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The Change Management Forum, held on Thursday 14th November and hosted by the School of Management, outlined the extraordinary story of the rise, fall and rise again of Bath-based sustainable energy company, 2OC.

The Change Management Forum provides a venue for ‘thinking practitioners’ and ‘applied academics’ to come together and share knowledge and ideas. The Forum is an important platform of engagement where we can discuss highly topical subjects which are having impact on society.

Lord Oxburgh FRS, Chairman of 2OC and Andrew Mercer, CEO of 2OC discussed how their organisation has been twice threatened with closure and reflected on the tough lessons they have learned in leadership and team dynamics that led them to eventual success. 2OChas recently signed a landmark £200m deal with Thames Water to provide a new way of generating clean power and heat.


Lord (Ron) Oxburgh

Lord (Ron) Oxburgh is a geologist who was one of the pioneers of the plate tectonics theory which is now mainstream. He is a graduate of Oxford and Princeton and taught Geology and Physics at Oxford and Cambridge. He is the former Rector of Imperial College, London and is a Visiting Professor at Stanford, Caltech and Cornell in the USA.

Ron is a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK's Ministry of defence and a Fellow of the Royal Society. As Chairman of Shell UK, Ron was the first 'oil man' to publicly state that the industry needed to plan for the post oil era and it was he who began experimentation with algae.

In 2007 he was awarded Platt's Lifetime Achievement Award for what was described as his "outstanding achievement and vision" in the global energy industry.

Andrew Mercer

Andrew Mercer, known as Merc, is a serial entrepreneur. An accountant by training, he set up his software company One Meaning in the height of the dotcom boom and sold it to Oracle.

Passionate about leadership mentoring and the importance of the team, he set up Footdown to help leaders become the best they can be and has seen it grow into one of the UK's leading business leadership and mentoring companies.

He set up 2OC, a renewable energy company in 2006 and 7 years later, he oversaw the signing of a £200m deal to provide renewable power and heat to Thames Water in London.

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The School of Management is one of the UK's leading business schools. Currently ranked 1st for Student Experience (Times Higher Education 2015) and 1st for Business Studies (The Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016), we are a leading centre for management research - placed 8th in the UK in the latest REF2014.

We are one of a select number of international business schools accredited by EQUIS, the European Foundation for Management Development's quality inspectorate and the Bath MBA has been accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA) since 1976.

The centrality of research to teaching is an essential feature of all our programmes. The School offers a full range of programmes from undergraduate to postgraduate up to PhD level and post-experience programmes including the world-ranked Bath MBA. The School also provides tailored executive development programmes for middle and senior management.

The School of Management has a faculty of over 100 teaching and research staff, including visiting academics, with a professional support team of around 90 managerial and administrative staff. Research income averages £2 million per annum. There are approximately 2,400 students in total comprising some 150 MBA students, over 500 Master’s students, 250 full- and part-time research students, and over 1500 undergraduates following BSc degrees.