Seven New Companions Announced at the BAM2018 Conference

Companions of BAM include:

  • Leaders in the private, public, and third sector who have had a significant impact on management practices and thinking in their own organizations and/or beyond;
  • Leaders of professional institutions and bodies, trade and business associations, and trades unions who have influenced management thinking and the conduct and activity of management in the UK and beyond;
  • People who have played a significant institutional role in the leadership and development of scholarly associations advancing management knowledge – in related fields, in sibling management academies and equivalent beyond the UK, and within BAM itself;
  • Thought leaders on management outside academia, including journalists, politicians and other public intellectuals.

Companionship Awards 2018


Lee di Milia 

Prof Lee Di Milia is an Organisational Psychologist and since 2013 is the Dean of the School of Business and Law at Central Queensland University (Australia).

He convened the 20th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) conference in 2006. He has served on the ANZAM board in a number of roles and is the current President.

His research is predominantly on shift work, driver sleepiness, organisational learning, work-life balance and leadership. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Organisational Behaviour and reviews for several other journals.

Karan Bilimoria 


Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer and the Senior Independent Director of the Booker Group PLC. In 2006, he was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords, and in 2014 he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham - the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain. In 2015 he became President of UKCISA and earlier this year he was appointed Chair of the Advisory Board at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Lord Michael Bichard

Michael Bichard worked at senior levels in local government and was Chief Executive at Brent Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council. He then moved to central government working as Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency and then as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment. Since his retirement from the civil service in 2001, he has held a variety of positions including Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, chair of the Legal Services Commission, founder Director of the Institute for Government, chair of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, chair of the Design Council, and has recently retired as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He also chaired an enquiry into the Soham murders in 2004. Michael is currently chair of Bristol Business School Advisory Board, nonexecutive chair of the National Audit Office, non-executive director at The Key (an education support company), and a Trustee of the River & Rowing Museum. He received a knighthood in 1999 and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010. He was for five years Deputy Speaker of the House. Michael’s first term of three years as Chair of the NAO ended on 9 January 2018. He has been reappointed as Chair for a final three-year term of office.


Jonathan Dimbleby


Jonathan Dimbleby is a writer, broadcaster and film-maker. He has presented Any Questions? for BBC Radio 4 since 1987. He presented ITV’s flagship weekly political programme, Jonathan Dimbleby, from 1995 to 2006 and anchored the network’s coverage of the 1997, 2001 and 2005 General Elections.

His latest book The Battle of the Atlantic was published in October 2015. Prior to that Destiny in the Desert: The Road to El Alamein was published in October 2012 followed by the documentary Churchill’s Desert War–The Road to El Alamein for BBC2. In 2008 his book Russia–A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People was published to accompany the series Russia–A Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby for BBC2. Other books include Richard Dimbleby; The Palestinians; Charles: The Private Man, The Public Face; and The Last Governor. In 2010 An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby was broadcast on BBC2 followed by A South American Journey in 2011. In 2015 his two part documentary The BBC at War was shown on BBC2.

He is currently working on a number of other projects including a book about Operation Barbarrossa, the German invasion of Russia in World War Two. He is Chair of Dimbleby Cancer Care

Michael Eavis


Michael Eavis is an English dairy farmer and is best known as the creator of Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, which takes place on his farm in Pilton, Somerset. It all began in the late sixties; after a casual visit to the Bath Blues festival with his girlfriend Jean, Michael decided to have a go himself in 1970. The Festival did not make a profit for several years, but when it did, Michael began to look for good causes to support both locally and internationally. Nowadays, the Festival aims to raise £2 million pounds each Festival year in aid of Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid, as well as hundreds of local causes. Within the local area, social housing is Michael’s top priority.

John Manzoni

John Manzoni is the Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office.

As Chief Executive of the Civil Service, John leads the reform programme, working with permanent secretaries across government to transform our public services and the way government works. John’s work ensures we’ve got the best people with the right skills throughout the civil service, to make better use of government property and shared services, reforming how we work and where we work, and utilising the latest digital technologies to put citizens’ needs at the very centre of everything government does, to deliver a better deal for the taxpayer.

As Permanent Secretary, John is responsible for the leadership and governance of the Cabinet Office. The Permanent Secretary is also the Cabinet Office’s Accounting Officer, responsible for the financial propriety of the department.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. Prior to Talisman, he was at BP, where he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries, and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.


Vicky Pryce

Vicky Pryce is Chief Economic Adviser and a board member at the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR). She was previously Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting, Director General for Economics at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Joint Head of the UK Government Economic Service. Before that she was Partner at the accounting and consulting firm KPMG after senior economic positions in banking and the oil sector. She holds a number of academic posts and is a Fellow of the UK Academy for Social Sciences and of the Society of Professional Economists. She sits on the Council of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, on the Advisory Board of the central banking think-tank OMFIF and on the Economic Advisory Group of the British Chambers of Commerce. Her books include: Greekonomics: The Euro crisis and Why Politicians Don’t Get It; It’s the Economy, Stupid- Economics for Voters, with Ross and Urwin; Redesigning Manufacturing, with Nielsen and Beverland; and Why Women Need Quotas, with Stefan Stern. She is also co-founder of GoodCorporation, a company set up to promote Corporate Social Responsibility.

Companionship Awards 2017

BAM is delighted to announce that seven individuals have been announced asBAM Companions at the 31st BAM Annual Conference at the University of Warwick. The Companions are listed as follows:

  • Andy Rubin
  • Eliat Aram
  • Howard Kerr
  • Chris Daly
  • Jacky Holloway
  • Sir Martin Sorrell
  • Kate Kearins