Recognition for Engagement: HRM student from UWE shortlisted for CIPD award

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Author: Deborah Bishop, HRM Lecturer 

We at UWE Bristol Business School are very proud and excited as one of our recent MSc HRM students, Cindy Fernandez, has been announced as a finalist in this year’s CIPD People Management Awards in the Outstanding Student category!

To be shortlisted, Cindy had to do some research for her MSc in International HRM that demonstrated how her studies have enabled an organisation to initiate and implement business improvements. Cindy was lucky enough to do her research placement with the employee-owned architecture and planning practice Stride Treglown.

In consultation with her host organisation, Cindy looked at designing and implementing a new employee engagement survey. I asked Elizabeth Kavanagh, Head of HR at Stride Treglown, what she thought the key benefits of Cindy’s work had been for their organisation. She explained that they had tried a number of off-the-shelf tools to measure employee engagement, but felt that these tools had not adequately tapped into the culture of Stride Treglown: “As a collective of highly qualified and creative individuals, the language of the survey needed to represent how we operate here” explained Elizabeth.

Cindy therefore approached the CIPD about using their employee engagement survey and the CIPD were very happy to share, allowing Cindy to take that as her starting point. Where Cindy added value was in tailoring that tool for the specific employee base she worked with at Stride Treglown. Cindy also conducted interviews with employees to establish how they felt about their organisation and its HR practices. This added to the survey data and led to Stride Treglown giving consideration to their feedback strategy as part of their efforts to keep improving engagement levels.

Elizabeth said: “We have regularly invited your students to conduct research in our organisation to further our HR strategy and keep developing our own practices. This has been invaluable in providing us with insights from an independent source with up to date ideas. Research projects have included our Performance Management Progress, Progression and Organisation Structure all of which have been very “applied” projects from which we all agree we wish to use the results. Cindy deserves recognition for the work that she did for us which will be used year after year as the foundation of our approach to measuring employee engagement. This approach is also going to be used by our alliance partners Todd Architects so Cindy’s work is not going to waste!

Stride Treglown are important partners for us at UWE Bristol Business School, having hosted an MSc HRM student from us for the past six years. Last year they were so pleased with the work of Sean Peacock, who re-examined their Performance Management approach that they offered him a job there. It is fantastic to see their support for our students paying off again this year, when really useful work is delivered to them. As well as representing her own hard work and serious ability, Cindy’s place as a finalist in this award also highlights the importance of collaboration between the CIPD, us at Bristol Business School and organisations like Stride Treglown.

Well done Cindy! We will be keeping everything crossed for the Awards Ceremony on 27th September! Getting shortlisted is a fantastic achievement and everyone teaching HR at UWE Bristol Business School is cheering you on! !..and if you need a plus one, I’m never averse to getting glammed up for a black-tie event…

Cindy and Stride Treglown also helped us with this video about all our MSc HRM courses at the UWE Bristol Business School.

UWE Bristol awards an honorary degree to David Relph

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David Relph has been awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Business Administration in recognition of his contribution to management and leadership.

The Honorary Degree was conferred at the Awards Ceremony of the Faculty of Business and Law on Monday 18 July 2016 at Bristol Cathedral.

David Relph is the Director of Bristol Health Partners. He leads the partnership and his role involves promoting collaboration and ambition between Bristol’s NHS organisations, universities and council in order to deliver significant health gains and improvements in service delivery in and around Bristol.

David has a first degree from Bristol University in Economics and Economic History. He has further degrees from Cranfield University and Kings College London.

After graduating, he joined the British Army and spent 15 years working in a variety of roles. He served on operations in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spent time in Whitehall working on security policy and the development of strategy across a range of UK and international partners.

After leaving the military David worked at the Carbon Trust, advising the UK and other governments on the development of low carbon technology. In 2012 he stared working in the health sector, leading on strategy development for a Hospital Trust in Bristol. In 2014 he became the Director of Bristol Health Partners.

David has studied, worked and lived in Bristol for much of the last 20 years. Outside work, he was an early campaigner for elected mayors in Bristol and other UK cities, helping to deliver a major change to the governance of the city. He is also the Chair of Happy City, a Bristol-based organisation that campaigns for happiness and wellbeing to be taken more seriously in policy and decision making.

