David McAllister made for a topical speaker this year, given the current economic debate concerning the relationship between the UK and the rest of Europe. Born in Berlin with a British father and a German mother, David has dual British German citizenship, making him uniquely placed to offer LeaderFest attendees his valuable insight from both sides of the channel. The
Last to the floor was Gary Frank, founder and Head Boy of the Fabulous Bakin’ Boys. Gary sold the business in April last year and now spends his time helping small businesses and startups to get their feet off the ground. The room was unprepared for but wholly receptive to Gary’s enthusiastic interview. He came across as a man whose
The penultimate speaker this year was Lesley Cowley (@lesleycowley), Chair of the DVLA and Non-Exec Director of agl and CERT-UK. Her portfolio is made up of Non-Exec Director, consultancy and other roles, making her an especially valuable component of LeaderFest 2015, where the value of Non-Exec and independent business advice is championed. Growing businesses (and gardens) Lesley’s interview was honest
From politics to B2B, the next speaker was Tony Waters, an MD2MD member with a successful background in major contract sales and Pan-European manufacturing through both high growth and turnarounds. From a commercial grounding in ICI, he has led manufacturing companies for Rexam and Solo Cup, having recently left the latter to pursue a “portfolio” career helping small businesses to
The venue for LeaderFest 2015 was Green Park, on the outskirts of the thriving city of Reading. As always, the annual event was aimed at enabling successful business leaders to share their personal experiences with other leaders from different industries and at different stages of their leadership careers. First to the floor this year was Paul Brundage, Head of Oxford
As a manager how do you encourage and motivate members of your team? The article draws together some thoughts from a variety of MD2MD speakers.
MD2MD speaker Jeff Grout recently suggested to members that business leaders use a simple checklist of questions at the end of every meeting to…