The Bristol Distinguished Address: More people in fewer cars; Fred Jones

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Date: 22 March 2017
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

More people in fewer cars: how Uber's riders and drivers can make cities better

Uber didn't start out with grand ambitions, but as the company grew in popularity so did it's impact. Today, more than 5 million trips are booked through the Uber app every day across more than 450 cities around the world. In the UK, millions of people use the app in more than 25 towns and cities from Edinburgh to Portsmouth. In this lecture, Fred will talk about how Uber's looking to use it's popularity to impact congestion, pollution and parking, as well as improve access to transport by making private cars a thing of the past.

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Leading Edge Thinking Workshop 17:00-18:00

Exploring Collaboratory in Leadership Learning

Gareth Edwards, Associate Professor of Leadership Development, Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol

This workshop will explore experiences of 'collaboratory' and how this may be beneficial to the practice of leadership development. A collaboratory is a mechanism for bringing multi-stakeholders together to solve social and scientific problems and The Bristol Leadership and Change Centre are currently involved in a collaboratory which explores leadership development evaluation. We will therefore introduce the workshop with some reflections from our research into this area and then invite participants to experience a collaborative session on the subject of leadership learning and development.

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

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Fred Jones is the Head of Uber's cities across the UK and Ireland. He manages operations in more than 25 major towns and cities across the UK, where Uber connects users to a safe and convenient way to get from A to B. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring that the Uber app works to deliver a great choice for riders and licensed drivers who use the app as well as the cities we operate in. This includes the launch of new cities and towns, expansion into underserved areas of a city and the management of Uber's mobility products and electric vehicle programmes.

Prior to joining Uber, Fred was the lead for Accenture's Corporate Strategy and Value Analysis team in the UK supporting sales and strategic insights for priority clients. Fred holds a degree in Business Administration from Bath University and holds a Board Advisor role in an early stage firm, JBM.

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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Cost: Free
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