University announces line-up of top executives for 2018 business talks

New £55m UWE business school building

Resilience when running a business and the future of journalism are just some of the topics being explored during a new set of Bristol Distinguished Address Series talks organised by the University of the West of England.

The talks feature some of the UK’s top business leaders and are well regarded by Bristol’s business community as the leading place to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

They will take place between February and April 2018 in the University’s new £55 million Bristol Business School building.

Series organiser Professor Nicholas O’Regan, said: “The highly successful Bristol Distinguished Address series is the only one of its kind in the UK featuring the leading movers and shakers from the business, public and non-profit sectors.

“With a wealth of combined experienced, the speakers will tackle some of the unique challenges that face the UK, like cyber security or the future of journalism.”

The full line-up of speakers for spring 2018 is as follows:

Wednesday 07 February – Simon Fox, Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror – The importance of professional journalism in a post-truth world

Wednesday 21 February – Inga Beale DBE, CEO, Lloyds of London – Enabling human progress in a digital world

Wednesday 28 February – Andrew Langdon QC, Chairman, Bar Council ­– The Bar: independent advocacy operating in the Public Interest

Wednesday 21 March – Nick Wheeler, Founder and Chairman, Charles Tyrwhitt – A shirty tale – from Bristol to London in 31 years

Wednesday 11 April – Tim Parker, Chairman, Post Office – Aligning Interests: Lessons from the world of Private Equity

Wednesday 25 April – Mark Linsey, Director, BBC Studios – How BBC Studios fits into the UK TV production landscape

After the lectures, there will be an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the speakers.