Professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE Elected as New Vice-Dean of BAM Fellows College

 BAM is pleased to announce that Professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE (Cranfield University) has been elected to serve as Vice Dean on the Dean's Group of the BAM Fellows' College from January 2019.

The Vice Dean joins the Dean’s Group (Past Dean, Dean, Deputy Dean) and will progress annually to become Deputy Dean, Dean and then Past Dean. Thus, the term of office is four years in order to provide continuity. These officers preside over the College's academic, strategic and electoral affairs.

From 1st January 2019, the officers of the Dean’s Group will comprise:

  • Dean - Professor Peter McKiernan (University of Strathclyde)
  • Deputy Dean - Professor Howard Thomas, (Singapore Management University)
  • Vice Dean - Professor Susan Vinnicombe (Cranfield University)
  • Past Dean – Professor Gerard Hodgkinson (University of Manchester)
  • BAM President – Professor Nic Beech (University of Dundee)

The role of the Dean’s Group is to:

  • Promote a dynamic Fellowship agenda;
  • Facilitate dialogue in areas of key interest to the profession;
  • Arrange social and intellectual gatherings of the Fellows;
  • Nominate BAM members for external awards and honours; and
  • Recommend appointments of new Fellows to the College.

About 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 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. She is on the board of IWF UK and chairs their Membership Committee.

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, 2017 and 2018. The British Academy of Management presented Susan with the Richard Whipp Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and was given the Academy of Management 2018 Scholarly Contributions to Educational Practice, Advancing Women In Leadership Award.

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.