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BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival: "There's No I in Team...

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To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.

Venue: Sage One

Tickets: Free but ticketed (Max 4 per person)


…but there’s a ME if you look hard enough”, joked David Brent in the BBC sitcom, The Office. But for individuals with a proven track record in leadership, how do you get the best from your group while handling the demands of the individual?

Rana Mitter and guests including the army captain turned MP Johnny Mercer, the artistic director of Bolton’s Octagon Theatre Elizabeth Newman, and former footballer turned Chief Executive Paul Fletcher to compare notes on winning one for the team and the self.

Johnny Mercer served three tours of Afghanistan during his military career before retiring from the army to pursue a future in politics. He was elected Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View in 2015.

Elizabeth Newman is the artistic director of the Octagon Theatre in Bolton. Previously she was an associate director at Southwark Playhouse. In 2014, she was awarded the David Fraser/Andrea Wonfor Television Directors’ Bursary for experienced theatre directors to work with top UK broadcasters and production companies and has recently completed filming an episode of Doctors for the BBC. In 2017 she was named ‘Bolton’s Woman of the Year’.

Paul Fletcher played as a striker playing for Bolton Wanderers, Burnley and the England Under 23 team before leg injuries put paid to his playing career. He has been Chief Executive at Huddersfield Town masterminding the building of the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, at Bolton Wanderers when the Reebok Stadium was built, and CEO of Burnley. He has just collaborated with the writer Alastair Campbell on a novel depicting a football manager called Saturday Bloody Saturday and with Ken Sharp he has written The Seven Golden Secrets of a Successful Stadium

Rana Mitter is a Professor of History at the University of Oxford where he is Director of the China Centre. He is a regular presenter of radio documentaries, among them BBC Radio 4’s Chinese Characters and BBC Radio 3’s Japan’s Never-Ending War, and Radio 3’s Arts and Ideas programme Free Thinking.

For your information…

  • Phase one tickets will be available from 12noon on Monday 5 February, with phase two tickets available from 12noon on Monday 19 February.
  • Tickets are strictly limited to four per person.
  • To guarantee your ticket book in advance. There will be some tickets available on the day on a first come, first served basis.
  • Please take your seats 10 minutes prior to the event start time otherwise you may lose your place.

Part of BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival 2018