Tennis Foundation director to talk Olympics legacy
The free public talk will take place from 6-7pm on Tuesday 29 October at the University's Rose Bowl.
In March 2011 Geoff joined the Tennis Foundation - the UK's leading tennis charity - with a vision to make its sport inclusive and accessible to every kind of community.
A former Director at the London Development Agency, which had responsibility for delivering social and economic benefits for London throughout the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Geoff said: "It's important to maintain the momentum from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and I'm looking forward to coming to Leeds to talk about how we keep the legacy alive and the important role both sports and business have in ensuring that happens."
During the guest lecture, Geoff will discuss the continuing benefits to the UK after last year's successful Olympic and Paralympic Games, in terms of both society as a whole and business in particular.
Geoff has been involved in tennis throughout his life, at club, county and international levels. He is also a member of the Committee of Management which has responsibility for organising The Championships, Wimbledon.
He previously held senior management roles at Marks and Spencer, The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company (P&O) and as Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. In 2013 Geoff was elected to the Board of the British Paralympic Association.
Paul Houghton, Principal Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Leeds Met, added: "The UK became the sporting stage of the world during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The legacy of the Games lives on and it will be fascinating to hear what Geoff Newton has to say about how it has impacted sport, society and business."
This is just one in a series of seven guest lectures by the Leeds Business School to be held before Christmas. Future sessions include talks hosted by commentator, Olympic runner and medallist Steve Cram MBE; Founder of Steve Edge Design Ltd, Steve Edge and Managing Director of Webmart, Simon Bitcliffe.