Alistair Macdonald – the Event Host 

Alistair is unashamedly a poacher turned gamekeeper. For more than 20 years he has passionately promoted better communication skills in business after a first career as a broadcaster. He has trained directors and senior management from 27 countries on five continents. Alistair’s entire working life has been devoted to good communication. He was an award-winning BBC TV reporter and producer with extensive experience in UK and overseas before setting up his specialist training company.

After standing in front of television and conference audiences for more than 25 years he now passes on the secrets of successful presentations to directors in the private, public, charitable and voluntary sectors. Alistair is an informative and entertaining speaker who has enthralled audiences up to 1,000-strong. He was a founder of the Professional Speaking Association in the North West. Alistair’s passion is mountains and exploration. He has taken tea with Tuareg tribesmen beyond Timbuktu, tangled with Tibetan bandits in Nepal and swum in piranha-infested swamps deep in the Amazon jungle. He’s also climbed to over 23,000ft on Mt Everest.


Keynote Speakers: 

Lisa Tse - Sweet Mandarin

Tom Bloxham MBE - Urban Splash  



Workshops & Workshop Facilitators: 

Workshop 1 - How can KTP develop my Career

Workshop Facilitators: Ceri Carr (Manchester Metropolitan University) & Paul Cihlar (University of Salford)

Workshop Outline: What is KTP? Types of Companies, Case Studies, Where are they Now?, Commercialising my research?

About Ceri Carr: Ceri Carr has over 20 years’ experience in the university sector.  Working in knowledge transfer since 1999, she has expertise in the development and management of a broad range of partnerships with industry using a variety of commercial and public funding mechanisms.  In her role as KTP Project Manager at MMU, she is responsible for developing the university’s KTP portfolio and embedding a strategic capability to sustain the target portfolio and optimise the outcomes for participating companies, funders, graduates and MMU.  

About Paul Cihlar: Paul Cihlar is a graduate engineer with 18 year’s experience of developing business in both the public and private sector. He has been at the University of Salford for the last 10 years in various roles initiating partnerships between industry and academia, commercialising research, technology and knowledge transfer. During this time he has been involved in a number of spin outs acting as a consultant for business growth and development. In his current role as Knowledge Transfer Development manager he has been involved in significantly growing the number of KTPs within the university.

Workshop 3 - The Brand YOU

Workshop FacilitatorsTim Ward (University of Salford)

Workshop Outline: The greatest success stories you hear of are of people who stand out from the crowd  they may or may not have amazing talents but they know how to demonstrate what they can do in their every action.

By developing your Brand you can develop you USP by creating an impressive image of yourself and build a reputation and trust to support that image that you are truly aware and in control of and which completely represents the best of you.

About Tim Ward: Tim is an expert employability skills trainer and coach with over 10 years of global experience in the fields of business and Work Based Learning and education, organisational development and personal performance goals, he has been empowering people to find, create and continue to be successful in a career that fits their strengths and passions.
Tim has designed and implemented award winning development programmes and workshops, Work Based and Placement Learning strategies and employability skills training schemes and e learning workshop and courses.

Workshop 4 - Making Good Connections

Workshop FacilitatorsNaomi Timperley - http://4hub.co.uk

Workshop Outline: The art of making good connections, fostering business relationships, paying it forward and how to network. 

About Naomi TimperleyA whirlwind of energy who has the ability to motivate, inspire and lead others in any environment. A tenacious and hard-working entrepreneur who is socially conscious and works in an inclusive way. Well respected by others, not just in her field, striving to be a natural connector with large network both offline and online. Naomi was recently named in 'The Maserati 100’ – a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs - Maserati and the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE). Naomi is director of 4hub a social enterprise consultancy that supports social sector organisations, SME's and start-ups.

Workshop 5 - Commercialisation of Research

Workshop FacilitatorsDavid Gibson

About David Gibson: David is a highly successful entrepreneur and educator who has run and founded 20 companies and become a world leader in enterprise education helping institutions and students achieve success by developing enterprise skills and seizing opportunities to exploit research and educational innovations on an international basis.

Originally an Accountant and small business owner, he is best known for his outstanding success in enterprise education where he led Queens University Belfast to the Times Higher Award of  “UK Entrepreneurial  University of the Year 2009”.  He has won 15 further awards, 2 two further Times Higher Awards including one for the best support programme for researchers awarded by Vitae.  In 2011 he was awarded the “Most Innovative Educator in the UK” award from the Higher Education Academy and was named the number one enterprise educator in the world.  In 2012 he was awarded the OBE - the first ever for enterprise education.

At present he is Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Sunderland, Visiting Professor of Innovation and Enterprise Education at the University of Derby and works on an international basis with individuals and institutions to exploit their innovative capacity.  He is the best-selling author of “The E-Factor” and “The Streetwise Guide to Starting Your Own Business”.  His new book “Postgraduate Research into Enterprise” is published today!


Q&A Panel

Dr. Simon Brown – Q&A Panel & Competition Judge

For 15 years Simon worked to establish Sheffield Hallam University as the leading institution in the country, with an international reputation in graduate employability. In 2005 Simon established their prestigious Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for Embedding, Integrating and Enhancing Employability.

In 2005 Simon was elected to the board of UKSEC and has been central to the transformation to Enterprise Educators UK - the national network for enterprise educators which he was the Chair of in 2009/10. In this role Simon has represented the UKs Enterprise Educators on National committees and internationally and advised on enterprise and entrepreneurship education.

In February 2009 Simon joined Southampton Solent University as the Director of the reformed Southampton Business School where he applied his energy to enhancing graduate employability and developing enterprise and entrepreneurship. He has recently established himself as an independent consultant, is an Entrepreneur in Residence and Visiting Professor at Plymouth University and is Head of Enterprise Development at NCEE, where he works to transform the teaching of enterprise and entrepreneurship within Universities in the UK and internationally.

Prof. Jean-Noel Ezingeard – MMU


Jonathan Robinson – The Guardian


Abul Shama – Enterprise Rent-a-car

Durham Grigg – IP Specialist

Heather Waters – Natwest




Alumni Q&A: 

Sarah Wilkinson – Saradipity (MMU)


Kukoyo Oluwaseun – PULSE (Salford)

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