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Serco chief takes cen­tre stage for top SCDI lec­ture

Events: 300 in­vited guests to at­tend

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The chief ex­ec­u­tive of in­ter­na­tional ser­vice com­pany Serco has been an­nounced as the next keynote speaker at one of the most pres­ti­gious events in the north-east busi­ness cal­en­dar.

The 2020 SCDI An­nual Lec­ture will be de­liv­ered by Ru­pert Soames, to an au­di­ence of around 300 in­vited guests in Aberdeen on Thurs­day Jan­uary 16.

This will be the 16th an­nual lec­ture de­liv­ered by SCDI since its in­cep­tion in 2004.

Re­gional di­rec­tor Ian Arm­strong said: “We are de­lighted to have at­tracted Ru­pert to de­liver our 2020 an­nual lec­ture.

“Serco em­ploys around 50,000 peo­ple around the world, in­clud­ing 3,000 in Scot­land who man­age ser­vices such as North­Link Fer­ries, Cale­do­nian Sleep­ers as well as sup­port­ing the Min­istry of De­fence at Faslane and Lochalsh, the NHS at Forth Val­ley, Wishaw and Dum­fries, and

“He is in­ter­ested in peo­ple, public pol­icy, the ec­cen­tric and the ab­surd”

the Scot­tish Prison Ser­vice at Kil­marnock.

“We are de­lighted that Ru­pert has agreed to share his thoughts and in­sights on many of the key is­sues af­fect­ing the do­mes­tic, UK and in­ter­na­tional busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. As his Twit­ter ac­count states he is in­ter­ested in peo­ple, public pol­icy, the ec­cen­tric and the ab­surd.

“Given all that has been hap­pen­ing in the po­lit­i­cal sphere and its im­pact on global trade there will be much for him to re­flect on and I know he is go­ing to lead and de­liver a fas­ci­nat­ing dis­cus­sion ses­sion and lec­ture which will greatly in­ter­est our mem­bers from across the coun­try.”

Mr Soames joined Serco as group chief ex­ec­u­tive on May 1 2014, tasked with turn­ing around what was, at the time, a trou­bled busi­ness.

Over the last four years, the firm has been trans­formed into a spe­cial­ist sup­plier of ser­vices to gov­ern­ment in health, de­fence, trans­port, jus­tice and im­mi­gra­tion em­ploy­ing some 50,000 peo­ple and op­er­at­ing in 16 coun­tries.

He joined Serco from Ag­greko, the tem­po­rary power busi­ness where he served 11 years as chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Dur­ing his ten­ure there, the mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of the busi­ness in­creased from £450 mil­lion to more than £5 bil­lion.

Prior to Ag­greko, he was with the soft­ware com­pany Misys for five years, lat­terly as chief ex­ec­u­tive of its bank­ing and se­cu­ri­ties di­vi­sion and spent the first 16 years of his ca­reer at GEC.

Mr Soames stud­ied pol­i­tics, phi­los­o­phy and eco­nom­ics at Ox­ford Univer­sity and was pres­i­dent of the Ox­ford Union.

He is a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of DS Smith, the FTSE-100 pack­ag­ing com­pany, where he is a mem­ber of the au­dit, re­mu­ner­a­tion and nom­i­na­tion com­mit­tees and, un­til re­cently, he was a se­nior in­de­pen­dent di­rec­tor of Elec­tro­com­po­nents and a mem­ber of the re­mu­ner­a­tion, nom­i­na­tion and au­dit com­mit­tees.

Mr Soames is also a vis­it­ing fel­low at Ox­ford Univer­sity.

 ??  ?? LEC­TURE: Ru­pert Soames has trans­formed for­tunes of in­ter­na­tional ser­vice com­pany Serco since tak­ing over
LEC­TURE: Ru­pert Soames has trans­formed for­tunes of in­ter­na­tional ser­vice com­pany Serco since tak­ing over

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