Petra Wilton leads on CMI’s thought leadership agenda and on building strategic partnerships in the public policy arena. She is responsible for promoting the needs of practising managers through engaging with and accessing the views of CMI's 120,000-plus members. Through a bespoke research agenda, these views are shared with those in Government, business, education and the media.
Petra led CMI’s partnership with the Chartered Association of Business Schools to deliver the ‘21st Century Leaders’ report, and is now also working with the business schools and an employer group on the development of a new Trailblazer Chartered Management Apprenticeship Degree.
She also manages the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Management and was responsible for its Commission’s report ‘Management 2020’. She also represents CMI on various external groups, including Valuing your Talent and Access to the Professions.
Before joining CMI, Petra was a director of a public affairs consultancy. She has an MA (Hons) in History from Cambridge University and is a Fellow of the RSA.
Petra Wilton, Director of Strategy and External Affairs, CMI, addressing the Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar: The future for higher and degree apprenticeships - expansion, integration and standards
In the last fortnight, more than a million GCSE and A-level students have collected their exam results and many will now be moving onto the next stage of education. Of course, the well-established further and higher education routes will dominate the choices made. Yet, too few young people and their parents are aware of exciting new options, such as higher degree apprenticeships. As the skills gap grows, and the prospect of massive graduate debt is deterring more people from pursuing higher education, we need to fix this lack of awareness.