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Dame Sara Thornton – University of London Distinguished Speakers Series

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6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Senate House

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The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Partnerships and Governance) of the University of London, Alistair Jarvis CBE, warmly invites you to a talk with Dame Sara Thornton at Senate House. 

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Event date and time: Wednesday 21 February 2024, drinks reception from 6:00pm, with the event commencing at 6:30pm

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

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. 

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.

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

To confirm your attendance please register your ticket on Eventbrite by clicking here.

Please feel free to forward this invitation to any colleagues who might be interested in attending.

We look forward to welcoming you.