A full day of
A gala dinner and
evening to remember
Comedy icon and
Sir Lenny Henry
5 decades of hits by The Faithettes
Join us on our special day
On Saturday 1st July 2017 we are hosting an all-day interactive event to celebrate fifty years of Cranfield School of Management.
This is our opportunity to bring together as many members of our community as possible for a major celebrations day packed with engaging activities. The day will be split into three sections; a morning to explore our roots, an afternoon all about the future and an evening gala dinner hosted by British comedy icon Sir Lenny Henry. With a brilliant line-up of guest speakers throughout the day and an itinerary filled with interactive activities, this will truly be an event to remember in honour of five incredible decades.
With guest speakers and a host of activities, this all-day interactive event will include:
Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University
Peter joined Cranfield in August 2013 and has been an integral part of the university’s development since then. Prior to this he was President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast (2004-13) where he led the University into the Russell Group of research intensive UK universities (2006) and to two Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education. An engineer by background and educated at Imperial College London, he has received the Donald Julius Groen Prize of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (1994) and the Rosenhain Medal and Prize of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (1996) for his research on the development of advanced aerospace aluminium alloys. He has been Non-Executive Director of Rolls-Royce Group plc and served on the Councils of CBI Northern Ireland, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils. He was awarded a Knighthood for Services to Higher Education in 2011. We are delighted to hear him speak at our gala dinner with valued insight into the role of Cranfield School of Management within the University, the impact made by the staff, faculty and alumni, and where he hopes the next fifty years will lead.
Professor Maury Peiperl, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management
Since joining Cranfield in February 2015, Maury is at the epicentre of the School’s current energy and enthusiasm. Former Professor of Leadership and Strategic Change at IMD Switzerland, Maury has directed numerous executive development courses and has worked for IBM, Merrill Lynch and LEK Consulting as well as being a research fellow at Harvard Business School. He has been a professor at London Business School, held affiliate appointments at MIT, University of Maryland, HEC and Templeton College and is co-author of several leading textbooks. Maury sits on the boards of several companies as well as the Alumni Council of the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
He will be hosting our afternoon panel 'SoM on Pulse' as well as sharing his reflections at the gala dinner on why we should be proud and why we should be celebrating. He will be unveiling some of the great work taking place along with a celebratory film that details our journey from our origins as a Work-Study Group to a world leading business school.
Professor Sue Vinnicombe, CBE, Women and Leadership, Strategy, People and Leadership
Susan is the Founder and Chair of the judges for Women in the City Awards and is a judge for the Sunday Times best NEDs of the year awards. She is Vice Patron of the charity, Working Families, was a member of the Davies Steering Committee from 2010 to 2015 and has been invited onto the Advisory Board of Sir Philip Hampton/Dame Helen Alexander’s Review on the lack of women in the executive pipeline. Susan has consulted for organisations in over twenty countries including the USA, Ireland, India, the UAE, Philippines, Trinidad, Nigeria, Australia and New Zealand, on how best to attract, retain and develop women executives.
Susan was awarded an OBE for her Services to Diversity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List in 2005 and subsequently awarded a CBE for her Services to Gender Equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2014. We are honoured to have her lead our Women in Leadership session of the morning's activities.
Sir Lenny Henry, OBE
Lenny is the Co-Founder of Comic Relief and a British comedy icon, significantly contributing to Red Nose Day and the Comic Relief educational programme. Accoladed as one of the fifty funniest acts in British comedy and a household name since 1975, he received a Knighthood in 2015 for his services for drama and charity.
Lenny rose from being a cult star on children’s television to one of Britain’s best known and loved personalities, providing a crucial influence on the creation of black-centred comedy and characters. He was the first British comic to make a live stand-up comedy film in the tradition of American comedians. He has been awarded the Monaco Red Cross, The Golden Nymph Award, the Radio & Television Industry Club Award for BBC Personality of the Year and a Lifetime Achievement Performance Award at the 2003 British Comedy Awards. We are delighted to welcome Lenny to host our 50th anniversary gala dinner.
John McFarlane is a leading figure in global banking and in the City, having spent over 40 years in the sector, including 23 years at main board level. He is chairman of Barclays as well as TheCityUK. John was Chairman of Aviva, FirstGroup, and the Australian Bankers Association. He was CEO of Australia and New Zealand Banking Group for 10 years, and prior to that group executive director of Standard Chartered, and head of Citibank in the UK. He is a NED of Westfield Corporation, Old Oak Holdings, and the UK Financial Services Trade and Investment Board, and a member of the International Monetary Conference, the European Financial Roundtable, and the Institut International d”Etudes Bancaires. He was formerly NED of The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Capital Radio, and the London Stock Exchange. Born in Dumfries, John has an MA from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA from Cranfield, and studied finance at the London Business School. He has banking fellowships in Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, and was the inaugural recipient of Cranfield School of Management Distinguished Alumnus Award. We are delighted to welcome John back to campus to speak about “The School in a rapidly changing world.”
