Bristol Distinguished Address: Laura Wade-Gery, Non-Executive Director, John Lewis Partnership, British Land, NHSI

Date: 06 March 2019
Venue: UWE Bristol, Bristol Business School, North Entrance, Frenchay Campus, Filton Road, Bristol, BS34 8QZ
Venue Location:
Time: 18:00-21:00

Human and digital – the challenges and power of harnessing both

Drawing on experience leading the digital transformation of Tesco and M&S, and now involved as a non executive director in the digital transformation of the health service, Laura will discuss human digital interaction across multiple sectors of the economy. A believer that we are in the foothills of the change enabled by the web and associated digital technology, she'll encourage embracing the potential of digital technology, AI and big data, and highlight the importance of the human experience. Lessons learned from the last 15 years offer insight into how we may chart a path forward, with implications for skills, leadership and change management.

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


Registration will open on 6 February 2019.


Now a non-executive director of a range of public and private companies and institutions (British Land, Immunocore, John Lewis Partnership and NHS Improvement), Laura's executive career saw her leading M&S's stores and online business from 2011 to 2016, after being the CEO of for seven years. Trained as a strategy consultant, Laura's experience of leading digital transformation taught her the importance of the human dimension in any change process.

Passionate about classical music, Laura is a trustee of the Royal Opera House and Snape Maltings.

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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Cost: Free
Contact: Events Team
Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 84517

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