“The Iron Tsar”: the Welshman who founded the city of Donetsk

Friday 23rd March, 7:00pm
Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge
(ROOM: Lab006, Ground Floor, the modern block of Lord Ashcroft International Business School, in the main campus of Anglia Ruskin on East Road)

Talk by Roderick Heather, the author of “The Iron Tsar”.

It is the story of a great Welshman in the 19th century Russia (modern Ukraine). John Hughes, an inventor, entrepreneur and social reformer, moved to Tsarist Russia in 1870 and founded the city of Donetsk. Did you know that the old name of Donetsk was Yuzovka (“HUGHES-ovka”) after John Hughes?!

He introduced industrial capitalism to Russia and laid the foundations for the country’s modern iron, steel and railway industries, even though he is still largely overlooked in Britain, and was vilified by the Soviets. This talk endeavours to put Hughes’ remarkable achievements back into the spotlight.

The talk will be in ENGLISH, followed by the WINE RECEPTION with traditional Russian, Ukrainian and Welsh MUSIC and REFRESHMENTS.

Entrance: CamRuSS members and ARU students FREE; Guests £3. Everyone is most welcome!

About the Speaker:

Following an honours degree in Economics from Sheffield University in 1967, Roderick Heather spent almost 30 years working for various manufacturing businesses in the UK and overseas.  In 1995 he moved to Tatarstan in Russia, leading a team of international consultants at a large automotive company for 12 months.  In 1997 he became an advisor to UK Foreign Office and later the Department for International Development covering Russia and Poland until 2002.  He subsequently worked as a management consultant on various projects in Russia and Ukraine as well as running one of the UK’s leading interim management companies.  As well as Russia, Roderick Heather has lived in Canada, Switzerland, France and the USA and has travelled to some 70 different countries.  He is currently a Welsh Assembly Government appointee on the Environment Agency’s Flood Risk Management Committee.  Roderick is married with 3 adult sons and lives in Chester.

Roderick Heather has also written ‘Russia from Red to Black’ an amusing auto-biographical account of his experiences living and working in Russia during the Yeltsin and early Putin periods (Penpress 2011).

Directions to the venue:
To find the room Lab006: go through the main entrance of Anglia Ruskin University, turn left through the glass doors and across the open courtyard to Lord Ashcroft Int’l Business School building. The room is on the ground floor on your left. You could also walk straight into the Lord Ashcroft Bldg from Broad Street. There are parking spaces for bicycles in front of the building.
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