Bristol Distinguished Address: Tim Parker, Chair, Post Office

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Date: 11 April 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, Frenchay Campus
Time: Reception: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking: 19:30

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What makes a good Chair?

Tim Parker (@PostOffice), Chair of the Post Office, will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled 'What makes a good Chair?'

With increased focus on effective governance of all organisations, the role of Chair has been subject to more scrutiny. But what exactly makes a good Chair? Do we expect too much from Chairs, and non-executives more generally? Having been a CEO of several large companies over a period of thirty years, and having sat on a wide range of Boards in the private and public sectors, I have learned much about the role of the Chair, from the perspective of the CEO and full-time executives. This has proved invaluable in seeing the job from all points of view, and also hopefully understanding where and how the Chair can add real value. Today I Chair a number of different organisations in the private sector, the public sector and third sector: my intention is to look at how ownership and type of body affects the role, and what is expected from it.

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


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Tim Parker (@PostOffice) became Chair of the National Trust on 8 November 2014. He also took on the role of Chair of the Post Office on 1 October 2015. He is also Chair of Samsonite.

Tim has enjoyed a long business as CEO of several well-known companies. After a spell in the Treasury as an economist, he studied at the London Business School, and soon after was appointed as general manager of a subsidiary of Thorn EMI based in Chicago.

In 1989 he led the management buy-out of Kenwood, the kitchen appliances company. Subsequently he has been CEO of Clarks, the shoe company, Kwik-Fit, the AA, and until recently, Samsonite, where he remains Chair.

Tim has been Chair of Channel Nine TV in Australia and the Autobar Group, Europe's largest vending company.

He has also served as a non-executive director on the Boards of Legal and General, Alliance Boots and Compass Group. He is also a director and owner of the British Pathe film archive.

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 Law Society, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CIPD, CMI, FSB, IoD, ICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.


We will aim to make all addresses available as a podcast one week after the lecture, subject to approval of the speaker and no technical difficulties with the recording. Podcasts can be viewed on our previous address archive.

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Cost: Free
Contact: Strategic Communications and Engagement
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