Ann Francke
As CEO at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Ann leads the team in promoting best practices in management and leadership, and improving management standards across the UK. Through her extensive experience and expertise, Ann can comment on the implementation of forward-thinking and innovative management strategies for UK business.

Prior to joining CMI, Ann was the Global Managing Director at the BSI Group, the global standards, certification and assessment provider, leading training and certification businesses to create a more customer-facing organisation.

With a proven track record at companies including Boots, Yell and Procter & Gamble, Ann is an expert on management strategies that foster positive working environments, profitability and long-term growth.

Ann lives in West London with her husband, her daughter attends university. A UK/US citizen, Ann also speaks German and Russian.

Entries by Ann Francke

The Gender Pay Gap Is Still Alive and Kicking But for How Much Longer?

(4) Comments | Posted 26 August 2015 | (12:38)

Women work unpaid for nearly two hours every day or 57 days a year, according to our research at the Chartered Management Institute. This deficit reflects the 22% gap between the average pay of men and women managers. Of course, this is unacceptable 45 years after the introduction of the...

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Why We Need a Culture Club

(0) Comments | Posted 26 January 2015 | (13:30)

A chilly Friday morning in January it was, but there was one very warm spot in the Unilever basement of Blackfriars. Gathered there were a diverse but able group of luminaries from FTSE companies, government, investors, and other professional bodies - and they were all on about the same thing....

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Fixing Pay Means Fixing Culture

(0) Comments | Posted 19 August 2014 | (12:31)

Today sees the publication of data from the CMI (Chartered Management Institute) and salary experts XpertHR that shows the gender pay gap is hitting professional women aged 40-plus hardest. This group is hitting a 'mid-life pay crisis' as they earn 35% less than men in comparable, full time roles. This...

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Building Better Bridges Between Employers and Business Schools

(1) Comments | Posted 9 July 2014 | (18:01)

A new paper from the UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills) last week shone a light on the difficulties young people in the UK are facing trying to get a foot on the employment ladder. In particular, the research highlighted that young people in the UK need more help...

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Is the 'Fat Cat' Bonus Culture Nearing Extinction?

(0) Comments | Posted 30 May 2014 | (09:54)

Bonus scandals have dominated news headlines over the last couple of weeks. From Ocado handing out millions of pounds worth of share options to directors just days after a shareholder rebellion over outsized boardroom rewards to RBS remunerating its bankers despite plunging losses, AGMs have proven to be battle grounds...

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Management Needs a Makeover for 2014

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2014 | (17:37)

So, it's really here. What started off as the tentative whispers of economists six months ago has grown into daily reminders from the media - 'the recovery' has arrived. It's early days, it's fragile, but we're optimistic.

After years busting a gut just to survive, we're now in...

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Women Are Losing the Bonus Battle, but If You Can't Beat 'Em - Change 'Em

(0) Comments | Posted 21 August 2013 | (22:30)

It's 2013 and women make up 47% of workforce; 33% of managers but only 13% of FTSE250 board members.

How much has changed for women in leadership over the past decade? Let's take a look:

The number of women in management has increased, from 24% in 2001 to...

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Ten Tips to Manage Your Mind and Unleash Your Inner Gazelle

(1) Comments | Posted 1 August 2013 | (15:53)

What do Arianna Huffington and Mark Twain have in common besides great hair and a sense of humour?

They both said that most of the worst things in their lives never happened.

So let's stop worrying and start managing our minds. That was the main message at this...

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What Can Managers Learn From the Mid Staffordshire Hospital Scandal?

(3) Comments | Posted 25 February 2013 | (09:15)

The long awaited Francis Inquiry Report exposed the true scale of the catastrophic management failings at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. The scandal highlighted the lack of competent governance, poor working culture and ineffective management across the Trust and the wider NHS.

The report makes it clear that too...

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Balanced Boardrooms Boost Bottom Lines

(0) Comments | Posted 20 November 2012 | (13:26)

Last week saw welcome news for business from the EU Commission, which has dropped its plans to impose compulsory quotas for the number of women making it into company board rooms. It's been a contentious issue over the last few weeks and months.

Yes, the under-representation of...

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Are We Entering a New Era of Integrity?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 November 2012 | (08:56)

Management has a reputation issue in the UK. Many workers in organisations across the economy mistrust their managers, lacking confidence in their ability to do their jobs well. The public are suspicious too, laying the blame at managers' doors for the scandals and crises that have erupted at the heart...

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