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Alumni Association Annual Lecture 2017.
Thu 27 April 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 BST
This year we are honoured and delighted to have as our keynote speaker for the evening, Margaret Aldred CB CBE (BSc Geography 1975). Margaret will talk on “Reflections on life as a senior civil servant.”
Margaret will reflect on her experiences as a civil servant with particular reference to working as a senior female in the MOD and her role as the Secretary of the Iraq Inquiry from 2009 to 2016 - including the purpose of such a politically controversial Inquiry, the role of the Secretariat, and the choices of the Inquiry about its conduct and conclusions.
Margaret's last civil service appointment was Secretary of the independent Inquiry into the UK's involvement in Iraq in 2001 to 2009, the Chilcot Inquiry, which reported in July 2016.
In her long career in the Civil Service, Margaret worked in senior roles in four Departments of State:
the MOD until 2000 where she held a number of posts including the first female Principal Private Secretary to the Defence Secretary;
a Director in the Public Services Directorate, HM Treasury in 2001;
Director General Resources and Performance, Home Office from December 2001 to November 2004; and Deputy Head of the Defence and Overseas (later Foreign and Defence Policy) Secretariat in the Cabinet Office from November 2004 to August 2009
Margaret was appointed CBE in the Gulf Honours 1991 and CB in the New Year Honours 2009.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session led by Professor Guy Orpen, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
You will then be invited to join us for a reception with drinks and a light buffet
Please note that doors open at 6.30pm to enable you to take your seats for the lecture to start at 7pm.