11-12 December, The Foresight Centre, University of Liverpool

UK business schools are a vital part of the higher education landscape and have a unique ability to create economic value and contribute to the health of their university and local community. Professional services teams make a critical contribution to the success and sustainability of their institutions and play a key role in managing financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities.

PMAC 2017 features a unique mix of high-quality workshops, presentations and poster sessions evidencing innovative ways in which professional managers are delivering value to their institutions.

Join colleagues from across the business school community this December to reflect on common challenges, share best practice and develop new networks.

Professional Development Matrix for Professional Managers

Each session reflects one of the Key Business School Activities included in the Professional Development Matrix (PDM) for Professional Managers

 A selection of the presentations & posters are available to download

UK business schools in an uncertain international landscape
Professor Janet Beer, President, Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor, University of Liverpool

Developing international partnerships
Arif Zaman, Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Enterprise, London School of Business and Management

Back to basics: Developing a compelling alumni relations strategy
Jayne Murphy, Alumni Relations Manager, University of Liverpool Management School
Laura Hill, Alumni Relations Officer, University of Liverpool Management School

A business school with purpose?
Adam Mitchell, Marketing Manager, Lancaster University Management School

Continuous improvement through accreditation
Dr Bethan Jones-Davies, Service Quality Manager, University of Liverpool Management School
Michelle Stevenson, Enhancement and Assurance Manager, Cardiff Business School
Rose White, External Accreditations Manager, Lancaster University Management School

Professional managers and the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework
Professor Jerry Forrester, Professor, Hertfordshire Business School and Vice Chair, Chartered ABS
Dr Heather Moyes, Business Manager for the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience and Academic Standards, Cardiff University

In search of organisational values: a collaborative approach
Dr Ruth Slater, Course Leader HRM/HRD   School of Management, University of Central Lancashire
Jayne Mizon, HR Manager, Kepak Convenience Foods

Zero to business hero
Abi Bradbeer, Business Manager, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey

Reciprocal loyalty
Matthew Hisbent, Head of Operations, Oxford Brookes Business School
Emma Coles, Major Projects Manager (Accreditations), Oxford Brookes Business school

Be your own boss
Marcia Baldry-Bryan, Enterprise & Entrepreneurship Manager, Lord Ashcroft International Business School, Anglia Ruskin University


Supporting student integration: a new approach
Rachael  Lucas, Student Experience Team Leader (Undergraduate Programmes), University of Liverpool Management School
Misha Jones, Student Experience Administrator, University of Liverpool Management School
Lee Wainwright, Employability Projects Officer, University of Liverpool Management School

The Adam Smith Graduate Award
Kirsteen Daly, Accreditations and Postgraduate Manager, Adam Smith Business School

We have the skills to succeed and engage with business
Hoi Lei Chan, Research and Enterprise Team Manager, Anglia Ruskin University
Julian Gibbs, Development and Engagement Officer, Anglia Ruskin University
Rachel Thomason, Media and Events Coordinator, Anglia Ruskin University

Designed in consultation with members of the Chartered ABS Professional Managers Committee and experts from across the business school community, the two-day programme is designed for senior professional managers. It is particularly relevant for:

  • Heads of Administration
  • Registrars
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Faculty Managers
  • Heads of Operations
  • Specialist managers in marketing, human resources, finance, accreditation and professional development.
  • Dr Phillipa Towlson, Lord Ashcroft International Business School (Chair)
  • Dr Steve Gaskin, Plymouth University Faculty of Business
  • Dr Andrew Glanfield, Cardiff Business School
  • Matthew Hisbent, Faculty of Business, Oxford Brookes University
  • Helen Miller, Newcastle University Business School
  • Ian Hamley, Warwick Business School
  • Stephanie Readey, University of Liverpool Management School
  • Hema Tank, The London Institute of Banking and Finance
  • Janine Ellis, Alliance Manchester Business School
  • Paul Verrion, Kent Business School
  • Emma Johnstone, Queen Mary University of London
  • Diane Donaldson, Glasgow School for Business and Society

Chartered ABS Members

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

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £599
Single day without Gala Dinner  £329
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £539
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,048
Group booking: For groups of 3 or more participants  Please contact us for a bespoke package

Non Members

Full conference with Gala Dinner  £659
Single day without Gala Dinner  £369
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £599
Two participants for full conference and Gala Dinner  £1,149


Full conference with Gala Dinner  £359
Single day without Gala Dinner  £169
Full conference without Gala Dinner  £299

Want to bring a group to the conference? Contact us for Group Booking Discounts - save  25% per person!

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

We are grateful to our Conference Supporters

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For information about sponsorship opportunities please contact:

Oliver Lowe, Head of Conferences & International, Chartered Association of Business Schools
Direct: +44 (0) 207 634 9581  Email: oliver.lowe@charteredabs.org

PMAC 2017 will take place at The Foresight Centre at the University of Liverpool

The Foresight Centre
1 Brownlow Street
L69 3GL

Participants are responsible for their own accommodation arrangements, the Chartered ABS have arranged preferential rates at local city hotels.

Holiday Inn Liverpool

  • £70.00 - Bed & Breakfast single occupancy
  • £80.00 - Bed & Breakfast double occupancy

Please call  01517052843 and quote CB1

This hotel is around a 15 minute walk from the venue and a minutes walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station.

Interested in presenting at PMAC 2018? 

Register here for further details of the submission process and timescale.