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IoD North West - Enterprising Women 2017

19 Oct 2017
New Adelphi Building, Salford

After the success of last year's event, we invite you to join us for our seventh annual Enterprising Women Conference! Last year's event proved extremely popular, so don't miss out.

BOOK NOW to avoid disappointment!

Key details

Date & time: 19 Oct 2017 09:30 - 18:30
Location: New Adelphi Building, Salford
CPD Hours:

Prices from

75.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
90.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price
450.00 GBP + VAT - Group Booking of 6 (contact Lauren Mullan)

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

Our IoD North West - Enterprising Women Conference celebrates the best in female business leadership and talent across the region.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Aim High & Stand Firm’. We are creating a superb line-up of some of the region’s top business women, and influential and inspirational experts from across the UK to help you enhance your leadership skills, further build your business acumen and continue to strengthen your personal impact. We also offer superb networking opportunities throughout the day and a closing drinks reception as the finale.

We anticipate around 150 business leaders to be in attendance, as always with this event the demand is very high and has been sold out in the past, so we encourage you to book your places asap.


09.00: Registration, Breakfast and Networking

09.30: Opening Keynote from Claire-Marie Boggiano, Director at Lurig Change &

13:15 Lunch 

16:30 Conference Finishes and Oakridge Drinks Reception Starts

18:30 Event Closes


Collette Roche
Manchester Airport Group

Collette has held a number of senior leadership posts across a variety of sectors and within several international blue chip companies including; Ford Motor Company, Siemens Plc and United Utilities.

In 2010 Collette joined M.A.G, the largest UK owned airport operator group, as part of the Executive Team responsible for doubling the value of the group over a 5 year period.  Having held several group strategy roles across areas such as HR, CIO and transformation , in 2016, Collette was  appointed as Deputy CEO, for Manchester Airport. Collette’s day to day responsibilities include managing a 24/7 multi terminal operation,  ensuring the safety, security and service to over 26m passengers per annum, flying to 210 destinations worldwide. Collette’s non-executive responsibilities include non-exec Director at JW Lees, Board Member of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, Governor at Manchester Metropolitan University and membership of the BiTC National Leadership Board.

Erica Ingham 

Erica has been CFO at MediaCom North 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.

Julie Charge
Executive Director
University of Salford

Julie Charge is the Executive Director of Finance at the University of Salford, Manchester with line management responsibility for HR, Estates, IT and Strategy along with Finance. 

Before working at Salford Julie held a number of Financial Directorships in a private health company; Circle Health Limited and Scottish and Newcastle (now Heineken) which involved creating a spinoff company for the service of beer dispense in pubs.

Jayne Harrison 
Executive Coach 
Peak Potential Consulting Ltd

Jayne began her career in consultancy sales and marketing, where she specialised in delivering large-scale career/executive coaching and leadership development programmes for FTSE 250 organisations.   In 2012 she set up her own coaching practice (Peak Potential Consulting Ltd) and also works as Faculty member for the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy.
She spends most of her time coaching individuals at all levels focusing on career advancement, leadership development, and getting the most out of working relationships.  She has written about the impact of the menopause and the importance of self-management during this phase of life. She is passionate about helping women excel in the workplace and has supported women of all ages with critical transitions at differing career stages. She lives in the Peak District with her husband and two dogs.  In her spare time she loves to dance and believes in a holistic approach to wellbeing. 

Shirley May
Poet & Community Firestarter

Shirley is the director of Young Identity writing collective she started the flourishing group 10 years ago alongside Wordsmith Awards. She has a long standing partnership with the Contact Theatre. Shirley is a poet from the Speakeasy Collective, from Manchester which she co-managed for five years. 

Shirley is published in several anthologies, books and magazines, including The Suitcase Book of Love Poems. She is also a member and currently manages project for, Commonword's writing development agency. 

She writes from a Caribbean Diaspora reference point, her writing includes her expression of being part of the black British experience. Performing predominately in the North West, she has also performed nationally and internationally, appearing at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York and the Calabash writing festival in Jamaica. She has worked for 20 years to promote a culture around performance poetry to make it "cool" and happening. 

