New Chartered ABS Fellowships awarded

Five new Fellowships of the Chartered Association of Business Schools were awarded at the Chartered ABS Annual Conference this week. Professor Simon Collinson, Professor Baback Yazdani, Professor Debra Leighton, Helen Miller, and Joe Hall all received the award in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the Chartered ABS's mission over the course of several years.

On presenting the awards at the Annual Conference, Chartered ABS CEO Anne Kiem said that it has been "an honour and a pleasure" to work with the new Fellows, whose work had been "an integral part of the value we've been able to deliver for business schools".

"We very much look forward to continuing to work with our new Fellows in the years ahead and hope this award can go some way to providing the recognition they deserve for their efforts and achievements."

Our new Fellows

Professor Simon Collinson is Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Regional Economic Engagement at the University of Birmingham, and was Chair of the Chartered ABS from 2015 to 2018. Taking up the role shortly after the Chartered ABS received it's Royal Charter, Simon oversaw a transformative period of growth in the Association's activities that continues to this day. Simon has been particularly prominent in our campaign with the British Academy of Management to secure more funding for business and management research, and instigated the invaluable Pathways to Success annual report, which Deans across the country use in their strategic planning. Proving a willing and expert contributor across areas as diverse as leadership, small business, and executive education, Simon has been and will continue to be a widely valued supporter of our work.

Professor Baback Yazdani is Dean of Nottingham Business School. He has been a longstanding member of the Chartered ABS Council, and in particular has acted as the Association's Treasurer since 2016, a task he has taken to with an unwavering commitment that has seen the Association's finances into the healthy and strategically viable position they are in today. He has also played a vital role in our wider advocacy work, including as Head of our National Advisory Board Network over it's duration from 2014 to 2016.

Professor Debra Leighton CMBE is an independent higher education consultant and former Executive Dean of University of Bedfordshire Business School. Debra has widely applied this expertise to the Chartered ABS's work in supporting business and management educators and promoting expert learning and teaching practice, most notably as facilitator of the Leaders in Learning and Teaching Development programme. Through this role where she has invested considerable time and effort into providing a relevant and inspiring programme of events, developing a community of business educators dedicated to the ongoing improvement of business education.

Helen Miller is School Manager at Newcastle University Business School, and is the first colleague to be awarded a Chartered ABS Fellowship for work in our mission to support business school professional services staff. Helen was a member of the Chartered ABS Professional Managers' Committee for nearly ten years, including four years as the committee Chair, during which time she sat on the Chartered ABS Council as a co-opted member. Over her tenure Helen has been a constant member and source of advice, support and guidance despite the ever-changing landscape for professional services, and has overseen the ground-up relaunch of the flagship Professional Managers' Annual Conference, among other projects.

Joe Hall is the Management Director of Halls Food Group, the third generation of his family to run the business. Joe has been a member of the Small Business Charter Management Board since the Award's inception, and has used that role to full effect for reaching out to and working with small businesses. He is also an active Small Business Assessor for the SBC, and was instrumental in helping the SBC receive a share of the £2 million Government-backed fund to create the Leading to Grow programme.