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Insight Talks

An opportunity to meet and listen to experienced professionals 

In 2011 Gordon's School introduced an Insight Programme. The programme gave students, parents and staff the opportunity to meet and listen to experienced professionals and to have the opportunity to ask any questions. From this, we also begin another new programme consisting of professionals from different specialities giving talks about their experiences.

Quotes from attendees of previous talks:

"Thank you for arranging it. Different, novel, interesting and informative"

"It was a very enjoyable evening and both interesting and informative talk by the three gentlemen.  I am sure that everyone that attended enjoyed the evening as much as I did"

"I’ve directed my children to several of these talks but this was the first I’ve attended. I was very impressed how it was set out and arranged"

NExt Insight Talk: monday 12th november -  6.45pm

jennifer osbaldestin 

Jennifer was a Commissioned Officer in the Royal Navy and then worked in the British Embassy Washington DC before joining BAE Systems in 2008.
Since joining she has steadfastly developed through a number of key leadership roles within engineering, project and general management, latterly as Programme Director, Type 45 Destroyer at which point she joined the Management Committee of Naval Ships followed then by Combat Systems Director.
She was appointed Managing Director of Combat Vehicles UK in 2015 and merged the Munitions business unit to create Land UK in 2016. The new business has circa 1500 employees, multiple sites in the UK and a shared site in France with Nexter. The business is capable of design, manufacture and In Service support of Combat Vehicles and General Munitions.
In 2017 Jennifer delivered a Business Transformation project to right size Land UK and in turn position it to be more internationally competitive. The project achieved it’s target and is now seeking to address the balance of UK and International customers.
External positions: Jennifer was appointed a Board Member of the BAE Systems/Nexter Joint Venture – CTAI in 2015.
When not at work: enjoys outdoor life, horse riding, skiing, scuba diving (in warm water only) and lives in Hampshire.

To reserve your seat for this Insight talk please click here to go to the Box Office.

Coming soon

The world beyond the Horizon - Professor Joe Nellis 

Professor of Global Economy, Deputy Director, School of Management, Cranfield University

Thursday 21st March 6.45pm

Professor Joe Nellis is Professor of Global Economy specialising in macroeconomic analysis and policy, business environmental analysis and strategic thinking for managers.

He is Deputy Director and the longest serving member of Cranfield School of Management's Executive Board. From 1st January 2014 until 31st January 2015 he served as Director of the School and was Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University from 2005-08.

He also holds Visiting Professorial appointments at various universities in Germany, Belgium, Austria, the Netherlands, Hungary, USA, and Ghana.

Joe has published 19 research and subject-based books and over 200 academic and practitioner journal articles.

He is an experienced contributor to a wide range of national and international corporate conferences and is a consultant to a number of organisations in the areas of strategy and business environmental analysis, strategy formulation and management development.

He was jointly responsible for the development of the Halifax and Nationwide House Price Indexes and more recently for the DPS Rent Price Index.