The MacLaren Lecture 2012

John Cridland

Title: Securing business-led growth in testing times: the management challenge
Date:
 Tuesday 24th April 2012
Time: 7.00pm 
Venue:  Sumpner Lecture Theatre, Main Building, Aston University

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.

John Cridland CBE Director-General, CBI

John is the key spokesman for the business community in the media, on public platforms and with government. He leads the CBI - the voice of business - in the UK and represents it internationally.

John was educated at Boston Grammar School and has an MA in History from Christ's College, Cambridge. He joined the CBI as a policy adviser in 1982 and has been Director of Environmental Affairs and of Human Resources Policy. John was Deputy Director-General from 2000 to 2010.

John is a board member of Business in the Community and a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills. He is also a member of the Council of Cranfield University. He was Vice Chair of the National Learning and Skills Council between 2007-2010. He spent 10 years on the Low Pay Commission and the ACAS Council, and was also a member of the Commission on Environmental Markets and Economic Performance.

For further information about this event contact Claire Hopkins at:  c.l.hopkins@aston.ac.uk