Google view: northern head to give business school lecture

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Andy Barke, head of northern agencies at Google Manchester, to give Rupert Smith Memorial Lecture.

The head of Google’s northern agencies is to give The Rupert Smith Memorial Lecture at MMU’s Business School on Thursday 4 February.

The event, titled ‘Inside Google’, is rescheduled from last November and is presented in association with MediaCom. It is supported by MMU and the creative industry charity The MPA Educational Trust.

Barke, who has been at Google since 2005 when the company set up its first UK regional office in Manchester, will talk about his time at the company during a period that has seen it grow into a hugely influential global technology company.

The event will also see Barke talking about Google’s founding mission statement and its relevance and significance in 2016.

As head of northern agencies, Barke is responsible for building and retaining key agency relationships in the north of England and Scotland. He also advises agencies on the best ways to grow strategic advertising revenue. 

Having relocated from London to Manchester over ten years ago, Barke is a key figure in the city’s digital industry; in 2015 he joined the board of the Manchester Publicity Association (MPA). Prior to joining Google, he worked for several online businesses and also for ITV in London.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 6-8.30pm, are available here

Image: Screen grab from YouTube video of Andy Barke speaking at IMUK14 conference