Morning: Our Journey So Far
The morning’s activities will explore and reflect on our journey so far, with insights into our roots and how we became an internationally leading education establishment.
09.00 Exhibition Opens
An open-door exhibition showcasing the past, present and future of Cranfield School of Management. Each room will host a different theme for guests to enjoy, as described below.
Atrium, Vincent Building
See how it all began with our work-study group re-enactments. Hear stories and views from key alumni, staff and faculty figures from our Historical Q&A panel.
LR1, Vincent Building
SoM Across Industry
Discover our latest cutting edge research as the exhibition extends to the many collaborative projects between SoM and Cranfield’s other specialist schools, including Aerospace and Motorsport research.
LR2, LR3 and LR4, Vincent Building
Women in Leadership
Learn about how the impact of Cranfield’s research in Women in Leadership has driven gender diversity in corporations throughout the years. Led by Professor Sue Vinnicombe, CBE.
LR5, Vincent Building
11.00 - 11.30 Keynote Address by John McFarlane
Hear from Cranfield alumnus and leading figure in global banking John McFarlane on Cranfield School of Management in a rapidly changing world.
Auditorium, Vincent Building
11.30 - 12.30 Buffet Brunch
Atrium, Vincent Building
Afternoon: The Next 50 Years
The afternoon section of our anniversary activities will celebrate what the future holds for Cranfield School of Management and both our international and local communities alike.
13.00 - 14.00 SoM On Pulse
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director of Cranfield School of Management, Professor Maury Peiperl hosts a panel of industry leaders on hot global topics and reasons to be excited about the next 50 years.
Auditorium, Vincent Building
14.00 - 15.00 Young Careers Showcase
Project demonstrations of Cranfield’s new Young Careers Initiative by child finalists showcasing their ‘better world’ innovations. Awards will be issued by a surprise panel.
LR1, Vincent Building
15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - The Bettany Centre
Visit Cranfield’s Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship to learn about the 50 Entrepreneurs initiative and discover the incredible enterprises that have grown from Cranfield SoM over the years.
15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - SoM Themes Showcase
Visit the heart of Cranfield SoM’s learning hub and hear about the continued achievements of our MBA, DBA and MSc programmes; management, marketing, finance, logistics and supply chain.
15.00 - 16.00 Guided Tour - SoM & The NGO Sector
Meet the many charities, social enterprises and other nonprofits that have emerged from Cranfield alumni over the years and hear about the invaluable work they do across the globe.
16.00 Exhibition Closes
Guests prepare for evening activities.
Evening: Anniversary Gala Dinner
The final phase of our anniversary celebrations day will be an evening of fun, fine dining, live music and entertainment as we reflect on the past and toast to the future.
6.00 - 6.45 Champagne Reception
Our anniversary gala dinner opens with a sparkling champagne reception as we invite Cranfield School of Management's valued community of faculty, staff, alumni and business friends to join us for an evening to remember.
6.45 - 7.00 Guests Seated
After the opening drinks, the evening will proceed with a black tie gala dinner.
7.00 - 7.10 Welcome Address by Sir Lenny Henry, OBE
Our host for the evening is British comedy icon Sir Lenny Henry. As Co-Founder of the British Comic Relief charity, Lenny represents the importance of investing in future generations, an ethos at the very heart of our plans for the next fifty years. Lenny will be introducing our guest speakers throughout the night.
7.10 - 7.55 Starters
7.55 - 8.15 Speech by Sir Peter Gregson
Sir Gregson will be providing valued insight into the role of Cranfield School of Management within the
University, the impact made by the staff, faculty and alumni, and where he hopes the next fifty years will
8.15 - 9.00 Main Course
9.00 - 9.25 Reflections & Anniversary Film by Professor Maury Peiperl
Professor Peiperl will be reflecting on why we should be proud and why we should be celebrating. He will be unveiling some of the great work taking place along with a celebratory film that details our journey from our origins as a Work-Study Group to a world leading business school.
9.25 - 10.10 Desserts & Coffee with Comments by Sir Lenny Henry
10.10 - 11.10 'Through the Decades' Performance by The Faithettes
The night breaks into music and dance with The Faithettes; acclaimed singer songwriter Paloma Faith’s backing group. The internationally known 11-piece band will be entertaining guests with a ‘through the decades’ performance, celebrating the greatest hits of the last 50 years.
Tickets & Sponsorship Bookings
Tickets are for all-day access, including the morning and afternoon sections as well as to the gala dinner. Please see prices and booking details below.
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Full Day Admission £133.33 + VAT per person.
Corporate Table Sponsor £2,083.33 + VAT per table.
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