2 May 2018 11:07

The former CEO of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership is coming to campus next month to deliver his first public lecture.

Lord Mark Price CVO is a Lancaster University alumnus and was appointed a Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) Honorary Professorial Fellow last year. He returns to the city next month to share his unique insight and experience on the world of work, with a specific focus on ‘workplace happiness’.

Lord Price said: “I have fond memories of my time spent as a student in Lancaster, and I am delighted to be returning to deliver my debut lecture.

“I will be talking about workplace happiness and why it matters so much to individuals, companies, and to wider society. Looking at the John Lewis Partnership model, I will discuss the factors that drive workplace happiness, and how businesses should measure employee happiness, and how to improve it.”

The lecture will take place on Thursday 17 May between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Lancaster University Management School. The event is open to members of the public, is free to attend and will include opportunities for questions from the audience.

Professor Angus Laing, Dean of Lancaster University Management School, said: “Lord Price has enjoyed a long and distinguished career, and his passion and commitment to employee engagement and fairness at work has undoubtedly contributed to his success. Lord Price’s values directly connect with the research and values of LUMS and the Work Foundation, and we are really looking forward to welcoming him back to campus.”

Lord Price was appointed Minister of State at the Department for International Trade in 2016 after being appointed to the same ministerial role at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Prior to his ministerial roles, Lord Price joined the John Lewis Partnership in 1982 as a graduate trainee where he held a number of positions before becoming Managing Director of Waitrose. While in this role, he was also made Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership.

You can register to attend the public lecture, and find out more here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lums/news/