2016 Enterprise Lectures
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.
Friday 13 May 2016: Conservationist Chris Packham in conversation with Savannah King and Sam Jones
TV presenter, photographer and conservationist Chris Packham is best known for the BBC's BAFTA-winning The Really Wild Show,
and for fronting Springwatch
Savannah King is former President of Winchester Students’ Union; Sam Jones is Head of Communications and Marketing at the University.
Chris spoke engagingly about his life in media and his new book, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
, signing copies and answering questions from a packed audience, including many children.
Tuesday 23 February 2016: The Revd Richard Coles in conversation with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Stuart
Richard Coles is a priest of the Church of England and Vicar of Finedon in Northamptonshire, where two of his ancestors were vicars in the 17th century (the latter was sequestered for malignancy). He has a parallel career in broadcasting and currently co-presents Saturday Live on BBC Radio 4. He appears regularly on television, as a panellist on QI and on Have I Got News For You. He also appears in the ‘Pause For Thought’ slot on Chris Evans’ Radio Two show.
A quarter of a century ago he was in the pop band The Communards, which makes him the only vicar to have had a number one record. He is the author of Lives of the Improbable Saints and Legends of the Improbable Saints, accounts of some of the more vivid and surprising holy men and women of Christian history, and in 2014 Weidenfeld and Nicolson published the first volume of his autobiography, Fathomless Riches, to wide acclaim. His academic thesis, on the Greek text of the Epistle to the Ephesians, rests unread in Leeds University Library. He is a board member of the local Housing Association, Wellingborough Homes, and also of the Northampton Community Energy Scheme, building a green power station for the town's new enterprise zone. He has four dachshunds.
2015 Enterprise Lectures
25 Nov. 2015: His Honour Judge Keith Cutler CBE: Ensuring a fair trial in the 21st century
Do defendants receive a fair trial? Are witnesses and potential victims treated well within the trial process? Is the Criminal Justice System fit for the purpose of determining guilt of those accused of crime? Have recent developments in the criminal law procedure assisted in the aim of improving the trial process? In this lecture Judge Cutler discussed these questions and examined proposals being put forward to improve the trial process.
Judge Cutler focussed on the importance of impartiality, the upholding of good judicial practice and a general awareness and understanding of the law in society. "It is important for everyone, not just the legal community, to be engaged in and to understand the legal process", he said, highlighting the lack of understanding of the judicial process in mass media and politics.
His Honour Judge Keith Cutler was appointed a Circuit Judge in 1996 after a career at the Bar. In 2003 he was made the Resident Judge of Salisbury, becoming the Honorary Recorder of the city of New Sarum in 2007, and following the opening of the new Court building in Salisbury and the retirement of the Recorder of Winchester the Lord Chief Justice appointed him as Senior Circuit Judge and Resident Judge of Salisbury and Winchester. In 2010 he was made Recorder of Winchester and awarded a CBE for services to the Administration of Justice. In 2012 the Lord Chief Justice appointed him to sit as a Deputy Coroner on the inquest into the death of Mark Duggan. He then sat with a jury on the inquest from September 2013 to January 2014.
14 July 2015: Dr Tony Stoller CBE: Winning hearts and minds: the key to tackling climate change?
In this joint University/Winchester Action on Climate Change lecture, new WinACC Chair Dr Tony Stoller explored the significance of changing public opinion to ensuring effective action on climate change. Can efforts to limit the impact of global warming succeed without winning the hearts and minds of opinion formers, governments, global business and the general public? Tony considered current opinion and how it is changing, and looked at examples of major shifts in perception and consensus in other areas of public policy. With a background in broadcast media and its regulation, he examined in particular the role of the media, both traditional and social, and suggested how modern communication techniques and platforms can be used to harness opinion to provide a public space in which politicians feel empowered to act.
