The Bristol Distinguished Address: Why should anyone be led by you? Dame Helen Ghosh

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Date: 05 April 2017
Venue: UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre, BS34 8QZ
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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Why should anyone be led by you?

Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust, will talk about what leadership means to her following a successful career as both a Permanent Secretary in the Civil Service and Director-General of Europe's biggest conservation charity. Helen will examine the challenges of leading through change, the importance of emotional resilience to an effective leader, and what has kept her motivated throughout her career.

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

Leading Edge Thinking Workshop 17:00-18:00

Equipping Line Managers for People Management:

Sue Hutchinson, Associate Professor in HRM, Faculty of Business and Law, UWE Bristol

Skilled, engaging line managers have a critical impact on operational performance through their role as people managers. An employee's experience of their line manager can make the difference between a motivated employee, who will stay with the organisation, and one who might not fulfil their potential or even leave. But there are many competing demands on our line managers, and their role as people managers is challenging.

Sue Hutchinson has undertaken key research in the importance of line managers in people management and will be sharing her knowledge at this Leading Edge workshop. It is designed to help you consider how best to equip your line managers by removing obstacles, enabling and developing them and ensuring your policies and practices are supportive to them, so that in turn they manage people effectively and fairly.

Supporting Sue, will be Helen Mortimore and Deborah Bishop, who have both worked in HR in a variety of organisations, as well as teaching in this area. The workshop will provide an opportunity for senior managers, business owners and anyone responsible for HR, to listen, ask questions and discuss with fellow delegates as well as take advantage of the expertise our team have to offer.

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BDAS Lecture Programme

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

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In late 2012, Helen moved to become Director-General of the National Trust from the Civil Service, where she worked in a wide range of Government departments, including seven years as a Permanent Secretary in two departments, Defra and the Home Office.

Since joining the Trust, Helen's interest in history, people and places, and her commitment to the environment have come together. Helen has overseen an ambitious program of work, including leading the development of the Trust's 10-year strategy, Playing Our Part, and committing £2 million a week to the conservation of our landscapes, houses and coastline.

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
Contact: Corporate Relations Service
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81805

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