Which leaders will be interviewed

Interesting Leaders being interviewed on stage at the Business Leader Conference near Oxford on 19th May 2016

Attendees at the LeaderFest business leaders conference hear first hand from a varied range of leaders who have successfully created followers and been successful leaders, mainly in business.
At this conference it’s not boring or sanitised speeches or (barely) disguised sales pitches from theoretical experts.  Instead the LeaderFest approach is to use an experienced professional interviewer to draw out from real experienced and interesting leaders what they have learnt from their own real practical experience.

Interviewees are encouraged to share with the other real leaders at the conference (who will have had different experiences and who are at different stages of their business career) what they thought and did, how they felt and behaved and how they feel that contributed to their success and maybe even what held them back.

The Business Leaders to be interviewed at the 2016 Business Leadership Conference include:

Peter Eglington

Chief Executive of leading international waste to product business Shanks plc a £300m revenue. 3500 staff listed group. Having developed hsi career in the very practial distribution industy with Exel, Salvesen, and Norbert Dentressangle, Peter was appointed Manaaging Director, UKI & Norway for information management comapny Iron Mountain and then three years ago Managing Director Municipal for Shanks plc.
Peter has significant experience managing large capital bids and projects (£500m +) and commissioning, operating and optimising large multi site businesses through effective engagement with staff and customers. He is also involved in a number of industry associations and in mentoring leaders in various businesses and charities.

Andrew Clifford

The former Managing Director of a family run group of 9 childrens day nurseries that won many awards for care quality, Andrew has recently successfully exited the family business allowing his parents to enjoy funding for their retirement and himself to pursue a wider role in the industry.

Andrew’s experience in an industry that, in the face of changing social and child safety priorities has had to transition in from enthusiastic carers to professionally managed and regulated child development without losing it’s passion, is unrivalled. Add to that the journey from taking over a business owned by his parents and leading it through to exit and (in a reversal of the challenges of many) being a man in a womans world, the stories and insights Andrew can share will be invaluable to many who run real businesses in today’s changing world.

Tom Chick

A ‘millenial’ who led social media activity for the Rugby World Cups and around the globe in five continents on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and in so doing, re-invented the Rugby World Cup as a social and cultural phenomenon, no longer a ‘mere’ sports event.

Under Tom’s laedership the World Rugby following grew from no social presence to the largest rugby social accounts on all platforms (Facebook 4.4 million, Twitter 665,000, Instagram 450,000), and managed the most successful social sporting event in four languages – an event which received more than 375 million video views, and 300 million unique engaged users. Social campaigns include #RWC2015, #RWC2011, #WorldRugbyAwards, #RoadToRio, #GetIntoRugby, #KeepRugbyClean

Jonathan Holley

A practical entrepreneurial business leader himself, Jonathan has kindly agreed to share his experience of leading a business through extreme adversity for 5 years ollowing difficulties with a very large client that owed a considerable sum of money. Jonathan will share the personal strategies that helped him manage himself and his colleagues through the challenge and successfully emerge with a great learning experience behind him. Whilst clear he does not have all the answers, his insights from exxperience are bound to resonate with fellow business leaders, all of whom will at some stage faced situations that challenged their confidence and resilience.

Phil Shadbolt OBE

CEO and owner of Zeta Specialist Lighting. Under Phil’s stewardship, Zeta has received a number of prestigious awards recognising its success in innovation, including five DTI SMART Awards. In its silver anniversary year, the company picked up The Integration Technology Export Award at the 2014 Cherwell Valley Business Awards, and a Silver Scoot Headline Award, which recognises and rewards the successes and achievements of British businesses, large and small. In 2010, the company won funding from the Technology Strategy Board and Defra through the Small Business Research Initiative and is also involved in a three-year project with Plessey Semi-Conductors which will lead to more advanced LED technology becoming available.

In addition to his work at Zeta, Phil sits on four Boards; OxLEP, Bicester Vision, Bicester Technology Studio, Activate Learning Education Trust and he is a Governor at Oxford Brookes University.

Dave Rebbettes

An Entrepreneur and business leader who with his father and family founded BCMS in 1989 after they felt they were badly advised in dealing with their own exit from their previous business. He retains a strong passion for selling privately owned companies for maximum value. And BCMS itself has grown to over 240 staff in 22 offices across 5 continents and is led by a mix of family and externally recruited business leaders.