Call for applications to be on the Small Business Charter Management Board

We are inviting applications from leaders of small business community/entrepreneurs to join the Small Business Charter Management Board.

The SBC (Small Business Charter) is a part of the Chartered Association of Business Schools and encourages business schools to work with and support SMEs and start-ups, including student start-ups. The award is earned by schools which have been assessed as being able to evidence their impact in the support they give. There is a rigorous assessment process which involves observation and analysis by members of small business representatives.

This is an exciting time for the SBC as we work with governments to drive up productivity and deliver the industrial strategy in the regions of the UK.

The SBC is governed by a Management Board which consists of entrepreneurs and small business leaders as well as business school academics and includes representatives for the Westminster and Welsh parliaments. The Management Board is chaired by Michelle Ovens MBE and the Lord Young of Graffham is the patron. The membership of the Management Board can be viewed here.

The Management Board meets four times a year to discuss strategy and to scrutinize the work of the SBC and those schools applying for the award. Meetings are held in London. Membership of the Board is for three years and as part of the rolling replacement of members we are now looking for an entrepreneur/small business representative to join the Board.

To be eligible to apply you will

  • Be a senior leader or on the board of an SME; you don’t need to be the founder or CEO, but you must have executive or non-executive responsibility
  • Believe in the benefits that will come from galvanising business schools in working with
  • Be prepared to travel (at your own expense) to London for quarterly board meetings. This is the minimum requirement, although you will also have the opportunity to contribute to working groups within the Management
  • Be willing to attend flagship events such as the summer reception


For further information please refer to our web site: and also to the web site of the Chartered ABS: If you would like an informal discussion before applying, please contact Anne Kiem.


To apply please send your CV and a covering letter by 5 pm on 30th April 2019 to:


Anne Kiem
Chief Executive, Chartered Association of Business School and Executive Director, Small Business Charter
T: 0207 236 7678