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Derek Gannon, Chief Operating Officer at Comic Relief

Business Leaders Lecture Series - Transformation and Change in the Media and Charity Sectors

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Nottingham Business School invites you to attend a lecture by Derek Gannon, Chief Operating Officer at Comic Relief.

  • From: Thursday 10 December 2015, 5.45 pm
  • To: Thursday 10 December 2015, 7.45 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Transformation and Change in the Media and Charity Sectors

The media landscape has fundamentally changed. Falling newspaper and advertising sales has led media groups to look at digital reach, influence and revenue. In the charity sector, public donations are falling, the traditional telephone call centres are being replaced by online, mobile and social networks. This lecture explains how media and charity are adapting to be fit for the future.

Derek Gannon is the Chief Operating Officer at Comic Relief where he is overseeing an organisational review and transforming the organisation to be fit for the future by bringing in new digitally-focused skill sets.

Derek has 15 years' experience in agenda setting global brands and digital start-ups and has an outstanding record of driving and delivering major strategic initiatives, transformational change, digital transformation, large scale technology, cost management and international projects in three of the UK's leading media and charity brands - Guardian News and Media, Pearson PLC and Comic Relief.

He is the former Chair of the Diana Award, Vice-Chair of Gingerbread, a non-exec Director for Rewired State, and a member of Nottingham Trent University's Development Board.



  • 5.45 pm - Guest registration
  • 6.15 pm - Business Leaders Lecture: Derek Gannon, Chief Operating Officer at Comic Relief
  • 7 pm - Questions and answers
  • 7.15 pm - Drinks reception
  • 7.45 pm - Close

Booking information


Our Business Leaders Lectures are free to attend, however places are limited. We recommend booking your place(s) at this lecture as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

To book your place(s) please register online. To book online, please add the event to My basket, go to basket and book event.

Alternatively you may contact us by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 8732.

Tickets are not issued for this event, however a confirmation email will be sent approximately one week prior to the lecture date

Location details


Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes walking distance. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

If you are travelling to Nottingham by car the fastest and easiest way to get to the Newton building is by using the city's park and ride tram service. NET Trams depart every ten minutes from the Phoenix Park and Hucknall sites and take you directly into the city within 20 minutes. The cost of a day travel ticket is £3.70. The tram is also convenient if you are travelling by train. Trams depart from Nottingham Train Station at ten minute intervals. You can alight at either the Royal Centre or Nottingham Trent University tram stop as they are equidistant to the Newton building.

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