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IoD North West | Youth Leadership Passport Session 3 - Starting your own business

03 May 2019
The Old School House, Manchester

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


This is session three of Leadership Passport programme, and focuses on starting your own business.

Attendees will hear first-hand from some of our regions most influential business leaders and find out what it takes to start their own business.  The event will include presentations from David Walter, CEO of Seventy7, Onoriode Okeregha, Director of Immigration Advice Service Ltd and Leila McKenzie, Managing Director of Leila McKenzie Associates all offering practical and insightful tips based on their own experiences in business. After listening to our speakers, attendees with be invited to engage in break out sessions where they will have the opportunity to learn, ask questions and pitch their own ideas to the group.

This programme is designed for people aged 16 - 25. 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 is it?

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

Event attendees 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 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.

What's included?

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

  1. Building your personal brand (took place in November 2018)
  2. Politics is important - and why you should get involved.
  3. Starting up your own business - turning your idea into a business, social enterprise, charity or project.
  4. The Big Community Pitch - event attendee's suggest ideas for tackling a local problem or opportunity.

Event Outcomes

  • Raise attendee awareness of the political system in the UK
  • Raise attendee awareness of ways to influence about local issues (and perhaps also national/international)
  • Inspire a greater motivation to want to influence about the issues attendee's care about

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: 03 May 2019 10:30 - 15:00
Location: The Old School House, Manchester
CPD Hours:

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Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 806 0890
Contact email:


10.30 - Arrival, registration and networking

11.00 - Welcome introduction from Claire Ebrey, IoD North West and IoM Regional Director

11.05 - Recap on last two sessions by Mike Blackburn, Regional Chair of IoD North West & IoM and Sharon Amesu, Chair of IoD Manchester

- Why start your own business?   Presentations from David Walter, CEO of Seventy7, Onoriode Okeregha, Director of Immigration Advice Service Ltd and Leila McKenzie, Managing Director of Leila McKenzie Associates 

11:50 - Group discussion and Q&A

12:00 - Breakout sessions

13:00 - Lunch

14:00 - Presenting ideas and group discussion 

14:40 - Preparing for the Good Pitch

14:55 - Networking and photos

15.00 - Event Closes


Onoriode Okeregha
Immigration Advice Service Ltd

Ono has been working as a director in the immigration law sector for over 10 years. He founded IAS in 2011 and is also a director of two other companies. He is a graduate of London School of Economics where he obtained an LLM Master of Laws in public international law.

Leila McKenzie
Managing Director
Leila McKenzie Associates

Leila holds a 1st Class Honours Degree in Business and Management studies from Leeds and Manchester Metropolitan Universities respectively where she received the RWR Award for the highest mark in the graduating year. Leila has had a uniquely entrepreneurial career since graduation, including working on multiple contract assignments within events management and promotions for businesses such as Nestle, Coca Cola and Unilever. She also founded and opened her own tearoom in York prior to working in executive search for several privately-owned businesses prior to establishing her own business. 

In addition to her work within Executive Search, Leila also carries out the role as City Director for Winmark Global, specialising in C Suite peer to peer learning. Leila works closely with FTSE and Fortune companies joining Winmark's full portfolio of 16 CxO networks and developing new opportunities that give business leaders the knowledge and connections to achieve greater impact.

David Walter


Venue Partner



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  • The Old School House
  • Thirsk Street
  • Manchester
  • M12 6PN

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