Tony Stoller chairs the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, a major independent social and public policy research organisation, as well as the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, and has served on public bodies as diverse as the Competition Commission and the Freedom of Information Tribunal. He has extensive experience in media and communications, was Chief Executive of the Radio Authority, the regulatory body for all non-BBC radio, and played a senior role in establishing the communications regulator Ofcom.
This event was also part of WinACC's ‘Is it the answer?’ series on climate change. WinACC is hosted and supported by the University; Find out more about WinACC.
6 May 2015: Gary Brace, Vice-Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO: Building peace in the minds of men and women - how is UNESCO relevant in the 21st century?
The Inaugural Vice-Chancellor's Internationalisation Enterprise Lecture
In 2015, the University launches the Vice-Chancellor's Internationalisation Enterprise Lecture Series. The inaugural lecture was presented by Gary Brace, Vice-Chair and Director of the UK National Commission for UNESCO with responsibility for the education portfolio.This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (including UNESCO), and the focus of the lecture was on UNESCO's core role, which is "to build the defences of peace in the minds of men and women". Gary considered what this might mean in the 21st century. Gary Brace spent 15 years at the ‘chalkface’ teaching history and government & politics. He recently retired from the General Teaching Council for Wales (GTCW), where he was Chief Executive frome its inception in 2000. The (co-)author of a range of guidance booklets for teachers, he has undertaken education advisory work in the Russian Federation and Georgia on behalf of the Council of Europe. He is a Trustee of Sustain Wales and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
25 March 2015: Human rights campaigner Aneeta Prem: Dishonour - Why doing nothing is not an option
Aneeta Prem is the founder and President of the Freedom Charity, which aims to raise awareness of and fight child abuse. A magistrate at some of the busiest courts in London, Aneeta is involved in the recruitment, training and mentoring of new magistrates. She also sits on the Police Misconduct Committee. Her work was brought to the public’s attention last year when she was instrumental in the rescue of three women from a house in South London who had been held in forced servitude for 30 years. At the GG2 Leadership Awards in November 2014, which celebrate the success of the British Asian community, she was awarded the Spirit in the Community Award for her work as an anti-slavery campaigner.
Aneeta, a black belt karate instructor, also campaigns against forced marriage; in 2011 she published a novel on this issue titled But it's not fair. Written from the perspective of a young girl whose friend is in danger of becoming a victim of forced marriage, the novel is aimed at teenagers. The book draws on her extensive experience as a magistrate and supporting child victims of forced marriage through her work with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, government ministers, the police and victims of abuse.
In 2014, Aneeta Prem also visited the University to speak about the issue of forced marriage and dishonour-related violence. View the interview with Aneeta Prem by Winchester Journalism graduate Christina Michaels.
23 March 2015: Cohan @ 90: Choreographer Robert Cohan in conversation with his biographer Paul Jackson
Robert Cohan is the founding father of contemporary dance in Britain. At the age of 90 he is the world’s oldest working choreographer. Inaugural artistic director of London Contemporary Dance Theatre and London Contemporary Dance School, a distinguished dance teacher, choreographer and advocate for dance, he has shaped the lives of generations of dance artists.
In conversation with his biographer Paul Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Choreography and Dance at the University, Robert discusseder his career. Following service in the D Day Landings, this included 23 years of dancing with Martha Graham, work with Jack Cole and Ginger Rogers, and the pioneering work in Britain which has seen the development of the current dance culture. Find out more about Paul Jackson
Photo right: Robert Cohan in his younger days in a choreography with Martha Graham; photo left: Robert Cohan today.
11 February 2015: Tom Yendell, The worldwide Association of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists
was born in Winchester in 1962 without arms due to the drug
Thalidomide. He has learnt to do everyday tasks using his feet, mouth
and chin. He was artistic from an early age and in 1989 obtained an
Honours Degree in Expressive Arts from Brighton University. He became a
member of Mouth and Foot Painting Artists in 1996 and received an
Honorary Fellowship from the University of Winchester in 2014.
