Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Open for Business' as Greg Dyke Inspires Business Leaders

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Open for Business' as Greg Dyke Inspires Business Leaders

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The former director general of the BBC, Greg Dyke, revealed that he is poised for a return to major business leadership, at the second event of the Middlesbrough Business Forum.

Mr Dyke resigned from Britain's most powerful and high pressured media job in January 2004 after the damning Hutton Report in to the death of weapons expert David Kelly.

Speaking at the event, Mr Dyke said he was eager for another challenging position within industry.

More than 130 business people were earlier enthralled by Mr Dyke's approach to leadership.

He outlined how the BBC was governed by a "culture of fear" when he arrived in the post in 2000 but a series of initiatives had encouraged the 30,000-strong workforce to take greater ownership of the organisation.

Mr Dyke said: "To change an organisation you have to change its culture. That takes leadership, will power and most of all bravery.

"There is no point starting change if you are not going to see it through."

The Middlesbrough Business Forum is part of Middlesbrough Council's Open for Business agenda, aimed at inspiring and being aspirational for local business leaders.

The event was organised as a partnership between Middlesbrough Council and the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) as part of the Chambers 10th anniversary celebrations, in conjunction with Middlesbrough Network of Intermediaries and Eversheds law firm.

George Cowcher, NECC chief executive, said: "This is a tremendous showcase for the renaissance that is going on in the Tees Valley.

"This region, which has traditionally been driven economically by large powerhouse businesses.

"Greg Dyke was entertaining, frank and inspirational. We have heard today some good pointers about how leadership should work."

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