Bristol Distinguished Address Series: A mission for Middle Management

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Start Date: 30 Sep 2015

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Venue: UWE Bristol Exhibition & Conference Centre, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY › View map

Mike Clasper CBE, Chairman of Coats Group plc / CMI President will deliver the University's prestigious annual Bolland Lecture as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series.

The Bolland Lecture was established in 1976 to commemorate Dr Robert Bolland, who held the post of Director of Bristol Polytechnic from its foundation in 1969 to his death in 1974. In 1992 Bristol Polytechnic gained University status, becoming the University of the West of England.

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A mission for middle management

Mike Clasper CBE, Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, will talk about why leaders need to think again about the performance of middle management and why middle management could be key to their productivity and long-term success. He'll look at why so many people are 'accidental managers', why they struggle with the difficult conversations that every manager faces – and why employer attitudes to investing in much-needed skills have to change.

As the President of the Chartered Management Institute, Mike will draw on his experience in senior roles across organisations as diverse as BAA plc, Terra Firma Capital Partners and HM Revenue and Customs to share insights about the future of management and leadership in the 21st century.


18:00 - Registration and refreshments
18:30 - Lecture
19:30 - Networking and supper


About the Bristol Distinguished Address Series

The Bristol Distinguished Address Series provides a unique opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions being made at the highest level of strategic leadership. The 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.

Delivered as part of the Bristol Distinguished Address Series and Bristol European Green Capital events in 2015.


Mike Clasper

Mike Clasper CBE CMgr CCMI

Mike Clasper took over as President of CMI in October 2014. He is Non-Executive Chairman of Coats Group plc, as well as a Senior Independent Director at Serco PLC and Chairman of Which? Ltd. Mike has outstanding experience across a wide range of organisations, including private, public, third sector, FTSE 350 and SMEs.

He was formerly Non-Executive Director at ITV, Chief Executive of BAA plc. Operating Managing Director at Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited and Chairman of HMRC. He has also held a number of senior executive positions at Procter & Gamble. Mike grew up in Sunderland and studied Engineering at St. John's College, Cambridge. He is proud to hold an Honorary Doctorate from Sunderland University and in his spare time enjoys the theatre as well as watching and playing sport.

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