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Open House on the Road
Global Business


Exploration creates opportunity. Expanding operations to, and trading with, new overseas markets offers the possibility of real growth for UK companies. But with complex factors transforming Britain’s role on the international stage, business leaders must understand how to quickly adapt to, and navigate through, a turbulent global economy.  At these events you’ll learn how to navigate this complex world with the help of trade experts and global business leaders with unique perspectives on international issues.

Discussion Topics

  • Raising finance for growth
  • How a board prepares for global expansion
  • Investing in technology
  • Developing a robust supply chain
  • Taking your brand global


Please select your preferred location and download the agenda.

 Manchester  13th November 2019 
 Hull 20th November 2019 
 Cambridge 21st November 2019 

Dates & Prices

Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
13 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

The Deep , Hull

20 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Newmarket Racecourse, Newmarket
21 Nov 2019 09:00 - 14:00
0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate


Lilian Small, Partner, Temple Bright LLP
Lilian is a partner at Temple Bright LLP in London where she handles financial services investigations and contentious regulatory matters both domestic and cross-border. She has acted for banks, asset managers and hedge funds, financial advisory firms, listed companies, commodity houses and other market participants.


Malcolm Johnston, Director & Consultant
Malcolm has over 22 years B2B line management experience working with businesses in the UK and internationally; leading multi-cultural teams in Europe and Worldwide covering varied disciplines including sales, marketing, accounts, engineering and operations.


Geoff Taylor, Managing Director, AEB (International) Ltd
Geoff Taylor and his team in the UK are helping manufacturers and traders across industry sectors to understand the impact of global trade changes such as Brexit, HMRC system changes, US trade wars or any other dynamic development, and what it takes to build efficient and flexible supply chains in the digital age to ensure future success.




Niels Turfboer, Managing Director of Benelux and the UK for Spotcap
Niels has over 10 years experience in the banking industry with ABN AMRO and ING in both the Netherlands and France and an Advisory Board Member for Fiduciam and Alterest Investment Technologies.He obtained an MBA at the IE Business School in Madrid and specialised in Strategy and Finance at the NYU Stern School of Business in New York. 



Dr Chris Moore, Technology Specialist at the Department for International Trade (DIT)
Chris is a Technology Sector Specialist at the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT), working in the Technology and Smart Cities Team. In this role, he assists technology companies to establish a presence in the UK, and UK tech companies to do trade overseas. Chris covers the Software sector, with specific interests in artificial intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing, data centres, and cyber security. He has also been engaged with the development of the UK Government’s AI Sector deal, working closely with the Office for AI, and is the lead DIT contact for the AI Grand Challenge

Nick Chism, Chief Business Adviser, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Nick has promoted better collaboration between the public and private sectors around the world. His professional background is in corporate finance. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. 

Nick Obolensky, Complex Adaptive Leadership
Nick has extensive experience of working abroad including Europe, Middle East, Americas, Australia and Asia with large multi-national and local companies. Nick’s experience includes: being a UK Army Major, a Strategy Consultant for a blue-chip firm, a FTSE 100 director, blue chip business school Professor, entrepreneur and best-selling author. He is the MD of CAL’s Chinese wholly owned subsidiary.

Dr Christopher Foster, Presidential Research Fellow, Global Development Institute 
Chris Foster is currently a Presidential Fellow at the Global Development Institute, where he joined in October 2018. His research focusses on the digitalisation of production, and the implications of new digital innovation on the global distribution of production, work and labour. Prior to joined GDI, Chris was a Lecturer in ICT and innovation in the Information School in Sheffield (2015-2018). He worked as a researcher at the University of Oxford (2013-2015), exploring the impacts of broadband internet in East Africa.

Richard Voke, Temple Bright
Richard handles Risk & Regulation matters, advising and defending organisations in their dealings with regulatory bodies such as the HSE, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health, the Food Standards Agency, Trading Standards and fire authorities. He has worked extensively with high hazard industries such as energy, construction, waste and manufacturing.

Rollo Hope, Head of Exports, Technology and Smart Cities at DIT
In March 2019, Rollo was promoted to Head of Exports for Technology and Smart Cities. He manages a team with a global focus on assisting UK technology companies export their products and services across capabilities including Telecomms, AI, Sensors, Data Management and Data Centres.

Elliott King, CEO, MintTwist
Elliott is an entrepreneur; CEO and Co-Founder of the digital agency, MintTwist and Co-Owner of the digital innovation company, RadLab ventures. Elliott started programming computers in the 1980's and has over 20-years of professional experience, helping hundreds brands such as Roche, Virgin and Accenture to navigate and leverage the digital revolution. He is responsible for delivering effective and value-adding online marketing campaigns and digital services to UK, Middle East, European and other international clients.

Richard Orton, Director Of Strategy And Business Development, IOSH
Richard is Director of Strategy and Business Development at IOSH, the Chartered body for safety and health professionals. An IoD member and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Richard is also a board member of the Center for Safety and Health Sustainability – a collaboration of professional bodies in the UK and North America, committed to advancing the safety, health and sustainability of the global workplace.

Jonathan Nobbs, Head Of Product, IOSH

Jonathan is a passionate believer in purposeful business. He has 20 years’ experience delivering successful organisational change programmes across the private, voluntary and public sectors.
Jonathan was educated at the University of St Andrews and has worked in a variety of senior roles including in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
He currently heads IOSH’s Product Department and is responsible for R&D, marketing, product development and business development and has led the successful diversification of IOSH’s global product portfolio.

