Meet the leaders of industry at UWE

Issue date: 23 March 2011

David Flory CBE, Deputy Chief Executive of NHS England, will share his expertise on change management at the next talk in the Spring Distinguished Executive Address Series on Thursday 24 March 2011, 18:00 –20:30 at the University of the West of England's Frenchay Campus.

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.

The address, 'A management of change so big you can see it from space' will discuss the management of change and its impact on business. He will talk personally about the challenges and opportunities of implementing a change programme at a scale and pace never tried before in the world and at a time when the NHS faces its toughest ever financial environment.

David Flory CBE is Deputy NHS Chief Executive, having been Director General for NHS Finance, Performance and Operations at the Department of Health since 2007. He previously worked at the Department as Interim Director of Financial Recovery in 2006. Before joining the department, he held a number of Chief Executive posts in the NHS, most recently at the North East Strategic Health Authority.

David Flory said, "The NHS faces a unique set of challenges in changing at such scale and pace - but without doubt we have a major opportunity to design a system truly focused on improving patient outcomes."

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions.

The Distinguished Executive Address Series of talks will continue until Tuesday 24 May 2011 and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

Speakers include:

Thursday 31 March 2011, 18:00-20:30, Susan Taylor Martin, Managing Director, Thomson Reuters, will give a talk 'The key trends that will shape our corporate world over the next decade, Frenchay Campus.

Wednesday 6 April 2011, 18:00-20:30, Brendan Barber, General Secretary, Trades Union Congress will deliver his address 'From austerity to prosperity', Future Inn Cabot Circus hotel, Bristol.

Tuesday 24 May 2011, 18:00-20:30, Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive, Centrica PLC will give a talk 'Socially responsible business leadership', Frenchay Campus.

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers. The series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from important figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

This talk is now fully booked. The Distinguished Executive Address Series is free to attend and open to UWE students, staff, alumni and members of the business community. To register visit:

FFI: Jane Kelly or Mary Price, Press Officers


Tel: 0117 32 82208


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