Annual Conference 2018

Annual Conference 2018

Friday 23rd November

There is nothing new about change. In circa 401 BC, Greek philosopher Heraclitus wrote, “Everything changes, and nothing remains still” yet nearly 2,500 years later many people still struggle to cope with change and roughly 75% of all change programmes in organisations fail.

Today, with so many surprises in politics, both at home and globally; changing attitudes and expectations in the workplace from clients and employees alike; and technology changing at a breath-taking pace, the world can seem an unpredictable and uncertain place. Often the only thing we know for certain is that change is inevitable.

With the pace of change only predicted to increase, the ability to adapt and embrace change becomes even more important.

This years’ conference explored the broad concept of change, giving delegates a deeper understanding of why so many change programmes fail and equipping them with the tools to ensure that their firm doesn’t get left behind.


The Speakers

  • Richard Gerver
    Best-selling author, innovator, educator, world renowned expert in change, leadership & human potential, Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation delivering unique insights into change, leadership and education. The three core principles underpinning his philosophy are communication, empowerment and impact.

    Since leaving his 20-year career in education he has worked to explore the links between great leadership, human potential, change and innovation. He regularly advises governments, major corporations and sporting associations globally, including Google, UK Sport, Visa and Microsoft.

    He has twice been named "Business Speaker of the Year" and has written three critically acclaimed best-selling books. Whatever sector Richard works in, his principles remain the same: organizations need to remember that systems and structures change nothing; people do.

  • Nick Jankel
    Nick’s ideas, tools and original research are designed to take the pain out of business transformation, blast through the barriers that block innovation and disappear the dysfunction of teams so that every organisation can forge the future.  Nick realised the hard way that the “inner game” – purpose, leadership, mindset and culture – is where the secret to long-term success resides. Companies that don’t get this end up failing the future rather than creating it.

    Nick is an advisor to organisations as diverse as Novartis, LEGO, Nike, No. 10 Downing Street, the State Department, Oxfam, Unilever and the BBC and is author of the best-selling book “Switch On”.

  • Amy Brann
    Amy passionately delivers the message that you and your organisation have huge potential that can be better accessed if you understand how to work with your brain optimally. As founder of Synaptic Potential, Amy works with organisations globally strengthening their strategy, culture and performance sharing reliably simple applications of neuroscience that lead to game changing insights and results.

    She is the author of ‘Make Your Brain Work’ & ‘Neuroscience for Coaches’ & ‘Engaged: The neuroscience behind creating productive people in successful organizations’ and is a visiting lecturer to Manchester Metropolitan University.

  • Adam Billing
    Adam is the founder of Treehouse Innovation, a leading innovation consulting and training company based in London. He is an experienced facilitator, consultant,
    and presenter, specialising in innovation, design thinking, change, and cross-boundary collaboration.

    A frequent lecturer on executive programmes at The University of Cambridge - focusing on innovation, design thinking and change, Adam has worked at board level with global organisations in diverse sectors including financial services, FMCG, real estate, software and technology, legal services and healthcare.

    Recent projects include leadership development programmes with Cambridge University, Imperial College London, and various US Universities. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, eBay, Microsoft, American Express, Sony PlayStation, DuPont, Shell Energy, SAP DLA Piper, Metro Newspaper, Airbus and PwC.


The Venue

Nestled in the heart of Leicestershire and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the four-star Hinckley Island hotel been transformed following a recent £11 million investment programme. With ample parking, and a central and accessible location just off the M1, M6 and M69 motorways; a short drive to both Birmingham and East Midlands Airports, and just 57 mins from London Euston to Nuneaton station; it is one of the UK's most convenient conference venues.

The hotel also offers a fitness suite, indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa pool, and steam room, and is a short drive from two golf courses.