Craig Melson, Programme Manager | Digital Devices, Consumer Electronics, Export Controls and Environment and Compliance, techUK
Craig is Programme Manager across Digital Devices, Environment and Compliance and Consumer Electronics which covers issues as diverse as modern slavery, conflict minerals, new tech, compliance and Brexit. Prior to joining techUK he worked in public affairs, communications, television and consumer electronics and he has an avid interest in new and emerging technologies.

Christian Syme, Export Finance Manager, UK Department for International Trade 
Cardiff only
Christian currently works as an Export Finance Manager, working as part of the UK Department for International Trade. Prior to this she was Head of Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Bahrain. She has an MA with Honours in International Relations and 17 years’ experience in international business development for government and private sector. She has a strong strategic focus and has worked in a variety of industry sectors. She has wide experience of working in the Middle East, has carried out projects for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington and was based in Paris for 10 years working for Scottish Development International’s Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa hub, she is fluent in Spanish and French.

James Rudolf, Chief Operating Officer, Trakcel
Cardiff only
James Rudolf is the Chief Operating Officer of TrakCel and joined the company in 2016 with ambitious plans to take the business to new heights. Operating in a highly specialised arena, TrakCel has created a software platform specifically used to manage and scale the needle to needle compliance and traceability for cell & gene therapy developers

Marcus Broix, Founder, Trade with Europe Ltd
Bristol only
Having lived, studied, worked and managed his own businesses in Germany and the UK since the 1980s, Marcus Broix advises small and medium sized UK enterprises on how to export to Europe and farther afield. Via his company Trade with Europe Ltd he also offers complete solutions and professional networks for cross border trade.

Emily Beynon, Deputy Director for Strategy Planning on the Industrial Strategy, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Bristol only
Emily is responsible for longer-term planning and delivery of the Strategy. Previously, she worked in the Cabinet Office, where she had roles as Private Secretary to the Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Civil Service (on economic and international affairs) and as Head of Energy, Transport and the Environment in the Economic and Domestic Affairs secretariat. Emily has worked in Whitehall and the public sector for over ten years in a range of roles, including as a policy adviser in the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Her educational background and experience prior to government were in biotech research.

Jennifer Cormack, Sales and Marketing Director, Windermere Lake Cruises
Manchester only
Since joining Windermere Lake Cruises in 2014, Jennifer has participated in seven overseas sales missions to Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea – and most recently, China. Jennifer is also a director of Cumbria Tourism and is chair of the Lake District China Forum. Jennifer is also one of three new directors to join UK Inbound. UK Inbound represents the interests of the UK’s inbound tourism and works to ensure the sector is recognised as one of the country’s leading economic and employment drivers. It also lobbies the government on issues that affect the tourism industry on behalf of its more than 400 member businesses, which includes Windermere Lake Cruises.

Melanie Suanders, Inside Account Manager, Corporate Traveller
Melanie has a wealth of experience in the industry, having worked in travel for 20 years in Operations, Marketing and Management roles and now works closely with SMEs to help create and manage their perfect travel programme.

James Quinn, Vice President, IOSH
After a very successful career in the British Army, for 24 years, James attained the rank of Warrant Officer before leaving in 2011.
Whilst in his last 6 years he saw the benefits of Health and Safety as a second career and using his army appointments started to train as a Health and Safety Advisor/Trainer in 2006.
Five years later, after leaving the army, having worked on many army health and safety projects, he worked for Babcock International PLC as a HSE Trainer, then Advisor before becoming a Health and Safety Manager for a large Middle East transport group. He is now working as an HSE Lead in Construction Consultancy after leaving Abu Dhabi as the Area OHS Manager, Abu Dhabi, for Multiplex where they were the main contractor. A Chartered member of IOSH and CIOB, James is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute as well as IOSH Council member, IOSH VP and part of the Presidential Team, part of IOSH Construction Group.

Simon Raymond Wheeler, UK Fleet and Business Marketing Manager, FCA
Simon began his career with Fiat automobiles in 2002 as the career step following five year working in the automotive retaining environment, latterly, as a used car manager. He brought his experience from the sales front line to help in developing the Fiat, Jeep and Alfa Romeo retailer network in their sales operations across the UK.

Victoria Boldison, Founder, Bolst Global
Hull only
Victoria is a multi-award winning Chartered Marketer and international business professional, having worked internationally for all of her career within the start up and SME environment marketing and selling healthcare and food and drink products around the world with a particular focus on the Middle East. Multilingual and with an executive MBA, Victoria now runs Bolst Global, supporting British brands within the health food, drink and supplement sectors to export and grow globally via various international market entry and export management services.

Bolaji Sofoluwe, International Business Development Strategist
Cambridge only
Bolaji has worked with more than 400 businesses, covering diverse sectors including Aviation, Financial Services, IT, Oil and Gas, Agriculture etc. Her previous jobs include working for the Central Bank of Nigeria, Business Factory, Nigeria (now Learning Impact), Halifax Bank of Scotland UK, and various contract roles, climbing to Executive level. As co-founder/Director of the Enterprise, Training & Knowledge Group, Bolaji has led ETK’s consultants to help global companies make connections in 11 African countries to date. Bolaji has influence in Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Rwanda, Somalia, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Cameroun, Botswana, Zimbabwe and DRC Kinshasa. An Africa SME Advocate, Bolaji is a creative and engaging conference speaker – she has spoken at high profile conferences organised by institutions like the World Bank, Commonwealth, Global Financial Publications and various sector-based Think-Tanks. Bolaji also delivers guest lectures at some of the UK’s finest institutions.


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