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Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award Winners Announced at the BAM2017 Conference

12th September 2017

(Picture from left to right: Ruth Simpson, Anne Whipp and Susan Vinnicombe)

The British Academy of Management is pleased to announce that Professor Susan Vinnicombe and Professor Ruth Simpson have each been presented with the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award at the 31st British Academy of Management conference at the University of Warwick.

Professor Susan Vinnicombe

Susan's research interests focus on the lack of women in leadership, specifically on corporate boards; women's leadership styles and the issues involved in women developing their executive careers. Susan was Founder Director of the Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders from 1999 to 2016 and the Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women's Leadership at Simmons College, Boston, USA from 2013-2016. She and her co-authors produce the annual Female FTSE Board Report, which she launched in 1999 and is regarded as the premier research resource on women directors in the UK and is renowned globally.

Susan has written ten books and over one hundred articles, reports and conference papers. Her latest book “Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers” (Eds. S Vinnicombe, R.J. Burke, S. Blake-Beard and L.L. Moore) was published by Edward Elgar in 2013.

Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the USA, Ireland, India, the UAE, Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand, on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives. Susan is regularly interviewed by the press, on the radio and on television for her expert views on women directors and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences.

Susan is the Founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and is a judge for the Sunday Times best NEDs of the year awards. She is Vice Patron of the charity, Working Families. Susan was a member of the Davies Steering Committee from 2010 – 2015, is a member of the Advisory Board of Sir Philip Hampton/Dame Helen Alexander’s Review on the lack of women in the executive pipeline and that of Sir John Parker’s Review of the lack of ethnicity on FTSE 100 boards.

Susan was elected to Fellow of the British Academy of Management in 2013. She has been honoured by The International Alliance of Women (TIAW) in 2013 when she was awarded the TIAW World of Difference 100 Award 2013, which recognizes those who have made a significant contribution to the economic empowerment of women. In 2016 she was made a Companion of the Chartered Institute of Management and honoured by the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Washington as a women who has “made a difference’ in the world. Susan was also named in the HR Magazine Most Influential Thinkers, 2016.

Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and subsequently awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014.


Professor Ruth Simpson

Ruth Simpson is Professor of Management at Brunel Business School. She has made significant scholarly contributions to the areas of management education, where she has highlighted some of the gendered attributes of the MBA; to gender and careers in particular in the areas of the careers of men in non-traditional occupations such as nursing, primary school teaching, librarianship and cabin crew; and to understandings of dirty work where she has undertaken empirical research on butchers, street cleaners, refuse collectors and tattooists and where she has sought to promote an embodied understanding of how such work is encountered and experienced.

She has authored and co-authored books and edited volumes including Men in Caring Occupations; Gendering Emotions in Organizations; Revealing and Concealing Gender in Organizations, Dirty Work: Concepts and Identities; The Oxford Handbook of Gender and Organizations and a book published this year, Gender, Class and Occupation. Her work has been published in a range of international journals including Human Relations, Work Employment and Society, British Journal of Management, Organization and Gender Work and Organization. She has held several editorial roles including the Academy of Management (Learning and Education) journal, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, Gender Work and Organization, and Gender in Management: An International Journal. In 2017 she was awarded an Emeritus Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled: Placing the Experiences of Working Class Men which builds on her previous research to explore the experiences of men in manual occupations in UK coastal towns.

About the Award

The Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award is made in memory of Professor Richard Whipp, an outstanding scholar in the field of business and management and former Chair of the British Academy of Management. The purpose of the Award is to acknowledge the course of a career within the management field where the beneficiary will have done one or more of the following: enhanced a field of study, founded or effectively led a major national / international academic initiative or provided unusually effective service to a major professional institution and/or the Academy.


Posted by Lewis Johnson - 
British Academy of Management

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