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Justin Webb: the midterms and change

Justin Webb, Radio 4 ‘Today’ presenter and journalist, spoke brilliantly, without notes, on President Trump, the mid-term elections and political leadership in a time of change.

For nearly a decade he was the BBC’s chief correspondent in Washington. Justin writes a column in the Times on US affairs and has written several books about the US/British relationship. Justin grew up in Bath and was educated at Sidcot School in Somerset and the London School of Economics. He was named as the inaugural patron of Bath Rugby Foundation in 2014 and was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bath in 2015.


Why does the implementation of public policy so rarely lead to sustainable change?

Rob Greig (CBE, FRSA, DMS, BSc) – Chief Executive, National Development Team for Inclusion

Building on his experience in developing and delivering public policy, Rob considered:



From tech start-up to world class

Dr. Mike Lynch OBE FRS FREng

Mike discussed the issues in creating a multibillion dollar tech business out of the UK, going from start-up to scale up to world domination. He covered the advantages and disadvantages of the UK market, including common pitfalls and UK structural issues, considered from the point of view of the companies, investors and financial markets.


Changing times and the changing face of charity

Sue Porto, CEO, St John's Hospital

Sue told her story of developing a strategy to change a venerable but vulnerable charitable organisation to produce social impact. She shared how she has developed a strategy for the next five years and a vision for the next 100.



Transformational Change in Wiltshire

Mike Veale, Chief Constable, Wiltshire Police

Mike shared an example of extended transformational change in Wiltshire Police, with a particular emphasis on people, leadership and culture. He explored how it was undertaken, the challenges and where they are now. During Mike's first six months as Chief Constable vast investments and improvements in technology had enabled the successful roll out of the New Ways of Working programme across the Force, encouraging agile working for staff, officers and volunteers.


Leading change in Bath & North East Somerset

Dr Jo Farrar, CEO, Bath and North East Somerset Council

Jo is Bath and North East Somerset Council's first ever female chief executive. She is an experienced leader who worked with Tony Blair on public sector reform and previously led Bridgend County Borough Council in Wales which she turned into a top-performing authority. Jo has worked in a number of other high profile roles with organisations including Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government, the London Borough of Camden and the Government's Cabinet Office, where she worked as deputy director between 2000 and 2003.



Awakening of a Technology Giant

Leadership and Change at Sage

Bath Alumnus, Stephen Kelly, has over 30 years’ leadership experience in the SME and technology sector. He has previously served as CEO of two publicly listed software companies and was COO for the UK Government from 2012-14, where he was responsible for the Efficiency & Reform agenda. Stephen has also had experience as an Angel Investor in a number of high growth start-ups and spent his early career at Oracle. Now, as CEO at Sage, he will talk about the challenge of operating in 24 countries, servicing more than 6 million customers and employing nearly 13,000 people.



Exploring Trustworthy Leadership

Trust is a relationship hard-earned but easily lost

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey's recent research focuses on employee engagement, trust and trustworthiness. She has written three research reports in collaboration with the CIPD - Where has all the trust gone? Cultivating trustworthy leaders and Experiencing trustworthy leaders.

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Changing times, changing Clarks

Melissa Potter, CEO Clarks International

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Making Sainsbury's Great Again -
and Keeping It Great

Justin King, CEO Sainsbury’s

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"It's not easy being green...” - Hear the extraordinary story of the rise, fall and rise again of a unique, Bath-based sustainable energy company.

Lord Oxburgh, FRS, Chairman of 2OC and Andrew Mercer, CEO of 2OC

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Sport, not Transport - Why and how the 2012 Games transport doomsters were proved wrong.

Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, will be speaking on ‘Running the Olympics on Time : reflections and lessons on 2012’

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The man at the coal face of the Big Society. Turning the UK government super-tanker around.

Stephen Kelly, COO Cabinet Office.