Free public lecture series brings top level business leaders to Bristol

Issue date: 11 January 2017

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) announces the programme of speakers for the forthcoming Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

Now in its eighth year, the Bristol Distinguished Address Series is well regarded by the City's business community as the leading place to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is free to attend and open to members of the business community.

The full line up of speakers from January to April 2017 is:

25 January 2017 Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Chairman, Cobra Beer will deliver a lecture entitled, 'Boldness in Business'.

01 February 2017 Peter Cheese, Chief Executive, CIPD, will deliver a lecture on the 'Future of Work and Organisations'.

08 February 2017 Paul Geddes, CEO of Direct Line Group will deliver a lecture on 'The future of brands in a post truth world'.

22 February 2017 John Pullinger, Chief Executive, UK Statistics Authority will deliver a lecture on 'Mobilising the power of data to help Britain.'

08 March 2017 Baroness Shriti Vadera PC, Chair, Santander UK, will deliver a lecture on post-globalism.

22 March – Fred Jones, Head of Cities UK from Uber, will deliver a lecture entitled, 'More people in fewer cars: how Uber's riders and drivers can make cities better.'

05 April 2017 – Dame Helen Ghosh, Director-General of the National Trust, will deliver a lecture entitled,' Why should anyone be led by you?'

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The series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA,Bristol City Council,Bristol Junior Chamber,Bristol Post,Business West,CBI,CMI,FSB,IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Following the talk, there will be an opportunity for the audience to put forward their issues and questions at this event.

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.”

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