UWE Bristol hosts Paul Boissier, Chief Executive, Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Issue date: 17 March 2015


Paul Boissier in RNLI jacket and life preserver

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series

Date: 18 March 2015

Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol

Time: 18:00

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Paul Boissier, Chief Executive, Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI),is the latest speaker to address the business community at the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs).

Paul will deliver a lecture entitled 'Keeping the Lifeboats Afloat' as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series. The event will be hosted by the Institute of Directors and is part of British Science Week.

Paul Boissier became Chief Executive of the RNLI in 2009, after a lifetime's service in the Royal Navy. Recognising that the RNLI needed to modernise if it was to survive for the next 190 years, he instigated a continuous improvement programme based on Lean Thinking across the entire business. This has had an extraordinary impact on the financial health and culture of the Institution.

Describing his talk, Paul Boissier said, “This evening, I'll outline the work the charity performs day after day around the coast of the British Isles. I'll then take you on a private journey - my journey of the last 5 years as Chief Executive and the shocking realisation that the RNLI was not flawless. I'll share building a plan, a team and a robust methodology for change as the country passed through the most serious economic downturn in living memory. The triumphs and disasters. Where we are today, and our new, ambitious strategy – which brings a different set of challenges in its wake as we restructure the organisation to meet some incredibly demanding long-term goals.”

Full details of the talk - 'Keeping the Lifeboats Afloat' - are available on the UWE Bristol Events page.

Following the address, there will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

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 inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The series of talks continue throughout the year and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community.

To register and for full details of forthcoming talks please visit the BDAS event page.

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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 Post,Business West,CBI,CMI,FSB,IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

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