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Matthew Blain

Business Leaders Lecture Series - The path to better jobs

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This is the rescheduled date for Matthew Blain's Lecture.
Nottingham Business School welcomes Matthew Blain, Director of HR Operations for Boots UK and Ireland as part of our Business Leaders Lecture Series.

  • From: Thursday 9 February 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Thursday 9 February 2017, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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The path to better jobs

Boots have always been proud to provide care in thousands of communities across the UK, to give access to employment for all, and to provide training and progression for everyone. However, as customer's expectations of both our retail and employment offer change, we have to respond and adapt. There are exciting opportunities for our industry to innovate against these new societal trends and our challenge is to remain in the vanguard of social mobility, ensuring that while job roles will surely change, there will be better, more engaging jobs in the future.

According to a recent report by the British Retail Consortium, there could be 900,000 fewer retail jobs by 2025. Under the banner of 'Retail 2020', Matthew has been working as part of a cross industry steering group of HR Directors to understand the profound and accelerating structural change driving this, and what it means for people working in the sector, setting out a path to fewer, better jobs.

Matthew Blain

Matthew is Director of HR Operations for Boots UK and Ireland. He rejoined Boots in March 2015 and leads a team of 250 people delivering HR support and thought leadership across the expertise areas of Reward, Pensions, Employee Relations, Resourcing, Technology, People Insight, Occupational Health and Colleague Technology.

His early career spanned store operations and regional leadership roles with Tesco, Punch Taverns and JD Wetherspoon before a move to specialise in HR from 2001. Prior to his current role at Boots, Matthew’s HR roles have included UK Country Lead for Global Operations at AstraZeneca and HR Director for the Business and Industry sector at Compass Group.

A graduate in Business and Quality Management from Nottingham Trent University, he is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD and a Doctor of Business Administration. He is also an Alumni Fellow of Nottingham Business School.


Guest Lecture timings:

5.30 pm – Guest registration

6 pm – Business Leaders Lecture: Matthew Blain, Director of HR operations for Boots UK and Ireland: The Path to Better jobs

6.45 pm – Q & A

7 pm – Drinks reception

7.30 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.

Alternatively you may contact us by email or telephone +44 (0)115 848 4460.

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

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