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Guest Speaker Series

We run an annual guest speaker series open to businesses, professionals, students, alumni and staff. Industry experts, leading business figures and entrepreneurs are invited to speak across a range of subjects including business and management, leadership, marketing, PR, economics, finance, accounting, and human resource management.

Past speakers include the CEO of the London Stock Exchange, the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, past Chair and President of the Academy of Marketing, Chief Executives of the British Bankers Association and Leeds Rugby Ltd, the Chief Economist of Yorkshire Bank and the Editor of Cosmopolitan.

Our guest speaker events are free to attend (unless otherwise stated), but places are limited, so please register in advance to secure your place.

Upcoming Guest Speakers

Oct 10

The Innovation Revolution: How the North is Key to UK Global Competitiveness Post-Brexit

Roger Marsh will talk about the Northern Powerhouse and the recently refreshed strategic economic plan for the Leeds City region. This includes likely impacts from Brexit, and how the region can deal with this challenge.

Oct 16

Guest Speaker - Professor Sir Charles Bean: Risks and Opportunities for the UK Economy

Professor Sir Charles Bean, former Deputy Governor of the Bank of England and one of Britain's most eminent economists, will examine the outlook and challenges facing the British economy, against a background of sustained slow growth in living standards since the financial crisis and the uncertainties associated with the process of leaving the EU.

Nov 7

Leeds 2023 – European Capital of Culture?

Leeds is bidding to be the European Capital of Culture. Join us to find out more and be part of the creative excitement.

Nov 21

So Who Asked For GDPR?

May 2018 sees the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulations. Join Duncan Smith as he explores some of the questions businesses face when handling and sharing our information.

Dec 5

Women in Business: Leadership & Empowerment

The role of women has developed considerably over recent years, both in large corporates and smaller firms. As a partner sponsor for EY’s Women’s Network in Yorkshire, Suzanne will be examining the benefits of a balanced workforce at all levels.

Jan 16

LBS Guest Speaker - Will Holman: Economic Prospects

Will’s session will look at the current global economic development and uncertainty and how this is likely to affect the UK and regional economy.

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Some of our previous Guest Lectures

"Fraud in the World of Business": Chris Clements (Partner at Grant Thornton)

"The 2008 Banking Crisis": Hugh Pym (Chief Economics Correspondent for the BBC)

"Upside Down Management": John Timpson CBE (Founder and Chairman of Timpson Shoe Repairs)

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