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|2018 Winter conference - Speakers|
We have a great line-up of speakers with vast expertise from the higher education sector and different business disciplines.
Professor Peter Slee joined Leeds Beckett University as Vice Chancellor in September 2015. Peter was educated at the University of Reading, gained his PhD in Modern History from the University of Cambridge and was a postdoctoral fellow at Manchester and Durham. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an award-winning author, teacher and trainer.
Peter joined Leeds Beckett from the University of Huddersfield where he had been Deputy Vice Chancellor since 2010. He has held a number of senior roles in higher education management at Northumbria, Durham and Aston universities and at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) where he was Head of Education Policy.
Michèle has held senior corporate roles in learning and development within the service and manufacturing sectors in several cultural contexts around the globe.
She was UK Head of People Development for the European contract catering company, Elior, where she designed and delivered a highly successful leadership development programme and most recently, an award-winning customer service programme that drove tangible improvements in customer satisfaction, contract retention and employee engagement. In 2013, Elior UK won the Personnel Today award for Excellence in Learning and Development and became the first contract caterer to achieve the accolade of one of the "Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For".
Before this, Michèle was responsible for leadership and customer experience training for the global hotel chain, Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts. She facilitated the strategic planning and design of the customer experience for hotel openings and rebrands. She also initiated and implemented a strategic organisational development programme driving the Global Quality & Customer Service Strategy and introducing an innovative approach to measuring and improving service delivery. This resulted in a 15% improvement of global guest satisfaction and advocacy within 9 months of launch.
Currently Head Of L&D with BrewDog, the craft beer business that began 11 years ago with two men and a dog, but is now a global phenomenon with just over one thousand employees worldwide.
However, Andrew’s career began very differently with the Scottish Co-operative Group, where he trained in accountancy before seeking an opportunity with Boots in 2006 as a Regional Finance Manager. While at Boots, Andrew embarked on a Leadership Development Programme which also brought him to the Oxford Summer School Academy as a delegate in 2009. Since then, Andrew has played a major role in the development of the summer school programme through his role as Group Director and Programme Manager, utilising his learning and development experiences with Boots, Specsavers and BrewDog to develop the overall experience and resetting the standards of the programme.
After his early career in finance, Andrew decided to take a different career path and ventured into the world of Learning & Development, where he has held various roles across Boots, Specsavers, Boots Opticians and now BrewDog. Andrew leads a lean L&D team to shape, design and deliver all aspects of the L&D agenda to ensure BrewDog’s mission is delivered to support overall growth plans.
Professor David Russell
David is the Chairman of The Russell Partnership Collection – a group of consulting and technology businesses. The Russell Partnership is now recognised as the UK’s leading Strategic Food and Technology Consultancy with over 400 global clients and a team of 30. David led the creation and delivery of the Food Strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games, delivered the same role for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and the Rugby World Cup in 2015. In 2016 The Russell Partnership, the UK’s leading collection of Food and Technology Consultancies, were delighted to announce their appointment to Expo 2020 Dubai - bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of millions - it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth!
David read Hospitality Management at Leeds Beckett University, is a Freeman of the City of London, a Professor of Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure and a qualified nutritionist. He is regularly named in the top 10 list of most influential individuals in the UK Food and Leisure Sector, has presented over 500 global keynote addresses and has had published in excess of 250 articles. Notable Board roles include: Chairmanships of the Royal Society of Medicine and the London Food Legacy Board and most recently, appointment to Ascot Racecourses’ Hospitality Board.
David was honoured by Welcome Skills with a Lifetime Achievement Award in July 2018 for his total commitment to the hospitality industry and having spent a lifetime in furthering the sector.
Tom Laskey: Sales & Marketing Director, Sodexo Schools & Universities
Tom graduated from the University of Gloucestershire in 2001 with a BSc in Catering & Hotel Management. Tom’s early career included management positions in resorts across the USA along with a stint in the wholesale wine trade and licensed retail. As a long-serving Sodexo team member Tom has held senior operational and business development positions across a number of functions.
