Lancashire Leaders debate and dine with former Chancellor

Business, political and civic leaders came together in Lancashire to share experiences and opportunities and to learn from a former Chancellor of the Exchequer who served under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major.


Lord Norman Lamont of Lerwick held seven cabinet posts and is the only politician ever to have held the top three Treasury jobs of Financial Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Chancellor.

Now in the House of Lords, he has served on many finance and Europe-related committees.

The intimate dinner for 50 Lancashire Leaders was organised by Lancashire Business View (LBV) magazine and staged at the Michelin-starred Northcote in the Ribble Valley.

DSC_8512Earlier in the day, Lord Lamont joined a panel debate with some of the county’s leading business names where he shared his experiences of leadership and decision-making – his own and those of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

“While there are similarities, there are also key differences in leadership in business and political environments,” he said. “In politics, because of media and public scrutiny, it’s like having a shareholders meeting every day.”

Richard Slater, publisher of LBV, who hosted the event, said: “Business and public sector leaders in the county have too few opportunities to come together and share thoughts, opportunities and experiences.

“Events like this remind us all, whether in business, political or civic life, that we have a common vision – making Lancashire a better place to live, work, invest, learn and play.”

The Lancashire Leaders dinner and debate was supported by Barclays, Lancaster University Management School, Napthens and RSM.

Keith Melling, partner and head of commercial division at Napthens, said: “When the idea of the Lancashire Leaders dinner was first raised, we felt it was exactly the kind of event for Napthens to be associated with. Bringing together some of the county’s most entrepreneurial and successful business owners and managers at a fantastic venue with an interesting guest speaker made for a great event.”

John Stanworth, head of Barclays business and corporate banking in Lancashire, said: “It was inspiring to meet directors and business owners who are showing true leadership, setting realistic visions and operating with the highest values to achieve their business goals with people who are engaged and believe in the company. Successful business have a clear aim of achieving their ambitions through a highly trained and motivated workforce led by ambitious and inspirational leaders.”


Kevin Duffy, office managing partner for RSM in Lancashire, said: “We had a great location, great food, a great speaker and 50 of Lancashire’s key influencers gather to swap stories and ideas about how we can work together to keep building the Lancashire success story.” Ian Gordon, head of leadership and management programmes at Lancaster University Management School, said: “This was a really powerful session with leaders from across the county willing to share their experiences – good and bad -  for the benefit of all. Supported by Lord Lamont, who shared his insights into political leadership, the group agreed that articulating a vision for the future was a key role for leaders, together with an ability to inspire others to help make that vision a reality.”