Bristol Distinguished Address: Kevin Ellis, Chair and Senior Partner, PwC UK

Date: 17 October 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

The role of business in a disrupted world. Why business needs to work harder to show its positive contribution to society

Kevin Ellis, Chair and Senior Partner of PwC UK, will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled 'The role of business in a disrupted world. Why business needs to work harder to show its positive contribution to society'.

In today's society, business is often considered to be contributing to the problems facing the world, rather than being seen as part of the solutions. Despite often contributing to positive change in society through goods produced, services provided, skills training, job creation and economic wealth - the positive impact that business make is not always recognised. How can business work harder such that its positive contributions are more readily understood across society.

In a world where solutions need to be found to environmental and social issues and where technological disruption is reshaping our relationship with work what more can be done to ensure that businesses contribution is seen as a force for good.

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


Registration will open on the 19 September 2018.


Kevin took over as Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC's UK and Middle East alliance in July 2016. Kevin joined the Board in 2008 to lead the Advisory businesses, having previously spent the majority of his career in Business Restructuring, specialising in providing turnaround and crisis management support to businesses in the public and private sectors for over 25 years.

Kevin joined the firm in 1984 on the graduate training programme and qualified as a chartered accountant (ICAEW), he became a Partner in 1996.

Kevin is married with four children. His interests include family, skiing and football. He is a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur FC fan.

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 Media, Business Leader, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CIPFA, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Continual Professional Development

We are pleased to announce that we are now a CPD member and are currently applying for this lecture series to be certified for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes by the CPD Certification Service.


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
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