Why are so many people 'accidental managers'? CMI President, Mike Clasper CBE to explore at Bolland Lecture

Issue date: 28 September 2015

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'From accidental to professional: a mission for management' is the theme of this year's Annual Bolland Lecture, delivered by CMI President and Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, Mike Clasper CBE, at UWE Bristol's Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 30 September 2015.

Mike Clasper CBE, will talk about why leaders need to think again about the performance of middle management and why middle management could be key to their productivity and long-term success.

He'll look at why so many people are 'accidental managers', why they struggle with the difficult conversations that every manager faces – and why employer attitudes to investing in much-needed skills have to change.

As the President of the Chartered Management Institute, Mike will draw on his experience in senior roles across organisations as diverse as BAA plc, Terra Firma Capital Partners and HM Revenue and Customs to share insights about the future of management and leadership in the 21st century.

The Bolland Lecture 2015, is delivered as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAs) and Bristol European Green Capital events in 2015.

Mike Clasper took over as President of CMI in October 2014. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, as well as a Senior Independent Director at Serco PLC and Chairman of Which? Ltd. Mike has outstanding experience across a wide range of organisations, including private, public, third sector, FTSE 350 and SMEs.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “The University has a record in responding to skill shortages in the region and we are delighted to be investing £55m in facilities for our Faculty of Business and Law. Working with partners like the CMI will help us improve the quality of management training and support the region.”

An audience of over 200 is expected including over 100 leaders from the business community, as well as local government leaders, UWE Bristol academics and alumni.

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. The lecture will be followed by a buffet supper.

Guests will be entertained by a rousing song and dance performance from the Project Zulu choir. The talented young performers from Sithobelumthetho Primary School, South Africa are currently on a three week UK tour, made possible by Project Zulu, a charity established by staff and students at UWE Bristol. In 2013 the last touring group raised £20,000, this bought 53 solar panels that produces all of the school's electricity.

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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