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IoD North West - Oakridge’s Leadership Forum

11 Oct 2017
Great John Street Hotel, Manchester

Leading through uncertainty to achieve success
An opportunity to develop the leader you always wanted to be

Institute of Directors North West are delighted to work in partnership with Oakridge to bring you this interactive and inspiring event. The event will provide a stimulating environment for business professionals at all levels to gather together and learn from inspirational IoD leaders, workshop facilitators and from each other the key tools, tips, techniques and insights to help improve your leadership skills.

You will learn how to lead with purpose and increase your effectiveness in leading during challenging times.

Purposeful Leadership creates a powerful momentum towards a positive future. Purpose is what defines us, drives us and empowers us. You will hear from Inspirational Speakers, including IoD Members, Brigit Egan, Sandy Lindsay MBE and Phil Jones MBE, who will share their personal purposeful leadership stories.

You will hear from award winning Leaders from various fields, providing a richness of perspectives and experiences, you will learn from leaders who you may not have known because you were unfamiliar with their work. The day will provide you with an opportunity to recharge and be creative. For one day, you can plug-in, focus on you – your impact, obstacles and growth opportunities. You will not be lectured to – you will have an immersive experience that will keep you engaged by a multi-sensory, active learning approach.

This conference will also be relevant to you even though you may not currently lead a team or a project – in today’s work environment – each and every one of us will need to demonstrate our leadership skills in our day to day environment.   You will learn concrete examples of leadership at all levels in creating innovation, exerting influence, future proofing your skills to ensure future effectiveness and the key principles and tools for improving human performance.

Take advantage of a unique opportunity for informal learning, sharing, and co-coaching from the best leadership experts. Ask questions, discuss, exchange experience, build relationships, get inspired and improve leadership for your community, your organisation and yourself!


Keynote Speakers Include:

Phil Jones MBE, Managing Director of Brother UK - Institute of Directors Fellow

Mark Burbridge, Human Performance Expert and Joint MD for Oakridge

Brigit Egan, Inspiring Leader Award Winner and Joint MD for Oakridge and expert on future proofing your leadership skills for the future  - Institute of Directors Member

Sandy Lindsay MBE, Founder and Chair of Tangerine PR, founder of The Juice Academy and Skills Chair of IoD and North West Leadership Team

What you will gain from attending the Conference:

  • A day to gain inspiration from Leaders at the top of their game, participate in inspirational sessions and experiential learning
  • Powerful tools, techniques and insights that will strengthen your leadership skills
  • Understand the Leadership Skills required for the future
  • How to have powerful and engaging conversations to ensure success
  • Understand the concepts of innovation, agility and change and build your resilience to deal with stressful situations
  • Understand the importance of personal impact, gravitas and presence
  • Understand the principles of Human Performance and gain practical tools that will enhance your performance
  • New Contacts, informal networking, Social fun

From each of the Power Sessions you will gain:

  • An understanding of the skills and behaviours required for future success
  • Practical strategies that you can apply back in the workplace immediately
  • Personal insights and awareness
  • An opportunity to practice some of the skills and techniques learned
  • An interactive, practical, fun, and high energy learning experience

Key details

Date & time: 11 Oct 2017 09:00 - 16:30
Location: Great John Street Hotel, Manchester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

100.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
125.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price

Event manager:
Miss Lauren Mullan
Contact phone:
0161 247 7634
Contact email:

09.00: Registration, Breakfast and Networking

09.30: Opening Keynote 

10.00: Phil Jones MBE - Correlative Leadership

11.00: Morning Break and Networking

11.30: Power Session 1 - Brigit Egan
Everyone - Taking Control of your Own Wheel – authentic, correlative and
purposeful leadership

- Reflections of self in the context of leadership and the skills required
for the future
- Understanding the gap between where/who I am and where/who I
want to be
- Assessing personal values and beliefs and challenging them outside
one´s comfort zone
- Sharing observations with others

12.00: Power Session 2 - Mark Burbridge 
Human Performance Everyone

- Understand the basic principles of Human Performance
- Describe the difference between errors, lapses, mistakes and slips
- Identify those work factors that can directly affect us and outline how
these can be managed
- Develop and understanding of the tools and techniques available to
you to use and apply 

13.00: Lunch

13.45 Seminar Sessions | Choice of Session 3 or 4:

Power Session 3 - Kassam Jaffer 
Having powerful and sometimes difficult conversations 

- Using the principles of drama based learning will explore some of
the key behaviours and skills required to engage in powerful and
sometimes difficult workplace conversations 
- Strategies that can be used to conduct such face to face
conversations in an authentic, courageous and congruent way 
- Definition and purpose of a Difficult Workplace Conversation
- Difficult Workplace Conversations – what not to do!

Power Session 4 - Fraser Penny and Vicky Proctor
Innovation and Leading Change 

- Understanding the concepts of innovation and agility
- Understand the 4 steps to successful change and making change
happen through courageous conversations
- Managing the balance of personal versus organisational change whilst
being true to your values
- Building your personal resilience to cope in stressful situations

14.45: Afternoon Break

15.15 Sandy Lindsay MBE - Embedding Company Culture at Every Stage of
Business Growth

16.15: Closing Remarks from Chair 

16:30: Event Closes


Phil Jones MBE
Managing Director 
Brother UK

Phil Jones is Managing Director of Brother UK, the UK arm of global technology manufacturer – Brother. Joining the business in 1994 as a fax salesperson, he worked his way up the organisation to the then be appointed as its head in 2013... Full Bio Here

Sandy Lindsay MBE
Founder and Chair
Tangerine PR

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 North West Director of the Year (SME) and Highly Commended in the same award, nationally, by the Institute of Directors.... Full Bio Here

Mark Burbridge
Joint Managing Director

Mark 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

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

Kassam Jaffer
Senior Consultant

Kassam is a Human Resource Development (HRD) Consultant with extensive experience providing both a strategic and operational approach to people management and organisational development practices – by establishing critical skills and knowledge within client businesses – in order to create high performance workplaces where people can and do perform to their best... Full Bio Here

Vicky Proctor
Senior Consultant

Vicky is an experienced consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach with over fifteen years’ experience working across different sectors including nuclear, aerospace, pharmaceuticals, engineering and care. With experience spanning the full HR spectrum she has expertise in the areas of change management, organisation & people development and leadership & management development... Full Bio Here
Fraser Penny
Senior Consultant

Fraser is an engaging and inspiring Organisational Development and Change Management specialist. He provides quality insight and solution delivery in Business Service, Supply Chain and Operations sectors... Full Bio Here



Prices from

100.00 GBP + VAT - Member Price
125.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Price


Bookings cancelled within 7 days will not be refunded
  • Great John Street Hotel
  • Great John St
  • Manchester
  • M3 4FD

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