The Speakers 2018

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Julian Worricker - Conference Moderator

Julian Worricker

Julian Worricker is currently a presenter for the BBC News Channel’s rolling news and the BBC World Service’s Weekend World Today programme.

He has been a familiar voice on BBC radio since 1985 presenting on various programmes across BBC Radio 4, including Any Answers?, You & Yours and Last Word.   

Over the years he has reported from around the world on breaking international news stories, covered UK general elections, commentated on Royal events, and announced Ryder Cup and Ashes victories.

Julian was entertainingly ‘photobombed’ by the Queen, live on BBC News, when she visited the BBC news room. 

Over the years he has won several broadcasting and journalism awards.

Sally Lawson - ARLA President

Sally Lawson ARLA Conference

Sally Lawson is both a successful business woman and a property lettings professional, gaining her wealth of experience over the last 24 years by setting up and running Wolverhampton’s leading Letting Agency Lawson’s, which has let over 6000 properties.

On top of this she has developed her own property portfolio and launched a franchise The Concentric Lettings group, which helps others set up and launch their own property sales and lettings businesses.

David Cox - ARLA Managing Director

David Cox

David Cox is Chief Executive of ARLA Propertymark.

He joined ARLA, Association of Residential Letting Agents, in January 2014 bringing a sharply focused policy and stakeholder engagement perspective.

David has worked alongside a diverse board of experienced practitioners from across the industry to transform ARLA into ARLA Propertymark, an organisation which protects consumers through measures including Client Money Protection, campaigning for mandatory regulation of the lettings industry and raising professional standards.

David has held senior policy roles at the National Landlords Association (NLA) and the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI); a trained barrister, David has also acted as Parliamentary Advisor to a well-known backbench MP..

Rt Hon Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister in Britain’s first post war Coalition. As leader of the Liberal Democrats he led the party to their first term in government for 100 years.

After working at the European Commission in transport and trade, Nick served as MEP for the East Midlands before entering Parliament as Member for Sheffield Hallam. He soon became Lib-Dem spokesman on Europe, Foreign and Home Affairs, before winning a leadership contest with a mission to build a strong challenge to the two larger parties. In the 2010 election campaign he emerged as a popular counter to Gordon Brown and David Cameron - distinguishing himself in the televised leaders’ debates. Faced with a hung parliament, Nick negotiated a coalition agreement with the Conservatives that would see them in government, but dogged by controversy.

As Deputy Prime Minister at a time of recession, Nick was part of the leadership team faced with the challenge of economic recovery. He and his party bore the brunt of public and media criticism for the programme of austerity, especially cuts in public spending. (Despite this he became the first government figure to put his head above the parapet on a weekly phone-in show.) Perhaps best known as a passionate pro-European, Nick also battled for progressive policies on civil liberties, social mobility, early years education and NHS mental health treatment.

In his best-selling book Politics: Between the extremes, Nick offers a frank account of his time in government and makes the case for a politics based on reason and compromise. In his follow-up, How To Stop Brexit (And Make Britain Great Again) he lays out the seriousness of the UK’s departure from the EU, the dangers that it may bring, why it may not have the popular support it appears to have, and how the process could be halted. In print, on air and on stage Nick continues to comment widely on how populism has changed politics in Westminster and beyond as well as the implications of Brexit. With honesty and humility he looks at his own role in recent events and reveals what’s going on behind the scenes.

Justin King CBE

Justin King

Justin King served as CEO of J Sainsbury for a decade. At the time one of the youngest CEOs in FTSE 100 history, Justin’s time in charge is seen as one of the great success stories of modern British business. He’s now vice-chair of private equity firm Terra Firma overseeing a portfolio that stretches from cinema chains to garden centres.

Sainsbury’s was losing market share and, despite huge investment, struggling to compete with its rivals when Justin was appointed Chief Executive. Taking difficult and sometimes controversial decisions, he launched a company-wide overhaul. After only a year in the role, he reported the first improvement in quarterly sales figures for more than two years. Pioneering dramatic changes in the relationship between management and staff, he introduced a ‘tell Justin’ scheme to encourage feedback from employees and even manned a checkout during the Christmas rush. Four years after taking charge, Sainsbury’s reported twelve consecutive quarters of growth and hit its sales targets ahead of time.

Justin led Sainsbury’s during huge shifts in the retail and supermarket landscape including diversifying into general merchandise, the rise of online shopping and of discount retailers, the move into smaller, convenience stores, and a cut-throat price war between rivals Tesco and Asda. Sainsbury’s steered a path balancing quality and price and moved quickly into online and convenience shopping.

Prior to Sainsbury’s Justin began his career as a marketing trainee with Mars before moving on to Pepsi and Haagen-Dazs. He then moved to Asda as MD and later ran M&S’s food division.

In speeches Justin tackles the vagaries of leadership, including his list of ‘ten Cs’ for great leadership. He also considers his personal journey and the lessons it’s delivered, as well as ethical business. He was a board member of LOCOG from 2009 to 2013 and has also served as a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. He was named Most Admired Business Leader by Management Today and as Britain’s Most Impressive Businessman in the IPSOS-MORI Captains of Industry Report.

 

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