CMI's 75th Anniversary

Created in 1947 as part of the post-war effort, CMI has been working ever since to help fulfil our mission of better led and managed organisations. In 2022, we celebrate 75 years of Better Managers.

Join our celebrations as we bring together our Community, reflect and look forward to the future of leadership and recognise the outstanding managers and leaders making an impact today.


Looking to the future

As CMI looks back at our impact over the past 75 years, and how the role and values of professional leaders and managers have changed, we want to understand what is next for workplace leadership.

We find ourselves at a crossroads. Over the past two years, issues of fairness, inclusion and equity have been brought to the fore by national events. Looking forwards, economic recovery and the Government’s desire to level up the UK will shape UK workplaces.

Using our members’ experiences and insight from high profile leaders, we will share the practical actions which managers are using today to drive action. At the end of 2022, this project will feed into a major piece of thought leadership.

Have your say in the research

Get involved and influence the conversation

Using the following five themes, we want to understand the barriers that remain to create fair, inclusive workplaces, and the practical steps leaders can take for positive action:

  • Ethnicity
  • Socio-Economic Background
  • Gender
  • Disability
  • Age

We will conduct polls around each of these core themes, and are looking to our CMI Members and the wider community to get involved and have their voices heard through our research.

Next poll opens on 5th November

Next poll
Socio-economic background
opening 5th November

Leadership Excellence

Chartered Companions are a select group of the best leaders around the world, they are pioneers and role-models. We are looking for more leaders to strengthen our diverse community who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to improving standards and delivering positive impact through truly inclusive leadership. Are you, or do you know an inspirational leader? Help us discover and celebrate excellence by nominating a Companion.

Nominate a CompanionMore about CMI Companions


Ethnicity Resources

Celebrating Black History Month

During our recent Better Management Briefing, CMI's Will Smith was in conversation with Zaheer Ahmad MBE CMgr CCMI, a multi-award-winning Diversity and Inclusion thought leader, about inclusive leadership and how to go beyond conversation to action. Currently, Zaheer is the Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Consumer Healthcare at GSK, as well as a member of CMI’s Advisory Committee for Race Equity.

The GSK role gives me a chance to make a difference on a global scale, which is something that I’m very excited about.

Zaheer Ahmad MBE, CCMI, Global Head of Inclusion and Diversity for Consumer Healthcare, GSK

Get involved with one of our EDI Networks

Find out about our CMI Women and CMI Race networks, what they do and how you can get involved.

CMI Women CMI Race