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IoD North West Youth Leadership Passport

16 Nov 2018
RSM Manchester, Manchester

IoD North West, in partnership with Bolton CDP and Youth Charter, is introducing the IoD North West Leadership Passport.

Who is it for?

The IoD North West Leadership Passport is designed to encourage young potential leaders from Greater Manchester's African diaspora.

Forty young people (aged 16-25) have been hand-picked by their own communities to represent their communities, so the IoD North West Leadership Passport programme will bring together young people from across the African diaspora. It will give them development opportunities and experiences that will help grow their confidence, give them key skills to advance their careers and, over time, support a thriving North West region.

There will be no more than 60 young people participating in Year 1, of which a maximum of 40 will come from the African diaspora in Greater Manchester and 20 will come from Youth Charter's programmes.

Any IoD members who wish to attend are very welcome, especially for networking, but also to support the break-out sessions, and in case they might wish to offer the young people paid work experience.

What's included?

The IoD North West Leadership Passport will comprise four bespoke events over the year:

  • Building your personal brand.
  • Politics is important - and why you should get involved.
  • Starting up your own business - turning your idea into a business, social enterprise, charity or project.
  • The Big Community Pitch - young people's ideas for tackling a local problem or opportunity.

In addition, as part of the Leadership Passport, our participants will also have access to relevant IoD (and IoD partners') events in Manchester and across the North West over the year.

Key details

Date & time: 16 Nov 2018 11:00 - 14:00
Location: RSM Manchester, Manchester
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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
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10.30 Arrival, registration and networking

11.00 An introduction to the Leadership Passport project
- Claire Ebrey, Regional Director and Mike Blackburn OBE, Regional Chair at IoD North West and Isle of Man 
What is the IoD, why we need great leaders in the North West, and the purpose of the Youth Passport.  

- Oboh Achioyamen, Founder and CEO at Bolton CDP
Why Bolton CDP has arranged this collaboration, and what we want you to do in groups of 5 over the project.

11.30 Geoff Thompson MBE FRSA DL, Founder and Executive Chair of the Youth Charter
Inspirational talk – why we need you in leadership positions

11.50 Sharon Amesu, Coach and founder of SA Consulting
Inspirational talk – you and your brand
- What is a personal brand
- What is networking
- What you need to do to cut through at events
- Other

12.10 Lunch and networking

12.40 Breakout Workshops. Your breakout leaders are:
Irene Afful, Founder & Director | Ametrine Enterprise Solutions
Mike Blackburn MBE, Regional Chair | IoD North West and Isle of Man
Sharon Amesu, Coach and founder | SA Consulting
Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder | Tangerine
Stuart Thompson, Managing Director | Reorient Consulting Ltd
Leanne Forshaw-Jones, Managing Director | Cubed
Claire Ebrey, Regional Director | IoD North West and Isle of Man
Dawn Laycock, Managing Director | DiMensionaL Consulting Limited
Claire-Marie Boggiano, Director | Lurig Change & Development
Zöe Cohen, Executive Coach | Institute of Directors

The topics covered will be:
- What is your personal brand and why is it important?
- First impressions – interview, phone, social media, in a meeting.
- Networking – who, how, breaking the ice.
- Making an impression and being remembered.
- Other 

13.35 Oboh Achioyamen, Founder and CEO at Bolton CDP
Building your groups of 5
- What you need to do
- Deadlines

13.50 Claire Ebrey, Regional Director | IoD North West and Isle of Man
Questions and ideas

14.00 Mike Blackburn OBE, Regional Chair | IoD North West and Isle of Man
Closing remarks


Sharon Amesu 
Female Leaders Academy

Sharon is a Criminal Barrister turned award winning speaker and professional coach, who takes her 16 years’ experience in the Courtroom to challenge leaders to Raise the Bar in the Boardroom. Sharon specifically helps leaders to manage transition, increase executive presence and increase their influence through strong personal branding.

Sharon speaks at leadership conferences and coaches senior executives across the UK and is currently one of only 4 Leadership Facilitators for the Society of Leadership Fellows, St George’s House, Windsor Castle. 

Mike Blackburn OBE
Regional Chair
IoD North West and Isle of Man

Mike lives in the North West and until January 2018 was Chair of BT’s NW Regional Board, a role he held from 2007, and also Head of Digital Government in the UK until 2018.

Mike has a number of non-exec roles including Chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership which sits at the heart of Greater Manchester’s governance arrangements, ensuring that business leaders are empowered to set the strategic course, determine local economic priorities and drive growth and job creation within the city region.

Mike holds a number of other Non-Exec or Trustee roles, Board member of Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, Chair of the Institute of Directors (IOD) in the North West and Non exec Director of Transport for the North

Mike was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2015 for services to the economy in the North West.

Sandy Lindsay MBE
Tangerine & The Juice Academy

Sandy was honoured in the Queen's birthday list of 2015 for services to business and young people. The same year also saw Sandy named IoD North West Director of the Year (SME) and Highly Commended in the same award, nationally.

Sandy launched Tangerine in 2002 and it is now one of the UK’s leading integrated communications consultancies. The first PR company outside London to be named Outstanding PR Consultancy of the Year in the CIPR’s national Excellence awards, Tangerine employs 60+ people and supports some of the world’s leading brands, including Peugeot, Atkins, Iceland, Jewson and Pizza Hut.

Sandy is passionate about creating quality career opportunities for young people and has launched and grown myriad job creation programmes over the last decade. Her latest - The award-winning Juice Academy social media apprenticeship - has created more than 180 roles in 60+ businesses across the North West.

Sandy Chairs skills groups for the IoD and the North West Business Leadership Team, is a national Ambassador for Apprenticeships, Vice-Chair of Forever Manchester and on the Business Leadership Council of TeachFirst.

Irene Afful
Founder & Director
Ametrine Enterprise Solutions

Irene Afful joined Merseyside Police in February 1991 almost 10 years on from the Toxteth riots and after suffering racial abuse at the hands of the police. She served 25 years as an officer, rising to the rank of Detective Inspector. In 2003, she became the first black female inspector in the history of Merseyside Police. She designed and developed a leadership programme which was instrumental in increasing the recruitment of BME and other minority groups to the force. She was elected Chair of the Black Police Association where she supported the retention and progression of BME officers, as well as developing positive relations between the police service and the BME community.

Irene was headhunted to work as a consultant for the College of Policing, working with and supporting 21 forces across the country in addressing BME, and other minority groups, under-representation. She targeted recruitment, retention and progression issues, including reviewing and assessing positive action processes. She was instrumental in pulling together two national conferences to explore and address unconscious bias within HR processes. Irene holds a Master’s degree in Police Leadership and is a published author of academic research.

Irene is now Founder & Director of Ametrine Enterprise Solutions Coaching & Consultancy where she continues to pursue her passion for equality, diversity and inclusion within organisations and business, leadership development, professional/personal life coaching and well-being at work. She is a motivational speaker, performing at a vast array of business and educational events. She has won a number of awards for her work and been featured in a local history book as a pioneer.

Dawn Laycock
Managing Director
DiMensionaL Consulting Limited

Dawn is the Managing Director of DiMensionaL Consulting Limited, a Management Consultancy specialising in People and Change.
Prior to setting up DiMensionaL, Dawn spent over 15 years as a senior HR professional and People Change expert working within some of the world’s most dynamic and successful organisations including Accenture, Virgin Media and Kellogg’s 
Dawn’s expertise lies with collaborating with senior HR professionals and/or Business Leaders to help them develop high performing people capability including designing & implementing talent management/attraction strategies, ‘fit for purpose’ organisational structures, new ways of working and coaching/developing leaders 
Dawn is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping other businesses and their people to benefit from her expertise as they continue to grow, transform and adapt to meet the ever changing demands that the economy and digital world of work places on them
Geoff Thompson MBE, FRSA, DL
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. 

His legacy assignments have seen approaches and strategies delivered within the bidding and hosting of major games and sporting events such as: 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, 1997 FIFA World Cup, Nagano 1998 Olympic Bid, 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup, All Africa Games 1999, Manchester 2000 Olympic Bid, Commonwealth Games 2002 bid and games, Cape Town 2000 Olympic Bid, 2008 UEFA Soccer Championships, 2010 FIFA World Cup, London Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, Commonwealth Games 2014.

Corporate, government and public sector assignments have included; BP, Shell Oil Company, Marks and Spencer, Ford Motor Company, Royal Bank of Scotland, Financial Dynamics, Warbug Dillon, Manchester United FC, Muhammad Ali Center and Institute, Her Majesty’s Treasury, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Department of Constitutional Affairs. Geoff has also worked on assignments for United Nations agencies such as UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO and WHO.

In 1995 Geoff was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II for his services to sport. In 2008 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law (honoris causa) from the University of Roehampton and in 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the University of Central Lancashire, in 2013 an honorary degree of Doctor of Education (DEd) from the Manchester Metropolitan University and in 2014 he received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Letters from the University of Wolverhampton. Geoff is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and has been inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Claire-Marie Boggiano 
Lurig Change & Development

Claire-Marie is a Chartered Engineer and a part-time Programme Director at Alliance Manchester Business School. She spent her early career in Financial Services and left corporate life in 2003 to establish her own Change & Development business, Lurig Ltd.

Claire-Marie specialises in business change and people development, working with clients such as Rolls-Royce, AstraZeneca, BASF, Bunzl, United Utilities, the NHS and Greater Manchester Combined Authority. She also works with smaller high growth organisations and provides executive coaching, group facilitation & support to individuals making personal transitions.

Claire-Marie is part of the Advisory Group for Manchester City Council’s International Women’s Day celebrations, a ‘Women on Boards UK’ Ambassador, a Coach & Moderator at the WIN (Women’s International Network) Global Leadership Conference, a Tech Manchester Mentor and a Friend of The Pankhurst Trust.

Claire-Marie believes organisations succeed by working with the imagination and talents of their people.

Claire Ebrey
Regional Director
Institute of Directors

Claire is Regional Director for the IoD in the North West and Isle of Man. Covering Manchester City Region, Lancashire, Cumbria, Cheshire, Liverpool City Region and Isle of Man. She has a passion for bringing people together and believes that collaboration across all sectors, shapes and sizes of organisation, can drive real change.

Zöe Cohen
Executive Coach
Institute of Directors

Zoë is an experienced executive director with nine years at board level in the NHS – latterly on the board of a £1billion turnover organisation. She works with clients from a range of sectors. As a postgraduate with 18 years leadership and general management experience, Zoë uses her own learning and reflection from working at senior levels in large organisations to add value for her clients.

Zoë’s board portfolio has included strategy and business planning; communications, organisational development; human resources; equality and human rights; stakeholder and public engagement; customer care; governance and risk management; and managing mergers and acquisitions. Zoë brings to her assignments a high level of conceptual ability. She is able to absorb large amounts of information, see through complexity and distil and communicate key messages.

Oboh Achioyamen MBBS, FRSPH, FRSA
Member of the Council of Governors
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Community development consultant, leadership mentor, social entrepreneur, a researcher and a dad.

Experienced Social entrepreneur with a passion for community development. Skilled in Intercultural Communication, Strategic Partnerships, Public Speaking, Organizational Leadership, and Interpersonal Skills.

Initiator of several charities both in the United Kingdom and Africa.

I am also a personal mentor to the winners of the Queen’s young leader program from the common wealth countries. Have mentored winners from three commonwealth countries between 2017 to 2018.

My goal in life is to help anyone that meets me to discover their life’s mission and taking the right steps to fulfilling them.



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