Event Hosts

Alistair Macdonald  

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 28 countries and from 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 the 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 climbed to over 23,000ft on Mt Everest and was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Keynote Speakers: 

Lawrence Jones

Lawrence Jones is founder and CEO of UKFast, a cloud technology business with numerous awards for culture, customer service, innovation and leadership. In 16 years he has lead its phenomenal growth from a start-up in a spare bedroom to a £250 million enterprise. Lawrence has a history of promoting entrepreneurship and digital business in the UK and in 2015 he was awarded an MBE from the Queen for his contribution to the digital economy.

Hayley Bernard - MIX Diversity Developers Ltd

Hayley Barnard is the Managing Director & Diversity Strategist at MIX organisations Diversity Developers Ltd. MIX helps become more innovative and profitable through developing both a more diverse workforce and diverse customer base. MIX’s clients include HSBC, Diageo, T-Systems and Walmart.

After quickly rising to become General Manager of Sir Chay Blyth’s ‘Challenge Business’ at just 23, Hayley took the decision to start her own communications and sponsorship business with her twin sister, which they run to this day.  After over a decade of successful trading, their second business was born – MIX Diversity Developers Ltd.

Hayley is a professional speaker, consultant and media commentator on subjects including gender balanced workplaces, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, harnessing greater ethnicity in business, Autism in the workplace and Age and Employment. She is passionate about inspiring business leaders to adopt the principle that diversity isn’t about difference, it’s about excellence.  She tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness with humour, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives.

One of the most innovative projects that Hayley has headed up is the LeasePlan Women’s Arctic Challenge in which she co-led a team of women on a traverse of Baffin Island, trekking and camping for 11 days at minus 40 degrees C. MIX worked with LeasePlan to develop this unique platform to communicate the gender balance issue and challenge unconscious bias within their company.

When not at work or at home Hayley can usually be found swimming in the nearest stretch of open water in preparation for her solo English Channel swim attempt in August 2017.

Workshops & Workshop Facilitators: 

Workshop 1 - Making the best use of Linkedin

Workshop Facilitators: Jenny Warburton (University of Salford)

Workshop Outline: LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network with hundreds of millions of members and is currently growing at the staggering rate of one new user per second. It is revolutionising the way students can connect with industry professionals, and tap into the hidden job market.  This workshop will outline how you can do this as an individual and how you and your research can become more visible online.

Workshop 2 - Presenting with Confidence

Workshop FacilitatorsMaggie Ford (Springrites)

Workshop Outline: This seminar will address the issues facing you when you have to deliver a presentation or attend an interview or a Networking event.

In this seminar you will:

Learn to banish nervous tension with breathing techniques

Develop awareness and understanding of your body language

Explore how physical tensions affect your voice - and your presenting ability

Understand the importance of articulation and pronunciation

Learn how to present with confidence, clarity and passion.

About Maggie Ford: RADA trained Maggie was an actor for many years working in theatre and television before concentrating on directing and writing for both screen and theatre. Her directing work includes directing episodes of East Enders, Doctors, an award winning short film and many theatre productions. Over the past 15 years she has been running a coaching consultancy to help businesses present themselves with confidence and clarity. Her clients include HSBC, Lincoln County Council tourism, Wrigley’s solicitors, NW Business Network, Senior Medical Consultants, Manchester City Councillors, MU, Derby University, MMU and many other individual business owners. She has recently produced and directed a training video on Safeguarding.

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 and Adam Mitcheson

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

About Naomi Timperley: Naomi is a 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 named in 'The Maserati 100’ 2015 – 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 runs Coo Digital as well as Tech North Advocates with Volker Hirsch - Tech North Advocates is a network of tech & digital entrepreneurs, leaders, investors & experts who support tech startups & growth businesses to find new investment, talent and growth in the North of England. She is also a mentor, speaker, trainer and connector.

