Management change at the Association of Business Schools


Dr. Paul Marshall will be leaving the ABS, where he is CEO, to take up a senior leadership role with Universities Partnership Programme (UPP). Julie Davies, presently Deputy CEO, will take on the role of interim CEO. A recruitment process is already underway for Paul’s replacement.

Paul joined the ABS in January 2012 and his tenure has seen the complete overhaul of our operations. He has also been instrumental in positioning the ABS as a serious thought-leader in our sector, and enabling us to play our full role in the development and implementation of policy.

Among the exciting new initiatives, which Paul has led, the development of the Small Business Charter is evidence of this transition and is an important milestone in our goal to bring business and business schools closer together to fostering growth and innovation. This project and other initiatives such as that with the CMI around the future shape of management education will continue under the leadership of our strong senior team.

We would like to thank Paul for all his ideas, courage and for his wider contributions to the ABS and our members. The ABS wishes him well in his future career.

Comments from Angus Laing, Chair of the ABS, Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University:

“Paul’s leadership of the Association of Business Schools over the past two years has been transformational. His leadership has witnessed the refocusing of the Association on it’s core objective of serving as an effective voice for the business school community in the United Kingdom. This has been underpinned by a professionalization of the operations of the Association and the development of a number of significant initiatives focused on positioning business schools as key players in the growth and innovation agenda. Through these changes Paul has laid the foundations for the ABS to flourish in the coming years and has provided a genuinely exciting platform on which his successor can build.”

Comments from Paul:

“I am extremely proud of the significant progress that the ABS has made since my appointment.  Working against a set of challenging targets, significant positive steps have been made to ensure that the ABS can meet its strategic objectives as the representative voice for the sector. This success is not the result of individual effort, but that of a team made up of the Executive Board and the Executive Office staff.  I am grateful for the support of Board and for the professionalism, commitment and enthusiasm of my staff.  I very much look forward to continuing to support the development of the association as I move into my new role.”

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Martha Dalton