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IoD North West | Annual Conference

20 Jun 2018
Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Liverpool

Purposeful Leadership

We are using the term ‘purposeful leadership’ to depict and bring together those organisations who have a strong reason, driver or passion for designing and delivering their business in the way that they do.

This Conference very much follows the theme developed by Simon Sinek in his book (and TED Talk) ‘Start with Why’. We will look to leaders with a strong sense of ‘why’ to talk to us about their drivers, and how their businesses operate differently.

This will include:

  • Organisations that have an integral objective to make a real difference in their local, national or international community, or to tackle a big societal issue, such as climate change, poverty, social mobility, improving their cities or regions, or increasing productivity, etc.
  • Organisations that are trailblazers or strive to revolutionise their marketplace, perhaps through their products or services, by putting employees at the heart of decision-making, or designing new working practices.

We are bringing the IoD North West Conference to the IBF and Liverpool for the first time. Our conference will intertwine with the Festival, allowing delegates to visit the Festival during breaks, and incorporating the closing speech of the day into the agenda.

See Simon Sinek’s TED Talk, Start with Why here

Why you should attend:

  • This theme of ‘why’ is very current in business discourse right now. Learn about why having a ‘strong sense of why’ can benefit your organisation, with real business examples. 
  • Be inspired by great speakers from different sectors and backgrounds.
  • Connect and network with leaders from all sectors, from across the North West region and beyond. Networking opportunities are built into the whole day, and a drinks reception will take place in the evening.
  • Gain access to the International Business Festival for free, on any of the other days of the Festival (12 – 28 June). 

If you book your place at the IoD North West Annual Conference through this IoD page, you will receive a full festival pass to the International Business Festival as well as entry to the IoD North West Annual Conference.

International Business Festival

If you do not wish to attend the IoD Annual Conference and would like to attend International Business Festival, we have discounted price for IoD members – please click here.

IoD North West aims to be accessible to leaders from all organisations – big and small, and across all sectors. If you would like to attend this conference and truly find the price a barrier, please contact who will try to find a solution for you.

Key details

Date & time: 20 Jun 2018 08:45 - 17:00
Location: Exhibition Centre Liverpool, Liverpool
CPD Hours:

Prices from

75.00 GBP + VAT - Member
95.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
01612 477 634
Contact email:


08:45: Registration, breakfast and networking

09.15: Opening welcome for Mike Blackburn, Chair at Institute of Directors North West

09.25: Conference commences - Full agenda to be confirmed  

16:15: Conference closes

16:30: Main stage for International Business Festival headline speaker 

17.15: Drinks reception

19:00: Event closes


William Shawcross
British Writer and Commentator

He worked as a journalist for The Sunday Times. He writes and lectures on issues of international policy, geopolitics, Southeast Asia and refugees for a number of publications, including Time, Newsweek, International Herald Tribune, The Spectator, The Washington Post and Rolling Stone. He has also written a number of books, including biographies of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Rupert Murdoch and the Shah of Iran.

He was Chairman of ARTICLE 19, the international centre on censorship, from 1986 to 1996. He was a Member of Council of the Disasters Emergency Committee from 1997 to 2002, and a board member of the International Crisis Group from 1995 to 2005. He was a member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees's Informal Advisory Group from 1995 to 2000. From 1997 to 2003 he was a member of the BBC World Service Advisory Council. In 2008 he became a Patron of the Wiener Library and in 2011 he joined the board of the Anglo-Israel Association and was appointed to the board of the Henry Jackson Society. He was Chair of the Charity Commission for England and Wales from 2012-2018.

Erica Ingham
MediaCom North

Erica has been CFO for nearly three years, leading the business on a strong growth and acquisition trajectory. She is responsible for Mediacom North’s Finance, HR and Legal and Compliance functions. Having graduated from Reading University with a BA hons in French, Erica joined the M&S Finance graduate trainee programme.

She subsequently specialised in Media working for BBC Radio, MTV Europe, Liberty Media and 20th Century Fox. Latterly, Erica ran her own business providing fundraising, acquisition and sales advice to Media companies. Erica has spent a large part of her career abroad setting up the first VoD service in Europe. She holds a Diploma in Board Direction and is also a Non-Executive Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Deb Oxley
Employee Ownership Association

Deb is the Chief Executive of the Employee Ownership Association – the leading membership organisation for UK businesses of private sector or public origin, that are wholly or partially owned by their employees. Representing an employee owned business sector that contributes between £30-40bn to UK GDP each year, the EOA champions, campaigns and influences for more employee ownership in the economy

Lou Cordwell OBE
Founder and CEO
Magnetic North and Director of AllBright

Lou is CEO of Manchester based digital design studio, magneticNorth. Founded in 2000, the company quickly established an international reputation with an award winning client portfolio that includes the BBC, Co-op Digital and Hull 2017.

Alongside the day job, she’s also a board member on Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership, Chair of Design Manchester and AllBright's Director for the North.

Lou was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Years Honours for services to the creative and digital economy.

Karl Eddy
Grant Thornton

Karl is a member of Grant Thornton UK’s Strategic Leadership Team embedding and driving the firms purpose of Shaping a Vibrant Economy through building trust and integrity in markets, unlocking sustainable growth in dynamic organisations and creating environments where businesses and people flourish.

