Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run for political office, even for Mayor of London, up against the strong party machines and public profiles of Boris, Ken, Brian and Jenny?
Come and hear Siobhan Benita, Warwick Alumna and first time politician talk about her experiences:
- Why she stood
- The ups and downs of the campaign trail
- What she got out of the process
- Why she is determined to do it all again
Finally placing 5th, Siobhan was the highest placed independent and only 0.68% behind the Greens in third place and 0.36% behind the Lib Dems.
Professor Wyn Grant will respond to Siobhan and follow with his take on "Revitalising Democracy: Elected Mayors". As the Chair of the Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors he is perhaps the best qualified person in the United Kingdom to
Wyn will now be chairing this talk in place of Professor John Parkinson, also of PAIS, who is unable to attend this event.
This event is for anyone who lives in, travels through or is interested in London, democracy and politics.
18:45 Soft Refreshments
19:05 Speaker session and Q&A
20:30 Close then networking and chat at a local pub
Daughter of an Anglo-Indian mum and Cornish dad, after studying at Warwick Siobhan joined the Civil Service in 1996 and worked at the very heart of Government for over 15 years. As a senior official at the Cabinet Office she led major projects across Government and has worked with ministers and officials at the very highest levels.
Founder of Tabelle, a network for women in the Civil Service and Wider Public Sector providing opportunities for women with an interest in public service to: share ideas, discuss common interests and challenges and create new and productive relationships.
Siobhan resigned from the civil service to campaign for Mayor of London.
Wyn, one of Warwick's most eminent professors was Chair of the Warwick Commission on Elected Mayors. He was Vice-President of the International Political Science Association from 2009 to 2012 and Program Chair for the World Congress of Political Science in Madrid in 2012.
In the 1990s Wyn Grant was Chair of department for Politics and International Studies (PAIS) at Warwick and in 2010 he was presented with the Diamond Jubilee Lifetime Achievement award of the Political Studies Association of the UK at their Awards Ceremony. He was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2011.
Wyn is a supporter of Charlton Athletic and a keen historian and contributes to several blogs on these subjects.
Have you heard about the
The Warwick Winter Ball (in London)
Why not bring some of your friends or colleagues?
The London Group and the WBS External Relations team invite you to join us for an evening of food, fun and friendship at the black tie Winter Ball on Friday 7th December at the Victory Services Club, near Marble Arch.
The event is great value as for just £69 you will get champagne, a four-course meal, wine & entertainment, in a wonderful room decorated for the occasion.
You can book a ticket just for you & sit on a table with new friends… or why not bring someone with you? Or better still, get a group of you together?
You could also stay over in London and make a weekend of it.
When & Where
Warwick London Alumni Network (W.L.A.N)
The Warwick London Alumni Network (W.L.A.N) was formed in late 2009. We develop relationships amongst members and offer a balanced programme of business-oriented and social events for alumni and others with connections to Warwick and WBS.
The aim of the group is to build on the work of the Corporate Relations Team to create an identity & meeting place for London based Warwick graduates (both University & Business School).
We seek to encourage graduate engagement by organising interesting and fun events and other initiatives so that they too may give something back that will benefit the wider Warwick graduate community in London.
Don't let the Warwick experience end just because you have graduated ;)
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