Twitter: @naomitimperley @TechNorthAdv @CooDigital

www.technorthadvocates.com    www.naomitimperley.co.uk    www.coodigital.co.uk

About Adam Mitcheson: After graduating from Salford University in 2008 the graduate job market collapsed as the world entered a recession. Two years later Adam eventually got a job with BNY Mellon and started his career in banking. After a couple of years he began to look at his future career but the internal resources available, external resources and websites like LinkedIn could not help him understand how he could go from where he was to where he wanted to be. Then, via a mentor Adam was put in touch with someone in the know and had answers to his questions that were relevant to him, proving that the best source of knowledge is straight from the horse’s mouth, and that often it is not what you know but who you know. From here the idea for my2be was born, to create an online platform where others could do the same. After two years of working on my2be whilst still employed, he eventually took it full time in November 2015. The site is now live and growing. Away from my2be he is a lover of the outdoors, in particular mountaineering and climbing and is an avid Manchester United fan. https://www.facebook.com/my2be    https://twitter.com/my2be_ (also his own handle is @AdamMitcheson)    https://www.linkedin.com/company/my2be


Q&A Panel

Dr. 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 and is now a Fellow of EE UK and a FRSA.

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 a Visiting Professor by Plymouth University and the University of Wales Trinity St David. Simon has also been appointed as the Head of Enterprise Development by the NCEE where he works to transform the teaching of enterprise and entrepreneurship within Universities in the UK and internationally. Other projects are rapidly establishing Simon as a leader in the area of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education.

Prof. Nigel Mellors – Pro VC Research and Enterprise, (University of salford)

As Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research & Enterprise his key responsibilities are   Research Councils, industrial partnership at regional, national and international level.  He is passionate about the role and the contribution the university can make in partnership with industry and the private sector and the pursuit of research discovery & the application of new ideas.

 Mellors’ research interests are in the area of new technologies to increase energy efficiency with applications within the built environment.  His second area of interest is in the area of nano materials including the fabrication of nanowires and the determination of their physical and material properties

Prof. Jean-Noel Ezingeard - Manchester Metropolitan University

Professor Jean-Noël Ezingeard was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University in October 2013.

He is responsible for Strategic Planning, and has oversight of the University’s eight Faculties. Since his appointment he has led on the transformation of the organisation of research at the University resulting in the creation 12 new Research Centres to address key societal and economic challenges in the UK and beyond. He is closely involved with some of the regional research and skills initiatives, notably Health Innovation Manchester and the growth of High Level and Degree apprenticeships at Manchester Met.

Jean-Noël is an Engineering Science graduate from Ecole Centrale de Lille, an Engineering Grande Ecole. He later obtained an MSc in Advanced Manufacturing Systems and his PhD from Brunel University.

Before joining MMU he was Executive Dean of Kingston Business School in London where he oversaw a £30m transformation of the School’s buildings, a significant growth in research activity and enhancements to teaching and the curriculum. As Executive Dean he continued to teach on the MBA programme and to supervise doctoral students.

His early career was as a lecturer at Brunel University and Course Director for the Special Engineering Programme. He was then appointed as a member of Faculty at Henley Business School where he later served as Professor of Processes and Systems Management and Academic Dean (Associate Dean for Faculty). He researches in the area of technology management, applied to Information Systems, Information Assurance and Security, and Logistics Information Management.

Michael Contaldo – New Economy

Michael is a senior policy advisor on secondment to New Economy from HM Treasury, and currently leading on business and science – including work to carry out a Science and Innovation Audit for Greater Manchester. Over the past decade he has worked on a mix of domestic and international issues – advising government ministers on funding the Olympics, a review of the relationship with the Third Sector, corporate taxation with the EU and OECD, and the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa. He has also worked with local and regional partners on the development of Community Budgets, City Deals, the Regional Growth Fund, and with Lord Heseltine on his Liverpool report. He is on the leadership team for the LGBT Civil Service Rainbow Alliance.

Theresa Grant – Trafford Council

Theresa is a career public servant with 37 years’ experience in Local Government in both Ireland and the UK.  She has spent several of these years seconded to roles with the private sector and the Commonwealth Games Organisation.

