Business Leaders Lecture Series continues with insights into leadership skills and retail job roles

Nottingham Business School’s successful Business Leaders Lecture Series continues with insightful lectures by two leading industry figures covering leadership skills and changing job roles in retail.

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Matthew Blain, director of HR Operations at Boots UK and Ireland, will give a lecture

Nottingham Business School’s successful Business Leaders Lecture Series continues with insightful lectures by two leading industry figures covering leadership skills and changing job roles in retail.

On 26 January, Sarah Walker-Smith, chief operating officer at Browne Jacobson LLP, will give a talk titled On purpose…developing leadership skills and achieving more by reconnecting with your purpose.

Sarah is responsible for the strategic development of Browne Jacobson LLP and has seen the firm grow from £18 million to around £65 million.

She will discuss how individuals can achieve more by having a purpose and how people can find and refine theirs.

Research conducted by Harvard Business School in 2013 suggests that as children we know who we are and what our purpose is but as we grow up, this vision is lost; leaders who keep it tend to achieve more highly.

Sarah will advocate that by identifying their purpose, people ‘can have their cake and eat it’. For her, this includes fulfilling her lifelong ambition of writing, designing, directing and producing the world premiere of a musical - despite not playing an instrument or having any musical training- alongside her day job and family life.

During the lecture, Sarah will be giving examples of how she has used her purpose to achieve success.

On 9 February, Matthew Blain, director of HR Operations at Boots UK and Ireland, will give a lecture on The path to better jobs and will discuss the changing nature of job roles in retail.

A report by the British Retail Consortium suggested that there could be 900,000 fewer retail jobs by 2025.

Matthew has been working under the banner ‘Retail 2020’ as part of a cross industry steering group of HR directors to understand the structural changes that are driving this and what it means for people working in the sector.

Dean of Nottingham Business School, Professor Baback Yazdani, said: "These lectures bring great insight from top business leaders to our students and business community here in Nottingham."

The Business Leaders Lecture Series was established in 2009 and past speakers have included Joe Greenwell CBE, chairman, Ford UK; Ian McCafferty, Monetary Policy Committee member, Bank of England; Derek Gannon, chief operating officer at Comic Relief; and Simon Walker, director general of the Institute of Directors.

Lectures are open to the public and free to attend. Both upcoming lectures will take place in the Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building.

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Business Leaders Lecture Series continues with insights into leadership skills and retail job roles

Published on 25 January 2017
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