Leading Through Change

The last year or so has seen massive socio-economic and political shifts on a global scale, with periods of uncertainty challenging economies, business and cultures.

With such unprecedented change, the need for strong leadership becomes ever more vital. It is an area that underpins much of Cranfield’s world-leading research across technology and management.

Join us for our sixth annual Cranfield Alumni Conference in October, where our academic experts, industry leaders and influential alumni unpick the issues affecting leading through change and share their own expertise.

Hear from experts on a broad range of topics from Brexit economics to critical decision making in crisis situations and the Apprenticeship Levy - among an evolving and dynamic programme.

Please do revisit this page as we develop and update the day’s agenda over the coming weeks.

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Programme & speakers

Some of our great speakers include Baroness Barbara Young, Chancellor of Cranfield University, Joe Nellis our Professor of Global Economy, Paul Baines, Professor of Political Marketing at Cranfield, who will be helping us navigate the new apprenticeship levy and Bryan Watters OBE, Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Cranfield Defence and Security.

We are sure you will be inspired by our keynote speeches from notable industry and academic figures, and look forward to seeing you at our breakout sessions. There will be plenty of valuable time throughout the day to network with fellow alumni, speakers, faculty and staff members.

If you are interested in attending our School of Management 50th Anniversary Gala Reunion on Saturday 21 October, you can find further details and purchase a joint ticket here.

Event Programme

08:30 Registration
09:15 Welcome: Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University
09:30 Baroness Barbara Young of Old Scone, Chancellor, Cranfield University
10:30 Structured Networking Break
11:20 Keynote: To be announced
12:20 Lunch and Networking
13:35 Parallel Session:

Leading Intelligent Career Owners
Michael Arthur
(Full Time MBA 1975), Professor of Strategy and International Business, Suffolk University, Boston

Apprenticeship Levy / Masterships
Chair: Paul Baines, Professor of Political Marketing and Director, Executive MBA, Cranfield School of Management

Simon Littlewood, Partner, Head of Business Growth Services, Grant Thornton
Andrew Sztehlo, Global R&D Vice President, Ice-cream, Unilever
Mark Threlfall, Interim Director - CCED, Cranfield School of Management
14:40 Parallel Session:

Change Management
Chair: Dr John Glen,
Director of Centre for Customised Executive Development, Cranfield School of Management
Tom Keohane (Full Time MBA 2005), Partner, The Berkeley Partnership

Critical Decision Making in a Crisis
Dr Bryan Watters OBE,
Senior Lecturer in Leadership, Cranfield Defence and Security
15:40 Structured Networking Break
16:25 Keynote: Is there life after Brexit?
Joe Nellis,
Professor of Global Economy, Cranfield School of Management
17:25 Professor Sir Peter Gregson, Chief Executive and Vice Chancellor, Cranfield University

Location and travel details

The Vincent Building (52a), Cranfield University.

Cranfield University is located at the very heart of the UK – within the innovation triangle between London and the cities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Our central location provides easy access from the M1, excellent main line rail service as well as proximity to key international airports. Set in rolling countryside, Cranfield offers a rich, rural landscape complemented by thriving towns and picturesque villages.

  • Road: We are just 10 minutes from Junctions 13 and 14 of the M1 motorway. There is free parking on campus.
  • Rail: Milton Keynes or Bedford
  • Air: London Luton (22 miles), Heathrow (50 miles) or Birmingham (70 miles)

For further details please click here.

Who should attend

All Alumni


Tickets for the Alumni Conference are priced at £90

How to register

Book your ticket here