Bank of England Deputy Agent, Bagel Nash buyers and Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness at BP, among Leeds Beckett speakers
The Leeds Business School lecture series, sponsored by Yorkshire Bank, is free, open to the public, and will run until May 2015 from the Rose Bowl at the University’s City Campus.
Will, who worked as an economist in the private sector and in government - most recently at an economics consultancy and the communications authority Ofcom - before joining the bank, will kick off the series on Tuesday 13 January at 9 am.
Sara and Andy Micklethwaite, who joined forces and bought food chain Bagel Nash in 2011, will host a talk on Tuesday 21 April. The session, entitled ‘The Bagel Nash story; a new customer and in-store experience’, will see the duo share their journey of brand development, marketing promotion, product and service excellence.
On Tuesday 5 May, Kirsty Bashforth, Group Head of Organisational Effectiveness at BP, will examine how the role of women has changed, when she delivers her guest lecture: ‘Clarity, confidence and choices – women in business in the 21st Century’. Kirsty has worked for BP for 23 years both in the UK and overseas, and is part of its senior management. Her role involves creating and reinforcing the conditions to get the very best out of a large organisation and working to surface the issues that get in the way of better organisational performance.
The remaining speakers in the series are: Professor Dean Fathers, Chair of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust on Tuesday 3 February; Chris Clements, Partner at chartered accountants Grant Thornton on Tuesday 17 February and Dominic Tweddle, Director General of the National Museum of the Royal Navy on Tuesday 3 March.
Paul Houghton, Principal Lecturer in Leeds Beckett’s Faculty of Business and Law, has organised the lecture series. He said: “Every year, we have a high calibre of speakers and the 2015 winter and spring line-up will not disappoint. I would recommend that anyone interested in coming along to any of the sessions books their place as spaces are limited. We have a wealth of speakers from diverse backgrounds and I am really looking forward to hearing them share their experiences and inspiring stories with us. What’s more each session ends with a Q&A, so the audience gets the opportunity to engage with each of our speakers.”