Bristol Distinguished Address: Joe Garner, Chief Executive Officer, Nationwide Building Society

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Date: 27 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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Leading for Mutual Good

Joe Garner, Chief Executive Officer, Nationwide Building Society will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series titled 'Leading for Mutual Good'.

Joe Garner will deliver a presentation sharing his views of the type of leadership needed in business at a time when the global narrative appears to be shifting to a more fractious tone. Whilst reflecting on learnings from his own leadership journey, Joe will share how Nationwide seeks to inspire colleagues to put their heart into our purpose of building society, nationwide.

Nationwide is the world's largest building society, with a balance sheet of circa £240bn and 18,000 employees, headquartered in Swindon. As a mutual organisation, it is owned and run for the benefit of 15 million members.


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

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Joe Garner joined Nationwide, the world's largest building society, as CEO in April 2016, inspired by the Society's principle of mutuality and service ethos.

Consumer-focussed organisations have been at the heart of Joe's working life. At Nationwide, Joe's mission has been to inspire colleagues to remain true to its purpose; using the power of the collective to improve people's lives - 'building society, nationwide'.

He spent his early career with consumer products companies, Procter & Gamble, followed by electronics retailer Dixons Carphone. He joined HSBC in 2004, where he became a Group General Manager and Head of HSBC UK's retail and commercial businesses until 2012. In 2014 he became CEO at Openreach, the UK's digital infrastructure provider and part of the British Telecom Group.

Joe was also Chair of the Financial Services Authority (now the Financial Conduct Authority) Practitioner Panel from 2011 to 2013, re-joining as a panel member in 2016. Between 2007-10, he was a non-executive Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Joe is a champion of organisational culture and values-based leadership and created Nationwide's 'Leading for Mutual Good' programme for aspiring talent across business, the public sector and charitable organisations. The purpose of the programme is to instil values of mutuality and trust into financial services and society, at a time when the world is becoming more polarised than ever before.

He graduated from Cambridge University, where he was also a keen cox and captain of the Magdalene College Boat Club. Fitness, sport and wellbeing continue to be important to Joe, and this year he competed in the Great Britain Age Group squad at the 2018 European multi-sport championships. He is the Chairman of the British Triathlon Trust; the official charity of British Triathlon bringing free, fun events to over 100,000 children of all abilities.

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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Cost: Free
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