As Chief Executive Officer, Ann brings her extensive global general management experience to the CMI and has a proven track record of developing people and delivering innovative strategies that result in sustainable growth. At CMI, she leverages her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond.
Prior to CMI, Ann was Global General Manager 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 board positions at Boots 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 a member of the Lancaster University Management School Advisory Board and is the author of the FT Guide to Management, published by Pearson in January 2014. She also advises brand funds. Ann speaks frequently at conferences and in the media on all aspects of management best practice.
Ann lives in West London with her husband, her daughter attends university in the USA. A UK/US citizen, Ann also speaks German and Russian.
Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy & External Affairs
Petra Wilton takes a lead role in building strategic partnerships in the public policy arena. She is responsible for promoting the needs of practising managers through engaging with and accessing the views of the CMI's 100,000 plus members. Through a bespoke thought leadership agenda, these views are shared with those in Government, business, education and the media.
Petra also leads on the development of customer insight and building CMI's body of knowledge, and she has co-authored many CMI reports. She also set up the Campus CMI initiative to inspire and create confidence in young people through developing their management and leadership skills.
She manages the All Party Parliamentary Group on Management and represents the CMI on various external group , including the recent ABS Innovation Taskforce, the Employee Engagement Taskforce Gurus' Group, Valuing your Talent and Professions Week.
Before joining CMI, Petra was a director of specialist public affairs consultancy advising on public policy issues. She has an MA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the RSA. Petra enjoys sailing and walking on the East Coast, spotting Little Egrets and spending time with her young family.