Professor Veronica Hope Hailey: University Vice President and Dean of the School of Management, University of Bath
Professor Hope Hailey is a University Vice President and the Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath and holds a Chair in Management Studies. She is currently a member of the Steering Group for the UK Government’s Task Force on Employee Engagement and was named among the “UK’s Top 10 Most Influential HR Thinkers” in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Her previous appointments include Associate Dean and Professor of HRM at Cass Business School, Professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management, Professor of Strategy at Bath between 2004 & 2006, and also a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge.
Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. She has worked for over 25 years on issues to do with strategic change in organisations and has co-authored one of the bestselling text books on the topic, Exploring Strategic Change, for which the fourth edition is forthcoming.
A consistent theme of the collaborations is exploration of the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her most recent work has focused on horizontal trust across complex systems, specifically working with the NHS. Before that, she studied the Repair of Trust following the financial crisis, culminating in a series of reports for the CIPD, “Where has all the trust gone?”, “Cultivating Trustworthy Leaders” and “Experiencing Trustworthy Leadership”. In 2015 she published two CIPD reports on “Landing Transformational Change”. This research was undertaken within 14 organisations, including the John Lewis Partnership, GKN, Norton Rose, HMRC and a banking group. Veronica has also researched internationally comparing Employee Engagement and Performance Management in the UK, India and China and The Netherlands, a project funded by Society for HRM in the USA.
She also works on productivity issues in SMEs through the National academy established by the Ministry BEIS.