Keynote Lecture: Leadership in the Face of Change and Challenge

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Date of event: 26 April 2017
Event ends: 26 April 2017
Start time: 19:30
End time: 22:00
Keynote Lecture: Leadership in the Face of Change and Challenge

This lecture, to be delivered by Lesley Titcomb, Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator, will address the challenges of leadership through significant economic and political change, drawing upon the context of the pensions world.

About the lecture

In the last 18 months we have experienced momentous political and economic change.  Change on this scale brings with it particular challenges for those in leadership.  Not just because they must navigate - and sometimes create - new paths.  But also because it is during times of change and uncertainty that people look to their leaders for guidance and direction.

The pensions world too is evolving and bringing its own challenges: millions of workers have a new opportunity to save, but how do we engage them in their savings?  Millions of employers are providing a pension for their people.  But how involved should a responsible employer be any more, now that defined benefit schemes are no longer the standard pension provision?  And how do we build confidence in pensions under the shadow of high profile but struggling businesses?

We don’t have the answer to all of these questions, but one thing is certain.  No organisation, in any industry, can stand still while the world changes at this pace around it.  So, as the external evolves, the internal must resolve to change with it.  That is the challenge for its leadership team.

About the speaker

Lesley Titcomb became Chief Executive of The Pensions Regulator in March 2015. 

Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer at the Financial Conduct Authority, responsible for the FCA's operational platform, and was also a member of the FCA’s Board. She has led the work to deliver the transition to the FCA from the Financial Services Authority and oversaw the work to bring the regulation of consumer credit from the Office of Fair Trading to the FCA.

Lesley joined the FCA's predecessor-but-one, the Securities and Investments Boar, in 1994 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. She held a wide range of posts covering both regulatory and operational issues at the SIB and the FSA. In January 2006 she was appointed Director of Regulatory Transactions and in February 2007 became Director responsible for the supervision of small firms, including financial advisers, mortgage brokers and insurance intermediaries. In July 2010, she was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer and joined the Executive Committee. On transition to the FCA she was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the new organisation and joined the Board as one of its four executive members.

Lesley read Classics at St Anne's College, Oxford. She is married, and is Treasurer of her local church. She serves on the Diocesan Synod and the Diocesan Board of Finance for the St Albans Diocese within the Church of England.

This event is kindly hosted at the offices of Simmons & Simmons, London, EC2Y 9SS. 

This lecture is free to attend, by invitation only, for key Henley Business School alumni, clients and supporters. However, please contact Charlotte Zittel, Events Manager using the contact details below, should you wish to enquire about attending.

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