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Guest Speaker Series

Guest Speaker Series sponsored by Yorkshire Bank 

Our Guest Speaker Series provides an opportunity to hear from high-profile individuals from the professional and business world from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. Informative, stimulating and even controversial, these talks can open your eyes to what's going on across various sectors, support your professional development and help you build your network of contacts. 

Guest Speakers 2016/2017

Our guest lectures are open to students, alumni and professionals in the region. They are free to attend (unless otherwise stated), but places are limited so please register in advance to secure your place. View Full details of all events at our University.

Guest Lecture Title Date of Event Registration Link
Your Region. Your Future. #YorkshireMatters
    Karen Finlayson (Partner, PWC)
Tuesday 25 October 2016 
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A Giant’s Window into British Society: PR Heaven or Hell
Russell Craig Senior Director, Media and Community Relations, ASDA
Tuesday 8 November 2016
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Creating Shareholder Value in the Real World: Looking Beyond the Profit Numbers
Ian Marwood 
(Partner, Sentio Partners)
Tuesday 22 November 2016
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 Fraud and Corruption in the World of Business
Chris Clements, Forensic Accountancy Partner, Deloitte LLP
Tuesday 6 December 2016
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      Economic Prospects
Will Holman, Deputy Agent, Bank of England
Tuesday 17 January 2017
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The Effective Non-Executive Director
Terry Hodgkinson CBE 
 Tuesday 7 February 2017  Click here
Financial Services:  Big Pay and Shady Deals or an Essential Profession?
Angela Knight
Chair, Office of Tax Simplification
 Tuesday 27 February 2017  Click here
Effectiveness of the Board:  Desirable or Essential?
Richard Gregory
Chair, Yorkshire Bank
 Tuesday 7 March 2017  Click here
Strategic Communication & Leadership in a Global Context
Yasmin Diamond 
Executive Vice-President of Global Corporate Affairs, InterContinental Hotels Group
 Tuesday 21 March 2017  Click here
The Future Is Not What It Used To Be!
David Scott
Investment Manager & Market Commentator, Andrews Gwynne
 Tuesday 2 May 2017  Click here
True Tech - The Death of the Linear Business
Adam Beaumont
Investment Manager & Market Commentator, Andrews Gwynne
Tuesday 16 May 2017   Click here

Should you wish to watch recordings of our previous lectures then please click the links below.

Guest Lecture Title Date of Recording Recording Link
Devolution, the Northern Powerhouse and the Region
Tom Riordan
Chief Executive, Leeds City Council
Tuesday 13 October 2015 Click here
The Business of Radio
Roger Cutsforth
Managing Director, The Radio Academy
Tuesday 27 October 2015 
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Can Culture be Audited?
Nicola Rimmer
 Director, Barclays Bank
Tuesday 10 November 2015
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Choice and Control – the key to driving performance for a better balanced business
Heather Jackson
     Founder and Chair of
An Inspirational Journey
Tuesday 24 November 2015
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  The Rise of Social Enterprise
Paul Monaghan
Director, Up the Ethics
Tuesday 9 February 2016
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Engaging Leaders and Nurturing Entrepreneurs
Natalie Sykes
Regional Director, Institute of Directors
Yorkshire and the North East
Tuesday 23 February 2016
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    Fraud and Corruption in the World of Business
Chris Clements
Partner, Deloitte LLP

Tuesday 8 March 2016
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Upside Down Management
John Timpson CBE
Chaiman, Timpson Ltd
Tuesday 12 April 2016 Click here
Leeds: The City of Collaboration
Allison Page
DLA Piper and member of the Two Percent Club
Tuesday 26 April 2016 Click here