New Companions and Recent Companion Engagement

New Companions

Managing director of Brother UK, Phil Jones, has been named a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The appointment recognises Phil’s business achievements and contributions to the profession of management and leadership throughout his career. He became managing director of Brother UK in 2013, having joined the Manchester-based company as a fax machine salesman in 1995….


Companions use their experience and influence to raise the standard of management and leadership in the UK and shape the future of the profession.

There are many ways Companions get involved, from speaking events, roundtable discussions and seminars, to judging management and book competitions or participating in our thought leadership research.  Indeed any ideas about how you would like to be involved are warmly welcomed.


  • Represent CMI on influential panels and forums such as the Ethics Research Advisory Group (Moraldna) The Group’s Companion members included its chair Robin Field-Smith MBE  CMgr CCMI, Former HM Inspector of Constabulary (Chair); Bridget Blow CCMI, Non-Executive Director, Coventry Building Society; Helen Fraser CCMI, Chief Executive, Girls Day School Trust and Brigadier Ian Huntley RM, Head, Centre for Defence Leadership and Management
  • Advocate best practice within organisations
  • Act as a contributor to the development of the Companions’ Programme itself
  • Act as a high-level coach and mentor to future leaders via the CMI Achieve programme
  • Promote the importance of management as a speaker or judge at key events such as the President’s Dinner

MBOY AwardRecent Companion Engagement

Management Book of the Year 2015 Final Judging Panel

Here at CMI we promote excellence in all areas of management and leadership.

The CMI Management Book of the Year prize has been created to do just that – we want to celebrate the very best in the field of management writing.

Held in association with the British Library, this competition aims to celebrate the best of management books published or distributed in the UK, from the most inspiring to the most useful.

Board of Companions Chair, Patrick Dunne CCMI, Chairman, D30 together with fellow Companions Valerie Dias CCMI, Chief Risk Officer, Visa Europe; Diane Lees CCMI, Director General, Imperial War Museum and Professor Rebecca Taylor CCMI, Dean of the Business School, Open University met in January to judge the overall winning book.

The winning title will be announced on 9th February at a reception hosted by the British Library.

Professional Manager Magazine Contributors

Professional Manager Spring 2015

“Try something new: thinking” - Tamara Box, Partner, Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith

“Must try harder” - Lord Browne, Cross-bencher

Professional Manager Summer 2015

“The world is not enough” - Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Professor of Governance and strategic leadership at Henley Business School

“My CMI, The problem solver” - Patrick Dunne, Chair, Board of Companions and Chairman D30, Founder of Warwick in Africa

Professional Manager Autumn 2015

Patrick Kniveton CCMI has six techniques for judging a company's mood.

Companion Speakers

October 2015

Peter Watmore CCMI, CEO, Thermotex was the keynote speaker at the launch meeting of the BAMSOC  2015 – 2016 on the 15th October hosted by Sheffield Hallam University.  This inaugural event was attended by 6o plus undergraduates from across the Business School.  Some already undertaking, and some just starting CMI accredited courses.  Peter’s daughter Chloe joined him on stage for a lively debate engaging members of the audience.

“It was so encouraging to see such bright and energetic people there with ambition…stimulating and testing.  I tried to encourage them that they should see their development is through continuous learning as they move to employment.  Chloe has a particular view that now and in the future managers are made and not born. “

May/June 2015
Growing Your Small Business: Unlock the support you need
Growing your small business DL

Between May and June 2015 CMI and Business Schools hosted events for employers and small businesses to explore what management development and professional support business schools and others can provide to help business grow.

Bouncing Back - Lessons Learnt from overcoming adversity

Bouncing BackA new interview series with business leaders sharing their hard-earned lessons on how they managed in tough times and triumphed over adversity.

How do I get involved?

In the first instance, please contact the Companions Officer:

Call: 01536 207306


If you have received an invitation to join the Companions programme, we would be delighted if you would accept by emailing Miranda Deards Companions Officer who will be able to provide you with any additional information you require.