Philip Augar Lecture: Have banks finally got the message?


Thursday 22 January 2015
5 – 7pm, Manchester Business School

In the first of a new series of lectures exploring responsible business, Financial Times columnist and banking commentator Philip Augar will take a critical look at the UK banking sector.

Four years after Barclays’ Bob Diamond attempted to persuade Parliament that it was time to move on from the banking crisis, a great deal has changed. Diamond and many of the other chief executives who presided over the banks’ fall have gone. Regulators have got tough and next generation banking chiefs speak of a new culture.

Yet the regular emergence of new scandals and persistent dissatisfaction with the way banks treat their customers cause the public to suspect that reform is only skin deep. Is it business as usual or have our banks finally got the message?

Augar is best known as a critical commentator on banking. His books include The Greed Merchants (2005) and Chasing Alpha (2009); he writes regularly for the Financial Times and appears on radio and TV. Previously, in a twenty year career in the City, he led NatWest’s global equity and fixed income division and was Group Managing Director at Schroders with responsibility for the securities business. For ten years, under New Labour and the coalition.
He currently holds non-executive positions in KPMG and TSB, the new high street challenger bank.

We hope you can join us for what should be a stimulating evening.

There is no charge, but places at the lecture are limited, and booking is strongly advised. To book your place email


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