Presidential team and trustees

Mike Clasper CBE CMgr CCMI - President

Mike Clasper

Mike Clasper took over as President of CMI in October 2014. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, as well as a Senior Independent Director at Serco PLC and Chairman of Which? Ltd. Mike has outstanding experience across a wide range of organisations, including private, public, third sector, FTSE 350 and SMEs.

He was formerly Non-Executive Director at ITV, Chief Executive of BAA plc. Operating Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited and Chairman of HMRC. He has also held a number of senior executive positions at Procter & Gamble. Mike grew up in Sunderland and studied Engineering at St. John's College, Cambridge. He is proud to hold an Honorary Doctorate from Sunderland University and in his spare time enjoys the theatre as well as watching and playing sport.

Bruce Carnegie-Brown CCMI - President Elect

Bruce Carnegie Brown

Holding MA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from Exeter College, Oxford University, Bruce is currently Non-Executive Chairman of Group plc. He is also Vice Chairman and Lead Independent Director at Banco Santander SA, also holding roles as Chairman of its Board Risk Committee, Board Remuneration Committee and Board Nominations Committee.

For Santander UK Plc, he is Non-executive Director (appointed October 2012), and holds the same role at Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. He is member of the Investment Committee of Gresham House plc.

Bruce was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in March 2015, and Trustee of Historic Royal Palaces in January 2014.

Bruce has a career background in financial services, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, Vice President, Insurance Institute of London and Member of the Chartered Institute of Insurers.

He is Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Freeman of the City of London (admitted 1989).

He was appointed a Companion of CMI in June 2015, and appointed as President Elect and member of the Board of Trustees in July 2016.

Ann Francke, CMgr CCMI FIC - Chief Executive Officer (CMI)

Ann Francke

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Winner of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body 2016 and Author of: Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results. 

Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability to deliver profitable growth and build organisational capability.  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 has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield and is an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.

Ann is Strategic Advisor at Tongal and a Non-Exec at Grant Thornton International.  She is also a member of the CRUK Women of Influence Board, WACL, MGGB and an Advisory Board member of Lancaster Management, Nottingham Trent and the Open University Business Schools. Ann speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on all aspects of management best practice. 

Prior to CMI Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars.  Ann began her career at P&G and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Stanford, an MBA/MS from Columbia; Honorary Doctorates in Business Administration from UWE and Nottingham Trent Universities and a Doctor of the University from Oxford Brookes.

Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter. 

Martin Cook CCMI

Martin Cook

Currently the Commercial Managing Partner with EY UK, Martin is primarily responsible for brand, marketing and communications, CSR, and alumni, working directly for the Chairman and CEO and as a member of its leadership team. Achievements in this role of which he is particularly proud include reforming EY’s CSR function and creating from scratch a new charity, the EY Foundation, to deliver national programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people into education, employment and to start their own businesses; and designing and delivering a unique partnership with the Tate: the EY Tate arts partnership. Martin is also EY’s global client service partner for one of the world’s largest consumer products companies.

Outside of EY, he is a member of Tate’s Corporate Advisory Group and an experienced mentor of high potential executives from non-traditional backgrounds.

Martin’s broader career to date has spanned public and private sectors and ranged from being a senior civil servant in the Home Office, to CEO of a 3000 person, £1bn turnover IT business, to strategy and transformation director at a global IT services company as well as being a senior Partner at EY.  He has worked at management board level at both EY and at Capgemini.

Martin is married with three grown up children and lives in Kent.  He enjoys walking, music, reading and nearly all sports; is an art lover and enjoys the shock of modern art in particular.  He is also a musician, learning to play the drums, and with an embryonic home studio to compose and record music and songs.

Martin comes from a relatively humble background in South London and retains a passionate interest in furthering social mobility and encouraging diversity and inclusiveness in all organisations.  This is the agenda which he hopes to further within CMI.  Martin has been appointed as an ex-officio member of the Board, to lead on our Chartered Management Consultant project, and he will chair the Oversight Board for this new award.

Valerie Dias CCMI

Valerie Dias

Valerie Dias is Chief Risk and Compliance Officer at Visa Europe and a member of the Visa Executive Leadership Team. Having joined Visa in 1993, she was previously executive vice-president, and chief financial officer. Prior to that she led one of Visa’s e-commerce initiatives.

She chairs and/or sits on various Visa Europe standing committees including Risk Committee, Asset and Liability Committee, Reputational Council and Compliance Council. Valerie is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants (ACCA).

As a CMI Companion, Valerie joined the Board of Companions in 2014. She was co-opted to the Board of Trustees in September 2015 for a one year term and appointed as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee.

Peter Marchbank CMgr FCMI

Peter Marchbank

Peter Marchbank is the Managing Director of RPI UK Ltd, an advanced engineering company in Bath. He started his career as a fitting and turning apprentice for Metal Box in South Africa. He worked his way up to the position of Managing Director at SE&M Pty Ltd, one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of equipment and technical services to the packaging industry.

Peter moved to the UK in 2006 and started a property management company, which he sold a few years later. He was CEO of Third Dimension, a high tech metrology company based in Bristol, for five years where he led the company to a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

He was re-elected in 2016 to the board of WEAF (the West of England Aerospace Forum) and chairs sub-groups on new business development and finance. He also represents the industry in meetings with high level government officials, MP and MEP’s.

Peter brings leadership and management experience with a talent for translating strategy into action and achievement. He has a unique combination of business, technical, marketing, financial and project management experience, including chairmanship and leadership experience at board level in the profit and not for profit sectors. His management background – from shop floor to board room – allows him to take the initiative, communicate clearly, think strategically, translate vision into reality and inspire and motivate others.

