Ann Francke OBE | CEO, Chartered Management Institute

Ann FranckeAnn Francke is Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute the UK’s leading professional body for management and leadership with a global member community of over 160k. She started her career at Procter & Gamble and has held senior executive positions at Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI. In 2020, Ann was awarded an OBE for services to workplace equality.

Ann is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and speaks frequently in the media and conferences on this and other management topics. Her book on gender balance – Create a Gender-balanced Workplace, published in September 2019. Ann also authored the ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. She was awarded the MemCom award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body in 2016.

Ann has five Honorary Doctorates for her work in management and leadership and is an advisory board member for the Work Foundation & Nottingham Business School, sits on the Advisory Council of the Chancellors Help to Grow: Management initiative, is an Engineering Council Board member, chairing their diversity & inclusion working group and chairs the WACL working group on workplace equality. She has also previously served on commercial boards – Grant Thornton and Tongal.

Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Read about Ann in our Inspirational Woman interview here.

Twitter: @cmi_ceo


Trailblazer 50 2021 featuredWhy we believe Ann is a trailblazer

For her passion to support leaders and managers throughout the pandemic and for driving support for equal pay and ethnicity pay gap reporting.