2014 Speakers TBC

2013 Speakers

Official Welcome Address by the Lord Mayor of Manchester

Lord Mayor –  Councillor Naeem ul Hassan 
Councillor Naeem ul Hassan   was born in Lahore, Pakistan and moved to Manchester in 1984.

Councillor Hassan is proud of his diverse working background and has worked in many different vocations including driving Taxis, Security, hospitality management, a Race Officer and then a Community Liaisons Officer for the GMB Trade Union for the Lancashire region. He began working life as a factory worker, before returning to further his education at MANCAT College. He completed a BTEC in Engineering and an A' Level in Information Technology and this led him to gain employment as an instructor and internal NVQ assessor. 

Councillor Hassan has always had a keen interest in justice, and this led him to train as a Magistrate on the Manchester Bench. He became involved in politics as he wanted to make a positive impact on policies that in turn would improve services for the residents and people of Manchester. 

Councillor Hassan was elected to represent the Cheetham Ward in 2006 and since then he has served on several committees including Citizenship and Inclusion, Finance and General Purpose, Constitutional and Nomination, Licensing and Appeals and the Health and Well-being Committees in Manchester City Council. He has also held The Position of Assistant Executive Member of Adult Services in Manchester.
In addition to being a Councillor and a Magistrate he also serves the community as

•       Secretary General of the  Asian Community Development Trust
•       Executive Member of the Manchester Mega Mela
•       National Executive Member Muslim for Labour
•       Deputy Chair of the AMHS Governing Body
•       Deputy Whip for The Manchester Labour Party
•       Board Member of Northwards Housing
•       Representative Appointed to Serve on Pennine Acute Hospital Trust
•       Director of First Asian Support Trust (FAST) a Welfare to Work organisation providing employment and raining to disabled people

•       Advisory member on various other boards

He now hopes to continue delivering to his community and the residents of Manchester as Lord Mayor for 2013/14.
Councillor Naeem ul Hassan and his wife Zulleh Huma Hassan, have been happily married for 28 years and have five children Sumera, Saima, Anna, Naveed and Sahil. He is proud to have brought and educated his children in the local Community. His wife and children are now working as professionals in the Education, Medical, Legal and Finance sectors. 

Lady Mayoress Zulleh Huma Hassan

Was raised and educated in Manchester. Her community spirit and desire to work with people led to her involvement in setting up the first women’s group, 20 years ago, Neesa Well Woman.  She has worked with children of all ages initially as a Nursery nurse and now as a learning mentor in a local high school.  She is a devoted mother and enjoys spending time with her family.

Event Host

Alistair MacDonald 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.


Dawn Gibbins (MBE) 

Secret Millionaire & Philanthropreneur


From picking peaches barefoot in France as a young carefree teenager to becoming a keen philanthropist and visionary speaker – Dawn Gibbins has been on one hell of a journey!  With a 25 year sojourn on the way as the CEO of a global flooring company with a turnover reaching £50mn - Dawn has collected many accolades along the way - including an MBE and the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award – as well as being a proud mother to two daughters.

Not many people have the energy to develop a start-up business and build it into an international company – with a multi-million pound turnover and offices touching all corners of the globe – but for the woman never knowingly seen in grey, business became her passion.  Dawn started Flowcrete in 1982 in South Cheshire, with her late father, Peter Gibbins, after teenage years spent travelling across France picking fruit and working in a garden centre closer to home in Cheshire.

She oversaw Flowcrete’s growth to become a global market leader in commercial and industrial flooring with 30 offices worldwide and 12 manufacturing sites of excellence in the UK, Asia, Sweden, Belgium, South Africa, US and Brazil. The company, which was sold to New York Stock Exchange listed company RPM in April 2008 has a client list which includes world class names such as Bentley, Jaguar, Ascot Racecourse and Marks and Spencer.   Dawn sold Flowcrete in April 2008 – which she nurtured from an initial start-up 26 years ago into a world leader.

Following the sale of Flowcrete – Dawn hot-footed into another venture – putting all her effervescent energy and boundless enthusiasm into Barefoot Living – which embraces a harmonic blend of Dawn’s commercial acumen with her passion for healthy living – and commitment to ethical business and ‘putting something back’. A keen Feng Shui practitioner, Dawn sees that the clear, uncluttered Barefoot philosophy supports a holistic approach to UK home and business life – helping to generate energised, vibrant space in the home – with the mission of transforming Britain into a healthy, happy, prosperous nation.

