Management Board

The Small Business Charter is governed by a Management Board comprised of academics from SBC award holding schools and entrepreneurs. Collectively, the Board governs the strategy and operations of the Small Business Charter. The role of the SBC Management Board is outlined in the Chartered Association of Business Schools’ Royal Charter.


The Lord Young of Graffham
The Rt Hon the Lord Young of Graffham CH graduated from UCL before becoming a solicitor and spent a number of years establishing successful businesses.  He served in the Cabinet from 1984 to 1989, was Executive Chairman of Cable and Wireless plc from 1990 to 1995, and thereafter Chairman of Young Associates Ltd.

Lord Young was an adviser to the Prime Minister on enterprise and the author of three reports on small business and enterprise: Make Business Your Business (May 2012), Growing Your Business (May 2013) and Enterprise for All (June 2013). 

Growing Your Business led to the creation of the Small Business Charter. Lord Young was appointed Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour (CH) in the 2015 New Year Honours.


Michelle Ovens MBE
Michelle is a Director of small businesses and campaigns, working across sectors including government, big business and media.

As Director of peak b Ltd, she oversees a number of high profile national campaigns, delivered both online and in communities across the UK. This includes The Small Awards ("The Smalls") to celebrate the smallest and greatest of businesses, and f:entrepreneur to shine a light on female entrepreneurs.

She is Director for Small Business Saturday in the UK, a campaign to support, inspire and promote small businesses, on the day and beyond. She is responsible for delivering and growing the campaign across the UK and has been since its launch in 2013. She works closely with central government, local government, small business groups, big businesses, small businesses and all forms of media.

Michelle is also Director of Do It Digital, a campaign launched in 2015 to encourage and support the UK's 5 million small businesses to better engage with digital. In 2017, the Do It Digital campaign is helped 1 million small businesses with their digital skills.

Michelle advises government and the private sector on small business policy and engagement.

Prior to running national small business campaigns, Michelle ran a small business strategy consultancy for ten years, after completing her MBA at London Business School. Michelle was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2015 for Services to Enterprise.


Saleem Arif, Chief Executive and Founder, Reviewsolicitors
Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, and Chair, Chartered Association of Business Schools (Ex-officio)
Joe Hall, Managing Director, Hall Foods Group
Poonam Hayer, Assistant Director, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Co-opted)
Martin Hedley, Co-Founder and CEO,
Anne Kiem, Executive Director of Small Business Charter, Chief Executive of Chartered Association of Business Schools (Ex-officio)
Professor Angus Laing, Dean, Lancaster University Management School (Co-opted)
Ruth Lowbridge MBE, Executive Chair, SFEDI Group
Siân Rees, Associate Dean (Enterprise), Cardiff School of Management
Professor Eleanor Shaw, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Strathclyde Business School/HCE
Henning von Spreckelsen, Managing Director, Shere Investment
Dr Matthew Sutherland, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University
Caroline Thompson, CEO, Be the Spark (Co-opted)
Gareth Trainer, Chair, Enterprise Educators UK (Co-opted)
Dr Emily Beaumont, Vice-Chair, Enterprise Educators UK (Co-opted)
Professor Tim Vorley, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Sheffield University Management School (Co-opted)
Dr Tom Williamson, Head of School (Economics, Finance & Accounting), Coventry Business School, Coventry Business School
Professor Alistair Anderson, Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Lancaster University