Ruth Sealy

Professor Ruth Sealy (centre) with Professor Susan Vinnicombe, Chair of BAM Fellows (left) and Professor Katy Mason, President of BAM (right)

A leading University of Exeter Business School academic has been conferred as a Fellow of the British Academy of Management.

Ruth Sealy, a Professor of Responsible Leadership and Director of Impact, received the fellowship at a ceremony at the British Academy of Management Conference, held at the University of Sussex Business School.

The British Academy of Management is the UK’s leading authority on the academic field of management and works with its members and partners to develop global management practices.

To be nominated as a fellow, candidates must demonstrate a “a substantial and original contribution to the intellectual pursuit of the field of management”, evidenced by high-quality publications, practice-based research and outstanding thought leadership, among other criteria.

Professor Sealy is an expert on leadership diversity and the representation of women on corporate boards, having worked closely with government departments, listed companies and the NHS to advise on strategies to increase boardroom diversity.

She led the NHS’ 50:50 by 2020 Women on Boards research, benchmarking and setting out recommendations for boardroom gender diversity for the NHS’s 1.5 million employees, and the subsequent follow-up report in 2020 provided recommendations for NHS leaders on how to diversify trust boards.

Professor Sealy is currently working on a large, funded project for the Solicitors Regulatory Authority looking at the ethnic minority awarding gap in solicitor professional qualifications in the UK.

Professor Sealy said: “I am honoured to be joining the Fellowship of the British Academy of Management, which plays such an invaluable role in management education and developing responsible leadership practices. I look forward to supporting the BAM community and playing my part in its work and future success.”