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Your day at the IoD Annual Convention


Thriving in a changing world | 27th September 2016

We are delighted that you are joining us for our 2016 Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall. Please take a little time to read the information in the tabs below which outlines the day's arrangements and should answer any questions you may have.

As well as taking away invaluable business lessons, the IoD Annual Convention offers delegates the opportunity to engage in a vast range of networking activities which include seminars, lunches, exhibitions and drinks receptions.



(these are free to attend but need to be pre-booked, please email

  • Organizational Resilience - Ensuring your business is fit for the future
  • Creating Competitive Advantage for a Lucrative Business Sale-Post EU Exit
  • Complimentary breakfast will be provided
9.00am Doors open - complimentary tea and coffee being served in Verdi exhibition area
10.00am Opening video
10.05am Welcome - Simon Walker, Director general, IoD

10.15am Senior government minister
10.30am Navigating the global economy
Dr. Dambisa Moyo, Global economist
10.45am Panel discussion - what does Brexit mean for you?
Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Former chancellor of the exchequer
Yanis Varoufakis, Former Greek finance minister
Vivian Hunt, Senior partner London, McKinsey & Company
Host Simon Walker
11.10am Carwyn Jones, First Minister of Wales
11.15am Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland

11.30am The cyber battlefield
Rob Cotton, CEO, NCC Group
11.45am A smart energy future and what it means for business
Wilfrid Petrie, CEO, UK & Ireland, ENGIE
11.55am Panel discussion - the future of energy
Wilfrid Petrie, CEO, UK & Ireland, ENGIE
Tony Hayward, Chairman, Glencore & Genel Energy
David Brooks, MD of Supply Good Energy
Alexander Maddan, chief exec of Agrivet
Host Leo Johnson, Sustainability expert
12.30pm Looking beyond the numbers
Robert Gordon, CEO, Hitachi Capital (UK)
12.45pm Exhibitor Lounge serving complimentary champagne
Lady Barbara Judge CBE, Chairman, IoD

2.40pm Steve Hatch, Regional director of Northern Europe, Facebook
2.55pm Martha Lane Fox CBE, Government digital adviser
3.10pm Brad Smith, Global President, Microsoft
3.15pm Olivier Grémillon, MD EMEA, Airbnb
3.30pm Amee Chande, MD UK, Alibaba
Host James Ashton, Journalist & commentator

3.50pm Gold standard leadership
Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic legend, philanphropist, businesswoman
4.10pm 20 ideas in 20 minutes
Kevin Roberts, Former chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi, founder Red Rose Consulting
4.30pm Closing remarks
Simon Walker
4.35pm Highlights of the day

*timings subjects to change

Getting to the Royal Albert Hall

Please find link to directions below.

Royal Albert Hall Map

On Arrival

You will need to show your badge in order to gain access to the Royal Albert Hall. Please enter the Royal Albert Hall by the door indicated on your ticket:

Ticket type

Access point

Lunch boxes

Stalls & Arena tickets Door 6 Lunch boxes distributed from the ground floor corridor
Box tickets Door 8 Lunch boxes delivered to your box
Circle tickets Door 4 Lunch packs are delivered to the Circle area
Special invitation Door 11 Dependent on ticket type

* Pre-ordered vegetarian lunch boxes can be collected from Door 9. There is a limited number of spare vegetarian boxes which can be collected on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Ticket Enquiry Office

If you need to make any changes to your badge then please go to the Ticket Enquiry Office at Door 9 on arrival at the Albert Hall. These doors will open at 8.30am, we recommend you get there early as it will be busy. Please note you will not gain access to the Hall until 9.00am.


Doors open at 9.00am and delegates assemble at 9.45am. The closing time of the event is approximately 5.00pm.


Stalls and Arena tickets

There will be cloakrooms open under the stairs at Door 6. IoD staff will be on hand to direct you.

Private Boxes

Coffee and cloakroom facilities are available in your box.

Refreshments and Exhibitors

Complimentary tea and coffee will be served between 9-10am in the exhibition area in the Verdi restaurant.

Complimentary champagne will be served at lunchtime in the Exhibition area in the Verdi restaurant.

The Exhibitors include:

  • 8x8
  • Flanders
  • Hitachi Capital
  • NCC Group

  • There will be various prize draws held both in the exhibition area and at the fringe events. Further information regarding the prizes will be released nearer the time.

    To register for one of the below fringe events, please e-mail

    Breakfast seminar: Creating Competitive Advantage for a Lucrative Business Sale-Post EU Exit  

    Sponsored by Avondale

    It has always been crucial to plan ahead, preferably at start up and if not several years in advance of exit, to achieve ultimate business sale value.  Competitive advantage is a fundamental element in not only increasing business value but also making your organisation a highly desirable acquisition target driving sale price even further.  

    The boundless and accelerated developments occurring in our global economy provide a significant opportunity for improved business, but only if leaders move with or ahead of the zeitgeist. With rapid market change, leaders need new techniques, skills and strategies in order to anticipate and communicate the right changes and strategy ahead of their competition – to lead as opposed to follow and ultimately enhance shareholder value.  We are currently going through a massive market change with the UK’s departure from the EU – how does this impact your strategy and M&A.

    During this one hour seminar we will look at:

    • The market today – including the impact of Brexit
    • Creating competitive advantage
    • Business valuations
    • Increasing value the M&A way
    • Case Studies of lucrative exits

    Delegates will walk away with clear ideas and actions to create competitive advantage, increase shareholder value and develop a clear understanding of planning for successful exit.

    Find out more

    Breakfast seminar: Organizational Resilience - Ensuring your business is fit for the future

    Sponsored by BSI

    BSI recently conducted global research with The Economist Intelligence Unit  looking at attitudes towards Organizational Resilience amongst business leaders and the key factors that build an enduring enterprise. The report indicated that 88% of leadership teams believe resilience is a priority for their organizations, however, only 52% believe the CEO is directly responsible for Organizational Resilience.

    Organizational Resilience reaches beyond risk management towards a more holistic view of business health and success. A resilient organization is one that not merely survives over the long term, but also flourishes – passing the test of time with 76% of leaders believing it’s a pre-requisite for long-term growth.

    BSI has gathered a panel of experts in the UK to debate what Organizational Resilience means to the business community. In addition to discussing theories and best practice, the panel will invite you to share your opinions and be part of this exclusive interactive debate around mastering Organizational Resilience.

    Find out more

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