Wednesday, 2 August 2017

IFLAS open Lectures - Autumn's first two now available for registration.

We are delighted to be able to bring to our Ambleside campus the first two Open Lectures for the Autumn series.

Firstly we have Mike Innderdale, Assistant Director for The National Trust (North West) who will be joining us in September. Then in early October we will be welcoming the Executive Director of 'Publish What You Pay', Elisa Peter.

Mike Innderdale, Assistant Director (North West) at The National Trust.

A sort of national property - Rising to the challenge of World Heritage Site status and changing needs of today’s society in the Lake District

Open Lecture speaker Mike Innderdale
Tuesday 12th September 2017
Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside campus, LA22 9BB

As one of our most cherished National Parks and a candidate World Heritage Site, how should the Lake District go about rising to the challenges of the ever changing needs of society and expectations of our visitors and communities? The National Trust, along with other partner organisations, recognise change is a good thing and in the Lakes the relationship between man and the land has changed over time, shaping this unique landscape and inspiring some of greatest thinkers. The talk and discussion will explore the challenges we face today from a variety of viewpoints and give a flavour of what some of the solutions might be.

Mike has spent the majority of his career working in land management within protected areas across a variety of government, private and third sector organisations. He started with the Forestry Commission working in both the Lake District and the North York Moors, followed by roles at Severn Trent Water in the Peak District and as RSPB’s Regional Reserves Manager for North of England.
For the National Trust, Mike began as General Manager for their Peak District estate, responsible for major tracts of moorland and farmland in the Dark Peak and setting up a major new partnership with RSPB to manage one of the National Park’s upland estates. For the last 6 years Mike has been the Trust’s North Region Assistant Director, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for Cumbria and North Lancashire, representing over 25% of the Lake District National Park and a fifth of the Trust’s total landholding.

Elisa Peter, Executive Director of Publish What You Pay

Adaptive leadership in a time of change - fighting corruption in the oil and mining sector

Open Lecture speaker Elisa Peter
Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Percival Lecture Theatre, Ambleside campus, LA22 9BB

Elisa’s talk will look at current efforts led by civil society around the world to bring transparency and accountability in one of the industries most prone to corruption: the oil, gas and mining industry. Fraught with danger, anti-corruption activists put themselves at risk to expose oil and mining barons. They lead the way thanks to their ability to adapt and change under difficult circumstances.

Elisa Peter is the Executive Director of Publish What You Pay, an international coalition of 800 member organisation working together to address corruption in the extractive sector. She has 20 years of experience in international campaigning, grassroots movement building and high-level advocacy. She has worked and lived in central and north America, Europe and Russia. Elisa also spent 6 years working for the United Nations as the Head of the UN’s Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in New York, advocating for and supporting civil society’s meaningful participation in the UN’s decision making processes. Most recently, she advised The Elders, a group of former Heads of State and Nobel Prize winners, on their political strategies related to peace and security, sustainable development, climate change and women’s rights. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School

To register a place on any of the above Open Lectures, contact