The Board of Trustees is the governing body of CMI, meeting 6 times a year under the chairship of the President. It is the Board’s role to agree the overall direction and development of the organisation through good governance and effective strategic planning.

The Board is also responsible for safeguarding the overall financial health of CMI, identifying its principal business risks and ensuring that appropriate systems are in place for their management and mitigation.

It is supported in these roles by the Committees of the Board. CMI members play a pivotal role in the governance of the Institute, through service on the Board and its various committees. As a CMI member you can find out more about serving on the Board.

It is the role of CMI’s Executive Team to implement the strategic direction set out by the Board.

Our Executive Leadership Team

Fiona Dawson CBE

Fiona Dawson CBE CMgr CCMI


Fiona Dawson is an experienced NED and Chair. She currently sits on the Boards of LEGO A/S, Marks and Spencer PLC and Kerry Group PLC, and is a member of Remuneration, Nomination committees and Chair of the Kerry Group Sustainability committee.

Ann Francke

Ann Francke OBE CMgr CCMI

Chief Executive Officer

Ann Francke is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI.

Lord Price

Lord Mark Price CMgr CCMI CVO

Immediate Past President

Mark is currently a life peer of the House of Lords, having previously served as Minister in the Department for International Trade, Managing Director of Waitrose, Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

Bob Cryan

Professor Bob Cryan CBE DL CMgr CCMI FREng

Bob became the youngest Vice-Chancellor in the UK when he took up his current post as Vice Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, in January 2007

Kate Grussing

Kate Grussing CBE CMgr CCMI

Kate leads Sapphire Partners, a London-based executive search boutique. Her firm was awarded the inaugural “Recruiter of the Year” recognition by HMTreasury in June 2017 for their work with women in finance.

Tamara Box

Tamara Box CMgr CCMI

Tamara is the Managing Partner, Europe & Middle East and a member of the senior executive team at Reed Smith, as well as sitting on the global board of the firm.

Sir Trevor Phillips

Sir Trevor Phillips CMgr CCMI

Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is the co-founder of the data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips, and Chairman of Green Park Interim and Executive Search. He is a Times columnist, shortlisted for Comment Writer of the Year in 2020.

Tim Stewart

Professor Tim Stewart CMgr CCMI

Tim started his career as a management trainee in the Unilever group before moving to the business education sector with BPP. Tim has run various educational businesses in the UK and Poland as well as holding specialist education roles.


Samantha Allen CMgr CCMI

Samantha Allen is Chief Executive of the North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care Board. Prior to this she was Chief Executive of an NHS Mental Health and Learning Disability Trust for five years.

Gareth Rhys Williams

Sir Gareth Rhys Williams CMgr CCMI

Gareth Rhys Williams has been the UK Government Chief Commercial Officer since March 2016. He sits on the Cabinet Office ExCo, where he co-chairs the Performance and Risk committee.

John Zealley

John Zealley CMgr CCMI

John is the Chair of the Oversight Board of the Chartered Management Consultant (ChMC) programme, jointly formed by the CMI and the Management Consultancies Association.

Terry Corby

Terry Corby CMgr CCMI

Terry Corby is the Founder and CEO of Good Business Pays, a nationwide campaign group with a mission to bring an end to late and slow payments. He is also Chair of the CMI South-West Board and a Non-Executive Director at a number of organisations.

Bridget Ogunjuyigbe

Bridget Ogunjuyigbe FCMI

Bridget is a qualified accountant with over 20 years extensive financial experience achieved through various roles at Visa and Guardian Media Group.

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Our Committee Structure

The Committees of the Board consider detailed policy across all areas of CMI activity and have delegated powers to act on the Board’s behalf, for example in making recommendations on membership subscriptions, awarding the Institute’s Gold Medal and issuing the Code of Conduct.

The Committees of the Board are:

Charity law requires the trustees to prepare financial statements for each financial year. These can be viewed in the form of our annual reports.


There are 11 Committees of the Board: three corporate governance committees (the Finance and Audit Committee, the Nominations Committee, the Remuneration Committee) and eight advisory committees.

The advisory committee structure aligns with business priorities. It ensures our members have the opportunity to engage in discussions on strategic developments agreed by the Board. Written reports on advisory committee discussions are provided to each Board meeting, with Committee Chairs speaking to those reports and ensuring a two-way flow of information and feedback.

Finance and Audit Committee

The Finance and Audit Committee provides an independent review of internal controls and financial reporting as well as reporting to the Board, on a quarterly basis, on risk management issues.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee nominates, for ratification by the Board, the President Elect, co-opted Board members and members of the Finance and Audit Committee. It also manages the process of election of members to the Board and coordinates the process of appointing the Chief Executive.

Remuneration Committee

The Remuneration Committee determines the terms and conditions, including annual remuneration, of the Chief Executive and Executive Directors of the Institute. It also reviews and advises upon the overall remuneration strategy, headcount and payroll costs, and sets the annual pay award for Institute staff. In undertaking this work, the Committee takes into consideration the Institute’s charitable mission, individual and collective performance, together with independent data on remuneration levels at comparable organisations.

Board of Companions

The Board of Companions provides a sounding board on key policy issues and keeps the Companion offer under review. It also oversees the award of the Institute’s Gold Medal.

Complaints and Investigations Committee

The Complaints and Investigations Committee administers investigations and disciplinary procedures for member complaints, supported by an Investigation Panel.

IC Advisory Committee

The IC Advisory Committee develops the Institute of Consulting’s strategy and vision, ensuring that they meet member and stakeholder interests and needs.

Regulation Compliance Committee

The Regulation Compliance Committee is responsible for all issues relating to the Awarding Body and the national regulators: Ofqual, SQA, CCEA and Qualifications Wales.

Regional/Devolved Nation Boards

The 9 Regional/Devolved Nation Boards are made up of appointed members. These Boards are important for our governance, as they help central strategy to be cascaded to the Regions and for regional strategies to be in alignment, whilst reflecting local priorities.

Regional/Devolved Nation Advisory Committee

The Regional/Devolved Nation Advisory Committee is a forum for the Regional/Devolved Nation Board Chairs to meet regularly to share good practice and report on member and stakeholder engagement at local level.

CMI Women Advisory Committee

The CMI Women Advisory Committee considers strategy and policy development for
all issues relating to CMI Women.

Chartered Management Consultant Oversight Board

CMI is working in partnership with the Management Consultancies Association (MCA) to develop a new chartered award for Management Consultants. The Oversight Board oversees the development of this award.

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Regulation Compliance Committee

The Regulation Compliance Committee provides oversight of the Awarding Body and its operational functions in compliance with all regulatory requirements. It approves CMI's annual statements of compliance to the regulatory bodies Ofqual, SQA, CCEA and Qualifications Wales.

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CMI Race Advisory Committee

The CMI Advisory Committee for Race Equity considers strategy and policy development for all issues relating to CMI Race Equity.