THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - Bristol Distinguished Address: Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall

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Date: 13 February 2019
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS16 1ZG
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Time: 18:00-21:00

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Achieving social change

Ruth Hunt (@ruth_hunt), Chief Executive of Stonewall will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled "Achieving social change".

Ruth will talk about her early campaigning career at school and University and her experiences as leader at Stonewall. As both a woman and a lesbian, Ruth has unique experiences of leadership lobbying and building relationships based on humanity, compassion and empathy.


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


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Ruth Hunt is the Chief Executive of Stonewall. In just over four years, Ruth has overseen a 50% increase in the charity's income and the steady growth of its structure, taking the team from 70 to 160 employees and securing Stonewall's place as the leading lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity.

Ruth has redefined Stonewall's role as a charity, from one that enables change to one that empowers others to make change happen. Under her leadership, Stonewall's programmes and the way they are delivered, have been refined to ensure they create sustainable, powerful grassroot activism, both in the UK and abroad.

As an immediate priority after becoming CEO, Ruth spearheaded Stonewall's commitment to trans equality. After careful consultation with trans communities, the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group was created and in 2017, after further consultation, A Vision for Change was launched. This five-year strategy sets out how Stonewall will help achieve legal and social equality for trans people across all areas of their lives.

Ruth has also established Stonewall as a leading voice on international LGBT equality, delivering ground-breaking international empowerment programmes in some of the world's most hostile countries, in addition to being a major influencer on the UK Government, ensuring the UK is an informed and effective world leader for LGBT equality.

You may also be interested in the following pre-event:

Building Leadership for Inclusion: Reflections from our work with the NHS Leadership Academy on equality, diversity and change

Wednesday 13 February - 17:00-18:00 Bristol Business School
Prof Richard Bolden, Dr Addy Adelaine, Prof Carol Jarvis and Stella Warren

Despite a number of high-profile attempts over recent years to increase equality, diversity and inclusion for NHS staff, progress remains exceedingly slow. Evidence suggests that across the NHS people from minority and marginalised backgrounds continue to experience discrimination at work and remain significantly under-represented in middle-senior leadership and management roles. For the past 18 months a team based at Bristol Leadership and Change Centre in Bristol Business School have been supporting the NHS Leadership Academy with research to inform and evaluate the process and outcomes of Building Leadership for Inclusion(BLFI) - an ambitious new programme of work that aims to (1) raise the level of ambition, (2) quicken the pace of change, and (3) ensure that NHS leadership is equipped to achieve and leave an ever-increasing and sustainable legacy in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion.

In this workshop we will give an overview of this work, the key concepts that underpin it and invite participants to reflect on and discuss their own experiences of inclusion/exclusion at work.

If you are interested in attending this event please contact with your name, job title and organisation.

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.

Continuing Professional Development

We are delighted to inform you that we are now a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) member and we are pleased to announce that this lecture series has been certified in principle by the CPD Certification Service.

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Subject to each lecture being certified, you will receive a personalised CPD certificate direct from CPD up to 28 days after the event.

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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
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