THIS EVENT IS FULLY BOOKED - Bristol Distinguished Address: Warren East CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce

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Date: 30 January 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

Warren East CBE, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series entitled "How can the UK be a natural home for global engineering and technology champions?"

Engineering is about taming science and nature for the benefit of society. This takes effort and investment and so excellent engineering also makes business sense in order to generate the funds for that investment. There is a perception that the UK (and Europe) has lost its way in the face of large scale competition from Asia and the US over recent decades. Now is an exciting time for Engineering and Technology generally as we grapple with the big challenges flowing from global population growth. This comes at a time when new technologies are both broadening the scope of what we can do with Engineering and changing the investment profiles required, creating new opportunities. A potential levelling of the playing field presents a great opportunity for UK (and European) Engineering and Technology businesses to reassert themselves on a global stage.

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


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In July 2015, Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce succeeding John Rishton. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee.

Warren is a Non-Executive Director of Dyson Limited. He is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS. In May 2017, Warren was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Warren worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001-2013. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of Engineering and Technology companies. In 2007, Warren was named Business Leader of the year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron's list of the world's best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013. He was made CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.

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.

For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, please register your details with a member of the events team after each lecture. Please note that we will not be able to administer any retrospective certificate requests.

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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Cost: Free
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