Previous Bristol Distinguished Address talks
Find podcasts, video interviews, photos galleries and media coverage from past Bristol Distinguished Address Series events.
Simon Belsham, CEO at notonthehighstreet.com, delivered a lecture entitled "What does it take for a creative small business to thrive?"
Michael Ward, Managing Director of Harrods, delivered a lecture entitled "Why luxury is relevant to the UK economy and the barriers faced by developing companies.”
Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chair, Institute of Directors and Deputy Chairman of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee, delivered a lecture entitled “The Future of Nuclear.”
Vicky Pryce, Board Member, Centre for Economics and Business Research, delivered a lecture entitled "Post-Brexit Britain – the road ahead".
Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, The Alchemists, delivered a lecture entitled “The certain challenge of managing in uncertain times”.
Vikki Heywood CBE, Chairman, The Royal Society of Arts, delivered a lecture entitled “Enriching Britain - through our creativity and heritage”.
Baroness Dido Harding of Winscombe, Chief Executive of TalkTalk Group delivered the University's prestigious Annual Bolland Lecture entitled "The digital revolution: how Britain can lead and what it means for today’s students".
Mark Stewart, General Manager and HR Director, Airbus, delivered a lecture entitled “Developing the right skills for the future of the UK aerospace industry”
Sir Howard Davies, Chairman, Royal Bank of Scotland, delivered a lecture entitled “Financing British Companies: evolution or revolution?”
John Manzoni, Chief Executive, Civil Service, delivered a lecture entitled “Improving a Great National Institution, the Plan for Modern Public Service”.
Lord Bichard KCB, Non-Executive Chairman of the National Audit Office delivered an address entitled "Creative leadership".
Sir Stephen, Vice-Chair of Business for New Europe delivered an address entitled "Why do we British find the EU so hard to swallow?".
Dennis, Managing Director, Compass Group UK and Ireland, delivered an address entitled 'Inspiring a growth culture'.
Sir Richard, The Earl of Kilmorey, presented a tale of two cities, Bristol and Belfast, two of the greatest and most successful industrial ports of the Empire.
Rick Haythornthwaite, non-executive chairman of the FTSE 100 Centrica plc, delivered a lecture titled: "Disruption and the future of leadership".
Mike Clasper CBE, Chairman of Coats Group plc / CMI President led a talk discussing a mission for middle management.
Sir Peter Bazalgette is Chair of Arts Council England and former Chair of English National Opera and Crossness Engines, an embryonic steam museum.
Angela Knight addresses how the decisions made by the UK's political parties have led the country towards an electricity shortage; meaning that there may not be enough electricity to meet demand in the coming years.
Paul Boissier became Chief Executive of the RNLI 5 years ago, after a lifetime's service in the Royal Navy. In this talk, Boissier discusses his journey during the last 5 years as Chief Executive from the shocking realisation that the RNLI was not flawless to the new, ambitious strategy which will itself bring a different set of challenges.
James Timpson, Chief Executive of Timpson, discusses how 'upside down management' and innovative recruitment strategies have helped Timpson to succeed in the market while helping ex-offenders change their lives.
Matthew Layton, Managing Partner at Clifford Chance LLP, reflects on key elements for successful development in the global legal market and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities ahead.
Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country, UK BP, discusses the long-term outlook for the energy industry, and how this will affect the UK and Europe.
Ann Francke, Chief Executive Officer of CMI, delivers a lecture entitled; 'Stop Managing. Start Achieving. Why Management Needs a Makeover'.
Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, delivers a lecture at UWE's Exhibition and Conference Centre as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.
Dr Tony Cocker, CEO of E.ON UK discusses the importance of trust to businesses and their customers – why getting it right really matters.
Stephen Varley, Chairman at EY, discusses what it takes to be a good leader.
Leo Quinn, CEO of the UK's largest research and technology organisation QinetiQ Group, argues that cultural transformation is the only non-negotiable in delivering greater value.
John Cridland CBE, Director-General of the CBI, addresses the South West as a region; stating that it 'exemplifies the national norm... reflecting the future of Britain's economy'.
Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group, talks about AIM, the world's largest market for small and medium sized investors.
Dr Louise Makin, CEO of BTG plc, shares her perspectives on building a specialist healthcare practice in the UK.
Sir Win Bischoff, Chairman of Lloyds Banking Group and the Financial Reporting Council, shares his perspective on 'The Future of UK Banking in the Global Context'.
Simon Collins, Chairman and Senior Partner of KPMG, shares his perspectives on ‘how to get business to be great again’.
Air Vice-Marshal Julian Young CB OBE, DES's Director Technical, shares his knowledge and expertise on ‘up-skilling in a complex environment’.
Sir Richard Broadbent, Chairman of Tesco PLC, shares his perspectives on the current debate about what is termed 'corporate governance'.
Rosemary Squire, Co-founder and Joint CEO of the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG), shares a founder’s perspective on creating the largest live theatre group, during an interview with Ian Mean, Content Director at Local World Media.
The Chief Executive of Aggreko gave a lecture entitled, 'The Energy Crunch' at Bristol City Hall.
The Chairman of Monitise plc and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Visa Europe gave a lecture entitled, 'The Leadership Challenge of Growing Businesses in the "Digital Age"' at Bristol City Hall.
The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) gave a lecture entitled, 'Putting fairer workplaces at the heart of a stronger economy' at Bristol City Hall.
The CEO of the British Red Cross gave a lecture entitled, 'A personal insight into the leadership challenges of one of the UK's leading charities and the role of the CEO within the world's largest humanitarian movement' at Bristol City Hall.
The Executive Chairman of PA Consulting Group gave a lecture entitled, 'Reflecting on the Continuing Economic Decline of the West' at Bristol City Hall.