The aim of the lectures is to offer students, staff and members of the community the opportunity to hear first-hand from fascinating, inspiring and creative people who have been successful in their field, focussing on those who have been entrepreneurial and have made a real difference.
Unless stated otherwise, Enterprise Lectures begin at 18.30 with light refreshments served from 18.00. The venue is The Stripe on the University's King Alfred Campus (get directions). The lectures are free but seat reservation is essential.
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Latest Enterprise Lecture
Wednesday 12 October 2016: Panel Debate 'Tackling the Housing Crisis'
The University of Winchester values collective action for the public good. A decent, affordable home is a basic need of everyone but currently this seems to be beyond the reach of many. We assembled a panel of experts to discuss the problem and to answer questions from the audience. Our speakers brought different perspectives to the discussion.
Panel members were:
Geoff French, Chair of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership
Geoff has been the Chair of the Enterprise M3 LEP since it was established in early 2011. He was President of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 2013 to November 2014, the President of FIDIC, the International Federation of Consulting Engineers from 2011 to 2013 and Chairman of the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in 2009. Geoff was Chairman of Scott Wilson for eight years until its acquisition by URS in 2010.
Geoff is a civil engineering graduate who has been with Scott Wilson since 1968. He was appointed Chairman in 2002 and he oversaw the highly successful flotation in March 2006. Apart from working throughout the UK, Geoff has spent time abroad on behalf of Scott Wilson working in Botswana, China, Hong Kong, India, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Vietnam. His focus was mainly on transport planning, design and management.
Tony Pidgley CBE, Chairman of the Berkeley Group of Companies
Tony left school at 15 to form his own company in haulage and plant hire. At 19, he sold his business to Crest Homes and became a Building Director reporting to their Managing Director, Jim Farrer. In 1975, Tony and Jim left to form Berkeley Homes. The company enjoyed considerable growth over the following 10 years. It floated on the Unlisted Securities Market in 1984, and then gained a full listing in 1985 as the Berkeley Group plc.
Tony has gained a national reputation for his pioneering approach to building homes and creating successful places. His judgement of the markets, willingness to put his personal capital at risk, and his drive and commercial flair have made Berkeley one of Britain's best residential developers. Berkeley now has a reputation for outstanding commercial performance and the ability to create beautiful homes in sustainable places. Berkeley was voted Britain's Most Admired Company in 2011 across all sectors and has been ranked the UK's most sustainable major housebuilder for each of the last eight years. In 2014, the Berkeley Group won the Queen's Award for Sustainable Development for the second time, which is regarded as the most prestigious accolade for business performance in the UK.
Tony's expertise has been used to advise the Mayor on the Outer London Commission and the Government on the disposal of public sector land. He is also a trustee of Open City London, a charity that champions architecture education, and President of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Terrie Alafat CBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing
Terrie Alafat is Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. She was most recently Director of Housing in the Department for Communities and Local Government, with overall policy responsibility for the supply and management of housing across all tenures, housing growth, and homelessness prevention and support. As part of this, she also leads on sponsorship of the Homes and Communities Agency. She has worked in the civil service covering various housing policies and programmes since 2003. Terrie began her career in the UK in social services policy development in a local authority and was Director of Housing and Corporate Strategy in the royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea until she moved to the civil service. Her academic background is in social policy and research. Terrie was given a CBE in 2013 for services to homeless people.
The panel was chaired by John Denham, former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, now Professor of English Identity and Politics and Director of the University's Centre for English Identity and Politics.