David says of his work over the last few years:

“My work is about connecting people and ideas. This is what drives me and I am particularly focused on the power of informal networks to share ideas, build consensus, and mobilise change.

“Throughout my career I have been involved in connecting people and ideas, then leading people through the changes and challenges that inevitably result. I have been lucky enough to get opportunities in two of the areas that matter most to people and the way they live their lives – Energy and Health. I am motivated by a desire to develop approaches that will transform the way we deal with these issues.

“I also feel strongly that the city is the level at which we must address many of the challenges we face as a society. In Bristol, we have all the ingredients for an ideal city but plenty of challenges that we have still yet to tackle. Through my work, I am trying to do what I can to address this, and to help others to do the same.”

Faculty of Business and Law attracts regional business leaders to new advisory team

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Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean at UWE Bristol’s, Faculty of Business and Law has unveiled an impressive new advisory team of 21 regional business leaders.

The new FBL Faculty Advisory Board has been assembled to look at how the new Faculty and its new £50m building can serve the needs of the region and its economy.

Business leaders from the region’s financial, commercial, legal, public and health sectors are represented on the panel. They are:

Chair – Lord Bichard, Chairman of the National Audit Office

Barbara Davies, Former CEO – West of England Local Enterprise Partnership

Bonnie Dean, CEO – Bristol and Bath Science Park

Chris Nott, Senior Partner – Capital Law

Clive Hetherington, Ex-Area Director – Lloyds Bank

Dame Ruby McGregor-Smith, CEO – Mitie Group

David Relph, Director – Bristol Health Partners

Iain Lovatt, Founder and Chairman – Blue Sheep

Jason Sprague, Management Consultant – ASE Consulting

John Moriarty, President – Bristol Law Society

Karl Brown, Senior Associate – Clark Willmott

Katherine Bennett, Vice-President – Public affairs – Airbus

Keith Probert, MD – Viimi

Luis Garcia, CEO – Bristol Water

Nicola Yates OBE, City Director – Bristol City Council

Peter Rillett, Chairman – North Bristol Trust

Phil Smith, MD – Business West

Rick Sturge, President – ICAEW

Sarah Pullen, MD – Trinity Mirror

Simon Gibson, CEO – Wesley Clover

Vanessa Moon, Moon Consulting

Donna Whitehead, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law says, “We’re delighted by the calibre of our new advisory board and the leadership experience they bring will stand the Faculty in good stead to drive forward our new strategy to make our provision meet the needs of employers and ensure that we forge an international reputation for business and law at UWE Bristol.”

Lord Bichard, Chair of UWE Bristol Faculty of Business and Law advisory board, says, “To be effective universities must work hard to stay close to business; build strong partnerships with local and nationally significant employers; show that they value and respect the voice of industry and look for ways of making their knowledge and research base more accessible to business. This is a partnership of genuine mutual benefit.”

Students are set to benefit from state-of-the art facilities, as the new building for the Faculty of Business and Law draws a step closer to completion. With completion due for January 2017, the new building will include: two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300 seat lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres, a number of smaller teaching spaces, IT suites, flexible social learning spaces, external business engagement space, central social space and café.

UWE Events Management students secure dream Glastonbury volunteer role

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Two students from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) have got a dream ticket to work behind the scenes as Events Operatives at Glastonbury Festival in the organisational hub at Worthy Farm.

Students Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Dimitra Dimitriadou, who are studying for an MSc in Events Management at UWE Bristol, have secured voluntary placements that will give them a unique insight into the running of the world’s biggest music festival.

The students will be involved in all aspects of the operation, including general office administration and support in Site and Infrastructure and the Licensing office. They will act as runners and help with phone and email monitoring, assist in the processes of co-ordinating plant, vehicles and site teams and provide direct support to key Glastonbury Festival managers.

Kyriakos is a postgraduate Events Management student, having already earned a degree in Music Technology at UWE Bristol. He would eventually like to work as an artist manager.

Of the two-week placement, Kyriakos said, “I’m from Cyprus and have never been to a huge festival before so I’m really excited. Having the opportunity to gain experience at a music event like this is awesome. As a career, I’d like to manage live events for bands. It’s great that I’ll get the chance to see behind the scenes and find out how things are managed at Glastonbury.”

