Meet the leaders of industry at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 07 February 2012

Thursday 9 February 2012, 18:00-20:30, Frenchay Campus

Mitie Group Chief Executive and UWE Bristol honorary graduate, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE will launch the University's Distinguished Executive Address Series with an inspiring insight for budding entrepreneurs.

The address, 'New businesses are needed for UK growth - models to help entrepreneurs' will look at the challenges and opportunities facing entrepreneurs in the current economic climate.

Describing her talk, Ruby McGregor-Smith said, “The private sector is being relied on to generate growth in the UK. Where will the new businesses come from and how will they grow and create employment? In my address I will explore alternative ways for entrepreneurs to fund new businesses, choose partners and look at what key attributes will be needed to succeed.”

The Distinguished Executive Address Series 'Meet the Leaders of Industry' is organised by Bristol Business School in association with the IOD, CBI, CMI and Business West. Leaders from key UK businesses and organisations talk to students and staff about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

Ruby McGregor-Smith is the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, the strategic outsourcing and energy services company.

She joined MITIE in 2002 and was appointed as CEO in 2007. She is one of a small number of women holding the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies.

Since joining, she has seen MITIE grow its revenue from £0.5bn to £1.9bn, continuing its unbroken track record of profit and revenue growth.

Ruby McGregor-Smith was honoured with a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the New Year's Honours list, for her services to business and diversity in business.

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

The series of talks will continue at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus until Wednesday 18 April and will feature Chairmen, CEOs and institutional leaders representing a variety of sectors.

Speakers include:

Wednesday 22 February 2012, 18:00-20:30, Peter Rogers, CEO of Babcock plc will give a talk 'Growth Pains'.

Thursday 22 March, 18:00-20:30, Christine Hodgson, Chairman of Capgemini UK plc will give a talk 'Embracing technology for success'.

Tuesday 27 March, 18:00-20:30, Sir Ian Gibson, Chairman of Morrisons plc will give a talk 'Boards, Management Teams and Big Teams'

Wednesday 18 April, 18:00-20:30, Dame Liz Forgan, Chair of the Arts Council will give a talk 'The arts: a serious business'

Series organiser, Professor Nicholas O'Regan says, “We are delighted by the calibre of this year's speakers, the series is an excellent opportunity for members of the business community in Bristol, as well as our own students, alumni and staff to hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

The Distinguished Executive Address Series is free to attend and open to UWE Bristol students, staff, alumni and members of the business community. To register for forthcoming talks visit:


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