Jack Welch - One of the greatest business leaders of all time
Voted Fortune Magazines ‘Manager of the Century’, Jack Welch is one of the most influential CEO's of all time. He was General Electric’s youngest and most successful CEO and his famous management style is now taught in schools around the world. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of the most successful business leaders of all time on topics such as:
- How to create a performance culture
- Mission and values - define how you're going to win
- Top tips to innovate, motivate and deliver results
In this rare appearance he will be giving delegates a crash course in leadership and sharing his top tips to success. Please note that Jack Welch will be speaking live from New York City via satellite.
Sir Richard Branson - Founder, Virgin Group
Ranked one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people.
Britain’s most famous entrepreneur, with over 360 companies and a net worth of over £2.5 billion. We will find out what it takes to build a business empire.
- The retail sector is struggling as technology advances. How does Virgin stay ahead of the trends and what are the plans for future proofing?
- How does Virgin maintain its brand strength and customer loyalty across such a broad portfolio of products?
- Virgin Galactic is set to make its first trip to space this year. Does this herald a new era for the travel industry?
- What advice would you give to businesses looking to innovate their way out of this tough economic climate?
If you look up entrepreneur in the dictionary you’ll find Branson’s face. But how has he managed to get it right for over 40 years? We will have the chance to hear direct from the man himself on what it takes to make it.
Boris Johnson - Mayor of London
Boris is one of Britain's best known politicians, and now mayor of London, famous for his humour, wit, energy and passion. He has spent almost five years governing the UK’s capital but what can we expect from him moving forward?
- How will the Crossrail and Orbital rail projects benefit the capital?
- New job creation is at the forefront of his nine point plan. How is this being tackled by City Hall
- How is the Olympic legacy benefiting business and what can we expect to see over the coming year?
Voted delegates favourite speaker at the 2009 Annual Convention, Boris will once again answer questions on the hot topics of the day and provide the audience with a controversial and memorable address.
Joanna Shields - CEO, Tech City
Ranked # 1 in the Wired Top 100, 2012: Britain's digital power list.
From Silicon Valley to Silicon Roundabout, Joanna Shields has taken
the helm as Chief Exec of Tech City. As one of the most powerful
business women in the UK today, we will be asking:
- Can she succeed in selling the capital’s virtues as a European base
for international tech companies and boost our home grown talent?
- How important is Tech City’s success for boosting the UK economy?
- Technology is moving faster than ever before. What is on the
horizon that is set to shake up business?
- Will Tech City have a positive impact on the wider business
community? If so, how can we capitalise on this?
From Bebo to AOL, Google to Facebook, Shields has successfully built
up some of the world’s most famous brands, and is seen to have
developed the winning formula in the private sector. Hear how
Joanna aims to replicate this success in a publicly funded body.
The Rt Hon. George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
George Osborne became Chancellor of the Exchequer in May 2010. He has been the Conservative MP for Tatton, Cheshire since June 2001. He was born and educated in London, studying modern history at Oxford University. George worked as Political Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition before being elected to Parliament. He entered Parliament as the youngest Conservative MP in the House of Commons. After serving on the Public Accounts Committee and holding a number shadow ministerial posts, he was appointed to the position of Shadow Chancellor in 2005, aged 33, where he served opposite Chancellors Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling until 2010. In 2005 he successfully ran David Cameron’s campaign to become Leader of the Conservative Party. Following the 2010 Election he was part of the small Conservative negotiating team during the discussions that led to the formation of the Coalition Government. In May 2010 he became Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was the youngest Chancellor to take office since Randolph Churchill in 1886.
You have the opportunity to put forward your questions to the Chancellor as he takes to the Stage to address IoD members on the topic of the day.
Tidjane Thiam - Group Chief Executive, Prudential plc
Tidjane Thiam has been Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc since 2009. He spent the first part of his professional career with McKinsey & Company in Paris and New York, advising insurance companies and banks. He then worked for a number of years in Côte d’Ivoire, where he was Chief Executive and later Chairman of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development and a cabinet member as Secretary of Planning and Development.
