Top financier brings Winchester the inside view

Press Release: 07/11/2008

Lord Griffiths

If you are concerned by the global economic uncertainty that’s hitting both the headlines and your pocket of late, make sure you keep the evening of Wednesday 19 November free for a date with one of Britain’s best informed financiers.

Winchester City Council and Winchester Cathedral are inviting local business people and residents to attend a lecture by leading economist Brian, Lord Griffiths. The free event is taking place in the Conference Chamber at Winchester Guildhall. It starts at 6pm with an informal business networking session, followed by a lecture with question and answer session starting at 6.45pm which is open to anyone.

Once a Director at the Bank of England and a former Special Advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach is now Vice Chairman of Goldman Sachs International. These and his many other activities and interests make Lord Griffiths well-placed to comment on the current state of our economy.

The Cathedral, which has links with Lord Griffiths, was keen to ensure that the event could be attended by as wide an audience as possible. The Reverend Dr Roly Riem, Canon Chancellor and Pastor of Winchester Cathedral, said:

"All of us want to understand better the meaning of the recent social upheavals which have affected so many in this city. We are glad that the Cathedral can help support the business community and encourage wise and informed responses to the current economic challenges."

Simon Eden, Chief Executive of Winchester City Council who is hosting the lecture, is pleased to offer places at this free event at a time when many businesses are concerned about the medium and long term effects that recent events could have on their stability.

"This is a real opportunity to listen to considered opinion about the current state of our economy instead of media speculation, and to quiz Lord Griffiths on what it might mean for business in the Winchester District. I am looking forward to an interesting lecture and some exciting discussion."

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please book your seat by calling Cultural Services Administration Officer Eliza Berry on 01962 848 303 by Thursday 13th November