Petra Wilton, CMI


Petra Wilton leads the CMI’s thought leadership agenda and is responsible for building its strategic partnerships in the public policy arena. She focuses on sharing practical insights that can make a real difference to managers and leaders.  Working with the CMI for over 15 years, she has great in-depth knowledge of the trends and issues affecting managers and the CMI’s 110,000 members.  She has co-authored many reports and shares managers’ views with those in government, business, education and the media.

Petra led the CMI’s recent partnership with the Chartered Association of Business Schools to deliver the ‘21st Century Leaders’ and ‘Grow your Small Business’ reports, highlighting routes to greater employability and business growth.  She has also been leading work with business schools and the employer steering group on the development of the new Trailblazer Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship, which was launched in November 2015.

She is a passionate champion of increasing leadership potential – working with schools, universities and other learning providers.  She set up the Campus CMI initiative to inspire and create confidence in young people through developing their early management and leadership skills. She has a longstanding commitment to improving diversity and is a spokesperson on the gender pay gap.

She manages the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management and was responsible for its Parliamentary Commission’s influential report ‘Management 2020’.  She also represents the CMI on various external groups, including ‘Valuing your Talent’, is a director of Access to the Professions, a Fellow of the RSA, and has been a school governor.

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