Mentoring profiles

CMI Mentoring Profiles:


Ann Francke CCMI FIC CMgr

CMI CEO Ann Franke

Ann Francke is Chief Executive Officer at CMI.

Ann brings her extensive global general management experience to the CMI and has a proven track record of developing people and delivering innovative strategies that result in sustainable growth. Prior to CMI, Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution and before BSI Ann held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

She has a BA with distinction from Stanford University and MBA and MS degrees from Columbia University in New York.

Patrick Dunne CCMI, BSc MBA Visiting Professor - Cranfield School of Management

Patrick Dunne

Chairman D3O

Patrick has extensive experience of working with boards in Europe, Asia and North America. He is currently Chairman of smart materials business D3O, board consultancy Boardelta, the charity The EY Foundation and of the Chartered Management Institute’s Board of Companions. Patrick is also member of the advisory boards of The Entrepreneurs Fund, a €200m venture fund, Bridges Social Entrepreneurs Fund and the FT NED club.

His executive experience includes 26 years in a variety of roles with 3i Group plc where, until 2012, he was Communications Director, a member of its Operating committee and Chairman of its Operational Risk forum.

From 1990 to 1997 he built a resource of over 600 experienced directors who were appointed to over 2,000 boards for 3i in 14 countries across Europe, Asia and North America. The programme he established became widely recognised as a model of adding value and a leader in best practice. As a member of the Higgs review in 2003 Patrick has also played a role in shaping governance policy for UK listed companies.

The author of three successful books on the subject, He has helped to establish many successful courses on board skills over the last twenty years including for the BVCA, EVCA, FT and ICAEW and helped Chairman across a wide range of sectors to transform the effectiveness of their boards. These have included start-ups; buy out businesses, long established family companies as well as major public organisations. Today he provides this service through Boardelta.

Patrick has a passion for education and was a member of the General Council of the University of Warwick from 2006 to 2015. He is a Visiting Professor at Cranfield School of Management, an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School and a member of Business in the Community’s education leadership group.

He also has extensive experience of developing social enterprises using venture philanthropy techniques, most notably with Leap where he was Chairman, from 2006 to 2015, and with Warwick in Africa which he founded in 2006. Warwick in Africa has now benefitted over 250,000 young Africans with transformed Maths and English teaching. 

Peter Ayliffe CCMI CMgr

Peter AyliffePeter Ayliffe was appointed by the Board as President Elect of the Institute in September 2010.

He assumed the Presidency in October 2012 for a two year term. He is currently the Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Monitise Group - a technology and services company delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce networks worldwide to more than 350 financial institutions, and has more than 24 million users worldwide.

He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Europe from March 2006 to September 2013, responsible for Visa’s European business in 37 countries, accounting for some 30% of the worldwide expenditure on Visa cards. Prior to Visa Europe, Peter spent over 30 years in retail banking. He was a main Board Director at Lloyds TSB. During this time he was a Director on the Visa Europe Board and a Director on the Visa International Board. He has been on the Board of Investors in People (UK). He holds a degree in Economics from Manchester University.



Ian MacEachern A graduate of Aberystwyth University, where he studied pure mathematics, Ian initially worked with Scottish Widows Fund & Life Assurance Society in Edinburgh, as an apprentice actuary. He then qualified as a teacher and taught mathematics at Dingwall Academy in the Highlands, prior to being awarded a commission in the Royal Air Force in 1978.

His career in the RAF embraced a broad spectrum of staff and management roles, many at director-level, including corporate services, strategic business planning, recruitment and marketing. Additionally, he led a number of major transformational change programmes such as the introduction of resource accounting and budgeting across the RAF’s personnel and training organisation; the contractorization of support services at the interim site of the Joint Services Command and Staff College; and, the introduction of e-recruitment services across the RAF’s Careers Information Service.

Whilst at the Ministry of Defence, he delivered a strategic enterprise-wide risk management framework, based on the Balanced Scorecard, and played a major role in the Treasury-led government-wide Risk Management Improvement Programme and contributed to the development of central government corporate governance policy. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List of 1994.

After retiring from the RAF in 2007, Ian took up appointment as Head of Business Planning at HM Land Registry with responsibility for strategic business planning and performance management. During his tenure there, he worked closely with board members to shape Land Registry’s strategic direction and transform it to a smaller, leaner and more sustainable business.

Ian is currently a member of the Council and a Trustee of Aberystwyth University; a board member and Trustee of the Chartered Management Institute and a member of the Advisory Board to the Awards Recognition Bureau.