Ordinary Meetings are held during autumn and winter in central Manchester and start at 5:30pm with refreshments available from 5:15pm. 

At each meeting an invited speaker will talk on a subject of economic or social interest and then there will be questions and discussion. The talk will normally be printed in the Society's journal which is distributed to members and subscribing libraries. Copies may be purchased by non-members.

Following each Ordinary Meeting, which usually finishes around 7.15pm, the Society entertains the speaker to dinner and discussion on the topic of the evening resumes and continues until 9.30pm.  This is a separate event but all members and guests who wish to attend are welcome to do so. It is necessary to book and pay in advance. Please use the email address below.
In spring the Society holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by the Annual Dinner. The AGM is for voting members of the Society only but guests may attend the dinner and hear the after-dinner speaker. Again, it is necessary to book and pay in advance. Please use the email address below.


Members are encouraged to bring guests . Unaccompanied visitors are asked to contact the Secretary on


Meetings in the current Session 2016 - 2017
(for details of meetings in the 2015-16 session click previous-meetings)

Friday 7 October 2016

Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE DBE

Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

 The NHS and Society
 – not what can I do, what should I do –
professionals in partnership with patients

For speaker's biography, click here.


Tuesday 8 November 2016

Professor Stephan Lewandowsky

University of Bristol

Climate models and climate data: confusion and misinformation vs. scientific reality

Please see below for details of this talk

For speaker's biography, click here


 Tuesday 13 December 2016

Professor Nick Hardwick CBE

School of Law, Royal Holloway University of London
and Chair of the Parole Board

The dangers of keeping us safe - police, prisons, probation and risk

For speaker's biography, click here


Tuesday 10 January 2017

Professor John Curtice, FRSA FRSE FBA

University of Strathclyde

Will we be ever able to trust the polls?

 For speaker's biography, click here


Tuesday 14 February 2017

Professors Julie Froud1, Sukhdev Johal2, John Tomaney3 and Karel Williams1

1Alliance Manchester Business School; 2Queen Mary London; 3University College London

The Manchester model? City region economic development since the 1980s

For speakers' biographies, click here


Tuesday 14 March 2017

Mrs Bridget Rosewell OBE

Senior Partner, Volterra Partners, London,
and Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Infrastructure and the Economy: What can we prove, if anything?

For speaker's biography, click here



Tuesday 9 May 2017

Annual General Meeting
followed at 6:30 pm by the
Annual Dinner

after-dinner speaker

Mr John Timpson, CBE,
Chairman, Timpson Group

A Maverick's View

For speaker's biography, click here


Annual Dinner - After Dinner Speaker: John Timpson - "A Maverick's View"

"I will talk a bit about my roller coaster ride in business to explain why we ignore what others regard as best practice. I will also describe how our individual view of management, coupled with a strong culture, recognizes the important part kindness plays in creating trust and caring for colleagues."

 Mr John Timpson has appeared regularly on TV and radio; he writes a weekly column, "Ask John" in The Daily Telegraph. He is well known for the unique business style that he has implemented at Timpson Group and which he calls ‘Upside-down Management.’ In 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector.