The Annual Bolland Lecture 2017: Sacha Romanovitch; CEO, Grant Thornton

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Date: 11 October 2017
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

Shaping a vibrant economy where no one is left behind – how we create a new normal.

Sacha Romanovitch, CEO of Grant Thornton will deliver the University's prestigious Annual Bolland Lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series "Shaping a vibrant economy where no one is left behind - how we create a new normal."

What are the challenges and opportunities facing the world? How does our leadership need to change to be fit for the future? How can we each play our part?

Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures.


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


To register please click here.


Sacha became the first female to be elected as CEO of a major accountancy firm and took up the role in July 2015. Her leadership is based on establishing a common purpose and liberating people to achieve that, with a focus on creating sustainable value for clients, people and broader society.

During her career she has worked with major business units to deliver superior business performance, led on ground breaking cultural change programmes and pioneered approaches to unlock talent and create value for clients.

A qualified coach and NLP practitioner, she is a regular speaker at conferences on the area of transformational leadership.

Pre-Event Workshop - 'On Board': Delivering on diversity, 17:00 - 18:00

You might also be interested in attending this interactive session taking place before the Bristol Distinguished Address:

'On Board': Delivering on diversity

The aim of the On Board initiative is to develop opportunities and support for businesses and organisations across the West of England to improve the diversity of their Governing Bodies and Boards, with a particular focus on women and men from BAME backgrounds.

The initiative is being led by Kalpna Woolf (ex BBC), Founder of 91 Ways to Build a Global City, in partnership with Bristol Business School.

This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn more about the the challenges businesses and organisations face in improving the diversity of their Boards, to share your experiences and ideas, and to hear more about the On Board initiative. This event is targeted at people who have a direct involvement at Board level. Spaces are limited and will be allocated against delegate registration criteria.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact with your name, organisation and job title.

About the Bolland Lecture

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gained University status, becoming the University of the West of England.

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 Law Society, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Strategic Communications and Engagement
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84517

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