The Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series: Ann Francke Chief Executive Officer, CMI

Strategy Chess

Start Date: 13 Nov 2014

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 50

Venue: Leigh Court, Abbots Leigh, Bristol, BS8 3RA › View map

About the lecture

Ann Francke Chief Executive Officer, CMI will deliver a lecture entitled; 'Stop Managing. Start Achieving. Why management needs a makeover' as part of the Bristol Distinguished Executive Address Series.

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?

In her keynote speech, Ann Francke 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.


  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and supper


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 the performance and quality of working life in organisations. 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 the author of the FT Guide to Management and a member of the Lancaster University Management School Advisory Board. She is also a member of WACL, a founding member of the Guardian's Women in Leadership and a Woman of Influence for Cancer Research UK. Ann also advises WhiteCap LLC, a brand fund.

About the CMI

The CMI is the only UK chartered body with the mission to promote better managed and led organisations by increasing the number and quality of professionally qualified managers. Founded in 1952, the CMI has over 100,000 in its membership community, and partners with 600 learning organisations and over 450 employers to provide best practice content, toolkits and nationally-recognised qualifications. We produce many thought leading research reports on management and leadership topics and are the only professional body authorised to award the 'practical MBA' and coveted hallmark of Chartered Manager.

About the Bristol DEAs

The Bristol DEAs provide a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD, and the West of England LEP.

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Corporate Relations and Events Team at or by telephone on 0117 32 83934.

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