Dimitra, an international student from Greece, started work alongside Kyriakos on 13 June. She said, “It’s a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to making closer connections with contacts that might help with my future career.

“My inspiration to work in event management stemmed from when I watched my Dad, who is a singer songwriter, perform at festivals and I was struck by the enormity of the organisation behind events. I researched my course very carefully – I have really enjoyed it and this opportunity is the icing on the cake.”

Dr Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean (External Engagement) in UWE Bristol’s Faculty of Business and Law, has worked with Glastonbury Festival for the past three years. She said, “Chances like this are all about putting theory into practice. In the events industry, learning through doing is essential and where better to do this than at the world’s biggest music festival? We are delighted to have helped secure such an amazing opportunity for our students to gain experience and to see what really happens at the centre of the organisation of the festival.

“In these roles the students will gain invaluable insight into the working of the biggest festival of its kind, before, during and after the event. They have a unique opportunity to learn and to prove themselves in a tough yet exciting environment. Events management is all about teamwork and making connections and I’m confident that Dimitri and Kyriakos will rise to the challenge and have a brilliant and rewarding time.”

Final pitch for business students at Enterprise Fair

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200 final year business students will take to the stage to compete for a series of prizes to highlight the best student business plans at UWE Bristol’s Enterprise Fair, from 10-12 noon this Saturday 14 May 2016 at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre (ECC).

The students will make a 30 second elevator pitch and take part in an assessed poster presentation to mark the final element of the Enterprise project, a final year dissertation module organised around the creation and development of a business plan.

Students have submitted business plans based around a wide range of business ventures covering everything from software applications to artisan food businesses, including a considerable number focused around sustainability.

Speaking about the significance of the Enterprise Fair, Bristol Business School’s Nick Kent, said, “The Enterprise Fair – which gives students the opportunity to pitch their business ideas in a public arena – really is the icing on the cake of the Enterprise Project module; a supervised dissertation module which sees students working up a business idea into a full business plan over the course of the final year of their degrees.

“This is the second time that we’ve run this particular event and we’re hoping to build on the success that we had last year. Students take away the ability to create and develop a full business plan – a very transferable skill which will be equally valuable in the private, public or third sectors. The business plan draws on and integrates knowledge from a wide range of subjects including strategy, marketing, operations, and accounting and finance. The students also gain an appreciation that you need much more than just a good idea to prepare to launch a successful business.

“In essence we believe that the Enterprise Project provides an arena to enable students to create and develop a unique business opportunity by synthesising ideas from their prior learning, research that they’ve carried out, and their own individual creativity.”

There are a range of prizes for the best projects, all generously sponsored by Peter Fane of Nurture Landscapes, an alumnus of the University. Prizes include Best Enterprise Project, Best ‘sustainable’ Enterprise Project and two prizes for ‘The Projects with the Most Potential’.

Students are set to benefit from state-of-the art facilities, as the new building for the Faculty of Business and Law draws a step closer to completion. A ceremony recently took place to mark construction reaching the top floor of the landmark building with completion due for January 2017.

For more information on studying at UWE Bristol, visit the Faculty of Business and Law website.

£50 million UWE Business and Law building is a step closer

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The new £50 million Faculty of Business and Law at UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England) is a step closer to completion.

The new state-of-the-art building will house Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School and is part of the University’s campus development plan to build a University for the 21st Century.

A ceremony is being held on 4 May [2016] to mark construction reaching the top floor of the landmark building.

Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors and an Honorary Graduand from UWE Bristol will mark the occasion by securing a golden bolt on the top floor of the building on Wednesday 4 May.

The new building is located on the northern side of the plaza at the heart of developments on the UWE Bristol Frenchay Campus and is due for completion by January 2017.

The new building will ensure that staff, students and businesses have access to world class facilities and it will enable achievement of the core of the Faculty strategy: engagement with the business sector in the region.

Research by the Association of Business Schools and the Chartered Management Institute, shows that UK business schools and businesses, who are key employers of graduates, could benefit from closer working relationships. Businesses say they want ‘business-ready’ graduates, and key to achieving this are student placements and work experience which are a core part of the vision for the Faculty.