In late 2009, Dawn went on the most amazing adventure – which led her to experience poverty on the streets of the UK in the undercover series of Channel 4s ‘Secret Millionaire’.  Dawn’s time spent in Bristol seriously made her re-evaluate her priorities – which led Dawn to set up ‘The Barefoot Foundation’.  The Foundations aim is to ‘eradicate poverty and abuse in the UK’ – and 100% of Dawns fees for talks, presentations and appearances will feed into the Foundation – which in turn will ensure that the money goes to where it is needed most. 

Gongs on her mantelpiece include an Honorary Doctorate, an honorary MBA, the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year accolade, voted the most influential person in UK manufacturing and an MBE for services to industry. She has also been made a ‘Pioneer to the Life of our Nation’ by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004 and has been appointed as Ambassador for the Carbon Trust in 2010.

Andrew Jervis 

Brought up on the Isle of Man, Andrew came to the University of Manchester in 2010 to study a Masters of Enterprise. Prior to arriving in Manchester Andrew had undertaken an undergraduate business degree at Lancaster, spent 18 months on a banking graduate programme, and had launched his first start up called QuickHubs, an online car parts aggregation service.

During 2011 he founded PieBoy clothing (http://www.pieboyclothing.co.uk), an urban student fashion brand, that has gone on to win contacts to supply some of the UK’s largest Universities and won awards such as Shell Live Wire. During his time in Manchester he was also the Vice President of Manchester Entrepreneurs.

In 2012 Andrew was selected as a cohort member of London based technology accelerator programme Entrepreneur First. As part of the programme he moved to London and co-founded ClickMechanic (http://www.clickmechanic.com), an online market place for mobile mechanics, which takes the stress out of vehicle repair for consumers.

You can follow Andrew on twitter: @adajervis or contact him at Andrew@clickmechanic.com

Durham Grigg

Consulting Intellectual Property Specialist. B.Sc / LL.B.  Post-graduate specialist training as a Negotiator (Harvard University Law School) and Mediator (LEADR and WIPO).  30+ years in practice in Australia and the UK, working with Top-Tier Global Legal 500 Australian and UK law and patent attorney firms, and in-house roles with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Westpac Banking Corporation, and with the Australian Defence Force (Royal Australian Navy). 

Extensive international IP and technology law transactional and contentious work with clients ranging from micro-start-ups to major global corporations across a broad range of industry sectors including, defence, banking, insurance, media and broadcasting, creative and performing arts, water, waste & environment, energy, biotechnology/pharma, transport. 

Legal practice admission and rights in both Australia and the United Kingdom/EU, and active provision of business IP Asset management and exploitation for UK/EU and Australasian commercial and public sector companies and organisations, supporting global export and collaborative business and R&D collaborations and activities. 

Current focus on IP Management & Exploitation support including, Negotiation of IP elements in national and international legal commercial transactions, Mediation of IP disputes, and the evaluation and Valuation of corporate and public sector body Intellectual Property assets.

Rob Allen 

Rob has held senior management positions in both the public, private and voluntary sectors. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, and is an Associate Member of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer. Rob has proven and successful experience of creating mutually advantageous strategic partnerships, cross sector collaborations and developing new products and services in different industries.Rob is currently a Director of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Board member of All Change for Crewe and Chair of the Crewe Area Management Group.As Director of Partnerships at Wulvern Housing Ltd, Cheshire Rob is a senior member of the Executive Team and has responsibility for strategic partnerships and business development.

Rob is currently studying Strategic Leadership and Change at Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire.

Tim Ward 

Tim is an experienced trainer, specialising in employability skills, development, skills analysis, self awareness raising and reflection, Personal Branding, Emotional Intelligence, PDP and CPD.  As one of the Salford’s Work Experience Consultants his business as usual is the development, planning and facilitation of placement management throughout the university.

Tim also helped create and design the university’s Graduate Gateway Scheme. Graduate Gateway helps unemployed and under employed graduates develop their employability skills and a better approach to the competitive graduate job market. This has been a highly successful scheme with many success stories from our graduates which has gained it transnational recognition.

Tim is a member of the ASET Executive Committee and his work with ASET includes developing and facilitating workshops.

