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Adapt + Thrive - An evening with Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett - Esher

UK - Central Southern England

20 October, 2022

6:00 pm - 9:30 pm BST


Adapt + Thrive - An evening with Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett - Esher

Location: UK - Central Southern England

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    3h 30m

Join us at our Adapt + Thrive – An evening with Rt Hon Lord David Blunkett.

Register now to ensure your place at this very special flagship event.

A chance to re-connect with fellow professionals across the Central Southern England Area.

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Adapt + Thrive means being agile, changeable, efficient and proactive. It means learning new ways — better ways — of thinking and doing that brings a new level of trust, opportunity and prosperity to the world. And it means not going back to the way things were, but moving forward with courage, purpose and optimism.

The world experienced several major developments in 2020 and 2021, and the pace of change isn’t slowing down. Depending on your mindset, skill set and resources, this can either be a challenge or an opportunity.

Lord Blunkett will talk to us about how to Adapt +Thrive during these ongoing turbulent times and how to successfully master change and face challenges head on!

A buffet and reception drink (and cashless bar) are included during the evening.

Register now - you really don't want to miss out on this one!

Rt Hon Lord (David) Blunkett

Lord Blunkett has served in public life for over 40 years. From Leader of England’s fourth largest city to Home Secretary at the time of 9/11 he has taken on some of the most challenging roles in politics. Few senior politicians have experienced quite so many ups and downs, and none have achieved high office having been blind since birth.

Growing up in poverty, David’s circumstances were made even tougher when at the age of twelve he lost his father in a work accident. Rejecting the dismissal of many, and with the help of evening classes and day release from work, he entered the University of Sheffield and went on to become the youngest ever councillor in the city.

After leading Sheffield City Council (described by a local Tory as ‘The People’s Republic of South Yorkshire’), David entered Parliament and held shadow portfolios in health, education and employment. Then as Labour Party Chair he became a key player in the development of New Labour.

After the 1997 Labour landslide David was appointed Secretary of State for Education and Employment covering education and skills from early years, schooling, post-sixteen skills and apprenticeships, higher education and equal opportunities. As Home Secretary during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent history he oversaw one of the most controversial departments with responsibility for counter terrorism, immigration and justice. He also served as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions where his responsibilities covered retirement income, welfare benefits, the development of Job Centre Plus and work programmes.

David stepped down as an MP after an impressive 28 years. After leaving the Commons, he not only continued his public service in the Lords, but was also appointed Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield and Chair of the board of the University of Law.

As well as giving an insider’s take on the political landscape, David talks with authority on managing change, social responsibility and the benefits of diversity alongside his own lessons in overcoming adversity. He is also an entertaining and surprisingly revealing after dinner speaker, with a fund of anecdotes about Labour’s years in power and life in Westminster.

David maintains a wide range of policy interests including social mobility, cybersecurity, and education. He has roles with a number of charities and as a board member of the National Citizens Service Trust, he has had a long standing interest in citizenship education and the wellbeing of young people.

A regular writer and commentator in the media, David has published ‘The Blunkett Tapes’ (sub-titled My Life in the Bear Pit) and appeared on Mastermind – where he chose Harry Potter as his specialist subject.

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Programme outline

6.00pm: Arrival of delegates (Buffet served)

7.00pm: Welcome and introductions

7.05pm: Future priorities for CIMA

7.20pm: Award presentation

7.25pm: Keynote speech - Rt Hon Lord Blunkett

8.05pm: Q&A with Rt Hon Lord Blunkett

8.30pm: Thanks and close

8.35pm: Reception drink, networking and cashless bar

9.30pm: Finish


Booking information

  • 20 October, 2022 / 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm BST

    Location: Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ

    Price: £0.00 (CIMA members only)


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