Opportunities on the horizon: Report from the June meeting of the Professional Managers’ Committee

The Professional Managers’ Committee met on Friday 7 June, our second meeting of the year and the perfect time to review progress on several exciting projects.

We are making a number of changes to the next Professional Managers’ Annual Conference in response to feedback received at last year's event. Firstly, the conference will be held on 22-23 January rather than in the first week of December as this seems to be a more convenient time for the majority of business school professional managers. I am delighted that PMAC is coming to Manchester and I look forward to showing you around the new facilities here at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Moreover, we are refining the programme so that the conference remains at the forefront of developments in the sector. Please take a look at the PMAC 2020 Submissions Portal for further details about the themes of this year's conference. If you are doing something at your institution of which you are particularly proud, then we would encourage you to submit a case study presentation, poster, roundtable discussion or PechaKucha presentation for this year's conference.

We are also pleased to launch a series of Professional Development Workshops that will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 22 January ahead of the main conference on Thursday 23. If you are interested in delivering a PDW then please email Oliver Lowe for an informal discussion.

Bookings for the conference are now open at the Early Bird discounted rate. You can book your place here. Information on the speakers and the programme will follow soon, so keep an eye on all Chartered ABS channels for updates.

A Chartered ABS mentoring scheme is being launched over the next few months. We’re pleased to be supporting this initiative to ensure that professional management staff benefit from the advice and experience of their peers, and several committee members will be involved as mentors.

Lastly, we are always keen to keep the committee invigorated with fresh ideas and perspectives, and so are now looking for new members to join us in our work. If you’re interested in putting yourself forward, please email Alex Rees by Monday 12 August with the following documents:

  • Your CV
  • A personal statement about what you would bring to the committee
  • A signed letter of recommendation from your dean
  • An organogram showing your position within your department;


All questions, comments and suggestions on any aspect of the committee’s work gratefully received.

Janine Ellis, Interim Chair, Professional Managers’ Committee.