The certain challenge of managing in uncertain times: Lucy Armstrong, CEO, The Alchemists

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Date: 12 October 2016
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
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Time: Reception: 18:00 - Lecture: 18:30 - Networking: 19:30

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The certain challenge of managing in uncertain times

People and organisations are living in uncertain times. Brexit has compounded this uncertainty. Lucy Armstrong will urge people to take the long view: plan for the future and prepare for changes. Things will not "settle down". This turbulence affects small (very small) and medium sized businesses, as well as global organisations. No-one is immune from the challenging waves of uncertainty.

Pre event Leading Edge Thinking Workshop 17:00-18:00

You may also be interested in attending this interactive session taking place before the Bristol Distinguished Address:

What is your Business Model? Understanding business models and value- Dr Glenn Parry, Associate Professor in Strategy and Operations Management and Dr Peter Bradley, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol

At this short interactive business models presentation academics from Bristol Business School will work with you to better understand your business model. New tools and approaches will be presented to inform your thinking.

  • What does value mean?
  • A tool to capture your business models for better understanding;
  • Sustainable development and business models;

Delegates will leave with a strong understanding of value and business offerings that influence strategic decision making. You will also have a new tool that can help inform your thinking in relation to your business models.

To register for this workshop email:

BDAS Lecture Programme

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


Lucy is chief executive of The Alchemists. This business works with high growth
mid-corporate businesses to accelerate their growth and success by focussing
on shareholder and management development and succession.

She is chair of the Advisory Group of the Enterprise Research Centre. This was
set up in February 2013 to answer: "What drives SME growth?" The lead organisations are Warwick, Aston, Imperial College, Strathclyde and Birmingham Universities.

Lucy is the first chair of the independent Professional Standards Council, which
oversees the Asset Based Finance Association.

From Jan 2012 to Nov 2013, she was chair of Capital for Enterprise, where she
was responsible for over £4bn of government backed debt and equity support to
private and family UK businesses.

In March 2014 she became David Goldman Visiting Professor of Innovation and
Enterprise at Newcastle University Business School, giving her inaugural lecture
on March 19th.

Lucy is non-executive chairman of an angel investment network. She is also a
non-executive director of a national qualification business and a non-exec director of Beechbrook Capital LLP.

She was chair of the CBI's national Small Business Forum from 2010 to 2013.

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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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