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Join the Change Management Forum - where theory and practice meet

The School of Management's Change Management Forum brings industry professionals and academics together to share knowledge and discuss business issues.

Change management and leadership are key issues facing organisations today. They are also areas of increasing academic interest.

The Change Management Forum provides events where thinking practitioners and applied academics come together to exchange ideas.

The Director of the Change Management Forum is Professor Ian Colville.

How it works

The Forum meets three or four evenings a year at the University of Bath, either in Bath or London.

All events are under the Chatham House Rule and what’s said is not reported. This ensures a full and honest exchange of views. We record sessions for teaching purposes only.

Previous speakers have included:

  • Justin Webb - Radio 4 ‘Today’ presenter and journalist
  • Dr Mike Lynch - OBE FRS FREng
  • Sue Porto - CEO, St John's Hospital
  • Kier Pritchard - Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police

Next CMF event - Thursday 12 December

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey: Finding resilience from personal as well as professional experiences - tales from a female Dean

Veronica Hope Hailey standing outside with her arms folded

Thursday 12 December
The Edge, Management Suite, First Floor
Tea and coffee will be available from 18:00. Meeting starts 18:30.
Following the meeting there will be a networking reception including mince pies and mulled wine

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Vice-President (Strategic External Engagement), Professor of Management Studies, University of Bath.

'Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who ... have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.'
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow

Giving a very intimate account of the interplay between her personal and professional timelines, Veronica reflects upon six years as a female Dean in the School of Management.

During her tenure the School grew and the University experienced significant change. Veronica will share the lessons she learnt as a woman leader drawing upon her long and varied personal, professional and academic journey.


Veronica is a respected leader with senior management experience in higher education. She also has significant experience and knowledge of leading and implementing change across a range of organisations in the private, public and non-profit sector. In her different roles as manager, consultant, board member and trustee she has developed practical skills in governance, strategy development, and organisational design. She has worked internationally and has insight into the challenges faced by organisations working globally.

As a mother of five daughters Veronica has particular interest in developing opportunities for girls and women around the world. She is acutely aware of the challenges they face and how organisations of all kinds need to develop cultures and policies that support women in work.

Become a member

Membership is free and open to those with a genuine interest in managing and leading change