2021 Event Agenda


Welcome Remarks & Explanation of Key Features of the Digital Platform from Management Today

Adam Gale, Editor, Management Today


Keynote Presentation: Leading with a Conscience and Care

Our first interview of the day is with the founder of leading children’s retailer JoJo Maman Bebe. This session will explore female leadership, the traits and skills needed for successful leaders and what we need to do to recover from 2020 and the ongoing problems of covid-19.

Our keynote speaker will cover:

  • The creation of the brand and how the business is a force for good
  • What it takes to be a strong leader in 2021
  • What steps need to be taken to aid economic growth and recovery for high street businesses
  • How to succeed in today’s climate

Laura Tenison MBE, Founder, JoJo Maman Bebe


The Management Today Interview: A Leader’s Vision and How to Make an Impact

Our final interview of the day will focus on what makes a truly outstanding and transformational leader. We will hear how our speaker climbed the ladder to CEO and whether she faced any barriers on the journey.

The session will cover:

  • Making an entrance: how do you make your mark on a company?
  • How do you overhaul archaic systems and former practises to improve the productivity of the organisation?
  • How do you connect with your employees and encourage company loyalty?
Ann Cairns, executive vice chair, Mastercard

Interviewed by: Adam Gale, Editor, Management Today


Standing out from the Crowd

In an increasingly tough jobs climate, what do recruiters and business leaders look for in a candidate?

This turbo talk will cover:

  • What organisations look for on a CV when they are recruiting for senior executives
  • What experiences stand out when companies seek to make board level appointments
  • How you can broaden your appeal internally and externally

Catherine Allen, HR director, Ella’s Kitchen


Female Founders, their Stories of Success

Panel Discussion

Female-run enterprises have been growing steadily all over the world yet there are a lot fewer female entrepreneurs. It is estimated that only 1 in 5 businesses in the UK is run by a woman although women are more than half the population. This session brings together three pioneering creative businesswomen to discuss entrepreneurship and the obstacles women might have to overcome to start their own businesses.


  • How these business leaders saw an opportunity and created their product
  • How they sourced funding and brought this to market
  • What challenges they faced, how they surmounted them and how they managed to be successful
  • How the brand has developed from the initial concept and flourished

Jeanette Forbes, founder, PCL Group

Pippa Murray, founder, Pip N Nut

Claire Warner, Co-founder, AEcorn 

Moderator: Sarah Ellis, Co-founder, Amazing If


Turbo Talk: Motivate Me

Since the onset of the covid-19 pandemics, we’ve seen some people reach rock bottom. The toll of lockdowns/ tiers/ organisational restructuring has been a real burden for everyone. How do leaders react to this crisis? We’ve discussed how leaders need to support their team but how do they personally stay motivated at times like this?

This talk will cover:

  • The frustrations and challenges  for leaders when presented by remote and hybrid working. How do we make this work?
  • Advice that you can apply straight away such as managing your diary and the volume of zoom calls
  • The value of nutrition, health and exercise

Adrienne Herbert, podcaster, PowerHour


Turbo Talk: The Impact of Gender Equality for Business

We will hear from Bupa’s CEO David Hynam on how a focus on gender equality has improved their business performance. 

David will cover:

  • What Bupa is doing to put more women in senior roles and the different strategies to do this
  • What initiatives have been put in place at Bupa to support women in business
  • Their goals for gender diversity  – how to measure it and set targets

David Hynam, CEO, Bupa


Lunch break and networking


Sector Specific Round Tables

We have created six round table sessions where you can speak to like-minded people in your industry. Chaired by an industry expert, this is your chance to discuss the business landscape, your challenges and how to make the most of opportunities within your sector. Sessions will be limited to 20 people so sign up early to avoid disappointment.

Round Table discussions will commence at 1.30pm and will last 45 minutes

Topics and confirmed speakers:

Succeeding in Male Dominated Industries
Jeanette Forbes, founder, PCL Group
Financial Services 

Joanna Place, COO, Bank of England 


Angelica Donati, CEO, Donati Immobiliare Group


Wellbeing in the Workplace

Why and how businesses must reimagine the support of their employees.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), depression is now the most common cause of ill health and disability worldwide. Entrepreneur Maryam Meddin will address the impact of this on business in the UK. 

She will explore:

  • Strategies that can support employees who are suffering
  • Leadership development
  • Stress management

Maryam will also cover her personal story from poverty to entrepreneurial success.

Maryam Meddin, Founder & CEO, The Soke

Interviewed by: Stephen Jones, Reporter, Management Today


How to Prepare Your Business for the Future and Respond to Seismic Change

Panel Discussion

Over the past 12 months, we have seen a significant amount of turmoil across the world. Some businesses have struggled to survive the economic impact of lockdowns and reduced trade. In order for businesses to flourish, you need to prepare for the unexpected.

During this session, three business leaders will discuss:

  • How do you safeguard your business against a backdrop of uncertainty?
  • What can you do to strengthen your proposition for customers?
  • Leading through business change with strength and conviction
Joanna Place, COO, Bank of England

Jimmy McLoughlin, ex Downing Street advisor and podcast host, Jobs for the Future

Anna Blackburn, Managing Director, Beaverbrooks

Interviewed by: Robert Jefferey, Editor-in-chief, Professional Associations Group, Haymarket Business Media


Keeping Curious: How to Develop a Growth Mindset

This session will explore the skills that are most in demand by employers today and how to put them into practice.

Our speaker will cover:

  • Why curiosity is a superpower and essential for career progression
  • What skills are required to develop a growth mindset and how this will benefit your organisation
  • Turning challenges into opportunities
  • How to start your growth journey

Janine Chamberlin, Senior Director, LinkedIn


The Management Today Interview: Leading with Optimism

2020 was a challenging year for many people and businesses and this unfortunately has continued into 2021. What do you do when your team members are struggling with motivation?

The interview will cover: 

  • How to create an environment for optimism and positivity
  • The challenges of reaching out and delivering these messages to remote and hybrid teams 
  • How to build a strong and resilient team
  • Their own personal career story, becoming CEO, the challenges the role comes with and the lessons they have learned.
Dr Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group, and Vice President for Compliance, World Bank

Interviewed by:Orianna Rosa Royle, Reporter, Management Today


Closing Keynote: The Big Switch Off

Our research has shown that so many of us are struggling to switch off from a day in the office. Pre-pandemic, there weren’t enough hours in the day for a commute/ a working day and life/work balance was a struggle. When your home and work life combines, some people are finding that pressure increasing. 

  • What practices can we introduce that will ease this overload?
  • How can we get better at turning off our devices and managing our time

Dame Helena Morrissey, Lead Non-Executive Director, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and founder, 30% Club


Closing remarks & Summation from Management Today

Orianna Rosa Royle, Reporter, Management Today