Nickala Torkington (UnLtd)

Nickala Torkington has over 12 years experience of Social Enterprise having designed, resourced and operationally delivered social enterprises including cafes, an incubation hub and community facility, plus a health spa and a wellbeing centre as part of the pioneering Blackburne Housing Group. All of which have refurbished redundant spaces, created significant employment opportunities for local people and are still trading in spite of current challenging economic conditions. 

Working with UnLtd she has coached, trained and supported over 500 social entrepreneurs and change makers across a broad range of sectors from concept design through to resourcing start up, as well as developing established social enterprises to scale up and replicate. She has extensive experience of designing and delivering national training programmes for social entrepreneurs and has also led ‘Learning Journeys’ to India to enable knowledge sharing amongst high profile social entrepreneurs in India and the UK. 

She has several years experience working in a consultancy capacity with both Bubble Enterprises CIC and Make it Happen, providing specialist support to established social enterprises, as well as enabling Health Authorities, Mental Health Trusts and educational institutions to proactively develop social enterprises as a way to meet financial, strategic and client needs. 

Nickala has sat on the board of a range of organisations supporting and empowering people to develop themselves including two charities: Befriending Refugees and Asylum seekers and Do You Need A Hand, an organisation enabling older people to live independently in their own homes for longer. She also helped establish a network for entrepreneurs with a poor history of mental health, to use enterprise as a route to recovery. 

Nickala’s current role at UnLtd involves engaging with the HE sector to capacity build institutions, to become hubs where social entrepreneurs can thrive.

Karen Gould (Rockstar Youth) 

Karen Melonie Gould is the Lead Partner for the NW/NE Start Up Loans for www.rockstaryouth.co.uk which is now the leading partner in the UK for supporting 18-30 Young Entrepreneurs to start or grow their business.  We offer through the process of a simple form on-line - by answering  4 simple questions a unsecured personal loan of up to £10k per person.  The additional support is through;

  • free mentoring, 
  • workshops, 
  • events, 
  • e-learning platform, 
  • Regus support package

Karen is the Lead Mentor for NW/NE and has herself grown one of her own businesses in Training and Social Introductions within 5 years to a profit of £3.4m.  Karen presently has a Training Company www.ccoworkcic.com which supports Graduates and Professionals into employment , these programs  are ILM Accredited and are  available as an e-learning package  and  www.workbizacademy.co.uk which supports start ups and the development of people and organisations to grow through training - workshops and mentoring.

Karen is also an International Guest Speaker and Author of self help books - her latest book is Mentoring - Cherry on Top!

Elaine Simons 

Elaine is a Business Development and Marketing professional, with the expertise and knowledge of the various elements of strategic development that delivers measurable results. Her company EJS Marketing provides a range of business

development and marketing communication services to both the Public and Private Sector. Projects have included: Business Development support for pre-start, new start and mature businesses, through hands on consultancy, one to one mentoring training, and sector speciffc workshops.

Robin Smith

Robin Smith is currently a Student Enterprise Officer and mentor for entrepreneurs starting social enterprises with awards from Unltd under the “Make the Difference” funding project. In addition to this he is developing a new Student Enterprise Society within the University of Salford that will offer students real life opportunities and support to start up and grow businesses.

Originally from a broadcast media background which included working for BBC Television, YLE Finland, PTV Finland, Sky News and Mayfair Studios London. Robin has since built and managed a number of successful businesses in different sectors both in the UK and abroad. In recent years he has turned his attentions to working with social housing organisations and developing social enterprises that work with vulnerable and socially excluded people. Last summer Robin was part of the Command Control & Communication Team for the London 2012 Olympics which he describes as “ four of the most exhilarating weeks of my life”. Robin is studying Criminology at The University of Salford Manchester.

Emma Gillaspy

Emma has a portfolio career in researcher development. She is currently a freelance trainer, the Vitae North West Hub Manager and Trainer in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences at the University of Manchester. Emma regularly delivers training for both postgraduate researchers and research staff at faculty, institutional, regional, national and international levels and has a particular interest in the use of social media in researcher training. Emma is a qualified coach and MBTI practitioner and uses these skills to help researchers and researcher developers with their performance and careers. She is currently improving her coaching skills through completing the ILM Level 7 Certificate in Executive Coaching.

Q&A Panel

David Bozward

David has over 20 years entrepreneurial business experience, and provides thought provoking, insightful and instantly usable techniques for use in everyone’s business during his workshops and personal development seminars. In the last two years he has worked with over 20,000 people looking to start a business, developing their techniques, entrepreneurial mindset and the increasing motivation for starting and continuing their businesses. Thousands of these have started and are still making money and expanding their business during this recession.

David Bozward is a serial entrepreneur, motivation speaker, mentor and authority on small business growth and inspires start-ups across numerous sectors. He is an inspirational workshop speaker focusing on motivation, networking, pitching and sales generation. Everyone walks away motivated with new knowledge and skills which they can put to good use.

Author of “The Motivated Entrepreneur”, “Why Be Enterprising” and Co Author of “Make Your Passion A Success”.

Simon Brown

For 15 years Simon worked to establish Sheffield Hallam University as the leading institution in the country, with a comparable international reputation, in the vitally important area of graduate employability. In 2005 Simon established their prestigious Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for Embedding, Integrating and Enhancing Employability. In the field of graduate employability Simon has been involved nationally and internationally with many academic developments specifically around the embedding of enterprise and entrepreneurship into the curriculum.

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. Simon was the Chair of this organisation 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.

Recently Simon has established himself as an independent consultant and has been appointed as an Entrepreneur in Residence and Visiting Professor by Plymouth University. Other projects are rapidly establishing Simon as a leader in the area of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

Dr Ann Mulhaney

Ann works within the Centre for Enterprise at the Manchester Metropolitan University. She designs and delivers a range of courses for undergraduate and post graduate students as part of the university wide ERDF funded Enterprise Champion project. She also provides one to one support for new business start-ups and budding entrepreneurs. Ann runs her own successful consultancy business having a portfolio of clients ranging from start up businesses to large international organisations. She is a business coach and in recent years has trained over 200 individuals to become accredited coaches. Her experience of setting up her own business and mentoring many others is invaluable to those starting to choose the road of self employment. She can tell you exactly what to expect when you take the plunge.

John Davies

Professor of Quality Management and Business Development, Associate Dean, Salford Business School After working in management roles in both SMEs and multinationals in chemical processing and building service industries for 13 years, John joined the University of Salford in 1992. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI), a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP), former Chief Examiner for the CQI, and former Chair of the CQI's Advisory Council. He is currently Chair of the Northern Region of the CQI.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy(FHEA) and a former Director and Trustee of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) (2007-10). John is a judge for both the Salford Business Awards and the North of England Excellence Awards, and is a member of the University of Salford Enactus Business Advisory Board. He has published over 45 refereed papers and has extensive experience in working with organisations through funded projects in business process development, quality and performance improvement.

Matt Smith

Director, Entelligence

Policy Advisor, All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship

Matt Smith is co-founder and former Policy Director of NACUE - the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs. Over 3.5 years Matt helped grow the charity to engage student clubs in 130+ education institutions an employ 24+ staff. He secured over £3m in public and private funding, designed the Lloyds TSB Enterprise Awards, the NACUE Innovation Fund and the Startup Milkround campaign, and played a role in the design and execution of countless training workshops, conferences, award dinners and other events. He also became trusted enterprise policy advisor to Government Ministers, Politicians, BIS, HEFCE and a host of organisations in the enterprise and education space including ISBE, UnLtd and the UK India Business Council.

Through Entelligence (entrepreneurial intelligence), Matt now helps organisations keep track and respond to policy activity, engage government, form strategic partnerships, and design high-impact entrepreneurship initiatives. He also comments on enterprise policy, both independently, and in his capacity as Policy Advisor to the All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship.

Dr Fumi Kitigawa

Dr. Fumi Kitagawa specialises in higher education policy and management; innovation and urban and regional studies as related to higher education. She works as Lecturer in Enterprise Studies at Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester, and is affiliated to Manchester Institute of Innovation Research (MIoIR). She is engaged in enterprise and entrepreneurship education with Manchester Centre for Enterprise Learning. Currently, Fumi is developing an evaluative study focusing on the impact of Engineering Doctorate (EngD) Programme. Prior to Manchester, Fumi held appointments in Japan, and at the European University Institute in Italy, the University of Bristol in the UK, and Centre for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy (CIRCLE) at Lund University, Sweden.

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