Business Leaders Forum
The University of Exeter’s Business Leaders Forum is a networking group for business people in the South West.
Running for over 20 years, the Business Leaders Forum is aimed at business professionals in the South West. It is a membership-based organisation that enables influential business people to stay up-to-date with current trends in business. The Forum also provides an invaluable means of exchanging knowledge and developing ideas through business peers and leading academics.
Members meet four times a year, on a weekday evening in Exeter. Each event comprises of a guest speaker/s, with delicious refreshments served throughout the evening.
- Take a look at pictures and read a summary of the Global Policy Challenges - interactive event - 8th February 2017
Annual membership fees for the Business Leaders Forum August 2016 - July 2017:
£150 + VAT per year, per person (non-transferable – only the named member can attend events).
One guest can accompany the member to each event. The same guest can attend two events maximum per year.
£220 + VAT for 2 people (transferable – places can be offered to colleagues at the same organisation).
Additional memberships £80 + VAT per person.
Two guests can accompany the member to each event. The same guests can attend two events maximum per year.
Memberships can be bought and upgraded part-way through the membership year and will be pro-rated accordingly. Please contact the Events Team for prices.
- Networking opportunities with key professionals in the South West and our academic community
- Access to cutting edge research and how it may impact and relate to business
- Networking events throughout the year
- 30% discount off the tuition fees for the Full Time (12 months) and Executive (24-30 months) One Planet MBA programmes
- Opportunity to join the Exeter Leadership Network events free of charge (places are limited and will be on a first come first served basis)
We are now offering taster places for non-members!
If you are a non-member and would like to try the Business Leaders Forum before committing to a membership you can attend one of our events for free.
The following companies and organisations are current members of the Business Leaders Forum:
|8 February 2017||
For our February 8th event we welcomed five Business School academics from the Business, Institutions and Policy research cluster, each delivered a mini-presentation to the forum, hosted by Professor Will Harvey.
|1 December 2016||
On December 1st the Business School hosted its winter Business Leaders Forum, featuring Mark Thompson of Holos who discussed trends in leadership and change.
|13 October 2016||
On Thursday 13th October The University of Exeter Business School hosted our autumn event which explored how effective data management can boost decision making and performance in business.
|21 July 2016
The final Business Leaders’ Forum event of 2015/16 saw the beginning of the new style of Business Leaders’ Forum Events, with talks from panel members from the Exeter Centre for Leadership Studies. Interim Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean, Richard Owen, was delighted to invite guests to the Business Leaders’ Forum Summer Party, an event themed around leadership.
|12 April 2016
The third Business Leaders Forum event of 2015/16 saw alumnus Gerry Brown (Economics and Economic History 1966), Chairman of Novaquest Management, present on the good, the bad and the ugly involved in the role of the Independent Director.
|14 December 2015
Three regional experts gave their views on Innovation in Big Data from 3 different perspectives.
|8 September 2015||
John Sutherland, Senior Adviser at the Bank of England
|17 June 2015||
20:20 Vision - Learning from the past 20 years to launch into the next
Deborah Meaden, Dragons Den Investor
|23 April 2015||
Apple & IBM - Reinventing Enterprise Mobility
Caroline Taylor - Vice President Marketing, Communications & Citizenship and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for IBM Europe
|3 December 2014||
Better Connected! A business led review of the Strategic Connectivity requirements for the South West
|11 September 2014||
Napoleonic Leadership: a study in power
Professor Jonathan Gosling, Professor of Leadership, Centre for Leadership Studies, University of Exeter Business School
|16 June 2014||
Building a circular economy
James Walker, Head of Innovation, Net Positive at Kingfisher and Mark Hodgson, QSA Partners
|7 April 2014||
Professor Richard Owen, Associate Dean of Research and Knowledge Transfer and Chair Responsible Innovation, University of Exeter Business School
|3 December 2013||
Starbucks, Tax Avoidance and Public Outrage
Professor Gareth Myles, Professor of Economics & Director of Tax Administration Research Centre (TARC) and Professor Lynne Oats, Professor of Taxation and Accounting, University of Exeter Business School
|9 September 2013||
Understanding gender diversity: How business leaders and academics can work together
Professor Michelle Ryan, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
|30 July 2013||
The Power of Ecosystems
Professor Kevin Gaston, Professor of Biodiversity and Conservation
12 June 2013
Brand and Reputation
Caroline Taylor, Vice President of Marketing, Communciations & Citizenship for IBM UK & Ireland
19 December 2012
A new dawn for financial stability
Stephen Collins, South West Agent, Bank of England
|6 September 2012||
Facing Chaos: Personal Reflections on Strategic Leadership
Lt Gen (Retd) Sir Paul Newton KBE MPhil, Director, Strategy and Security Institute, University of Exeter
|20 June 2012||
The End of Externalities: Responsible lifestyles for the 21st Century
Prof Michael Depledge, Chair of Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School
|25 April 2012||
Redefining the purpose of Business
Paul Turner, Community & Sustainable Business Director, Lloyds Banking Group
|19 December 2011||
Is Christmas a deadweight loss?
Prof Stephen Lea (retired), Psychology
|21 September 2011||
Baby boomers, retirement and the Future of Business
Dr David Melzer, Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry and Dr Jonathan Powell, previously Director of Integrative Physiology, Unilever
|22 June 2011||
It's not what you know but who you know and more importantly who they know!
Professor Jo Horton, Professor of Accounting, University of Exeter Business School
|5 April 2011||
Water: Demand is escalating - what are the implications for business?
Professor Dragan Savic, Founder and Co-Director of the Centre for Water Systems, University of Exeter & Neil Whiter, Head of Supply Demand Strategy, South West Water
|21 September 2010||
Entrepreneurship Policy Research at Exeter: Which UK Cities Attract and Retain the Best Entrepreneurial Talent?
Professors Marc Cowling & Gordon Murray, Emeritus Professor of Management (Entrepreneurship), University of Exeter Business School
|30 June 2010||
A Passion for Food - Growing the South West Economy
Michael Caines MBE, Food and Beverage Director of Brownsword Hotels and Executive Chef of Gidleigh Park
|29 April 2010||
The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence & Power
Professor Alex Haslam, Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences