently, the Executive Director of Education & Students at King’s College London.

Until August 2016, Tessa was the Chair of the Association of University Administrators (AUA) following several years as a Trustee on the AUA Board. She also served as an appointed member of the Board of the Leadership Foundation for HE.

Professor Lesley Dobree
Programme Director (Entrepreneurial Student Leaders) at NCEE

Lesley runs her own company, Dialogue for Success Ltd, which offers leadership coaching and consultancy services. She is qualified executive coach and mentor and enjoys working with senior leaders to help them to access their personal abilities and resources to deal with challenges in order to become more effective in their roles.

She has an excellent track record of leadership success in tertiary education which includes leading transformational change and innovation, dealing with challenging situations and people, team building, enhancing communication and driving quality improvements.

She is an enthusiastic advocate of entrepreneurial leadership and is currently Director of the NCEE Entrepreneurial Leaders and Entrepreneurial Heads programmes which offer exceptional leadership development and networking opportunities to senior academic and professional service leaders.

Professor Angela Christidis
Associate Professor of Finance and Deputy Head of Finance and Accounting Department at University of Exeter

Angela Christidis is an Associate Professor of Finance and Deputy Head of Finance and Accounting Department. Angela obtained her PhD in Finance at the University of Exeter Business School, in which she focused on developing some new models for financial distress prediction and its asset pricing implications in the UK. She worked for several years in leading multinational firms as a corporate financial analyst and finance manager before returning to academia.

Angela has extensive experience in the areas of education management, programme development, teaching and mentoring at undergraduate and postgraduate level. She has also led the successful accreditation of Finance programmes and pioneered the development of Financial Services Professional Degree Apprenticeship. Her current research covers corporate finance, asset pricing, ethical investing, sustainable finance and embedding sustainability into teaching, learning and curriculum. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Member of the Society for Research into Higher Education and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She is a Certified Management and Business Educator awarded by the Chartered Association of Business Schools.

Programme fee: £4,390*

Frequently Asked Questions:

What does the programme fee include?

The fee includes all course materials and learning resources. It also includes, for each of the four modules, all venue fees, accommodation (1 night) and a dinner with fellow participants.

Can 2 people from the same institution attend this programme?

Due to the nature of the programme which focuses on personal development and encourages frank and open discussion, it may not always be suitable for two participants to attend from the same institution. If we receive two registrations from individuals at the same institution we will notify the institution and the participants, taking account of when the registrations were received, and ask for guidance on whether one or both can attend on the same programme.

If you have any queries, please contact Chartered ABS Enquiries (

*We do not charge VAT so this represents the full cost.

“This was really enjoyable and I've met and connected with a lot of people from across all parts of the sector. There is no judgment or ego amongst the cohort, just everyone at the same place in their careers enjoying themselves and learning from each other. This is a fantastic course and I would recommend it to anyone."

Dr Matthew Jones, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Data Analytics, UCL School of Management


“Simply, this programme is essential to gain great leadership skills in HE sector.”

Dr Mohamed Saeudy, Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, University of Bedfordshire


“A fantastic opportunity to meet others in similar leaders of learning and teaching roles, share experiences, reflect on your own role and develop your skills.”

Professor W David McCausland, Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Aberdeen Business School


“The course offered a rare opportunity to step outside of my institution to share ideas and reflect on issues across the sector with the benefit of expert speakers to prompt discussion and debate. As well as an introduction to a new professional network, I am leaving the course with broader knowledge of the sector, a few new strategies in my toolkit, and a clearer sense of how I might shape the next stage of my career.”

Charlotte Harrison, Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Law, University of Portsmouth


“An excellent opportunity to discuss topical issues with like-minded colleagues.”

Beverly Vickerstaff, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Business and Law, De Montfort University


“I felt energized by the inspirational speakers, course content and amazing participants who shared their considerable knowledge and experience.”

Dr Andrew Jenkins, Subject Leader, Huddersfield Business School