On returning to France, he became a partner with McKinsey & Company, where he was one of the leaders of the Financial Institutions practice. In 2002 he joined Aviva, successively holding the positions of Group Strategy and Development Director, Managing Director of Aviva International, Group Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Europe. He joined Prudential as Chief Financial Officer in 2008. Tidjane is a member of the Council of the Overseas Development Institute in London and the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by Kofi Annan. He is also a member of the UK-ASEAN Business Council and the Strategic Advisory Group on UK Trade and Investment. He was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group in January 2012, has been a member of the European Financial Round Table since January 2013 and was made Chairman of the G20’s High Level Panel for Infrastructure Investment in 2011. Tidjane became Chairman of the Association of British Insurers on 3 July 2012. He was made a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French government in 2011.
Ana Botin - Chief Executive, Santander UK
Ana Botín is the CEO of Santander UK plc and serves on Banco Santander’s Board as well as its global Executive and Management Committees. Ms Botín began her banking career with eight years at JP Morgan in New York, after which she joined Banco Santander to lead the bank’s growth strategy in Latin America. In 2001, she set up a Private Equity fund as well as an IT web consultancy firm, which she grew and ultimately sold to Indra.
From 2002 until moving to the UK in 2010 Ms Botín was Executive Chairman of Banesto, recognised as the Best Bank in Spain for three consecutive years by Euromoney. In addition to her business roles, Ms Botin is an active leader in social responsibility and philanthropic work. Ms Botín is the founder and Chair of CyD Foundation, which focuses on universities, Empieza por Educar (ExE), an affiliate of the Teach for All organization in Spain, and is a Board member of the Coca-Cola Company. Ms Botín earned her BA from Bryn Mawr College.
Dan Cobley - MD, Google UK & Ireland
Dan is Managing Director of Google in the UK & Ireland – the biggest market for Google outside the US and the most advanced major country in terms of e-commerce and online advertising spending. Dan joined Google as Marketing Director, UK, Ireland and Benelux in May of 2006, and was promoted to VP Marketing, Northern and Central Europe in late 2010. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of European business and consumer marketing at Google. He moved to the UK MD role in October 2011.
Previously, Dan was VP of Brand and Marketing for Capital One Europe where he spent three years and helped make the company the U.K.’s leading new card issuer. Before that he served two years as marketing director at Ask Jeeves, working in the U.K. and the U.S.. Earlier, Dan spent five years with Pepsi and Walkers in various marketing and operations roles, and worked as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company, an oil exploration engineer in Pakistan with Schlumberger.
Dan is on the board of the Marketing Society, a trustee of the Charities Technology Trust and on the advisory board of Telegraph Media Group. He is a regular speaker at conferences and events, and has spoken at TED and keynoted the McKinsey CMSO summit. Dan has a first degree in physics from Oxford and a master’s in management from Cambridge.
Terry Smith - Chief Executive, Tullett Prebon and founder of Fundsmith
Former # 1 rated analyst, author of bestseller 'Accounting for Growth', FTSE 250 CEO and fund manager
Smith built a reputation as the City’s leading banks analyst, with a maverick
approach and outspoken views on his own industry, and is still proving he walks the
walk and does not just talk it.
- What is the key to making money from shares?
- Tops tips from the man who invested £25 million of his own money into Fundsmith,
which outperformed the MSCI World Index by 18% over the past two years with 43%
- Investors, Asset Managers and Companies: where did it all go wrong, and where do we
go from here?
- What is the future of the financial industry and what steps are required to see the UK
economy begin to strengthen once again?
Fundsmith started as the main vehicle for Smiths own investments, but now has over
£1 billion under management and is growing fast. Full of straightforward ideas on investment, he will share over 30 years of experience with the audience.
