THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - The Annual Bolland Lecture 2018: Ashok Vaswani, CEO, Barclays

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Date: 03 October 2018
Venue: Bristol Business School building, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Time: Registration: 18:00 Lecture: 18:30 Networking 19:30

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Digital Transformation of Banking

Ashok Vaswani (@avvaswani), CEO of Barclays Bank UK, will deliver the University's prestigious Annual Bolland Lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series with his talk entitled 'Digital Transformation of Banking'.

The world has changed at an exponential pace over the last few years and it will continue to change. People are fundamentally changing how they work, socialise and entertain, with technology making it easier.

With 84% percent of the UK population now owning a smart phone, it is no surprise that these customers expect the same level of convenience and ease when it comes to their banking. Technology has changed banking in quite a fundamental way – it is not just about access on a mobile phone - it is actually allowing us to move from product centricity to customer centricity in a way that was never possible before.

Barclays UK has always been at the forefront of innovation – the UK's first Credit Card, the world's first ATM, and the first P2P mobile payments service, to name a few! Therefore it is crucial we remain ahead of this digital transformation journey…

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


This event is fully booked, if you wish to be added to the waiting list please email


Ashok joined Barclays in 2010, managing the credit card business across the UK, Europe and the Nordics, becoming chairman of Entercard. He went on to manage Barclays in Africa, Barclays Retail Business Bank globally and Barclays Personal and Corporate Banking.

Ashok is a member of Barclays Bank UK PLC Board, UK Finance Board and the Trustee Board at Citizens Advice. He also sits on the advisory boards of a number of institutions such as Rutberg & Co and is Founder Director of Lend-a-Hand, a non-profit organisation focused on rural education in India.

Prior to Barclays, Ashok was a partner with a J P Morgan Chase funded private equity firm – Brysam Global Partners, which was focused on building retail financial service businesses in emerging markets.

Ashok graduated from Bombay University, Sydenham College, College of Commerce and Economics and has post graduate degrees from both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of India.

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

Continual Professional Development

We are pleased to announce that we are now a CPD member and are currently applying for this lecture series to be certified for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) purposes by the CPD Certification Service.


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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