Peter has: an MBA from the Open University; a Higher National Technical Diploma in Mechanical Engineering (Cape Peninsula University of Technology); Project Management Program (University of Cape Town); Senior Management Programme (University of Stellenbosch).

He was also a part time lecturer on Entrepreneurship and Business Management at North Link College.

Heather Melville CCMI

Heather Melville

Heather Melville was appointed as the Director for Strategic Partnerships and Head of Business Inclusion Initiatives in January 2016, following a successful career in International sales, a role which leverages vast global client relationships together with her sector specialism especially within the retail and textile industry.

Heather is a graduate of the IBM business school, together with a wealth of international experience secured over a 30 plus year career in the world of finance, with the last 9 years primarily focused on the SME client base.

For a number of years, she has sat on the judging panel for the prestigious “UK Fashion & Textile Awards”, “The National Diversity Awards”, “We Are The City Rising Stars” as well as the “Brummel’s Top 30”.

She is Founder and Global Chair of the RBS Focused Women’s Network, which is managed by volunteers, with around 12,000 members in 33 countries. She sits on a number of internal and external diversity boards, in 2010 she was awarded the prestigious Women in Banking & Finance Award for Achievement under the category of Champion for Women, and in 2012 was also awarded the World of Difference 100 Award (TIAW) recognising her as one of the top 100 women worldwide who have made a difference to the economic empowerment of women.

Outside of the financial industry, having completed an executive coaching programme, Heather is a Career Coach and Mentor advising young people who are striving to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. She represents RBS as a Non-Executive Director for Enterprise Enfield a business consultancy funded by the Government to help small businesses. Heather is regularly invited to speak at a number of global business forums; she is also a Justice of the Peace.

Heather was appointed to the CMI Board in September 2016.

Marcella Monaghan CMgr MCMI

Marcella has concentrated her career to date within project and programme management in Corporate Banking. She set up her own business in 2013 to provide project and change management services within the financial services industry.

Previously, she developed her career within the Bank of Ireland where she started as a graduate. Between 2010 and 2011, she held the senior role of End to End Delivery Programme Manager, Consumer Segments ROI & UK. In 2012 she became Risk Partner in the Retail Divisional Risk Ireland & UK, and part of the leadership group within the Group Regulatory Compliance and Operational Risk.

She is a member of the Institute of Bankers Ireland and Association of Compliance Officers Ireland, a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and an associate of the Women in Business Northern Ireland Network.

Marcella is a Chartered Manager. She was elected to the Board in September 2015 for a 3 year term.

Mr Ian Alan Owen CMgr MCMI

Ian Owen

Ian is currently Senior Contract Manufacturing Manager, Europe for PepsiCo. Ian has a diverse career background; starting out as a pilot in the Royal Air Force and later moving into management and leadership roles. He has a considerable breadth of expertise in leading teams and implementing strategic change, with specific expertise in supply change management and operations management. Ian has an MSc in Management and a BSc in Logistical Management. He is also a keen sportsman, and a regular participator in 10 km races, half-marathons and marathons and is passionate about travel.

Richard Thomas CMgr FCMI

Richard Thomas

Richard is Deputy Commander of Regional Forces in the Royal Navy and leads the Naval Service national organisation for engagement with the full spectrum of UK society and provides advice in respect to emergency planning. Previously, he was appointed Chief of Staff to Commandant and Team Leader and Business Change Manager.

In a career spanning 28 years in the Royal navy, he was selected to Command at Sea as a result of exemplary leadership, led the Royal Navy’s Reform Change Team, and has carried out various high level strategic and operation leadership roles.

Richard is a Fellow of the CMI and a Chartered Manager. He served as Co-Chair of London and South East Regional Board between 2033 and 2015 and was elected to the Board in September 2015 for a 3 year term.

Liz White FCMI

Liz White

Liz joined the British Library as Head of Strategy Development in 2013, after more than a decade in the Civil Service. She has experience of strategic policy and engagement at local, national and international levels and is passionate about helping people lead.

Liz has an MA in English Literature from Durham University and an MBA from Imperial College London. Beyond work, Liz enjoys reading and spending time with her young family. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Liz was elected to the CMI Board of Trustees for a three year term in September 2016.


Prof Baback Yazdani

Professor Baback Yazdani is Dean of Nottingham Business School. He is a member of the Board of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), Supervisory Board of the Academy of Business in Society (ABIS), Executive Board of the Association of Business School (ABS), and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where he previously held the role of Regional Chairman East Midlands. Baback is currently Chair of the National Advisory Board Network for Business Schools.

Baback’s extensive leadership experience in industry and academia has been instrumental in the rapid development of NBS. He has emphasised the transformational nature of NBS for its students, clients and customers by intensifying applied research for the benefit of business, industry and public services. Under his leadership NBS has invested in acquisition and world-class faculty; developed its research to international standards; applied ‘Lean’; introduced innovative programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, directly delivering value to students and business; more than doubled applications and grown income and contribution to NTU by more than 60%. He continues to promote strong industrial relationships with professional bodies.

Baback is a chartered Mechanical Engineer and has an MSc in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and a PhD in Engineering (Product Development) from Warwick. He has authored more than 50 articles in product development and concurrent engineering. His early career was in the automotive industry where he held senior positions with various car manufacturers in Europe and the U.S. From 1993 to 2000 he was a Principal Fellow at Warwick University and led Innovation and Product Design and Development, creating a reputation for excellence in research and executive education. Between 2003 and 2006 Baback ran Product Development Operations at Jaguar Land Rover, part of Ford Motor Company, where he led the introduction of ‘Lean’ to PD and introduced the Global Product Development System, drastically improving vehicle introduction lead-times and efficiency.

Baback is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering Technology and a member of Federation Europeene D’Associations Nationales D’Ingeniers; American Society of Mechanical Engineers and British Academy of Management.