Sir Roger Bone to launch Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival

Posted on 15 Mar 2012

UK president of Boeing, Sir Roger Bone will be one of the speakers at the annual Sheffield Management Lecture, which will be attended by over 600 people.

The Management Lectures are an annual event hosted between the Management School at the University of Sheffield and the Business School at Sheffield Hallam University.

The lecture provides a forum to explore contemporary management issues relevant to both the private and public sectors. Previous speakers have included the director-general of the CBI, Richard Lambert and Sir Peter Middleton GCB, chancellor of the University of Sheffield and former chairman and CEO of Barclays Bank plc.

The event is extremely popular and has become more so over the 12 years it has run – it is overbooked. People have added their name to the list in case tickets become available.

Professor Keith Glaister, dean of the Management School, said: “The combination of Sir Roger’s experience within the diplomatic service coupled with his profile as a leading industrialist with expertise in aerospace will make for a fascinating evening. At a challenging time for UK manufacturing, we look forward to hearing the insights of [Sir Roger Bone].”

On March 22 2012, an international convention and trade show will take place at the City Hall in Sheffield with business leaders from around the globe in attendance. Key themes at the convention will cover the three critical areas of UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and technology and commercialisation.

Speakers confirmed include Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, Ric Parker from Rolls-Royce, Dr Alan McLelland from NAMTEC, Alan Cumming of EDF Energy, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies, Sir Chris O’Donnell former CEO of Smith & Nephew and Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, executive dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

Anyone wishing to attend both the convention and trade show over the two days can purchase a package ticket for £99 + VAT. For more information visit