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Guest Speaker Series

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. 

The Guest Speakers for 2017/2018 have been announced and further information will be provided below.

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
Women in Business: Leadership & Empowerment
Suzanne Robinson - 
Yorkshire and Humberside Managing Partner, Financial Accounting Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP

 Tuesday, 5 December 2017 

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Economic Prospects
Will Holman - 
Deputy Agent, Bank of England

 Tuesday, 16 January 2018 

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The Patient Will See You Now Dr ….The Changing Face of Healthcare Communications 
Ann Wagner - Director of Strategy and Improvement, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
  Tuesday, 6 February 2018 

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Fraud & Corruption in Business
Chris Clements - Forensic Accountancy Partner, Deloitte LLP

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

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A World View on Yorkshire – what could the Chinese ever do for us Tykes?
Jonathan Geldart - 
 Executive Director Markets Development – Greater China, Grant Thornton International Ltd

 Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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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 
Click here

Can Culture be Audited?
Nicola Rimmer
 Director, Barclays Bank
Tuesday 10 November 2015
Click here

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
Click here

  The Rise of Social Enterprise
Paul Monaghan
Director, Up the Ethics
Tuesday 9 February 2016
Click here
Engaging Leaders and Nurturing Entrepreneurs
Natalie Sykes
Regional Director, Institute of Directors
Yorkshire and the North East
Tuesday 23 February 2016
 Click here

    Fraud and Corruption in the World of Business
Chris Clements
Partner, Deloitte LLP

Tuesday 8 March 2016
 Click here
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
Creating Shareholder Value in the Real World: Looking Beyond the Profit Numbers
Ian Marwood 
(Partner, Sentio Partners)
Tuesday 22 November 2016  Click here 
The Effective Non-Executive Director
Terry Hodgkinson CBE 
Tuesday 7 February 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 
True Tech - The Death of the Linear Business
Adam Beaumont
Founder and CEO of AQL
Tuesday 16 May 2017   Click here 
The Innovation Revolution: How the North is Key to UK Global Competitivness Post-Brexit
Roger Marsh
Chairman, Leeds City Region Enterprise
 Tuesday 10 October 2017 Click here 
Risks and Opportunities for the UK Economy
Professor Sir Charles Bean - 
Former Deputy Governor, Bank of England 
Monday 16 October 2017   Click here
Leeds 2023 - European Capital of Culture?
Anita Morris - Managing Director, Anita Morris Associates, 
Cluny Macpherson - Chief Officer for Culture & Sport, Leeds City Council
Tracey Lancaster - Deputy Vice Chancellor, Corporate Communications, Leeds Beckett University
7 November 2017 
Click here 
So Who Asked GDPR?
Duncan Smith - 
Principal Trainer, Speaker and Director of specialist consultancy iCompli® Ltd 
Tuesday 21 November 2017   Click here
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