The Rt Hon. Chuka Umunna, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills
A corporate employment law solicitor by profession, Chuka studied English Law and French Law at the University of Manchester and the University of Burgundy, followed by Nottingham Law School.
Following his election to Parliament, in June 2010 he was elected by fellow MPs to serve on the Treasury Select Committee and in October 2010 was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party. In May 2011, Chuka became Shadow Minister for Small Business and Enterprise in Labour’s Shadow Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) team, led by the Rt Hon John Denham MP.
In October 2011, Chuka was appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, replacing John Denham who announced his resignation from Shadow Cabinet.
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Introducing the Entrepreneurs Panel
This year, our popular Entrepreneurs Panel features inspirational and innovative business leaders who have followed their dreams and, in doing so, have achieved incredible commercial success.
Hosted by: Julie Meyer MBE - Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital
Julie founded Ariadne Capital in August 2000 to create a new model for the financing of entrepreneurship in Europe and the UK - "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs". She created the founding Investor Partnership of 60 leading entrepreneurs and business builders who are Ariadne's core shareholders.
She has been named one of INSEAD's Top 50 Alumni, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, World Economic Forum Global Leader of Tomorrow, TIME Magazine Digital 50, one of WIRED's 100, one of London's 1000 Most Influential People 2010 & 2011 (Evening Standard) and one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women in Europe "WSJ Europe".
Julie will also be hosting the Entrepreneurs Panel taking place in the afternoon session.
David Hathiramani - Co-Founder, A Suit That Fits
Founded by school friends Warren Bennett and David Hathiramani in 2006, A Suit That Fits was the
world's first online tailoring company. After a gap year in Nepal staying with a family of tailors and
having seen the quality of their work, the friends decided to form an ethical partnership with the
family run business and ‘A Suit that Fits’ was born. Its success was instant and they now have over 30
studios and pop-up tailor shops around the UK including a concession in John Lewis, over 50 staff,
and an annual turnover of £3million.
Find out how they took their ethical business model from market stall to market leader as they share
the highlights and the pitfalls of their start-up journey.
Nikki Hesford - MD, Made in Preston
27 year old award winning serial entrepreneur who set up and sold
OFSTED childcare centre Lancaster Playschemes within six months,
then founded the Miss Fit group of brands selling clothing, lingerie
and swimwear for big busted women. Her most recent achievement
follows in the same vein. ‘Made in Preston’, is flying the flag for
British manufacturing, with all clothing designed, sampled and
manufactured in the UK, providing employment and skills for a team
of previously unemployed workers.
She will share her frank and honest experiences of her early
entrepreneurial career, mistakes she has made, the success she has
had and practical advice for people starting a venture.
Holly Tucker MBE - Co-founder and Chief Executive, notonthehighstreet.com
Holly Tucker MBE is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of award-winning online marketplace notonthehighstreet.com, which provides a retail platform for more than 3,500 small creative and entrepreneurial businesses. Founded in 2006, the company now employs more than 120 people at its offices in Richmond-upon-Thames. After starting her career in advertising and sales, the inspiration for notonthehighstreet.com came when she created Your Local Fair, well-marketed upmarket fairs that were staged in affluent areas of London and the South East.
Holly has won a number of awards including 35 Women Under 35 and the Women of the Future Award. She is regularly invited to speak at business, digital, design and entrepreneurial events; giving advice to start-ups, telling the inspirational story of notonthehighstreet.com and talking about her experience with venture capital investment. Her bestselling book, Build A Business From Your Kitchen Table (Simon & Schuster) was written with co-founder Sophie Cornish, published in July 2012 and has topped the Amazon and Sunday Times Business bestseller charts. In 2013, both she and Sophie were awarded MBEs for services to small businesses and enterprise as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Holly lives in St Margarets with her partner and young son.
