How to build your personal brand and do your best work; a keynote with Rita Clifton CBE

BCI Keynote

26th May 2022




Watershed, 1 Canons Road, Harbourside, BS1 5TX

We’re thrilled to be welcoming Rita Clifton CBE to Bristol to join us at the Watershed for a lunchtime Keynote on Thursday 26th May. Currently Deputy Chair of John Lewis Partnership, Rita is a global brand expert and published author.

Rita will talk about how she has found brand thinking not just fundamental to successful businesses of all shapes, sizes and stages, but also how you can apply it to yourself to ensure that you are as valued and influential as you can be. She will:

  • Use examples and cases from organisations and individuals as well as from her own personal experiences.
  • Cover what can get in the way, and how human flaws can actually be helpful and important in creating the kind of future we all want.
  • Share some tools, techniques and tips to help reflect on how we can all develop ourselves to be the best we can be.


Tickets are priced at £50+VAT for BCI members and £75+VAT for non-members which includes a buffet lunch so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to catch up with old friends and make some new connections too.

If you’d like to join the BCI network, read all about becoming a BCI member here.

About Rita Clifton CBE 

As a high-profile business leader, acclaimed brand guru and sustainability champion, Rita is able to inspire organisations of all kinds to find new ways to succeed in an uncertain world.

She has been called ‘Brand guru’ by the Financial Times and ‘The doyenne of branding’ by Campaign magazine. Retail Week commented that she is ‘A fabulous ambassador for business’. Alongside her board chairing and non-executive roles, Rita is a writer, keynote speaker, conference chair & practitioner on all aspects of brands, branding and business leadership.

Her career has included being a Vice Chair and Strategy Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, as London CEO and Chair at the global brand consultancy Interbrand and as co-founder of BrandCap. She is now a portfolio chair and non-executive director on the board of businesses including John Lewis Partnership, Nationwide Building Society and Ascential plc. Previous boards have included ASOS, Dixons Retail plc, Emap, Bupa and Populus Group. Her non-profit boards have included WWF (Worldwide Fund for Nature), the UK Sustainable Development Commission and Green Alliance. She was recently appointed Chair at Forum for the Future, the leading international sustainability organisation. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours List, Rita was awarded a CBE for services to the creative industries.

Rita is a regular columnist and media commentator, as well as author of ‘The Future of Brands’ and two editions of The Economist book ‘Brands and Branding’. Her new book on leadership ‘Love your imposter’ was launched by Kogan Page in September 2020.


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