Theresa is Chief Executive of Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council since 2011 and also currently Lead Chief Executive for Employment & Skills portfolio for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) region, including the Working Well and Mental Health to Work pilots and co-commissioning of the future DWP Health to Work programme, agreed through the GM Devolution Agreement.  Theresa is also GMCA lead for Improvement and Efficiency and GM Procurement Hub.

Theresa is a Trustee of the Halle Orchestra and a Trustee of the Irish World Heritage Centre Charity in Manchester.

Dr. Martin Henery – University of Manchester

Martin joined Manchester Enterprise Centre as an Enterprise Fellow in 2002 before taking up the post of Enterprise Academic in 2004.

He worked for a number of years as a research assistant at UMIST developing a range of technologies. One of these became a new company, where Martin developed medical instrumentation for the US market.

His interests are technology and knowledge transfer and creating new opportunities and ventures. Martin's skills are product development, creativity and problem-solving.

Martin runs the successful Venture Out and venture Further student enterprise competitions at Manchester Enterprise Centre, sits on the Strategic and Management Board of Manchester Youth Markets.

Collette Roche – Manchester Airport Group

Collette holds a BA (Hons)in Business Management gained at Lancaster University and post graduate diplomas in HR Management (MCIPD) and Strategic Airport Management (IATA).

Gaining extensive experience in HR management, Collette has held a number of senior leadership posts across a variety of sectors and within several international blue chip companies including; Ford Motor Company, Siemens Plc and United Utilities.

In 2010 Collette joined M.A.G, the largest UK owned airport operator group, as Group HR Director and has been part of the Executive Team responsible for doubling the value of the group over a 3 year period.

Since this time Collette has assumed responsibility for CIO, Group Transformation and more recently appointed as Deputy CEO, for Manchester Airport.

Collette’s non-executive responsibilities include non-exec Director at JW Lees,  Chair of the Manchester Ambassador Programme on behalf of Manchester Growth Company, Governor at Manchester Metropolitan University and membership of the BiTC National Leadership Board.

She lives in Cheshire with her husband and two children and her interests include travelling and keeping fit.

Alumni Q&A: 

Andrew Read – (University of Salford)

Dr Andrew Read is a skilled and experienced translator, entrepreneur and manager. After gaining a BA in Modern Languages from University of Salford, followed by the CIM Diploma, Andrew enjoyed a successful career in international marketing and business development in the software and digital media sectors.

Since then, Andrew has gained two further degrees: an MA in Translating, also from Salford, and a PhD in Translation Studies from the University of Manchester. Over the last two years, Andrew has combined this academic expertise with his commercial experience to successfully establish his own language services business focused on the digital, media and creative sectors. Trading as Read Translations and Language4Media.com, Andrew’s services are now in constant demand from high-profile clients throughout Europe.

Margaret Hyde - (Manchester Metropolitan University)

Margaret Hyde has extensive experience working in marketing and public relations within government and commercial organisations.  Latterly she was an NHS communications manager  before taking a complete change in direction to undertake a PhD focussing on service quality in the health care sector.  She now lectures at Manchester Metropolitan University where she teaches marketing and service delivery as well as furthering her research in this area.  She is on the regional board of the Chartered Institute of Marketing where she is also an examiner.  Margaret has plans to develop consultancy work in the monitoring and management of service quality in health services.

San Tao - LDM Group (Manchester)

After graduating in Biochemistry in UMIST in 2005, San decided to enrol on the Master of Enterprise course and was offered a full scholarship.

With much help from the advisors and mentors, as well as the office facilities provided by the then Manchester Enterprise Centre, after a few failing projects and some hardship, he managed to launch the building surveyor consultancy business in 2007, and gradually built up a modest portfolio of residential and commercial properties which provide some residual income. 

Today, the business advises many regional landowners and occupiers on property relating matters, and he keeps himself busy in several property acquisition and development projects in the North West, trying not to miss out the recent upturn of the property market.

More proudly, he seems to have found a better work-life balance by picking up the sport of triathlon, he plans to swim across the English Channel along his relay team members this June, and completing his fourth Ironman race in July. 

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