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Olympic chairman to lecture on key UK infrastructure plans

Sir John Armitt

14 May 2014

A free management and business lecture (The Maclaren Lecture) will be delivered by Chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority Sir John Armitt, author of the Armitt Review.  

The lecture, on Wednesday 4 June, will be held by Aston University in conjunction with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). It will highlight Sir John’s work at the Olympic Delivery Authority and his UK infrastructure plans outlined in the Armitt Review. 

The Armitt review was undertaken to investigate how to develop better long-term planning for cross-party projects likely to last for more than one parliament. Recent examples include the HS2 high speed train development and future housing schemes. 

Sir John will talk about the challenges facing the UK, lessons to be drawn from the past, and his own recommendations on the way forward. 

Speaking ahead of the event, Sir John said: “Infrastructure development is central to driving short term economic recovery and the long term sustainability and growth of a nation. Delivery should be based on foreseeable need and a clear and consistent vision. Political and business leaders must provide clear leadership whilst being prepared to engage in open debate with the electorate.” 

Infrastructure development is central to driving short term economic recovery and the long term sustainability and growth of a nation

The MacLaren Lecture is an annual event held jointly by Aston University and the Chartered Management Institute. The event has run since 1953, and has attracted major speakers from business and industry, including Sir John Harvey Jones, Chris Bonnington, Lord David Sainsbury and our own emeritus Chancellor, Sir Adrian Cadbury. 

It commemorates the life of James MacLaren, one of the most eminent industrialists in Birmingham’s history. MacLaren was one of the founder members of the Birmingham branch of the Chartered Management Institute and was the first chair of the Birmingham College of Technology, an antecedent of Aston University. He was particularly known for developing links between industry and education. 

The MacLaren lecture, free and open to all, will be held at Aston University on Wednesday 4th June at 6:30pm. Registration opens at 5:30pm for networking and refreshments. The event will be held in the Sumpner Lecture Theatre located in the Main Building which is just a short walk from Birmingham City Centre. 

Register your place here or for further information please call 0121 204 5486 or email events@aston.ac.uk