In an exceptional career, Professor Wensley has had a significant influence on the development of management research in the UK and on the development of partnerships with practitioners and policymakers to improve the interface between researchers and research users. As well as fulfilling a range of senior roles at Warwick University (including Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences), he was Chair of the Council of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations from 1998 until 2003 and appointed to the Council of the ESRC in 2001. Most significantly, Professor Wensley was the Director of the ESRC / EPSRC-funded Advanced Institute of Management Research (AIM) from 2004-2011. The largest ever programme of investment in management research in the UK’s history, AIM worked with academics, business, public sector and policy thinkers across more than 110 institutions in order to develop and deliver management research of world class standard.
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 reward 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 (e.g., edited a scholarly journal, managed an ESRC initiative) or provided unusually effective service to a major professional institution and/or the Academy.