The numbers of UWE Bristol business graduates entering professional jobs within 6 months of graduation has been consistently ahead of the marketplace for business graduates. The latest data based on the 2013/14 Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) produced by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed 74% of UWE Bristol graduates entering professional jobs immediately after graduation compared to a national figure of 67%, confirming the capability of these graduates and the underlining demand in the region.

Working closely with a modern practice-based university like UWE Bristol brings huge benefits for business and this new facility will foster formal and informal interaction between businesses and the University.

Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors says,“UWE Bristol is a great university with impressive international reach. It should be commended for investing in the workforce of the future. Access to skills is a major concern for IoD members, as shortages in key areas can prevent businesses from growing. Management, professional, commercial and entrepreneurial skills are vital to this region. UWE’s effort will create strong career opportunities for students and employees alike.”

Key professional organisations will have a base in the new building enabling barristers, accountants, small business owners and start-ups to mix with staff and students in the learning and social areas. Throughout the building there will be flexible workspaces available for staff, students and visitors to use.

Donna Whitehead Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law says, “This will be a live environment where staff and students and business work together – with collaboration and collegiality at its core. We consult with our advisory board of key business figures who challenge us to make our provision meet the needs of employers and the latest developments in the business world.

“Our students are very enterprising – for example we have very successful Pro Bono work carried out by Law students offering free legal advice to victims of domestic violence and benefit claimants – resulting in successfully gaining £1m in welfare benefits for people wrongly declared fit for work. We plan to develop this model of Pro Bono work for a business audience – enabling our students, with supervision, to offer advice to small businesses on areas such as start-ups, intellectual property, HR issues, marketing and communications. These activities help us to be engaged with the region, and they benefit students by giving them live experience interacting with business owners and developers.

“This new building will enable us to deliver our strategy by providing a first-class teaching and learning environment comprising lecture facilities, teaching and seminar rooms, as well as specialist learning facilities such as a trading room, team entrepreneurship hubs and law courts. It will have spaces that encourage interaction and learning areas enhanced by the latest technology, as well as zones for all subject areas.”

Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School educate future professionals in all aspects of business and law – from entrepreneurship, management, leadership, strategy through to economists, accountants, marketing and human resources. As well as offering academic law courses they also train barristers and solicitors. They provide alongside this, relevant research into important business and law issues that confront both businesses and society.

Innovative new courses, such as the successful Business Team Entrepreneurship degree, enable students to respond to the challenges of creating their own businesses during their time at university.

The new building will include: two showcase law courts, a city trading room, a 300 seat lecture theatre, two Harvard lecture theatres, a number of smaller teaching spaces, IT suites, flexible social learning spaces, external business engagement space, central social space and café.

ISG is the main contractor for the project.

The University is currently seeking further funding from the business and alumni community to develop Technology Enhanced Learning classrooms to deliver the very best in student learning experience and teaching. At the same time this will give these businesses access to talented students and graduates, research and development.

Student shortlisted for £5,000 prize hopes to transform banking with virtual reality

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UWE Student Nominated for Prize A student from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has been shortlisted in a competition which calls on young people to help crack some of the financial sector’s biggest digital challenges.

Santander invited students and recent graduates from across the country to submit ideas outlining how technology could be used to transform the banking experience for customers in the future.

One of 13 entrants shortlisted for a prize in the Big Ideas challenge is UWE Bristol masters student Thomas Cottrell, who has developed a creative way of using virtual reality in banking.

The 24-year-old student on the university’s MSc Finance course hopes his idea can improve transparency between customers and banks, helping rebuild trust in the banking industry.

He said: “The biggest problem at the moment between banks and customers is that the general public essentially do not trust that banks are interested in the wellbeing of their customers. Even industry professionals estimate that it will be a decade before public trust in banks returns to where it was before the financial crisis.

“My idea is to add value to the way Santander staff interact with customers by helping the relationship to be founded upon trust. The specific way this will be achieved will be by making the process of dealing with Santander more transparent, and more engaging.