He joined the firm in 2004 and leads the Government & Infrastructure Advisory practice taking direct responsibility for the Business Growth Services practice which supports Government in the delivery of major programmes (Growth Accelerator and the Manufacturing Advisory Service) and for the delivery of Grant Thornton’s services to private sector SMEs for example through the development of the Growth 365 initiative.

Matt Haworth
Co-Founder and director
Reason Digital

Matt is one of the UK’s leading experts on doing good with digital. Through Reason Digital, the social enterprise, digital innovation agency he co-founded in 2007, Matt has delivered projects and training for organisations including Age UK, Christian Aid, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the BBC, Virgin and many more. In 2016 Matt wrote The Digital Fundraising Book and he regularly features at conferences and in publications by the likes of The Media Trust, The Institute of Fundraising, CharityComms, Third Sector, Directory of Social Change, The Guardian, BBC, and others. Matt’s work has won awards including The Charity Times, Big Chip and Tech for Good Awards, and in 2016 he was awarded the title of UK Digital Entrepreneur of the Year, along with his colleague Ed Cox, for his work with Reason Digital. He is also the Co-Founder of two other, post-revenue social enterprise tech companies: Impact: a social value measurement tool used by Lloyds Bank and others, and Gone for Good: a goods donation fundraising app with 60,000 users that’s raised over £1m for charity customers that include Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation and others.

Geoff Thompson MBE, FRSA, DL
Founder and Executive Chair
Youth Charter

Geoff Thompson has a 35 year track record in the social and human development of young people and communities through sport. As a former five times world karate champion, sports administrator and politician, he has realised a unique range of skill sets that have seen him advise, develop and deliver social and human project programme initiatives with a specific emphasis on the balance between the corporate sponsorship investment and contribution and legacy benefits to young people and communities globally. Geoff has also presented and contributed to many conferences and publications on this subject. He is Founder and Executive Chair of the Manchester based Youth Charter (, a UK registered international charity and United Nations Non Governmental Organisation established in 1993. Geoff is also the Chair of Governors at the University of East London.

Sarah Goulbourne
‎Co-founder and partner
Gunnercooke LLP

As the co-founder of one of the UK’s fastest growing challenger law firms, Sarah is extremely passionate about improving and evolving the way in which legal services are delivered to businesses. Using her pioneering forward way of thinking, Sarah has created a business model with an innovative offering that gives lawyers the opportunity to use the best of their legal abilities.

As a fast-growing business, Sarah and her leadership team understand the importance of maintaining gunnercooke’s corporate culture, while ensuring that everyone within the business understands “why it does what it does”.

‘The Why’ is an extremely important element of gunnercooke’s culture, and so the leadership team designed their corporate vision to be the formula of ‘4+4+1 = Why’. This consists of four objectives, four values and one purpose, which together equals the reason why gunnercooke exists as a business – to deliver a better legal service to businesses, a better life for our people and a better world than we found.

Toby McCartney
MacRebur Limited

MacRebur Limited - the revolutionary ‘plastic road’ company. Toby’s company uses up the worlds waste plastics to enhance our roads. Toby’s innovation helps solve two world problems – The waste plastic epidemic and the poor quality, pot holed roads, we drive on today.

Sue Grindrod
The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool

She has spent over twenty years working in leisure and tourism for major attractions including Tate Liverpool.

Now as Chief Executive of The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, Sue is responsible for the strategic development and management of The Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool, for Gower Street Estates. The Royal Albert Dock is the NorthWest’s most visited free tourist attraction, last year welcoming over 6m visitors and it is the largest grouping of Grade 1 listed buildings in the UK within a World Heritage Site. She is also Chair and Director of Liverpool Waterfront Business Partnership CIC where her role is to oversee the business plan and long term strategy that will establish Liverpool Waterfront as one of the leading waterfronts in the world.

Sue is a dynamic and forward-thinking business woman. Her current focus is spearheading the implementation of an ambitious 175 strategy that simultaneously celebrates The Royal Albert Dock’s anniversary in 2021 (Prince Albert opened the Dock in 1846), as well as ensuring the attraction evolves to meet the demands of a modern environment.

Sue Grindrod is also Deputy Chair of Liverpool Visitor Economy Network (LVEN), and she sits on the Liverpool World Heritage Site Steering Group. Her voluntary roles include being a Director of Heart of Glass, an agency for collaborative and social arts practice based in St Helens and a Director for Open Eye, an independent not for profit photography gallery in Liverpool.

Emer Coleman
Technology Engagement Director
Coop Digital

She is ex Government Digital Service and former Digital Projects Director with City Hall London where she established The London Data Store. She is an experienced digital leader with a background in the public and private sector. She is an expert in the field of open data and is the former Chair of the Open Data Governance Board Ireland where she advised the Irish Government on their open data initiative. She lives in Manchester where she is helping to build The Federation an open community of digital businesses & innovators, built on co-operative values. She is a Non Executive Director of TransportAPI (the digital platform for Transport).



Prices from

75.00 GBP + VAT - Member
95.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member


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