Reflection and updates from the Chartered ABS


By Anne Kiem

As we approach the Annual Conference in Manchester I remember last year’s conference in London, which took place at the start of my second week in post. It was a bit of a baptism by fire, but was a great way to discuss the current challenges and ideas, to get a ‘feel’ for the sector and how everyone interacts, and of course an opportunity to meet lots of people. I am excited about the line up of speakers we have for this year’s conference and I look forward to seeing as many people as possible there.

I appreciate there is competitiveness between business schools, but what is striking is how effective the sector is in working together on common issues. The Chartered ABS is extremely fortunate to have support from our members; serving on committees, working in the taskforce, presenting at conferences, offering thought pieces and publications, contributing to lobbying efforts etc. In particular in this newsletter I want to thank the Council for all their hard work in not just overseeing the work of the Chartered ABS but for doing a lot of the work too. A special thank you must go to Angus Laing, who has served as Chair of the Council for five years. He is stepping down, but remains on the Council for another year. We will have an opportunity to thank Angus more fully at the AGM on 9 November. Thanks must also go to Jerry Forrester as Vice-Chair and Kai Peters as Treasurer, and as they step down Amanda Broderick, Jean Chen and Simon Lilley. The Council and Officers for 2015/16 will be announced at the AGM on Monday.

Anne Kiem
Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business Schools