Bristol Distinguished Address: Arabel Bailey, Managing Director of Innovation and Consulting Services, Accenture

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Date: 06 November 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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Surviving and thriving in a disrupted world

Arabel Bailey, Managing Director of Innovation and Consulting Services at Accenture, will deliver a lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series titled 'Surviving and thriving in a disrupted world'.

Disruption is on the rise - and most industry sectors now find themselves in perpetual state of disruption. Conventional defensive strategies have not helped industries break free and realise significant growth, so a new approach is needed.

Disruption is an inescapable challenge for all industries. And when companies face it, they typically make cautious moves. They raise barriers to entry instead of extending themselves outward. They rely on what's worked for them in the past, in lieu of seeking deep change on the inside. They double down on efficiency, rather than committing to real innovation. But while these are instinctual and understandable choices, they aren't enough. They keep companies in survival mode and away from actively shaping their future. In fact, playing it safe amid disruption is very risky, and a new approach is necessary if organisations are to thrive instead of simply surviving.

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


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Arabel joined Accenture in 1991 after graduating from Manchester University, and has worked on some of the firm's largest transformation engagements. Arabel has held a number of leadership positions since being promoted to managing director including areas of Accenture Technology, Accenture's Mobility business and most recently as the UK and Ireland lead for Accenture Digital. She had this role for five years, and was responsible for spearheading Accenture's rotation to the New; driving significant Digital growth year on year. Arabel is now the lead for Accenture UKI Client Innovation Services, a new team formed to help clients maximise their return on innovation investments.

Arabel is passionate about diversity in the workplace and supporting inclusion and flexible working arrangements. She was named as one of the top 50 “Power Part Timers” by Timewise, and was highlighted as one of the top 25 women redefining the workplace by Green Park. She has also been short-listed twice as Digital Leader of the year at the Women in IT awards.

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.

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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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