Press release:

Fiona Dawson named Chartered Management Institute’s next President

Tuesday 03 October 2023

The Chartered Management Institute has announced that Fiona Dawson CBE, will become its next President, taking over from Lord Mark Price at the end of his term in October.

Ms Dawson, spent 33 years at family-owned Mars Inc, holding many leadership roles across the business including Global President Food, Multisales and Global customers, before retiring in 2021 to focus on building her non-executive career. She is a non-executive director at LEGO, Marks and Spencer and Kerry Foods as well as a trustee to the Social Mobility Foundation and advisor to Trinity Business School. She has recently stepped down as Chair of the Women’s Business Council and was awarded a CBE in 2021 for services to women and the economy.

A CMI member and strong believer in ensuring opportunities are open to all, Ms Dawson said of her newly announced position:

It is an honour to follow in the footsteps of Lord Price, who has delivered so much for this unique organisation. As a CMI member, I am inspired by the goal to increase the number and standards of managers across the economy which leads to better-led organisations able to deliver tangible growth for their employees and their communities.

CMI has played a critical role in the public discourse over the past year, highlighting the importance of leadership in setting a positive workplace culture and raising awareness of barriers keeping underrepresented groups from accessing opportunity.

CMI's inclusive approach to training ensures that opportunities are there for everyone through a diverse range of practical qualifications and tools to improve skills, build confidence and boost careers.

Ann Francke, CEO of CMI, said:

Fiona is rightly known as a formidable leader and a passionate advocate for women in business. She understands what good leadership looks like and how valuable skilled leaders are to delivering growth and prosperity. CMI is looking forward to welcoming her on our journey to improve the standard of managers and leaders across our economy.

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About the Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute is the professional body for managers and leaders. We have a membership community of over 200,000 aspiring and practising managers and more than 150,000 people are currently studying on one of our management and leadership programmes. Our Royal Charter defines our charitable mission as increasing the number and standard of professionally qualified managers and leaders.