The lecture, which is part of the wider annual series, took place in the Orla Gough Lecture Theatre at the University of Westminster on 24 October led by distinguished guest speaker Kip Meek in memory of the late Professor Orla Gough.

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Credit: Paulina Todorova

The event was co-organised by the External Relations Team and Westminster Business School as part of the annual Orla Gough memorial lecture series. Professor Orla Gough was former Head of Department of Accounting, Finance and Government at Westminster Business School.

Inquiry chair of the Competition and Markets Authority Kip Meek was invited to lead this year’s thought-provoking lecture, exploring the challenges facing business in an increasingly complex environment.

In his lecture, Meek spoke about the role of business in society, focusing on the moral responsibility of business and its agency. He touched on its relevance to Brexit, and said that there needs to be a more normal reliance on other institutions in society to help us solve our problems.

Kip Meek has previously acted as a senior partner at Ofcom, the UK government’s Independent Spectrum Broker and Chairman of the European Regulators Group. Currently, Meek is a non-executive director of Wireless Infrastructure Group.

Speaking about the event, Professor Malcolm Kirkup, Head of Westminster Business School, said: “Orla Gough was a much respected and much-loved Professor and Head of Department in Finance and Accounting at Westminster for many years, and her memory is honoured annually with a Guest Lecture in the Orla Gough Lecture Theatre at Marylebone.

“Kip’s wide-ranging and critical review touched expertly on matters of politics, principles and pragmatism, illustrated with reflections drawn from his personal experiences in the telecommunications industry. His lecture drew excellent questions and an enthralling debate.”

Orla Gough was responsible for a vast expansion of courses, student enrolment numbers and strong partnerships with several organisations and companies. Gough published more than 100 papers with focus on occupational pension schemes’ liabilities and benefit structures, and was appointed by the Pensions and Financial Services at Westminster in 2009.

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