Samir Desai - Co-founder of Funding Circle
Samir is responsible for driving the company strategy, overseeing the company’s finances and managing the day to day operations at Funding Circle. Samir has worked extensively in the financial services sector. Before founding Funding Circle, Samir was an Executive at Olivant, a private equity investor in financial services businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Prior to this, Samir was a management consultant at BCG advising a number of major UK and global banks and insurers on strategy, new product initiatives, and operational efficiency.
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|9.00am - 10.00am
||The Royal Albert Hall opens its doors for you and your guests. Start your day early with one of the free IoD topical breakfast seminars on offer, or relax and enjoy a morning refreshment.
|10.00am - 10.30am
||Take your seats in the impressive arena for the opening address from Simon Walker, IoD Director General.
|10.30am - 12.30pm
|Spend your morning listening to an exceptional array of speakers. Listen to the world’s most influential voices and their valuable perspectives on the challenges of leadership, their successes and failures and what they learnt, and their thought on business trends over the coming year.
|12.30pm - 2.30pm
|Time to dine. Entertain guests in a private box with all inclusive bar, or spend a more sociable lunch hour with other members enjoying the famous gourmet IoD lunch box. This is your time to visit the exhibitions on show and attend free workshops.
|2.30pm - 4.30pm
|Take your seats once again for more inspiration from the afternoon’s speakers who are set to deliver a truly dynamic and valuable platform for debate and get involved in the Entrepreneurs Panel. Always one of the most engaging and informative parts of the programme.
|4.30pm - end
|The finale of talented speakers wrap up the day, to include highlights of the days events, leaving you and your guests motivated and prepared for your financial year ahead.
Held at the Royal Albert Hall, one of the world’s most iconic entertainment venues, the IoD Annual Convention is undoubtedly the UK's premier business conference, as well as being the largest annual gathering of senior business leaders. Over 2,000 delegates fill the Royal Albert Hall for one day to be addressed by business and political leaders of unrivalled stature.
In addition to providing a platform for the worlds most influential speakers, there are a number of sponsorship and advertising packages available, providing companies with the opportunity to raise their profiles and interact with senior business leaders. An outline of the various packages follows.
All your marketing requirements can be addressed at this one unique event:
- Brand awareness; programme, report and online advertising, on-site banners and posters, literature distribution and exhibition stands
- Key message delivery/campaign fulfilment; bespoke company seminars, face-to-face contact, video showreels
- Product sales; literature distribution, exhibiting, lead generation
Please note that packages are very limited, so early confirmation from sponsors is advised. To find out more about the sponsorship packages available, contact the sponsorship team on 020 7766 8885 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you attend the IoD Annual Convention on your own, with colleagues or with a group of your business clients, there are ticket options to meet your particular needs.
The Convention offers exceptional value, as ticket prices are inclusive of lunch with wine and coffee, souvenir programme and delegate portfolio. The event gives every delegate the opportunity to network at one of the most prestigious occasions in the business calendar.
The day also features an informative range of business exhibitions and break-out seminars to enrich your learning experience.
Individuals and smaller parties:
Unreserved stalls and arena seats can be booked for individuals or groups – ticket prices include an IoD lunchbox with wine and coffee; souvenir programme, delegate portfolio; entrance to the exhibitions and optional seminar places.
|Group Booking (5+)
|Fellows (special rate on stalls)
|Chartered Directors (special rate on stalls)
|Retired (special rate on stalls)
|Group booking (5+)
Larger parties and corporate hospitality:
Private boxes are available to seat 4, 5, 8 or 12. They offer the best seats in the Royal Albert Hall and enable guests to entertain clients with privacy, comfort, and convenience and including lunch and a private bar.
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Please note: Members attending with non-member guests can book all tickets at the member rate. All prices are inc. VAT.
Never attended before? Want to know what you can expect? Here are some of the reactions to past Conventions from members and guests.
“It was without doubt the best event I have ever attended… I could not pick up a newspaper or watch the news without hearing or reading about comments made at yesterday’s Convention.”