Her work includes mentoring and supporting new writers in schools and community groups. She joined Commonword in 1996 and was the only woman writer in Cultureword at the time. She helped to develop the group by actively recruiting women writers and Spokenword performers to the group.

She seeks to free "de inna voice."

Michelle McGagh
Freelance journalist and author

Michelle McGagh has been writing about money for over a decade. But how much did she really know about her own spending? 

Last year, Michelle challenged herself to only spending money on essential items for an entire year. This challenge to stop carelessly spending money developed into a book called The No Spend Year, and saved her around £22,000. Including the financial benefit, her relationship with money, with time, with others have all changed for the better. Personal finance journalist, Michelle has spent over ten years writing for titles including AOL, Money Observer , City Wire, and The Guardian.

Dr. Gayathri Ganapathy
Founder & Artistic Director
Equilibrium Dance and Arts

Dr Gayathri Ganapathy is the Founder and Artistic Director of Equilibrium Dance and Arts (EDA), a social enterprise dedicated to dance & arts, mental well-being and dance science research. Through the course of her interdisciplinary research she examined the link between motor skills (gross and fine) and cognitive abilities (selective attention, visual motor coordination, visual memory) among typically developing children using dance as a medium. The theoretical underpinnings of Gayathri’s research have a motor control perspective with behavioural measures and neurobiological reasoning. She is also a trained Bharatanatyam artist and has been pursuing this art form for the past 23 years. During this time, she has had the opportunity to extensively perform in India, Zambia, Belgium, Singapore and the United Kingdom. 
Sinéad Collins
RGN, MSc (Advanced Practice) NMP, Dip Hyp.

Sinéad’s role is Centre Head at Maggie’s Manchester, located in the grounds of the Christie NHSFT. Sinéad oversees everything that happens in the Centre, from supporting visitors to managing the programme of support and mentoring staff. 

Sinéad comes from an oncology nursing background, having spent 13 years at The Christie hospital.
 A mature student, Sinead did an ACCESS to education course and first went to The Christie as a third year nursing student, she  progressed to  Nurse Clinician, specialising in surgical oncology, specifically pelvic cancers - gynaecology/urology/colorectal. 
During her career Sinéad set up and developed the pre-operative  assessment service at The Christie.
 Sinéad worked as a Clinical Academic at The University of Manchester School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social work  lecturing on  four units across the Bnurs’ programme. An integrative hypnotherapist, she continues to practice and train hypnotherapists.
Sinéad is passionate about nurse education and driving compassion based care.

Brigit Egan
Joint Managing Director

Brigit is Managing Director and Shareholder of Oakridge Training & Consulting – an international consultancy practice that specialises in Global Leadership, Team Development, Change Management and Coaching activities... Full Bio Here

Conference Host

Claire-Marie Boggiano 
Lurig Change & Development




Thank you to Imperial Photo Booth for coming to the Conference. They specialise in hiring photo booths which print out photos there and then. The photos will be a great memento for all of us to remember the day by. If you would like to get in contact then find them at they cover all over Manchester and the UK. It is a fantastic addition to any event.

Campaign Sponsor

Drinks Reception Sponsor 

Venue Sponsor 

Salford Professional Development Limited is a standalone training company, supplying high value, demand led training to regional, national and international clients from the public, private and third sector. Salford Professional Development (SPD) Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Salford. 

Salford Professional Development helps delegates to achieve their career goals through lifelong learning and development programmes that draw upon over 100 years of educational excellence. Continued professional development (CPD) is fundamental to career progression, helping people to learn new skills, keep up with the changing demands of the workplace and gain valuable qualifications in the process. 

With this in mind, Salford Professional Development has been established with the aim of consolidating the University’s expertise in this area, providing a wide selection of courses that have been designed specifically to further the careers of those who study with us.

Visit our website or call us for further information: 

T: 0161 295 3000


Potential sponsors should contact Claire Ebrey, Regional Director, asap to avoid missing out on promotional opportunities -


Prices from

75.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
90.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price
450.00 GBP + VAT - Group Booking of 6 (contact Lauren Mullan)


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • New Adelphi Building
  • University of Salford
  • University Road,
  • Salford
  • M5 4WT

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