2014 Enterprise Lectures
9 October 2014: Re-imagining England by John Denham MP
identities are created, not discovered. We may draw from our pasts but
we can shape our own futures. As more and more English residents prefer
to say 'I am English' than 'I am British', what sort of England are we
making? Can we imagine an Englishness that gives our diverse nation a
common story of how we came to be here, what we share and value, and
where our country is going?
John Denham is Labour MP for
Southampton Itchen. He held ministerial posts in the Labour government,
becoming Secretary of State at Innovation, Universities and Skills, and
at Communities and Local Government. He also chaired the Home Affairs
Select Committee. A graduate of Southampton University, John worked in
the voluntary sector and served as a local councillor before entering
Parliament in 1992. He was appointed a Visiting Professor
at the University in 2014. Watch the lecture video.
24 March 2014: Reducing population and consumption: is this the answer to climate change? by Dr David Knight
In this joint University/ Winchester Action on Climate Change
talk in the 'Is it the answer?' series on climate change, Dr David
Knight explored the relationship between climate change, population
growth and economic growth, and what this means for interventions to
reduce the human impact on our climate.
Knight has taught a wide range of subjects in the Life and Medical
Sciences for more than 40 years. He has been a research associate at
Oxford and Cambridge and has co-founded three companies to commercialise
different surgical devices. In addition, he has authored over 250
papers, is the inventor of 11 families of patents and has a
long-standing parallel interest in the impact of energy use on the
environment. David has long been convinced that the prime purpose of
science should be to find ways to improve human wellbeing and protect
global ecosystems. Click here to download the presentation slides.
12 February 2014: Ten mostly accurate tips for working in Factual TV by Putul Verma, ITV Series Producer
trained journalist to degree level, Putul Verma started her career as a
national newspaper reporter and entered television as a political
researcher. She then went on to produce and/or direct such successful TV
series as Come Dine with me, Dragon's Den, Little England and Masterchef. She specialises in high profile, fast turnaround, high volume programmes and is currently series editor of Homes under the Hammer for BBC1. This Enterprise lecture was part of The Futures of Capitalism, a series of events jointly hosted by the University, Winchester Cathedral and Winchester Business Improvement District (BID).
2013 Enterprise Lectures
18 September 2013: Engineering the climate: is it the answer? by Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS
Can deliberate intervention in the Earth's climate system provide a realistic means of tackling climate change? Professor Shepherd presented the findings of a review of Geoengineering carried-out by the UK Royal Society and talked through the climate effects, costs, risks, and research and governance needs for various approaches. The possible role of geoengineering in a portfolio of responses to climate change was discussed, and various recent initiatives to establish good governance of research activity was reviewed.
Professor John Shepherd is Professorial Research Fellow in Earth System Science at the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre. A former Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. This Enterprise Lecture was organised in partnership with Winchester Action on Climate Change.
14 July 2013: Life with extra senses by Cyborgist and Colourologist Neil Harbisson
This Enterprise Lecture was organised in association with the International Colour Vision Society and the Department of Psychology. The lecture was introduced by Gordon Plant (City University/National Hospital, UK). Neil Harbisson is a contemporary artist, composer and cyborg activist best known for his ability to hear colours and to perceive colours outside the range of human vision.
Neil was born with achromatopsia, a condition that only allows him to see the world in black and white. At the age of 20, he had an electronic eye ('eyeborg') installed in his head that allows him to 'listen' to colours. Neil talked about his personal relationship with cybernetics and how technology changed his perception of life. He is the co-founder of the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation that seeks to extend the human senses by creating cybernetic body extensions.
13 February 2013: A Taste of the Unexpected; Mark Diacono in conversation with Alex Langlands
Winchester alumnus Mark runs Otter Farm in Devon, the UK's only climate change farm. His passion for ecological issues germinated in the mid-nineties when he studied for a BA in Environmental Studies and Geography. At Otter Farm he grows pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan peppers and apricots. He is a champion of forgotten fruits, putting mulberries and medlars back on the menu. Otter Farm also boasts a perennial garden, a veg patch and a vineyard.
