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Responsible Business and new ways of working, TechSPARK Third Thursday

Responsible Business and new ways of working, TechSPARK Third Thursday

Responsible Business and new ways of working networking event as part of TechSPARK Third Thursday.

Thursday 16th March 2023, 6 pm-9 pm, Newark Works, Bath Quayside

Over the past 20 years, the roles and responsibilities of organisations have dramatically shifted. Externally, organisations of any size face major social, ethical, and environmental challenges and need to define how to respond to them responsibly and profitably. Internally, employees have voiced their joys and frustrations of the workplace more frequently and are looking at ways to reinvent the way we work.

Connected by a mutual passion for change, our panellists will discuss the role of organisations can play in any potential solutions to internal and/or external problems.

Join us to learn more about how different organisations have faced and addressed these challenges and become more informed and better prepared for the challenges ahead.



18.00 Attendees arrive and enjoy a complimentary drink offered by TechSpark’s sponsors

18.30 Welcome and introductions from event hosts, Lucy Paine and Laurent Perge

18.40 Interactive Q&A panel session (meet the panellists below)

19.10 Questions open to the floor

19.30 Networking session- your chance to mix, mingle and exchange contact details

21.00 Event closes



Andrew Crane is a Professor of Business and Society and Director of the Centre for Business, Organisations and Society in the School of Management at the University of Bath, UK. He is a leading author, researcher, educator and commentator on corporate responsibility and the business of modern slavery. His books include an award-winning textbook on Business Ethics, the Oxford Handbook of Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Partnerships and Responsible Business. He is a member of the Transparency in Supply Chains Advisory Group and the Public Sector Working Group at the Modern Slavery Unit in the Home Office and is a frequent contributor to the media, including the Financial Times, New York Times, Globe and Mail, Wall Street Journal, and The Guardian. You can follow him on @ethicscrane and for more details go to


Ben Simpson is a consultant and coach who works with leaders and their teams to create better relationships, improve trust, increase autonomy, ditch bureaucracy and enable people to be the best performing and happiest version of themselves at work.   A fierce critic of traditional (command and control) management he guides those that he works with towards more human-centric ways of leading, organising and managing. Ben is a co-founder of Organisational Vitality, Director and Chairman of the Deming Alliance UK, Co-organiser of Reinventing Work Bath and visiting lecturer on the Bath MBA. Further detail available via Ben’s LinkedIn profile.



Philippa Kindon, Coach/Project Manager, Mayden is a Programme Manager and Coach at Mayden, an innovative and growing health tech company that creates digital technology that changes what’s possible for clinicians and patients. A lifelong advocate of challenging traditional ways of working, Philippa earned her PhD from the School of Management at the University of Bath researching identity in the workplace. She has since forged her career in a variety of roles working in and with start-up and growing SMEs in a range of industries, bringing the skills of coaching, facilitation, and organisational development in a way that supports and challenges individuals, teams, and organisations to uncover their assumptions about organising and managing, and help them unlock new ways of working for the future. Co-organiser of Reinventing Work Bath, and Co-Author of Made Without Managers (Mayden’s multi-vocal book about their experience of creating a self-managing workplace) Further info on LinkedIn profile.


The Sustainable Business Support Programme is a SETsquared and University of Bath business support programme funded until May 2023 offering support to organisations in the region who are looking for support to be more sustainable. This programme is funded through the European Regional Development Fund. Visit the website to register your interest in participating in this programme.

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