Prometheus 2015


Continuing the commitment The University of Manchester has to social responsibility, September 2015 saw the second successful Prometheus event delivered by Alliance Manchester Business School.

Over two days at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Prometheus 2015 welcomed more than 100 delegates from 90 third-sector organisations from across the UK. The group of senior managers and leaders came together to explore the issues they are facing in their organisations, gain insights into the latest business and management thinking and continue to grow a valuable and supportive network of associates.

Dr Nick Clifford, Senior Fellow, Public Policy and Management at Alliance MBS has been responsible for implementing and directing Prometheus since its inception.

“Prometheus has grown out of Alliance MBS’ ambition to engage with all sectors of the economy. Our vision is to see the third-sector recognised as a crucial part of any healthy economy, identifying and serving the needs of the community. The contributors to this year’s event are experienced and knowledgeable in their respective fields and share the desire to see the third-sector rise to the challenges faced by people both here and overseas to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.”

Prometheus 2015 focused on two important aspects of the leadership and management of organisations.

  • Working in an organisation – looking at how to influence and effectively manage the internal features in a business.
  • Working on an organisation – looking at how to develop and confidently lead a great business strategy.
    Using the inspiring surroundings of the Whitworth Art Gallery delegates were immersed in nine linked sessions. From understanding the importance of values and attitudes and getting the right message across, to being accountable for actions and managing both change and a significant amount of stakeholders at the same time. All of which are real problems to so many organisations.

The contributors to the event included Alliance MBS faculty and partners from industry, who are experienced and knowledgeable in their respective fields. Victoria Redshaw, Head of Retail Leadership Development at The Co-operative Food opened Prometheus with a session on values and attitudes highlighting how important they are in leadership. She said: “The third-sector is built upon people’s values and wanting to make a difference and bringing their own values to life.”

As the event unfolded each presenter provided useful and stimulating thoughts and experience, which generated a great deal of discussion and feedback.

Following the event, delegates said they felt inspired to take new ideas, approaches, skills and ways of thinking back to their organisation. They also used the networking opportunities to great effect, making new contacts and strengthening existing ones.

Overall 96% of all delegates rated the event good or above.

“I’ve taken back lots of industry connections and ideas about collaborating with local charities on projects. I’ve also recognised the benefit of some external scrutiny of what we do and have arranged to have an external assessment of our governance and practices. Largely I’ll be taking back a renewed vigour for our work and our place in the sector and will be more proactive about joining organisations I am involved with to the rest of the 3rd sector nationally and in the local area.”
Prometheus 2015 delegate

The team is currently working on Prometheus 2016. We will continue to update our website as the details are confirmed, in the meantime to register interest for the event email


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