Meet the leaders of industry at UWE

Issue date: 06 April 2011


Brendan Barber

Brendan Barber, General Secretary of TUC will share his views on the current budget deficit at the next talk in the University of the West of England’s Spring Distinguished Executive Address Series on Wednesday 6 April 2011, 18:00 –20:30 at the Future Inns Cabot Circus Hotel, Bristol.

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.

Describing his talk ‘From austerity to prosperity’, Brendan Barber says, “Britain is at a historically important crossroads. As it tries to cut the deficit, the government is making the fastest and deepest spending cuts in living memory. But these could undermine growth, jobs and economic recovery, making the public finances worse in the long term. My talk will focus on the deficit and the questions we need to address to find a viable long-term solution – is there a credible alternative strategy? How do we rebalance our economy so we can compete in the global markets of the future? And how can businesses, unions and government work together to rebuild our national prosperity?

He added, “I’m really looking forward to delivering this address at Bristol Business School. With the South West of England being hit hard by government cuts, I’m keen to set out the TUC’s alternative deficit reduction plan, showing how we can get the public finances back on track and safeguard key services. I’m also looking forward to discussing how we can build a fairer and more stable economy in the long term.”

Brendan Barber is General Secretary of the TUC, which represents 55 unions with a total membership of around 6.2 million working in all sectors of the economy.

Brendan was born in Southport and attended St Mary’s College in Crosby. After a gap year teaching with VSO in Ghana, he took a degree in social sciences at City University London, where he became President of the Student Union.

After working for an industrial training board for a year he joined the TUC in 1975, becoming Head of the Press Department in 1979 and the Industrial Relations Department in 1987 before being appointed Deputy General Secretary in 1993.  He was elected General Secretary in 2003 and has served on a number of public bodies, including the ACAS Council. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Court of the Bank of England. 

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

The Distinguished Executive Address Series of talks will conclude on Tuesday 24 May 2011. The final speaker is Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive, Centrica PLC who will give a talk ‘Socially responsible business leadership’, 18:00 –20:30 at 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.”

For further information on the Series see: www.uwe.ac.uk/dea

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