Some of the speakers’ presentations are now available to download.
You can find them in the agenda below.

Day One – 12 March 2018

Hear some of the business world’s sharpest thinkers discuss everything from smart cities, robot employees and cyber security to employee well-being and emotional intelligence.

Sunrise Session

Enjoy a hefty dose of motivation over a hearty breakfast with Caspar Craven. Caspar has spent the last 30 years building winning teams in business and his own extraordinary adventures, while creating three separate million-dollar businesses. He even sold one of them while crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Speaker: Caspar Craven, Adventurer and Entrepreneur

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Main Stage

The responsibilities and expectations placed on directors are greater than ever before and, at the same time, the world is becoming more unpredictable. Yet, despite these challenges, it has perhaps never been more exciting to run or start a business, with changes in society and technological advances creating opportunities for ambitious business leaders. The IoD’s Director General, Stephen Martin, will kick off Open House with a call to directors to embrace their changing role and lead the charge for a competitive and successful business community of which the UK can be proud.

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

March 2018 marks the one-year countdown to Brexit. This session offers a unique perspective from the Prime Minister of Malta; one of the 27 member states poised to vote on the final deal.

Here, you’ll hear an EU view of Brexit and how the UK’s imminent departure could affect your business.

Speaker: Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta

Now more than ever, business leaders across the UK are watching politicians closely to help steer management and investment decisions in an uncertain international environment. This monitoring is only likely to intensify in the coming weeks as the UK approaches the one year countdown to Brexit . We look forward to being joined in this session by Brexit Minister, Robin Walker who will shed light on the choices facing the Government and the opportunities on the horizon for business as we navigate our way out of the EU.

Speaker: Brexit Minister, Robin Walker

From notes on napkins to flourishing SMEs, we’ll examine the challenges of business growth, offering insight and advice from one of the UK’s most successful global challengers.

In this session, you’ll learn how to expand your enterprise while staying true to your vision.

Speaker: Henry Dimbleby, Leon Restaurants

We are at the beginning of a major change in our society. After many years we see concrete steps from governments and large corporations driving our society towards a sustainable future. How will that change be translated into supportable technology and energy services? How can the world produce the energy it needs to broaden prosperity without damaging the environment beyond repair? As we strive towards a world in which every house, every building and every car is powered by renewable energy, find out what the scarcity of commodities will mean for fuelling the global economy and your own business.

Speaker: Francisco Carranza, Nissan Energy

Download Francisco Carranza’s presentation here.

With three decades in the car industry where he started out as a technician’s apprentice, Mike Flewitt talks about his journey to become CEO of McLaren Automotive. Learn about McLaren’s future, where electric vehicles fit in and the importance of innovation.

Speaker: Mike Flewitt, McLaren Automotive

Download Mike Flewitt’s presentation here.

Seminar Room

As China leads the effort to create the world’s largest economic platform, we’ll take a closer look at China’s continuing growth through 2018 and beyond. Here, you’ll find out about the science, technology and policy that will power China’s illustrious future.

Chair: Jon Geldart, Grant Thornton

Panellists: Elspeth Cheung, Kantar Millward Brown
Bo Ji, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Download Focus on China presentation here.

In this session, Will Butler Adams will be speaking about disrupting the status quo, causing chaos and taking risks to scale up and grow a business. Sometimes you have focus on having a bit of fun and just go for it! Set backs are reality but what you learn from them are invaluable. Innovation, surrounding yourself by staff that are better than you, and looking outside our comfort zone are key to all this.

Speaker: Will Butler Adams, Brompton Bicycle

Download Will Butler Adams’ presentation here.

Now more than ever, business leaders across the UK are watching politicians closely to help steer management and investment decisions in an uncertain international environment. This monitoring is only likely to intensify in the coming weeks as the UK approaches the one year countdown to Brexit . We look forward to being joined in this session by Brexit Minister, Robin Walker who will shed light on the choices facing the Government and the opportunities on the horizon for business as we navigate our way out of the EU.

(Live relay of Main Stage)

Speaker: Brexit Minister, Robin Walker

If you are a business that buys and sells overseas, you know that navigating the waters of international trade can be complex. A panel of business experts will explore the opportunities and challenges in today’s global trade landscape.

Get unique insights on how growing businesses can successfully unlock the opportunities held in trading abroad.

Chair: Allie Renison, Institute of Directors

Panellists: Nousheh Paris, American Express
Jonathon Jones, Tregothnan
Mark Wilson, Aston Martin

With new knowledge about how physical and mental ill health impacts business productivity, we’ll look at ways to create a workplace environment that both protects and improves people’s well-being. Here, you’ll learn how to put your employees’ well-being at the heart of your business, while boosting your bottom line.

Chair: Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, ukactive

Panellists: Chris Fung, Crussh
Richard Holmes, Westfield Health
David Capper, Westfield Health
Mark Twigg, Cicero

Businesses face many threats. In an increasingly interconnected world, with challenges ranging from Brexit through to cyber, companies need to be alert and focused on future proofing the business.

Corporate governance attracts considerable interest from investors, journalists, regulators and academia. It is more important than ever for companies to have robust corporate governance processes in place. Investors want to see effective boards that focus on promoting the long-term interests of the company. But is corporate governance a major reputational risk to business when compared to other emerging threats? What do companies need to do?

In this session you will hear from our panel of experts who will explore whether corporate governance is the greatest risk facing UK businesses.

Chair: Oliver Parry, Morrow Sodali

Panellists:
Stephen Haddrill, Fincancial Reporting Council
Rupert Younger, Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation
Sacha Sadan, Legal and General Investment Management
Karina Litvack, Eni

Workshop Space

Kevin Uphill expertly guides business leaders to progress from day-to-day operational management to true leadership – driving significant growth, creativity and shareholder value. The second part of this session discusses the importance of M&A and value of strategic alliances, whilst exploring the growth opportunities offered by new territories and markets. This session provides you with a unique insight into building business value and unleashing successful M&A strategies in today’s complex and increasingly challenging markets.

Speaker: Kevin Uphill, Avondale

Download Kevin Uphill’s presentation here.

Many of the recent high profile cyber attacks have been attributed to basic mistakes being made by the companies affected. As the journalist and commentator Anthony Hilton has said; these mistakes raise questions over the competence of management along with a host of reputational and trust issues; and have the potential to do severe long-term damage. In this session Andy Thomas will walk you through the dark web landscape and the cyber risk reality faced by all businesses and demonstrate. Here you’ll learn how businesses can identify and manage potential cyber risk issues before they become the next target to be called “stupid”.

Speaker: Andy Thomas, KYND

Download Andy Thomas’ presentation here.

Now more than ever, business leaders across the UK are watching politicians closely to help steer management and investment decisions in an uncertain international environment. This monitoring is only likely to intensify in the coming weeks as the UK approaches the one year countdown to Brexit . We look forward to being joined in this session by Brexit Minister, Robin Walker who will shed light on the choices facing the Government and the opportunities on the horizon for business as we navigate our way out of the EU.

(Live relay of Main Stage)

Speaker: Brexit Minister, Robin Walker

Navigating the intricacies of data protection for your business can be daunting. In this workshop we’ll address the newly increased territorial scope and how it applies to you, consumer consent and how to avoid non-compliance and penalties.

Speaker: Paul Forrest, Purple Management Consulting

Download Paul Forest’s presentation here.

In this masterclass from the School of Life, you’ll learn why emotional intelligence is so important to your performance at work. You’ll also learn about how philosophy and psychology can help you understand and build your emotional intelligence.

Find innovative ways to apply emotional intelligence in the workplace, from improving employee wellbeing to effective negotiation.

Speaker: Sarah Stein Lubrano, School of Life

In today’s hyper-connected world, evolving threats and new regulations, like GDPR, make cyber security a Board and C-suite responsibility. From managing risks to building resiliency, our panel shares how robust approaches help protect data and assets and bring advantages your customers value.

Chair: Anne Duncan, IoD France

Panellists: Jessica Fine, MSD
Gareth Wharton, Hiscox
Royce Curtin, Barclays
Marcus Chambers, BAE Systems Applied Intelligence

Download panel presentation here.

Sunset Session

Become a gin and tonic aficionado. Four top UK Gins and Fevertree tonics, mixed together to create a fascinating evening.

Day Two – 13 March 2018

Tuesday’s agenda takes a closer look at the potential effects of Brexit, emerging markets that are too intriguing to ignore, and the art of recruiting and retaining top talent by creating a truly inclusive workplace.

