Steve Acklam CMgr CCMI

Steve Acklam

Steve Acklam was born in Barnsley in Yorkshire. He completed his A Levels at Ludlow Grammar School in Shropshire and gained an Honours Degree in English from St John’s College, Cambridge, (MA Cantab). From university, he joined Procter and Gamble as a salesman and sales trainer, moving subsequently to an Area Sales Manager role for Carr’s Biscuits. Following their takeover by United Biscuits (UB) (McVitie’s and KP) Steve worked in sales, sales training, brand marketing (Marketing Manager), trade marketing, business planning (Controller), project management, and export. Between 1986 and 1991 he was Export Sales and Marketing Director with a worldwide remit and a team generating over £50m sales and £17m of profit per year. 

Offered the opportunity of paid secondment to the Community in 1998, Steve initially joined The London Enterprise Agency as Chief Operating Officer, and was then invited to set up and lead the School Governors’ One-Stop Shop. He was Chief Executive of the Charity from that time until his retirement in September 2012, leading it from a pilot initiative in the first 26 areas within the Excellence in Cities campaign, to a highly successful organisation with an England-wide remit. By 2012 SGOSS had secured placements for almost 14,000 governor volunteers.

He is a Companion of the CMI; a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and was in September 2011 awarded the coveted CMI Chartered Manager qualification which he has retained following the triennial reassessment this summer. He is a member of the CMI’S Subject Matter Expert Group and is looking to work with RSA Fellows on local educational initiatives. He has recently agreed to Chair the Board of Blue Assist UK, to act as an Adviser to the Schools Funding Network, and to be available to Schools via the Inspire the Future initiative. He has also accepted the position of Circuit Steward for the Methodist Church in Cambridgeshire, and is the East Anglia District's Education Representative.

Type: Subject Matter Experts