Wednesday 21 February 18:00 - 19:30

Senate House
Malet Street

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Distinguished Speakers at the University of London: Dame Sara Thornton

Government & Politics

Hosted by the University of London

On the 21st February 2024, we are hosting an ‘in conversation’ event with Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM. Through the discussion we’ll explore ethical leadership, effective delivery of public services and policy influencing drawing on Sara’s impressive experience as a leader on tackling modern slavery, her experience of leadership in the police and in political engagement. Sara will reflect on the importance of trust, integrity and transparency; the use of data, metrics and targets; and the challenges of reputation management, political pressures and the media.

Alistair Jarvis, Pro Vice Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance), University of London, is hosting the discussion.

About the speaker:

Dame Sara was the UK’s second Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, completed a three-year term in April 2022. Before this, Dame Sara had a 33-year career in policing including serving as first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015 to 2019 and as Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police from 2007 until 2015. She is currently Chair of the Government Skills and Curriculum Unit Leadership Advisory Board. Dame Sara works with the University of Nottingham’s Rights Lab as Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Policy and as modern slavery consultant for CCLA Investment Management.

When: Wednesday 24th January, 6:30pm, with a drinks reception before the presentation

Where: The Chancellor’s Hall, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU

Event schedule:

18:00 - Doors open & drinks reception

18:30 - Presentation commences, including time for audience Q&A

19:30 – Event concludes

We look forward to welcoming you.

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