Tom’s previous roles include operational management of Sodexo’s University portfolio in the south and business development responsibility for all H.E activity in the UK&I. In 2018 Tom was appointed Sales & Marketing Director for Sodexo’s education portfolio covering all market segments for catering and FM services. A keen commentator on student food trends, Tom is particularly passionate about using customer insight to drive improved commercial performance, digital solutions, diversifying supply chains to include SME’s, and working with social enterprises.
A career start with University studies of Engineering Surveying which didn’t quite capture the imagination led fairly quickly to a temporary job in a hotel running the cocktail bar for the main restaurant. This certainly captured the imagination as it led to a move into the American branded market with TGI Friday’s as they opened their 6th site in Coventry and the role of Head Bartender followed shortly after. The company continued to open sites and as their flagship store in Piccadilly Circus was planned Nic secured the Head Bartender position for the opening at the same time their European cocktail bar competition took place. Winning first place and qualifying for the World competition in America and achieving third in the final secured a management position with the company shortly after. Responsible for the kitchen and back of house operations in the Piccadilly Circus site. Following this, time in the American dining sector continued after leaving TGI’s and positions for Chilli’s (Brinker Inc) in Dallas and London, and then Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and London added to the experience. A shift into a Mexican chain added to the food knowledge before an opportunity to work in the middle-east came up and Nic left for Beirut and a return to TGI’s as GM of the site in Lebanon for two years.
Returning to Europe and a position with Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas and Paris with secondments to Belfast and the Gold Coast of Australia followed and as the group opened their new site in Birmingham a return to the UK was natural. A change then came with the opportunity to open and run the new Bullring food court for Selfridges in 2003 and exposure to brands and retailing at its sharpest. Two years later and the call of the casual dining sector beckoned with positions for The Living Room Group & Prohibition Bars, Paramount Restaurants for Il Bertorelli and Brasserie Gerard and then Gondola Group for Ask Italian. In 2013 the opportunity to join the University of Birmingham as Director of Catering was taken which encompasses 42 different outlets and operations across 260 acres of campus in the heart of Birmingham. The post also has the added benefit of capturing all the elements of catering experienced to date from small coffee shops, retail, vending, student dining, fine dining, events, delivered catering, bars, and conferencing all with the high volumes that come with a World Ranked Russell Group University campus which attracts 36,000 students, 7500 staff.
Matthew White - Chair of TUCO
Matt was appointed Director of TUCO in October 2011, and was made Chair of the TUCO board in September 2016. He is the driving public face of TUCO and responsible for Board management and company duties. Matt is Director of Catering, Hotel and Conference Services at The University of Reading.
Andrew Walker - Executive Chef of Chartwells
Out of school I studied a B-Tech Diploma at Doncaster Tech College before working at Wentbridge House Hotel, one of the three best fine dining restaurants in Yorkshire, where I learnt all the fancy techniques around classic French cuisine. On top of this I was able to train as a sommelier and maître d’, meaning I was a chef who also understood front of house, which are not ten a penny.
I moved down to London in true Dick Whittington style and joined Compass a whole 28 years ago on the trainee manager graduate scheme. By getting stuck in and using my well-rounded skills I moved up the company to the role of corporate catering manager for the whole of the UK business and then about 15 years ago I moved to become Executive Chef at Chartwells. I genuinely love my job and what I do.
Jo Haigh CEO of fds
Jo Haigh is the CEO and founder of fds, a boutique corporate finance house with bases in London, Birmingham and Yorkshire.
Jo regularly delivers world class and award-winning training courses specifically written for directors and those who are working towards or aspire to work in a director-level position. This experience, and her first-hand encounter of how she made it to the top, means Jo is able to engage with her audience on many levels and leave them with much more knowledge of the business world.
Comprehensive review of Directors responsibilities and overall Board governance issues. Stimulating discussions and exercises. Excellently delivered.
