Professor Veronica Hope Hailey 

BA, MSc, PhD


Professor Veronica Hope Hailey read History with Politics as an undergraduate at the University of York. She began training as a Chartered Surveyor, but soon realised she was much more drawn to the people, businesses and strategy behind a sale rather than the physical structures. A move to the marketing and fundraising department of an international NGO followed, with a rapid rise to a management role.

With the beginning of family life, which would eventually see her raise five daughters, Veronica opted to go back into academia. She studied for an MSc in Management at Aston University Business School followed by a PhD at Manchester University researching Organisational Change in the Life Insurance industry. She then began work as a management consultant, which continued to expand alongside her academic career in the 1990s and 2000s.

She started her first teaching job in 1990 at Cranfield School of Management, lecturing to MBA and PhD students. In 1993 she moved to the University of Cambridge in the newly created Judge Institute for Management Studies and became a Visiting Fellow at the London Business School. She went back to Cranfield and was made full Professor/Chair in 2002. She moved to the University of Bath in 2004 as a Chair in Strategy. This was followed by six years at Cass Business School in London including a promotion to Associate Dean. She returned to Bath in 2012, becoming Dean in 2013. She was promoted to University Vice President in 2017.

Throughout her research career Veronica has specialised in creating long-term funding partnerships with both large corporate entities as well as governmental and non governmental organisations. She sits on several boards and is involved in a number of government initiatives connected with people and productivity. 

Veronica was a trustee for Action Aid for six years and is currently a trustee for Help for Heroes where she chairs its Nominations Committee. She also contributes voluntarily at both a diocesan and parish level within the Church of England. Veronica continues to gain personal and professional inspiration from her five now grown-up daughters.

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