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2017 Corporate Public Affairs Oration

Date 22 Jun 2017
Location Melbourne
Price AUD 295.00
Discounted Member Price AUD 250.00

Event Details:

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David Grayson, professor at one of the UK’s leading business schools - Cranfield School of Management - will deliver the 2017 Corporate Public Affairs Oration: Why are we here? Reflections on personal and organisational purpose. He will consider purpose in the community of the organisations for which we work, and our personal purpose working in them.

Professor Grayson is one of the fathers of contemporary corporate responsibility, and remains one of the leading voices, thinkers and writers about corporate responsibility globally. He is an adviser to CEOs and corporations, an academic, author, and social entrepreneur.

David joined Cranfield as director of the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a 30 year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in more than 60 countries around the world; being a founding CEO of the Prince's Youth Business Trust, and serving as a joint managing-director of Business in the Community.

He has served on various charity and public sector boards over the past 20 plus years and has chaired the UK’s National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board.

David is currently chairman of the national charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one; and is a former chairman of one of the UK's larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing 21 ( during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies.

David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.

The Guardian has named David as one of the top ten tweeters on sustainable leadership (@DavidGrayson)_ alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook - CEO of Apple, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook’s COO and Kumi Naidoo - the Head of Greenpeace International.

The Oration is the corporate public affairs function's premier opportunity of the year for a prominent thinker and leader to add to the body of thought about the socio-political environment in which companies operate, and for corporate public affairs professionals to meet and connect.

Early registrations are encouraged.

Oration dinner details:
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Venue: Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne
Time:7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Dress: Business

For any further information, please contact Jean Carvalho on telephone 02 8272 5101 or email

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