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May round-up

04 Jun 2019

Hello all! IoD North West has had an incredible couple of weeks, here are a few highlights from May to update you on...

On 13th May in Liverpool we heard the story of barrister-come-entrepreneur Nisha Katona MBE, the Founder of Mowgli restaurants. Nisha was interviewed by Liverpool Vice Chair Alison Lobb, and spoke about her journey and how ‘purpose’ has remained as the golden thread to all her business decisions. From hand-picking, training and nurturing her 500 members of staff from scratch, to managing all her own social media, and raising over £500,000 for charity, Nisha displayed a shining example of ‘enterprise with integrity’.

See the full album here.

Before this, at the start of the month we held our third Leadership Passport event, supporting young people from Greater Manchester’s African diaspora, as part of the North West’s ongoing strategy to make a meaningful difference on diversity. Having already covered personal branding and politics in previous sessions, this one focused on turning the young people’s ideas into reality and starting up a business. These sessions are all in preparation  for  their final session in November where the young people will be pitching to IoD members for the final time.

Visit our Facebook page to see the full album of photos

We also headed to Liverpool for ‘Too poor to retire’ hosted by our branch sponsors Rathbones. The event was led by Ed Smith, who is Head of Asset Allocation Research at Rathbone Investment Management. He offered some fantastic insights into the retirement realities of current pensioners compared to the younger generations with lots of take-aways on how all need to be planning for the future.  

Our Lancashire Chair, Stuart Thompson hosted two of our events in Lancashire including ‘Being a successful NED’ and ‘The Leadership Workshop’. Both welcomed a full house of both members and non-members and offered some key insights into what it takes to be successful in a NED role and also to how to recognise and improve on your leadership gaps.

We also welcomed IoD Open House to Manchester – this is a national event which is coming to Manchester over the next coming months.  The next event on 11th July will be focused around ‘Connected Business’. Amongst others, attendees will get to hear from our Manchester committee member Danny Simpson, CEO of Mid Communications, and learn about how connection through technology, infrastructure and networks are crucial in enabling us to be the best leaders we can be.  You can read about it or book on here

Thanks to everyone who came and supported our events last month, here's a few others we’ve got coming up…

18 June | Health & Safety for Directors | Liverpool

This event will cover how effective leadership can have a positive effect on health and safety performance including how preparation for a crisis and pro-active knowledge sharing can benefit a business, and ultimately an individual in a senior position.

27 June | The Business Case for Mental Health Webinar  | Online

The webinar will be hosted by Workplace Mental Health and is designed to get you thinking about the importance of employee well-being and a happy workforce. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and will leave with a better understanding of your duty of care and the impact of mental health on your business and bottom line.

2 July | Skills Gap – much ado about nothing | Manchester 

Join us for an interactive panel discussion hosted by our Manchester Chair, Sharon Amesu and help us raise awareness and broaden understanding of the skills gap conversation.

11 July | IoD Open House – Connected Business | Manchester

Learn about how connection through technology, infrastructure and networks are crucial in enabling us to be the best leaders we can be.

12 July |A Cruise on Windermere | Cumbria

Our most memorable business event of the year. You will be treated an evening of networking with a Cumbrian buffet, guest speaker Barry Leahey MBE and stunning views surrounding Lake Windermere.

18 July | Authentic Leadership – the rise of the humans | Liverpool

Human connection is often forgotten as the key ingredient in building  successful relationships in the workplace. In this session you will hear stories of how two local universities have developed organisation-wide staff initiatives to transform leadership behaviour and encourage authentic leadership.

8 August | Regional Director’s Golf Day | Cheshire

North West & IoM Regional Director, Claire, invites you to a casual golf day at her club, Tytherington in Cheshire. The event will include18 holes of golf and a two-course dinner.

14 August | Summer BBQ | Manchester

Our  annual summer BBQ, hosted at the fantastic MediaCom in Manchester.  You will hear a warm welcome from Manchester Chair Sharon Amesu  and enjoy an evening of networking in the sun with great food and company.

Make sure you check out our full events calendar here as there’s lots of others coming up. If you have any questions, feel free to drop Lauren an email –

Or if you’re not a member but would like to find out how to get more involved please get in touch with

See you all soon!

The North West Team x

For more information, please contact

0161 521 8133

North West
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