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Jon Moulton offers corporate wisdom to Yorkshire business

Jon Moulton, one of the stalwarts of the British private equity sector, will deliver the Leeds University Business School's Corporate Wisdom Lecture in April.

The Leeds University Business School Corporate Wisdom lecture series, run in association with the leadership consultancy firm Whitehead Mann, is now a firm fixture in the Yorkshire business calendar attracting the region's top chairmen and chief executives. The event is sponsored by law firm DLA Piper and supported by Marketing Leeds.

Jon Moulton, Managing Director of Alchemy Partners, will be delivering the lecture 'Profiting From Other Peoples' Blunders'.

Jon Moulton's ability to see value where others can't has led him to invest nearly £2 billion on behalf of Alchemy Partners' investors. Best known for his abortive attempt to buy MG Rovers in 2000, he is also known for his acquisition of a number of British Coal's properties.

Through the years he has transformed a number of publicly quoted struggling companies including pub group Innspired, the accountancy software company Cedar Group and the construction company Avonside. His lecture will shed light on how organisations falter and how venture capital companies can save them from failure.

The lecture will take place on April 8, 2008 at 6.00pm at the Yorkshire Bank Lecture Theatre, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds.

Professor Andrew Lock, Dean of Leeds University Business School, said: "We expect to hear a fascinating account of the growth of private equity and its success in the wake of corporate mistakes, bad management and a lack of vision.

"Given John Moulton's stature in UK business we are expecting a huge turnout. We are delighted to be working with DLA Piper and Marketing Leeds and the evening promises to be both stimulating and fun."

Corporate Wisdom was launched in 2005 and has quickly established itself as a key event in the diaries of Yorkshire's leaders.  Through a programme of lectures given by distinguished speakers such as Sir Gus O'Donnell and Greg Dyke, the lecture series continues to inspire, educate and challenge business leaders in private and public sector organisations in Yorkshire.

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Please contact the University of Leeds Press Office on +44 (0)113 343 4031 or email

Notes to editors 

Leeds University Business School is among the leading UK university-based business schools and continues to grow in size and reputation. The school is full-range, teaching more than 1,500 undergraduate and 500 postgraduate students from more than 50 countries, and is closely linked to the university.

It has its own faculty and its own high reputation for research. Leeds University Business School also has a history of successful partnerships with industry and commerce at local, national and international levels.

Members of the Faculty are at the forefront of major developments in basic and applied research across the fields of Business, Management, Accounting, Finance and Economics. Senior staff have held leadership positions and committee membership and advised major policy-making bodies and learned societies. These include the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Management, the Economic and Social Research Council's Training and Development and Research Grants Boards and the British Academy of Management.

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