Bristol Distinguished Address: Tim Parker, Chairman, Post Office

Date: 11 April 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

Aligning Interests: Lessons from the world of Private Equity

Tim Parker (@PostOffice), Chairman of the Post Office, will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled 'Aligning Interests: Lessons from the world of Private Equity.'

One of the advantages of the private equity model of ownership is that management team of an investment are offered a stake in the business. This leads a direct alignment of interest between investors and managers. The private equity model has proved extremely successful for investors and my intention is to explore it in more depth, and to look at examples of other organizations in the public and private sectors that might benefit from better alignment of interest between managers, funders and consumers.

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


Registration for this event will open on Wednesday 14 March 2018.


Tim Parker (@PostOffice) became Chairman of the National Trust on 8 November 2014. He also took on the role of Chairman of the Post Office on 1 October 2015. He is also Chairman of Samsonite.

Tim has enjoyed a long business as CEO of several well-known companies. After a spell in the Treasury as an economist, he studied at the London Business School, and soon after was appointed as general manager of a subsidiary of Thorn EMI based in Chicago.

In 1989 he led the management buy-out of Kenwood, the kitchen appliances company. Subsequently he has been CEO of Clarks, the shoe company, Kwik-Fit, the AA, and until recently, Samsonite, where he remains Chairman.

Tim has been Chairman of Channel Nine TV in Australia and the Autobar Group, Europe's largest vending company.

He has also served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Legal and General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group. He is also a director and owner of the British Pathe film archive.

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
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