The Bristol Distinguished Address: Richard Gleave; Deputy Chief Executive and COO, Public Health England

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Date: 15 November 2017
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Time: 18:00-21:00

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Evidence informed leadership - how does evidence influence the leadership of health organisations?

Richard Gleave, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of Public Health England will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled "Evidence informed leadership - how does evidence influence the leadership of health organisations?".

Richard will reflect on how the leadership of organisations that seek to improve and protect the public's health - national and local government, the NHS, voluntary and community organisations - should be informed by evidence and research.

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


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Richard is the Deputy Chief Executive of Public Health England, the national expert agency on the public's health. Since its creation in 2013, Public Health England has played a central role in responding to major threats to the public's health, such as Ebola and Zika, issuing key reports on the health impacts of alcohol, e-cigarettes and sugar.

Richard is also a Senior Tutor in management at Oxford University where he is studying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Evidence Based Health Care. During 2017 Richard has been part of the City Office in Bristol City Council. Richard has worked in the NHS in the Bristol area, as Chief Executive of the Royal United Hospital at Bath and a Director at the Strategic Health Authority. He was the NHS Director of Performance between 2002 and 2007 from which he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship at Kaiser Permanente and University of California Berkeley.

Leading Edge Thinking Workshop: Evaluating leadership and change in complex systems

Wednesday 15 November, 17:00 - 18:00

This workshop will explore the challenges and opportunities of evaluative research in complex, contested and ambiguous environments. Drawing on insights from projects at Bristol Leadership and Change Centre (BLCC), Professor Richard Bolden and Dr Fiona Spotswood will consider the implications of emerging perspectives on leadership and social change for how we assess value and impact. By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of current trends in leadership and behaviour change

  • Learn about evaluation and research projects at BLCC

  • Engage in discussion around notions of value and impact in leadership, organisation and community development interventions

  • Consider the systemic nature of leadership and change and the role of evaluation as an intervention in its own right.

This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in leadership development and social change, including practitioners, consultants, students and researchers.

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

Pre-Event Workshop - How UWE Bristol are taking a whole university approach to mental health & wellbeing

Wednesday 15 November, 17:00 - 18:00

The Healthy University Group will be running a workshop to discuss how UWE Bristol are developing a whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing, and how this strategy will translate into real change. Delegates are invited to discuss, provide feedback, and share ideas! For further information about the University's health and wellbeing activity, please visit here.

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

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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