The Bristol Distinguished Address: Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy; Michael Ward

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Date: 16 November 2016
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Venue Location: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/about/visitus/howtofindus.aspx
Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking: 19:30

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Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy and the barriers faced by developing companies

Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled: "Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy and the barriers faced by developing companies.

Programme

  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking

Biography

Michael began his career in chartered accountancy, training originally with Ernst and Young in 1980, before taking his first Group Finance Director position at Bassett Foods PLC in 1986 gaining an MBA during this time.

In 1989 he transferred his skills to the drinks industry when he was appointed Group Finance Director of H.P. Bulmer Holdings PLC.

Retail beckoned, and in 1994 Michael took up the post of Managing Director of Lloyds Chemists PLC, later cementing a talent for the sector with retail roles at Celsio AG and Apax Partnership.

It was in 2005 that the opportunity came to take up his current role of Managing Director at Harrods Ltd. Michael has embarked on a programme of significant business development, growing Harrods into the unrivalled successful retail model it is today, while overseeing a smooth transition to new owners in Qatar Holding. More recently this has involved further investment including Super Brands and Shoe Heaven.

Michael is a director of Walpole and President of the European Cultural and Creative Alliance.

Michael was born in 1956 in Kingston upon Hull. He is married with three children, and away from the shop floor is an expert cook, while indulging a passion for collecting art and art deco glass.

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About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

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