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Former Channel 4 Boss to Deliver Worcester Business School Annual Lecture

A successful, locally-based, entrepreneur and former Chairman of Channel 4, is to present this year’s annual Worcester Business School lecture.

Luke Johnson, newly installed Sunday Times business columnist, is Chairman of Risk Capital Partners, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2001, and also served as Chairman of Channel 4 Television until 2010.

Luke is also Chairman of The Institute of Cancer Research, Start-Up Britain and the Centre for Entrepreneurs. He is a key contributor in a number of management publications, and his weekly column on Entrepreneurship appeared in the Financial Times until January 2015. Luke is the author of ‘Start It Up: Why Running Your Own Business is Easier Than You Think” in 2011 (Penguin).

Luke worked as a Media Analyst at Grieveson Grant/Kleinworts in the 1980s and was instrumental in the huge expansion of PizzaExpress PLC in the 1990s. He is now Chairman/part-owner of Patisserie Valerie, a branch of which has recently opened on Worcester High Street.

Luke’s presentation, entitled ‘Why everyone should be an entrepreneur’, will take place at The Hive on Friday, March 20th at 4pm.

University of Worcester Business School’s Director of Business Development, Tim Maxfield, said: “We are delighted to be joined by someone of the calibre of Luke Johnson at our annual lecture. We have a number of budding entrepreneurs amongst our student ranks in the Business School, and we’re looking forward to a motivational and inspirational event.”

Mark Richardson, Head of the Business School, added: “It is wonderful to welcome Luke to the University. We are currently in the process of establishing our new business incubator at our City Campus to support Graduate Business starters, and this, we hope, will encourage even more of our creative and able students to work towards making their dream a reality.”

To book your free place at this event, contact Sally Docherty on or 01905 855279

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