LeaderFest 2023

MD2MD Annual Flagship Event

7th November 2023
Oxford Town Hall

MD2MD LeaderFest 2022

What is LeaderFest?

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LeaderFest is a conference – with a difference. As with everything MD2MD you will find that the emphasis is on pragmatic action.

Rather than sitting listening to speeches and talks from ‘experts’ you will discover LeaderFest encourages interaction. We adapt our core approach of leaders learning with and from leaders to a larger scale by interviewing experienced and interesting business leaders on stage. Then, more importantly, we encourage business leaders like you to engage directly with them through questions and answers from the audience and through private conversations with them and with fellow business leaders between interviews.

There will also be ample opportunity to connect with your peers in-person; we encourage collaboration, ingenuity, and mutual problem-solving that the MD2MD community of leaders is renowned for.


Who is on stage this year?

This years program promises to be as inspiring and thought-provoking as always. Bob Bradley Founder of MD2MD, will be exploring leadership insights, experience and stories through a panel of interviewees and speakers and as always the floor will be open to questions.

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Who attends LeaderFest?

LeaderFest is a conference for operational business leaders. Attendees are current members of MD2MD as well as some of their immediate leadership teams. Places are also available to leaders from outside our membership for a small fee.

Attendees represent companies with tens to hundreds of staff, from across varied industries and geographies.

Whilst the event is UK based we encourage all our members from across Europe and South Africa to attend.



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Why attend LeaderFest?

  • Gain new insights and know how to lead your company into the future
  • Increase your exposure to new ideas, concepts and fresh approaches  from different sectors
  • Meet a broader section of our membership outside of your peer group
  • Listen to inspiring ideas from the stage
  • Connect with other like minded leaders; compare notes, develop opportunities and learn from each other as well as from the platform 

Feedback from last years LeaderFest conference:

  • A room full of MDs with soul! Thanks for great speakers.
  • Very much enjoyed the day. It opened my eyes to some of the challenges that others face and also similarities and common things.
  • Fascinating stories and insights into business and owners’ journeys. Many things to think about that may be otherwise taken for granted.
  • Excellent event with good speakers. Good value too.
  • Enjoyed the event, like the presentations.
  • Helps me with where I am right now in developing the business.
  • Very interesting and useful day.
  • All panellists showed a common trait – passion for what they did.
  • Allowed me to consider my own direction and purpose for me to be able to sell myself and my values to others.

LeaderFest sponsors

The MD2MD LeaderFest conference is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors.

If you would be interested in sponsoring LeaderFest then please get in touch by emailing events@md2md.co.uk for more information.

MD2MD Partner BCMS


BCMS are your employee-owned ‘Total Value’ specialist. They partner with ambitious privately owned businesses like yours – on growth, sale, exit and next-stage strategies.  They will be at LeaderFest to answer any of your queries you may have.

Message from BCMS:

At BCMS we’re passionate about helping ambitious entrepreneurs define, shape and build the value in their companies. If you’ve ever wondered what characteristics will really drive the value in your company when the time comes to exit, then please download our free guide What makes a business an attractive acquisition target? with our compliments.

What makes a business an attractive acquisition target – BCMS: Your M&A partner


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Freeman Clarke

Freeman Clarke is the largest and most experienced Team of IT leaders. Our 100+ CIOs, CTOs and CISOs work on a fractional & flexible basis which means you can access a top class IT expert at the fraction of a cost of a full timer. Our people help businesses leverage IT to drive growth.

We typically work with clients in the following areas: IT strategy, bespoke software development, systems and digital initiatives, data and reporting, cyber security, and team development and mentoring.

For a no-strings conversation and to find out how we can support your growth plans please get in touch contact@freemanclarke.co.uk or 0203 020 1864


CEQ – Collaborative Equity

CEQ are specialists in leadership development, executive coaching and change management for owners, Directors and managers. Our team have deep experience and proven track records of success in both operational roles and training interventions. We understand the unique pressures of business life, and we provide solutions that balance compassion with challenge, inspiring leaders to deeper levels of self awareness, and to more confident strategies for themselves and the people they lead.

Offering services in: Leadership and Coaching Training Programmes, 1-2-1 Coaching and Tailored Workshops


Bob Bradley

Now semi-retired, in his spare time (!) Bob interviews business leaders on stage and facilitates strategy workshops for leadership teams.
Looking back on his career he feels he wasted too much time ploughing down dead ends and driving past shortcuts. Today his passion is to help others avoid wasting their time, sharing what he learnt the hard way by writing and speaking on operational business leadership.
In his books and on stage he shares thoughts, tips and tools to help leaders achieve even more success for their business with even less stress for themselves. Oh and in the rest of his spare time he has a few private coaching clients.

Untold Story Video

Untold Story is a production company which creates multimedia content for brands, companies and organisations looking to engage through cinematic filmmaking and photography.

It could be an exhilarating promo film to sit centre-stage on your website, or a punchy animation to help visualise a complex process to your employees. Perhaps you need a customer testimonial to demonstrate the value of your product to prospective customers, or an awe-inspiring drone shoot to show the scale of your new development.

We’ll help find the most effective way to tell your story and bring your brand to life.

Register for LeaderFest

Book your place:

As part of your membership plan, all MD2MD Members are entitled to one place at LeaderFest. Blended members are entitled to three places.

At just a small cost of £49.99, you can book extra places so more of your team can benefit from the day too.

To book your place(s) or ask for further guidance, please email events@md2md.co.uk.

If you would like some help with anything else, please just ask our team.  We will always do our best to help.


Tickets to this event are also available to non-members of MD2MD, book via Eventbrite on the link below.   Additionally, if someone has a referral, they can reach out to Emma or Claire at events@md2md.co.uk to enquire about obtaining a promotional discount code for the event.

Tickets for Non Members
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Taking place at:

Oxford Town Hall,  St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1BX

The Oxford Town Hall is a beautiful and versatile event venue for meetings and conferences. It’s an impressive space combining Victorian grandeur with modern amenities. The town hall is a stunning building that dates back to the 19th century and features impressive architecture and design, with unique historic significance and an elegant atmosphere.

Information about local accommodation can be found at the bottom of the page.

Getting there couldn’t be easier!

The Oxford Town Hall is based in the centre of Oxford, approximately within 10 minutes walk from the nearest car park, train station and bus stops.  The main entrance to the Town Hall is in St Aldate’s. Eight steps lead up to the entrance foyer. If needed, there is a level entrance approximately 28 meters to the north (towards Carfax) along St Aldate’s.

Transport & Parking:

Catch a direct bus from Heathrow Airport, make use of the surrounding Park and Rides, park all day at the Westgate Shopping Centre or arrive by train. Please be aware the Botley Road will be closed which could lead to heavy traffic in the area, so avoid parking at Seacourt Park and Ride.  Click here for further travel information from Oxford City Council.

Get directions here

Link to places to stay nearby:

If you are looking to stop over then check out the link below for hotels dotted around the city and surrounding area. Again, please do reach out to the team if you have any questions or if there is anything else we can help you with.