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Jaguar Land Rover boss to inspire with guest lecture


Mike Wright, executive director for the firm, which has a huge engine plant based in Wolverhampton, is set to speak at this year’s Crystal Lecture.

The free annual event is organised jointly by the University of Wolverhampton Business School (UWBS) and the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), aimed at business people from the region and will cover issues such as how a brand can help and hinder leadership and the role of company values.

Each year, a big name in business gives their unique view on industry and this year, Mr Wright will be delivering a speech entitled Making British Manufacturing Great Again.

The speech, and accompanying discussion, will look at the importance of investing in training and skills, question how Britain still has a clear skills deficit compared to other countries, highlight current issues about British economic growth.

It will also explore ways to remake the British Manufacturing tradition.

Now in its twentieth year, the Crystal Lecture will take place this year on Thursday, October 24, from 6pm, at the University of Wolverhampton’s MC Building, Stafford Street.

Anthea Gregory, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “The Business School is delighted that Mike agreed to give this year’s Crystal Lecture. 

“The theme of the lecture has resonance as we look to regenerate manufacturing in the region and the interest in the developments at JLR means that the lecture is proving very popular.”

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Date Issued: Wednesday 16 October 2013

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