Anglia Ruskins Turning Point seminars give businesses the academic and practical perspective

Published: 9 February 2010 at 10:35

February’s Turning Point seminar from Anglia Ruskin University on responsible leadership for the workplace of tomorrow will challenge business managers, directors and owners to consider their leadership style to position their business in the recovery.

The monthly Turning Point seminars, developed by Anglia Ruskin University’s Survive & Thrive programme to help business owners in the East of England, have had such a positive response that organisers are working to extend the series to September 2010. Local businessman James Boother, Managing Director of Live Software Solutions Ltd, who attended January’s seminar on the subject of exploiting collaborative partnerships for success, said:

“The mix of academic and practical guidance gave me plenty to take away, excellent lectures and debate.  The seminar far exceeded my expectations.”

The Responsible Leadership seminar on Wednesday 24 February 2010, at  Cambridge campus, will look at how recessions teach us caution but how easily caution is forgotten when the good times roll. What lessons can be learnt from the businesses that supplied Enron, Woolworths or relied on Buncefield? And what we can learn from businesspeople who do get it right. The seminar will also consider key areas such as money, governance, operations and how developing a positive reputation can help to manage and mitigate business risk, and open doors to greater collaboration. The specialist speakers are Dr Jonathan Smith, Chartered FCIPD, Senior Lecturer at the Ashcroft International Business School and John Dix, Managing Partner at Hewitsons LLP.

The seminars are expertly chaired ‘Parkinson-style’ by Chris Parkhouse, Managing Director of Cambridge-based business development experts Deyton Bell, so attendees can get actively involved.  As Luke Minshall, Director of Arimo Consulting Ltd, observed,

“Very thought-provoking, I would recommend to others, plenty of networking and chat – excellent idea!”

To book a free place, email or telephone 0845 196 3177. Full seminar listings are available at, click on the Events Calendar. The seminars are held once a month at Coslett Building Lecture Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge Campus from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.