The Priestley Lecture 2011

Education for Survival or Success

The annual Priestley Lecture will be taking place on Thursday 8th December to be delivered by Lord Watson of Richmond commencing at 5.30 pm in the Vaughan Jefferies Lecture Theatre.

lordwatson-priestley2011The Lord Watson of Richmond CBE

Alan Watson is Chairman of CTN Communications and for over 10 years was European Chairman of Burson Marsteller. He advises many major UK and international companies on their communication strategies.



Chairman of the English Speaking Union for six years, he is now International Chairman Emeritus. In 2005 he was awarded The Churchill Medal. He is Chairman of the Council of Commonwealth Societies and a member of the Executive Committee of the Pilgrims.
Additionally he is a member of the Prince of Wales Business Leaders’ Forum.

Internationally, he has served on the Executive Board of UNICEF (UK) and as a member of the European Parliament’s High Level Group on Romania. In 2004 he was awarded the Commander’s Grand Cross of the Romanian Order of Merit.

Alan holds a range of visiting and honorary posts at Universities in Britain and abroad. For six years Chairman of Governors at Westminster College Oxford, today he is a Visiting Fellow at Oriel College Oxford and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. He chairs the Cambridge University Chemistry Advisory Board and is a Life Patron of The Churchill Archives held at Churchill College Cambridge. In 2005 he was appointed
Chairman of The Cambridge Foundation. He has been awarded honorary doctorates and professorships in a number of Universities in the UK and abroad. He is President of The British Accreditation Council. In 2010 he was elected High Steward of Cambridge for life.

A former President of the Liberal Party, he was appointed CBE in 1985 and created a Life Peer in 1999. He is a Member of the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.

The programme for the evening will be:

  • 5.30 pm Welcome Speech by Professor Michael Sheppard, Vice-Principal
  • 5.45pm Lecture by Lord Watson of Richmond
  • 6.30 pm Q &A session chaired by Professor Edward Peck
  • 6.45 pm Networking and Drinks reception.

Contact Details

Caroline Baxter
School of Education
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
Tel: 0121 414 4831