UWE Bristol hosts Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer, CMI

Issue date: 11 November 2014


The Bristol Distinguished Address Series

Date: 13 November 2014

Venue: Leigh Court

Time: 18:00

Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer, CMI, is the latest speaker to address the business community at the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS).

Good management achieves growth and productivity, boosts employee engagement and wellbeing, and attracts and retains talent. So why is that 80% of UK employees think their manager sets a bad example and 72% of UK organisations say they lack good management and leadership? Ann Francke will address these issues in a lecture entitled; 'Stop Managing. Start Achieving. Why Management Needs a Makeover'.

Ann's keynote speech will uncover the key trends affecting management and leadership and the impact it is having on UK businesses. She will then outline the 5 easy steps that all managers can undertake to give themselves a 'Management Makeover' and start achieving through managing and leading well.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS) is one of the highlights of the University calendar and is a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership, directly from the leaders of organisations driving UK business performance. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, ICAEW, IoD and the West of England LEP.

Speaking before the event, Ann Francke – who is also author of the FT Guide to Management – said, “Giving management a makeover should be a priority for everyone who believes that our economy could perform better. A sense of social purpose, the ability to inspire people and a real commitment to developing the potential of the next generation are at the heart of good management and leadership in the 21st century. I'm looking forward to sharing my thoughts and hearing what managers in Bristol think about this crucial topic.”

As Chief Executive Officer of CMI, Ann brings her extensive global management experience and her proven track record of developing people and delivering innovative strategies that result in sustainable growth. At CMI, she uses her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership and improve management standards across the UK and beyond. Ann speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on all aspects of management, and blogs for Huffington Post UK and other publications.

Prior to CMI, Ann was Global Managing Director at the British Standards Institution, where she led the training and certification businesses to create a more customer–facing organisation.

Before BSI Ann held executive management board positions at FTSE 100 companies Boots Group and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager. She has a BA with distinction from Stanford University and MBA and MS degrees from Columbia University in New York.

Ann is also Strategic Advisor to Tongal, the global leader in crowdsourcing creative video content, and an Advisory Board member of the Lancaster University Management School and OU Businesss School. She is also a member of WACL, a founding member of the Guardian's Women in Leadership network and a Woman of Influence for Cancer Research UK.

CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. With a member community of over 100,000, CMI has been providing forward-thinking advice and support for more than 60 years.

CMI continue to give managers and leaders, and the organisations they work in, the tools they need to improve their performance and make an impact. They are a UK awarding body for management and leadership qualifications, and the only body that awards Chartered Manager, the hallmark of any professional manager. Find out more at www.managers.org.uk.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community. To register for forthcoming talks visit the homepage. To watch videos and listen to podcasts of previous talks please visit the Previous Bristol Distinguished Address talks webpage.

Bristol Leadership Centre Launch - Pre-Event

This event is preceded by an introduction to the Bristol Leadership Centre, and will start at 17:00 at the same venue. Registration is free, further details can be found here.

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