The Annual Bolland Lecture 2016: Baroness Dido Harding, Chief Executive, TalkTalk Group

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Date: 28 September 2016
Venue: UWE ECC (Exhibition and Conference Centre), BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking and Supper: 19:30

Baroness Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk Group will deliver the University's prestigious Annual Bolland Lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

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  • 18:00 - Registration and refreshments
  • 18:30 - Lecture
  • 19:30 - Networking and supper


Dido has been Chief Executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC since 2010. Prior to her appointment Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco PLC where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. Prior to this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited where she gained considerable retail experience. She was appointed as a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England in July 2014. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse. In August 2014 Dido was offered a Peerage and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. She is a trustee of Doteveryone and a member of the UK National Holocaust Foundation. Dido is married to John Penrose MP, has 2 children and in what spare time she has left is a jockey and racehorse owner.

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About the Bolland Lecture

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. In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gained University status, becoming the University of the West of England.

About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

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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Cost: Free
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