As well as running Otter Farm, Mark was Head Gardener at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage, appearing in the TV series and running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He has written several volumes in the River Cottage Handbooks series, is currently working on two books and writes features for a range of publications, including the Daily Telegraph, the Observer and The English Garden. His latest books, The Speedy Vegetable Garden; River Cottage Handbook 11: Chicken and Egg and My Cool Allotment are due out this year. His book A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011. He was awarded Garden Journalist of the Year, Blog of the Year and Book Photographer of the Year at the Garden Media Awards 2011.
Archaeologist Alex Langlands is well known to television viewers as co-presenter of the hugely popular BBC2 'living history' series Victorian Farm, Edwardian Farm and Wartime Farm. Having recently finished his PhD on medieval Wessex, he is currently Postdoctoral Researcher and External Engagement Officer in the University's Archaeology Department. Besides history and archaeology, Alex takes a keen interest in sustainability, the organic movement and climate change.
2012 Enterprise Lectures
Tuesday 15 May 2012: Diamond Jubilee: why have one? by Professor Alastair Bruce OBE
In the build-up to The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, this lecture looked at what the event is for, the provenance of jubilees and the way Britain marks and responds to its monarchy, as well as the international recognition of Elizabeth II and how this has been achieved. It evaluated long reigns and the effect of symbolic continuity on national life through changing times. In the context of the social change over the last 60 years.
The word, 'jubilee', he explained, derives from the Hebrew word 'yobel', a Jewish ram's horn that was blown on celebratory days, and the first Christian Jubilee was celebrated in 1300. Other monarchs who reached a 50-year reign are Edward III, King James VI of Scotland, King George III (first Royal Jubilee) and Queen Victoria.
George VI died on 6 February 1952, and Prof. Bruce reminded the audience that although people celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's accession day, it is a sad day for her as it is the anniversary of her father's death. When she married HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, there were huge celebrations - also in times of austerity. Events such as the funerals of the Queen Mother and Diana Princess of Wales, and weddings such as Prince William and Kate Middleton are extremely popular with the public. "People care, and they like the human factor. The Queen is a woman, a mother, and a grandmother. Why have a Diamond Jubilee? Why not?
Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE, a descendent of Robert the Bruce, is the National Event Commentator for Sky News and the BBC. Prof. Bruce, who has recently acted as historical advisor for Downton Abbey and The King's Speech, is the author of Days of majesty and Keepers of the kingdom: the ancient offices of Britain. He was appointed Fitzalan Pursuivant of Arms Extraordinary by the Queen with responsibility for heraldry, and played a key role in the development of the University's Coat of Arms. In 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Professorship by the University.
14 March 2012: No excuses - a voyage around Britain and through life by
Disability Sports Ambassador Geoff Holt MBE
The first of the two spring 2012 Enterprise Lectures was given by Geoff Holt MBE. An ex-professional yachtsman, Geoff was paralysed from the chest down in a swimming accident in 1984. Nevertheless, in 2007 he completed his 'Personal Everest' challenge, sailing 1445 miles solo around Great Britain in a fragile dinghy. In January 2010, Geoff completed his 'Personal Atlantic' challenge, sailing 2700 miles in a purpose-built, wheelchair-accessible catamaran named 'Impossible Dream'. In 2010 he received an MBE for services to disabled sailing and an Honorary Degree from the University.
Earlier Enterprise Lectures
In 2011 we welcomed Britain's best-loved gardening guru, Alan Titchmarsh MBE; BBC presenter and Winchester academic Alex Langlands, and former NUS President Aaron Porter. Other previous Enterprise Lecture speakers include David Aaronovitch, Greg Dyke, Jonathon Porritt, Kate Adie (photo) and Terry Waite, as well as award-winning businesswoman Liz Jackson, Time Team's the late Mick Aston, Britain's most famous inventor Trevor Baylis and Guy Watson, founder of Riverford Organic Vegetables, best known for its successful box scheme.