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WACL NED Talk ( Members Only) - What's on a Chairman's Mind

June 17 – 12:15 pm , Allbright Club

"What’s on a Chairman’s Mind?”

For our final WACL NED session before the summer break, we want to explore the plethora of current topical issues that are exercising Chairman’s minds.  

What are the key considerations that are currently setting the agenda's for board level discussions and strategic work for the executive teams?   How do businesses evolve to ensure they are listening to their clients and make sure their employees are happy? What about Brexit, the potential of a new Prime Minister or even another General Election?  Alongside MeToo Moments, the spectre of Climate Change, activist shareholders, and the future of the high street – well, we are going to put all these questions and more to our two phenomenal guest speakers - Allan Leighton, Chairman of Entertainment One, Matalan and the Co-op ( Biog Below) and Anna Jones, Founder and CEO of the Allbright Club ( also Biog below).

This event is generously hosted by Anna Jones in the wonderful Allbright Club located on 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR (closest Tube station : Tottenham Court Road) on Monday the 17th of June 2019 from 12:15 to 14:00.

This event is free of charge and for WACL members only. Spaces are limited so please let me know at Francesca@ecsery.com if you would like us to save you a seat.

Biographies

Anna Jones

Co-Founder, The Allbright Group ltd

Anna Jones is an entrepreneur, CEO and Board advisor who is known for being a prominent and progressive leader in the media and marketing sector with expertise in digital disruption, strategic growth and business transformation. She has a particular interest in female empowerment. Former CEO at Hearst UK, Anna transformed the business, expanding the reach of Hearst’s magazine brands through a strategic diversification strategy, growing audiences digitally and by expanding into events, licensing and brand services. Anna is the co-founder of AllBright, a unique UK funding and support platform designed to provide the support and finance needed for female-led businesses to launch and scale. An investor herself, Anna has personally backed female-led businesses including Lifestyler, a digital marketplace for style services, where she is Executive Chairman. Anna is on the board of Telecom Italia and the Creative Industries Federation.

 

Allan Leighton

Allan started his career in Mars Confectionery as a Salesman in 1974.  He worked his way up through the company before leaving in 1991.  He then joined Pedigree Petfoods, where he was Sales Director until his appointment in 1992 to Asda Stores Ltd.  He began his career in Asda as Group Marketing Director and was appointed Chief Executive in September 1996. Allan was credited with turning what was once described as a 'basket case' into a highly profitable, successful business and in November 1999 he sold Asda to American giant Wal-Mart for £6.7billion. Following the sale, Allan was appointed the President and CEO of Wal-Mart Europe.

In November 2000 he left Asda Wal-Mart and developed a new work ethic – ‘Going Plural’ – as he took on non-executive director and non-executive chairman positions in a number of companies including Lastminute.com, Scottish Power, Dyson Ltd, Cannons Group Ltd, Bhs Ltd, BSkyB Group plc, Selfridges & Co, PACE plc and the shoe retailer Office.

Allan joined the Royal Mail as company Chairman in 2002, whilst in post he drove a period of modernisation that has transformed Royal Mail from loss making into a profitable business. Allan stepped down from his role in March 2009 making him the Royal Mail’s longest serving Chairman.

Allan was President of Loblaw Companies ltd from April 2008 and was Deputy Chairman at George Weston Ltd (Holding company of Loblaw) from 2000.  In February 2011, Allan announced that he was stepping aside as President and Deputy Chairman of Loblaw.

In August 2010, Allan was appointed Chairman of the Danish jewellery company Pandora and took over as Chief Executive in July 2013. Allan stepped down as Chief Executive in February 2015 and from the Board in March 2018.

In February 2015 Allan took on the role as the first independent non-executive Chairman of the Co-operative Group, Allan's appointment marks a key point in the turnaround strategy of the group.

As well as his position at the Co-operative Group Allan is currently, Trustee at Canal and River Trust, Chairman at Entertainment One Ltd, global leaders in film, music and television, Chairman of Element Materials Technology, Chairman of Allbright, Chairman of Simba and NED of The Restaurant Group.

Allan has also been the Chairman at Race for Opportunity and Business in the community, as well as Business Ambassador for HRH the Prince of Wales as he is passionate about people, diversity and the responsibility that businesses have within their wider environments.

He has an Honorary Degree from Cranfield University, an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Lancashire in recognition of his outstanding achievements in Business and A Doctor of Business Administration from the York St John University, as well as attending the Advanced Management Programme (AMP) at Harvard University

Allan is a Patron of Breast Cancer Care and all proceeds from his books ‘On Leadership: Practical Wisdom from the People Who Know’ and ‘Tough Calls’ go to this charity as part of his pledge to raise £1million for this fantastic cause.