UWE Bristol Business School welcomes CBI President

Issue date: 15 April 2010

Helen Alexander CBE Distinguished Executive Address Series
Thursday 15 April 2010 18.00 – 20.30, UWE Frenchay Campus
Confederation of British Industry

Helen Alexander CBE, President of the Confederation of British Industry will give an address on 'Economic trends, trust in business, and management diversity' at The University of the West of England tonight.

The Distinguished Executive Address Series 'Meet the Leaders of Industry' is organised by UWE's Bristol Business School. Leaders from key UK businesses and organisations talk to students and staff about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

Series organiser Professor Nicholas O'Regan said, “We are delighted that Helen Alexander has accepted our invitation to speak at tonight's event. It promises to be a very interesting evening and is an excellent opportunity for Bristol Business School's students, alumni, staff and members of the wider region to hear directly from the president of such an influential organisation.”

Helen Anne Alexander CBE began her publishing career at Gerald Duckworth and Faber & Faber. She moved to The Economist in 1985 as marketing manager. She became managing director of The Economist Intelligence Unit in 1993 and in 1997 became chief executive of The Economist Group. Helen was chief executive for 11 years until she stepped down in June 2008 and was awarded a CBE for services to publishing in 2004.

In addition to her experience at the helm of an international business, Helen also has extensive board experience across a range of sectors. She was a non-executive director at Northern Foods plc (1994-2002) and at BT plc (1998-2002). She is currently non-executive director and chair of the remuneration committee at Centrica plc (2003) and Rolls-Royce Group plc (2007).

In 2008, Helen became vice-president of the CBI and senior adviser to Bain Capital. Helen is also senior Trustee of the Tate Gallery. In 2009 she became president of the CBI and joined the Board of the Port of London Authority.

Following the address there will be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions to the speaker.

The final speaker in the spring series will be Sir Mike Rake, Chairman of BT Group plc, who will give his address on Tuesday 1 June 2010 at the Future Inn Cabot Circus Hotel in central Bristol. To register for this event, visit: Distinguished Executive Address Series http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/news/dea10a.shtml.


Editor's Notes

There is no charge to attend the DEA events except for the Sir Mike Rake event, which will be held in Bristol city centre. £15 entry, £7.50 discounted rate (UWE Alumni), free entry for all UWE staff and students. For more information or to book a place, please visit BBS online store.

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