Leighton and chums team up for Breast Cancer Care

Allan Leighton has enlisted the help of three other high-profile leaders for his latest charitable venture...

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Last Updated: 20 Apr 2011

Allan Leighton, the chairman of Royal Mail and author of best-selling 2007 business book On Leadership, has tapped some of his top contacts in the latest step of his fundraising efforts for Breast Cancer Care. Leighton, who’s on a personal mission to raise £1m for the charity, has persuaded M&S chief Sir Stuart Rose, Ann Summers boss Jacqueline Gold and former BUPA CEO Val Gooding to appear with him for an evening of conversation and debate about the challenges of leadership.

The On Leadership Gala Dinner, in association with MT, will take place on November 27th at the London Intercontinental Hotel in Park Lane. All four business leaders will talk about how they made it to the top, and discuss the challenges of running a big organisation (in the company of a celebrity interviewer). They’ll also explore some of the themes that Leighton discusses in his book.

And they ought to have some interesting things to say. Leighton made his name turning Asda from a £500m business into a £6.2bn giant sold to Wal-Mart in 1999, and has since ‘gone plural’, with seats on nine boards (including Royal Mail and BSkyB). Rose has hardly been out of the news lately, as the architect of M&S’s revival has come under fire following the retailer’s recent slump. Gold, the boss of Ann Summers, was recently voted as the Most Inspirational Businesswoman in the UK, while Gooding built an impressive 23-year career at BA before moving to BUPA, where she was CEO until her retirement earlier this year.

Attendees get to enjoy a champagne reception, a three-course dinner and some high-calibre networking. They can also bask in the satisfied glow that comes from knowing that all the money raised from the evening, including ticket and auction proceeds, will go directly to Breast Cancer Care (as have all the profits from the book). Click HERE for more details.


Tickets are £250 each, or £2250 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, discuss sponsorship opportunities or receive further information, please contact the Special Events Team at Breast Cancer Care on 020 7960 3554 or email specialevents@breastcancercare.org.uk.

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