Top executives announced for autumn business lecture series

Media Relations Team, 21 August 2019

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The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has announced a new line-up of evening lectures from 9 October to 13 November as part of its Bristol Distinguished Address Series (BDAS). The talks are given by top executives from across the industry and hosted in UWE Bristol's £55m Bristol Business School building.

During the autumn talks, topics are to include the rise of the UK as a Fintech hub, how our retail landscape is changing, and how to get ahead in business in a disruptive landscape.

The lecture series takes place twice a year and has become extremely popular, drawing in many from the region's business community, who see the talks as an opportunity to hear about the challenges, issues and decisions made at the highest level of strategic leadership.

Ray McDowell, Interim Dean of Bristol Business School and Bristol Law School said he welcomed this year's BDAS as it begins its 10th year. “The Distinguished Address Series is unrivalled in the West of England in bringing significant people with a wealth of strategic experience and leadership to the region.

“We believe the opportunity to hear the views of such inspirational figures is a wonderful benefit for the local business community as well as our students, alumni and staff.”

The programme is as follows:

Wednesday 9 October 2019: Annual Bolland Lecture: Deanna Oppenheimer, Chair, Hargreaves Lansdown.

FinTech US vs UK

Wednesday 23 October 2019: Andrew Jennings, Chairman, Board Member and Senior Advisor

The Changing Retail Landscape and how to succeed

Wednesday 6 November 2019: Arabel Bailey, Digital, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Accenture

Surviving and thriving in a disrupted world

Wednesday 13 November 2019: Bruce Carnegie-Brown, President, CMI & Chairman, Lloyds

21st Century Management

The series, organised since 2009, is delivered in partnership with ACCABristol City CouncilBristol Junior ChamberBristol Law SocietyBristol MediaBusiness LeaderCIPFABusinessWestCBICIPDCMIFSBIoDICAEW and the West of England Combined Authority.

Podcasts, video interviews, photos galleries and media coverage from past Bristol Distinguished Address Series events can be found here. Follow the discussion on Twitter using the hashtag #BristolLectures

After the lectures, there is an opportunity for audience members to ask questions of the speakers. Please contact the Media Relations team at with media queries or to request a media seat.

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