Marketing & Development Manager,
The D Group
“What a fantastic day! Your line up of speakers certainly delivered for you today and it was a privilege to have experienced the event.”
"The themes of confidence, youth skills, customer involvement, inclusive capitalism and the broader environment ran throughout the day. They were beautifully
built upon and developed – good briefings all round!"
"I think the mark of a good event is when I can go away with at least one good idea that I can put to use to make money in my Company and I am
delighted to tell you that I left with several. It was a well organised and thought provoking day."
John M Neill CBE,
Group Chief Executive,
"Overall, excellent value for money, well organised, superb venue and some really top class speakers."
Richard E. Suthons,
Chairman & Managing Consultant
Richard Suthons Associates
"I met some brilliant people, heard some inspiring talks and had a great time. I thought the IoD did a brilliant job on venue, catering and line-up."
"We had an excellent day – the presenters and presentation sessions were extremely worthwhile with excellent stimulating business content."
The Lamberhurst Corporation
"I attended the Annual Convention for the first time and can say it was an extremely interesting and fascinating day. I was not too sure what to expect but I quickly realised I had made the right decision to attend the convention. To hear the opinions of many of the UK’s leading business men and woman was completely inspiring. The speakers were a real variety of individuals who gave very valid opinions and enable you to perhaps think about the operations and direction of your own business. If you are a UK Director this really is a day not to be missed. Oh and the lunch provided is fantastic!"
"Many thanks for a truly fantastic day at the IoD convention. It’s easy not to make time for this sort of thing and get wrapped up in how busy you are, but I really did get some inspiration for what I am doing in my own business life."
Chief Executive Officer
What's included with my ticket?
All tickets include:
- Tea and coffee on arrival
- A three-course, cold, gourmet lunch including wine and mineral water
- Souvenir programme
- Delegate portfolio
- Entrance to the exhibitions
What's included when I book a private box?
- Tea and coffee in your box on arrival
- A private bar with beer, wine and soft drinks
- A private seating area for you and your guests within the gallery of the Royal Albert Hall
- A three-course, cold, gourmet lunch including wine and mineral water delivered to your box
- Souvenir programme
- Delegate portfolio
- Entrance to the exhibitions
What's the difference between arena and stall seats?
- Stalls seating - comfortable, swivel chairs ranked for an optimum view
- Arena seating - standard, banqueting chairs on the centre of the arena floor directly facing the stage
Lunch box - a three-course, cold, gourmet lunch with wine and mineral water.
Sample menu from a previous Convention:
- Starter: Quenelle of fresh and smoked salmon served on a bed of fresh leaf salad with horseradish crème fraîche
- Main: Crumbed chicken with a citrus honey filling served with a rice salad and citrus honey jus, with roasted vegetable salad and poached asparagus with parmesan shavings
- Dessert: Mascarpone cheesecake with caramel ripple
- Wine: Las Condes, Sauvignon Blanc, Chile
Lunch-boxes are included in the ticket price.
How do I get there?
The Royal Albert Hall is situated in Kensington, London SW7. As parking nearby is limited, you are advised to travel by public transport. The nearest underground stations are High Street Kensington and South Kensington.
Programme & timings*
Unfortunately, for security purposes, we are only able to release the full programme and timings on the day of the event. Doors will open at 9.00am for coffee and exhibitions and the main programme will start at 10.00am. Lunch will be served from 12.30pm – 2.30pm and the event should conclude by 4.30pm. There will also be a range of networking activities including seminars and drinks receptions outside of these core times.
* Please note that timings may change due to unforeseen circumstances.
How do I qualify for retired member rates?
In order to qualify for this ticket rate you must be registered with the IoD as a retired member. This rate applies to the retired member only, however a retired member can bring along guests at the normal member rate.
Can I book my guests on at member rate if I am attending with them?
Yes, as one of the many member benefits any member attending can bring along non-member guests and pay the normal member rate. Please note that this only applies if the member is attending.