Published on 17/11/2022
Aston Business School, Aston University
  • The new Leadership Matters series will enable business professionals to network as well as hear from a panel of business leaders on best practice
  • The first event in the series focuses on 'leading through disruption'
  • It will take place at Aston Business School on 29 November.

Aston University is to launch its Leadership Matters series of in-person events on Tuesday 29 November.

The new series, hosted by Aston Business School, will provide business professionals with an opportunity to network, as well as hear from a panel of business leaders on best practice and challenges.

The first event in the series will focus on leading through disruption. It will take place at Aston Business School and guests are asked to arrive at 18:00 for an 18:30 start. Following the panel discussion, drinks and a light buffet will be served at 19:30, allowing the opportunity to network for around an hour.

The panel discussion will be hosted by Dr Lloyd Parsons, executive director of Aston MBA Programmes and a senior teaching fellow in leadership. Paul Thandi (CEO, NEC Group, Mark Trenavin-Body (CFO, HSBC ServCo), Diane Vernon MBE (founder & chief executive, EmployabilityUK) and Dr Stephen Billingham CBE (executive chairman, Sizewell C) will make up the rest of the panel.

Dr Lloyd Parsons said:

“I am looking forward to launching the first in our series of events on such an important topic.

“‘Disruption’ is a constant in business today. Organisations have to manage the effects of the pandemic, war, political decisions and recession.

“The challenge for leaders to ensure their organisation survives and thrives is immense.

“It is a great opportunity for business professionals to discover how our panel of four business leaders navigated their organisations through difficult times in the past and prepare for more uncertainty in the future.”

To book a place on this free event, click here.

The next events in the series will be ‘Leading People’ (7 February 2023) and ‘Leading Innvoation’ (30 May 2023).

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a university since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiary groups – students, business and the professions, and the West Midlands region and wider society. Located in Birmingham at the heart of a vibrant city, the campus houses all the University’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Aleks Subic is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University is ranked 22nd in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, based on measures including entry standards, student satisfaction, research quality and graduate prospects. The Aston Business School MBA programme was ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking.

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