How do firms build a climate of creativity? Lord Bichard KCB Lecture to explain

Issue date: 21 January 2016


Lord Bichard KCB

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Lord Bichard KCB, Non-Executive Chairman of the National Audit Office, will talk about creative leadership at UWE Bristol's Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 27 January 2016. He will address the business community at The Bristol Distinguished Address Series to explain how both large and small organisations can foster a culture of creativity within their teams.

Michael Bichard has served at very senior levels in local government as Chief Executive at both Brent and Gloucestershire. He then moved into central government working as Chief Executive of the Benefits Agency and then as Permanent Secretary at the Department for Education and Employment.

Since his retirement from the Civil Service in 2001, he has held a variety of posts including Vice Chancellor of the University of the Arts London, Chair of the Legal Services Commission, Chair of the Design Council and was the founder Director of the Institute for Government. In 2004 he chaired an inquiry into the Soham murders. He is currently Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Deputy Chair of Shakespeare's Globe.

He received a knighthood in 1999 and became a cross-bench member of the House of Lords in 2010. He is now a Deputy Speaker of the House.

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We're delighted to welcome Lord Bichard KCB to our 2016 Bristol Distinguished Address Series. This has become a popular event for the Bristol business community, with the opportunity to network and hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The Bristol Distinguished Address 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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