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Autumn Conference speaker

Autumn Conference speaker


The Autumn Conference is returning to County Hall on 19th October 2018. 

Guest Speaker Sir Richard Needham has a broad experience in government and business  and will give you a fascinating and unique insight into turnarounds, risk taking and maintaining innovation in the public and private sectors both in the U.K. and abroad.

He was elected Member of Parliament for Chippenham in May 1979 and in September 1985 he became a Minister in Northern Ireland.  In 1992 he was appointed Minister for Trade where he was responsible for developing and implementing Britain’s export strategy as deputy to Michael Heseltine.

Before going into politics, his career was in industry. In 1961, he joined the Rothmans Carreras Group. After three years with an engineering company, he started his own printing and packaging design companies which he chaired until he became a Minister.
Since leaving politics, he has been a Director of GEC PLC, Chairman of GPT Ltd and Vice-Chairman of NEC Europe Ltd and was a Director of Dyson Ltd for over 16 years.
He was the transformational Chairman of Avon Rubber Plc and today he is a Member of the British Council and President of the British Exporters Association. He has recently become Chairman of an Imperial College Innovation Company.


To hear Sir Richard Needham, book your place at the Autumn Conference.  Discounted tickets are available until 30th April 2018.