Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognising outstanding leadership

The Lifetime Achievement Award recognises the outstanding management and leadership of an individual throughout their career and is awarded only when a truly worthy candidate is identified.

CMI's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner 2020

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who's contribution has made an outstounding impact on Management and Leadership, and we are delighted to announce our 2020 winner, Sherri Coutu CBE.

The Lifetime Achievement Award entrants are nominated by the Chartered Management Institute's Board of Companions, and represents the ultimate award for Managers and Leaders.

Congratulations to this year's winner…

Headshot of Sherry Coutu CBE
Sherry Coutu CBE

Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities, and universities. She chairs or has chaired Founders4Schools, Workfinder, Raspberry Pi (Trading), Digital Boost and the Scaleup Institute. She also serves as a non-executive Director of Pearson plc, London Stock Exchange plc, DCMS and as Trustee of Raspberry Pi Foundation and sits on advisory boards of The National Gallery and The Royal Society.
With more than 60 angel investments, three IPO's, and numerous JV's and acquisitions behind her, Sherry has extensive experience in early and mid-stage companies having held senior positions in product management, research, finance, and operations.

Philanthropically, she supports Founders4Schools, The Prince's Trust and the Crick Institute.

Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

She has been awarded Honourary Phd's from The University of Bristol, Manchester University and the Open University for her work in Education and the Economy.

She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year's Honours List 2013.