“By using an exciting augmented reality interface to make financial data come alive through a number of intuitive visualisations, customer and staff will find that decisions are made in a way that is clearly beneficial to the customer. The visualisations and financial models are so easy to use and understand that all customers, even those with no financial expertise, can feel that they are actively participating in their finances and can clearly see that what kind of deal they are getting.

“These kinds of models are very versatile, and can be made to work in branch and at home. For instance, as well as being used to talk someone through their options for a mortgage application in a branch, by putting the software directly into the Santander App, customers could use the process to make visualisations of their finances and financial planning right on their kitchen table.

“By being the most transparent bank at the point of contact with the customer, Santander can get a head start on the long road to earning back the trust of the public.”

Shriti Vadera, Santander’s UK chairman, said the competition was recognition that young people were often better with technology than their older peers.

The contest asked students to tackle challenges including semantic search, allowing bank staff to access customer information more quickly; digital authentication, ensuring online transactions are secure; and the incorporation of virtual reality into financial services.

Prizes of up to £5,000 are on offer for the best ideas, with Santander also looking to help entrants develop their proposals into solutions that could be commercialised.

The judging and awards ceremony will be held at a grand final on Monday (March 21) at Santander’s head office in London, where the winners will be announced.

National Living Wage a ‘leap in the dark’: UWE economics expert

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The introduction of a National Living Wage next month is ‘leap in the dark’ which may put some smaller companies out of business, says an economics expert from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Associate Professor Felix Ritchie said there was a great deal of uncertainty about the impact of raising the earnings of the lowest paid by 50 pence an hour.

Dr Ritchie, who alongside colleagues at UWE Bristol has conducted extensive research on low pay in recent years, said large organisations would be better able to absorb the extra burden on their wage bills but smaller companies may feel the strain and be forced to fold or lay off staff.

He said: “The Government has acknowledged the new rate is a policy decision rather than a research-driven decision. It’s a bit of a shot in the dark and an experiment from the Government, which seems to be willing to accept the risks to employment to provide better wages for workers.

“In the short term, profits will be hit. Bigger companies will be able to absorb the changes but small individual businesses have less flexibility and will feel it most. It might be that some small businesses even fold and blame the new rate for that happening – it could end up being the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

“In the longer term, there is evidence that companies will find ways to adjust. This is what happened with the introduction of the minimum wage.”

The new National Living Wage of £7.20 per hour, being introduced on April 1, will replace the current minimum wage of £6.70 per hour for employees aged over 25. Chancellor George Osborne plans to increase the rate to £9 per hour across the UK by 2020. The blanket increase covers the whole of Britain, with no special rate for more expensive areas such as London.

Employees aged between 21 and 25 will continue to receive the £6.70 per hour, with those under 21 earning an even lower rate.

Dr Ritchie said another likely consequence of the move – announced in last year’s summer budget – was a knock-on pay increase for those currently on salaries just above the new National Living Wage threshold.

He said: “I expect employees on all the existing minimum wages to see their pay rising more steeply and there to be a ripple effect for those earning just above the new National Living Wage level. Overall, it should give people a bit more money and help families but the issue is – will people keep their jobs and will some employees be traded in for younger workers?

“The introduction of the National Minimum Wage was huge but this isn’t going to be as big a jump – the immediate impact won’t be as great. One area of major concern is social care – this is an industry that is already struggling, and they will find it hard to renegotiate contracts with councils.”

The academic also believes the introduction of a National Living Wage could cause resentment among workers already receiving a Living Wage through existing voluntary schemes, such as employees at Bristol City Council.

Dr Ritchie said: “Bristol is trying to be a UK Living Wage employer and the city council is requiring its workers – and organisations that work for it – to be Living Wage employees, so for lots of people in Bristol it might not change things. People like being on these voluntary Living Wage schemes, partly because it is special for them – it shows that your employer is willing to go beyond the legal minimum. But how are people going to react to it being rolled out everywhere?

“There was research done with the voluntary schemes – these rates are calculated by looking at what the average family needs to earn to live on. The new National Living Wage has just come out of the blue. It’s been based on minimum wages in other countries rather than thinking about how it will impact employees and employers in the UK.”

Dr Ritchie is director of Bristol Economic Analysis (BEA), a research centre based at UWE Bristol which has conducted several studies on low pay. It has produced a number of reports for the Low Pay Commission since 2012, focussing since 2014 on the pay of apprentices.

