Bournemouth University Deputy Dean for Education & Professional Practice joins as chair on CMI’s Southern Board

Lois Farquharson

The business academic and Deputy Dean for Education & Professional Practice at Bournemouth University Dr Lois Farquharson, has been named as a new chair on the Chartered Management Institutes Southern Board. Dr Farquharson is an experienced leader with a demonstrated background in the higher education sector and business engagement.

As a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, People-centred Lean approaches and Appreciative Inquiry, underpin much of her work. Skilled in leading and managing change and organisational development, Lois believes in the value of positivity, appreciative inquiry and kindness in dynamic organisation/industry contexts.

I’m committed to championing excellent leadership and outstanding management practice in organisations. Furthermore, it is important to be equipped with the skills that ensure I deliver the utmost support and skill to my community and students. The regional board offers practical advice and creates the opportunity to support our members throughout their career

Dr Lois Farquharson, CMI's Southern Chair

As a strong professional, Lois is not only a Chartered Fellow of the CMI, but an Academic Fellow of the CIPD, and is certified to deliver the Strengths Deployment Inventory (TotalSDI) to support individual and team growth.

We're delighted to have Lois taking on the Chair of our Southern Regional Board. Our partnerships with Universities are a key means through which we are delivering against our mission of increasing the number and standard of professionally qualified managers. Having a senior leader such as Lois from one of our key partners Bournemouth University bringing her energy to our Regional Board will help to further our mission with all members in the region.

Matt Roberts, CMI's director of membership

Lois is active in applied research in various areas including leadership and HRM good practice, and has enjoyed collaborating with various organisations including IiP Scotland, NHS Lothian, and Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police Forces. She has supervised PhD and DBA theses in a range of areas including culture change, lean management/continuous improvement, readiness for change, employee engagement, leadership practice, partnership working, and gender equality.

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