Simon is one of Google’s European masterclass trainers and the founder of the Leeds Boost digital training initiative. He has created and delivered training programmes for the BBC, NatWest, eBay, and L'Oreal among others, as well as speaking around the world at key digital events. His success comes from his unique ability to simplify the online world and show you a new way of using digital as a tool to get the results you need for business growth, personal development, and well-being. His successes range from a 10-fold increase in revenue for an entrepreneur to delivering the digital strategy to multimillion pound businesses.
Simon has a real passion for digital future gazing, looking ahead and asking ‘what's next?’ and considering how people and business use these new advances to their advantage to help improve work and home life.
I'm married with two children and live in York. Aside from being a mum I have led on communications in the NHS for both provider and commissioning organisations for the last 25 years. Over that time I have been involved in designing successful communication and engagement strategies for formal consultations, some of which have been in the public eye and have been extremely controversial.
I have a 'can do' approach and my ability to communicate a positive message is one of my many strengths. I am currently the Marketing and Social Media Lead at Yorkshire Rows Adventures and was instrumental in designing the communication plan for the successful Yorkshire Rows campaign and crossing of the Atlantic Ocean in 2015/16. In my spare time I love learning new skills. After learning to row 5 years ago and then rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, I now have my sights on climbing a very big mountain!
I live near York with my husband and our two teenage children (young adults!). Despite poor performance at school, I eventually qualified as nurse. I did this for some years before moving into teaching and then counselling. I worked for many years in the life science industry before stepping out on my own and setting up a clinical research business in 1997. Now twenty years later, I'm doing what I enjoy most: public speaking, charity work and inspiring other business leaders.
I'm very passionate about helping SMEs to flourish and grow as well as enjoying my work as a Non-Executive Director for a number of organisations. Every day brings new opportunities and adventures which I grasp with both hands. I am lucky to be blessed with wonderful family and friends, something I have appreciated even more after rowing the ocean. Right now I run two more businesses with my husband. I'm also spending precious moments making wonderful memories with my family and friends. The ocean taught me to enjoy the moment and so I am!
Jo is the Head of Commercial Services at Lancaster University, a role that encompasses Hospitality, Retail, Lancaster Conferences, Design, Print & Photography, the Pre-School Centre and campus tenants.
Jo read English Literature at Lancaster University, and has an MA in Marketing from the same institution. He has worked at Lancaster for 28 years, and in that time has had a wide ranging career, but has seen investing in staff development, training and marketing as core to improving services and surpluses. Significant increases in the number of retail tenants has complemented the University’s own services to create a vibrant and diverse offer across the campus. Across the services a number of key awards have been achieved in the past few years; Lancaster became the first university to be awarded The Soil Association’s ‘Food For Life’ Gold Catering Marks for its fresh and organic food; Lancaster University has won “Best University Halls of Residence” at The National Student Housing Awards seven times since 2010; The Pre-School was awarded Nursery of the Year (North)’ at the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Awards 2018; Design, Print and Photography was awards ACPME Print Service of the year in 2017.
Jo is a CUBO Board Member.
Carnegie Great Outdoors
Carnegie Great Outdoors is a leading provider of outdoor education, adventure activities and leadership development. We have over ten years' experience working with individuals, groups, charities, military and corporate clients across the UK and overseas.
We are passionate about learning outside of the classroom and work with schools, colleges, universities and youth groups to provide memorable outdoor learning experiences.
Together with the University's Leadership Centre, an accredited centre of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), we deliver experiential day and residential leadership and team development courses to our corporate clients that help improve team and business performance.
We support fundraising challenges, partnering with local, regional and national charities to run great events that encourages supporters to get involved, raise funds and promote their vision and values.
Being part of Leeds Beckett University, we can also provide access to the latest research in the outdoor education field and teach a range of outdoor qualifications.
To find out more about our activities and facilities, please visit our website www.carnegiegreatoutdoors.co.uk