UWE’s Professor Don Webber led a BEA study in Bristol last year, with employers and employees being asked what impact a Living Wage might have. The study was carried out before the Government announced a National Living Wage was to be introduced.

Dr Ritchie said: “We were interviewing people about their attitudes to the Living Wage and it gave us some interesting insights. We were asking if people would work harder if they were on a Living Wage. Some said they would do but explained that if all organisations were paying the same Living Wage they wouldn’t feel their employer was exceptional. A number of employees were also worried about the effect on their job security because they recognised that some businesses have very tight profit margins.”

Financing British Companies: evolution or revolution?

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Sir Howard Davies, Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland, sets out his thoughts on the financing of British Companies at UWE Bristol’s Exhibition and Conference Centre, on Wednesday 9 March 2016.

RBS remains the largest provider of finance for British companies, though it is smaller than it was before the crisis and bailout. But how is the financing landscape for British companies changing? New ‘challenger banks’ have come on the scene, together with a range of new types of provider – peer to peer tenders, crowd funding etc.

The University welcomes Sir Howard to the Bristol Distinguished Address Series,to discuss how firms should try to navigate through this more complex marketplace.

Series organiser, UWE Bristol’s Professor Nicholas O’Regan says, “We’re delighted to welcome Sir Howard Davies to our 2016 Bristol Distinguished Address Series. These lectures have become a popular event for the Bristol business community, with the opportunity to network and hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

Sir Howard Davies was appointed Chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland on 1 September 2015. Previous to this, Howard was Chairman of the Phoenix Group between October 2012 and August 2015. He recently chaired the UK Airports Commission and was the Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science from 2003 until May 2011. Prior to this appointment Howard chaired the UK Financial Services Authority from 1997 to 2003.

Previously, Howard was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, after three years as the Director General of the Confederation of British Industry. Earlier in his career he worked in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Treasury, McKinsey and Co, and as Controller of the Audit Commission.

Howard is a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris (Sciences Po).

Howard also chairs the Risk Committee at Prudential PLC, whose board he joined in 2010. He is a member of the Regulatory and Compliance Advisory Board of Millennium Management LLC, a New York-based hedge fund. He has been a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Banking Regulatory Commission since 2003 and in 2012, was appointed Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission. Previously Howard was an independent Director of Morgan Stanley Inc.

Howard has published five books focused on the financial markets and regularly writes for The Financial Times, Times Higher Education, Project Syndicate and Management Today.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership with ACCA,Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures.

Improving a great national institution – the plan for modern public service

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John Manzoni, Chief Executive of the Civil Service and Permanent Secretary (Cabinet Office), sets out his thoughts on the future of the Civil Service at UWE Bristol’s Exhibition and Conference Centre this evening (Wednesday 2 March).

The University welcomes John to the Bristol Distinguished Address Series, to share his observations about his move from the private to public sector, give an overview of his vision for the Civil Service, discuss what he is trying to achieve in his role and what the future will look like.

Series organiser, UWE Bristol’s Professor Nicholas O’Regan, says, “We’re delighted to welcome John Manzoni to our 2016 Bristol Distinguished Address Series. These lectures have become a popular event for the Bristol business community, with the opportunity to network and hear directly from inspirational figures in industry with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership skills at the highest level.”

John became Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office in August 2015. He was appointed Chief Executive of the Civil Service in October 2014 and continues in this role also. He joined the Cabinet Office in February 2014 as Chief Executive of the Major Projects Authority.

John was previously President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian oil and gas company Talisman Energy Inc. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the private sector. In his 24 years at BP, he contributed to its global growth and held senior strategic and operational leadership roles at global, regional and local level. Between 2002 and 2007, he was Chief Executive, Refining and Marketing, spanning six different businesses across more than 100 countries and he was a member of the BP plc main board from 2003 to 2007.

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series is delivered by the Bristol Business School in partnership withACCA, Bristol City Council, Bristol Junior Chamber, Bristol Post, Business West, CBI, CMI, FSB, IoD,ICAEW and the West of England LEP.

Discuss this event on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures.