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IoD Wales - February First Wednesday Club - Dan Langford - Wales Week

05 Feb 2020
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
Join us for our inaugural First Wednesday event of 2020 when our guest will be Dan Langford OBE, one of the Founders and Chair of Wales Week London, now in it’s fourth successive year, and also of Wales Week Worldwide, which was launched for the first time in 2019 with Wales Weeks taking place in 9 different locations, including New York, Paris and Melbourne, and many more planned for 2020.

Dan will touch on the challenges, successes and opportunities, as well as talking us through how businesses have and can continue to enjoy being part of the Wales Week initiative.

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Date & time: 05 Feb 2020 17:30 - 19:30
Location: Cardiff Castle, Cardiff
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15.00 GBP + VAT - Member
20.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member

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Ms Kerri-Anne Mruk
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Join us for some business networking with drinks and canapes followed by our guest speaker, Dan Langford OBE.  Followed by further networking and drinks to finish.


5.30pm Arrival, Registration, Drinks & canapes
5.55pm Welcome & Introduction - Robert Lloyd Griffiths OBE
6.00pm Dan Langford OBE 
6.30pm Q & A's
6.40pm Vote of Thanks - Jean Church MBE
6.45pm Drinks & Networking
7.15pm Close


Dan Langford OBE

Dan Langford OBE, Group Marketing Director of Acorn Recruitment Ltd was awarded an OBE in November 2019 for services to business. Dan is recognised in South Wales business circles, and across Wales and London, not only for his work at Acorn, one of the UK’s leading recruitment companies whom he has worked with for over 15 years but also for the voluntary contribution he has made to support Welsh business and economic development. Dan’s professional career started in the commercial and marketing department of UWIC (now Cardiff Metropolitan University). He was the university’s Director of Marketing before joining the board at Acorn in 2004. Dan has supported and advised many organisations in his voluntary non-executive roles. He served as a board member on the strategy board that set up the Cardiff Capital Region – one of only six board members drawn from the private sector – for which he also chaired the marketing & branding committee. He has also made contributions as a board member of the Welsh Government’s flagship business support service Business Wales, a member of the Board of Governors of the former Coleg Glan Hafren (now Cardiff & Vale College), a Director of London Welsh Rugby Football Club, Commercial Director for the Welsh Commonwealth Games Team and Director of the Wales in London Society. Dan is one of the founding directors of FOR Cardiff, the Cardiff business Improvement district (BID), for which he is also Chair of the Marketing Committee. Dan achieved his Chartered Institute of Marketing post-graduate diploma at the University of South Wales in Newport, he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He was honoured for ‘outstanding contribution’ by the Chartered Institute of Marketing in Wales in 2013 and was awarded IoD Wales Director’s Director of the Year award in 2018. Dan has also contributed a great deal of time to support charitable causes in Wales, including being a board member of the NSPCC Full Stop Appeal in Wales. In 2014 he set up and chaired the first CEO Sleepout in Cardiff, which saw 85 senior business people sleep out overnight, raising £80,000 for charities working with people affected by homelessness. In 2016, together with business partner Mike Jordan, Director of leading branding agency bluegg, Dan founded Wales Week in London, an annual initiative promoting events and profile-raising opportunities in London for Wales and Welsh organisations. Described as ‘where Wales meets London, when London celebrates Wales’, in 2019 WWIL held its third annual programme with some 107 events taking place across the city, attracting nearly 10,000 attendees over the two-week period. 2019 also witnessed the first Wales Week Worldwide, which included Wales Weeks taking place in New England, Essex, Melbourne, Paris, New York, Ohio, Newcastle, among other locations. Dan and his Marketing team at Acorn are recognised throughout the recruitment industry as one of the leading marketing teams in the UK, and were awarded UK Marketing Team of the Year at the 2018 National Recruiter Awards. Acorn has been nationally recognised many times over the years as a leading, award-winning recruitment firm, including UK’s best recruiter on a number of occasions.


We are delighted to announce Qatar Airways to continue as our annual sponsor for First Wednesday Club in 2020. 


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15.00 GBP + VAT - Member
20.00 GBP + VAT - Non Member


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