Sunrise Session

In this sunrise session, we’ll help you reflect on your organisation’s sales strategy and how to implement it effectively, all while sharing a hearty breakfast. We will reveal what high-performing companies focus on to ensure sustainable success, and introduce three key approaches that increase sales growth significantly.

Speaker: Darin Enefer, Mercuri

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Main Stage

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

The BBC’s first China Editor, multi-award-winning journalist Carrie Gracie talks about her three decades of experience at the organisation, and her motivation for challenging the status quo at what remains one of the UK’s most-valued institutions.

You’ll hear an inside account of one of the most prominent stories of 2018, and be able to ask Carrie questions about her exciting career at the forefront of British journalism.

Speaker: Carrie Gracie, BBC

This session will cover the IoD’s signing of the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a vital bridge between the Armed Forces and parts of civil society, ensuring that those with a loud public voice lead the way in supporting the extraordinary contribution and sacrifice made by service personnel. For the IoD, this means using the tools at our disposal as a leading national business body to highlight the many benefits of employing those coming out of the armed forces. In keeping with our Royal Charter, it also means helping budding ex-services entrepreneurs to establish the networks, confidence, and skills they need to start and scale their own businesses.

This panel session will explore how businesses, individuals and Government should pull together to meet the urgent challenges of digitisation and automation. Matthew Taylor, advisor to Tony Blair in Downing Street and current Chief Executive of the RSA will start off the session with insight into his commission by Theresa May to lead the seminal review into the future of work, which is due to receive a Government response.

Chair: Seamus Nevin, Institute of Director

Panellists: Matthew Taylor, RSA
Kate Bell, TUC

Caroline Casey, an award-winning social entrepreneur and founder of #valuable is both an adventurer and a businesswoman. Her passion and ambition for leading a life without limits and labels is truly contagious. Activist Caroline Casey tells the story of her extraordinary life. Since taking a life-changing decision at 28 to leave her successful career as a management consultant and travel across India on an elephant, Caroline Casey has been committed to building a global movement on inclusive business to build an equal society for the 1 billion people in the world with a disability.

In this session you will hear Caroline’s extraordinary personal story of coming to terms with her own hidden disability and turning that perceived “weakness” into professional and personal success is relatable, funny, humbling and deeply meaningful.

Speaker: Dr. Caroline Casey, Binc

In this session, we’ll discuss the potential of data to drive innovation in your business. Find out how new data and privacy regulations could translate into a business growth opportunity.

Speaker: Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, The Open Data Institute

Download Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt’s presentation here.

Seminar Room

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

With a focus on how new technologies can help transform your own business, this session addresses the need for financial inclusion and how it can drive the retention of top talent, productivity and the bottom line.

Find out about the behavioural shift that’s already underway, with practical takeaways, personal anecdotes and a look to the (AI driven) future.

Speaker: Gemma Godfrey, Moola

For years, Poland has been perceived as a country of remarkable investment potential of particular interest to both private and corporate foreign investors. Join the session to discover the diverse potential of Lubelskie, the third largest and one of the most buoyant provinces in the country.

Chair: Magda Olifirowicz, Mashal Office of the Lubelskie Region

Speakers: Michael Dembinski, British Polish Chamber of Commerce
Stella Donoghue, Donoghue Consulting Ltd
Wiktor Doktor, Pro Progressio Foundation

Dawid Kowalczyk, Lublin Science and Technology Park
Phillip Poynton, Marshal Office of the Lubelskie Region Park

Download the Lubelskie Panel presentation here.

Cyptocurrency: the digital asset that has the business world talking. We discuss the world of bitcoin, its highs and woes and whether it can get past this ‘blip’ and join its successful cousin blockchain in a revolution that could transform how almost every industry will operate in the future. Here, you’ll get the latest insight into digital currencies and blockchain, whether its a friend or foe and how to tell the difference.

Chair: David McClelland, Broadcaster and Journalist

Panellists: Denis Baranov, Data Art
Matthew Baldock, Portsmouth Crypto
Chris MacNeil, Cryptobasecamp.com
Jonathan Beddoes, Giftcoin

With employment at record highs and firms suffering from skills shortages, the need to find the best staff, whoever they are, has never been more pressing.

Here you’ll find out how to open up recruiting and working practices to remove stumbling blocks to diversity.

Chair: Jenny Roper, HR Magazine

Panellists: Dominie Moss, The Return Hub
Josh Graff, Linkedin

Camilla Carson, Moola

As small companies grow it’s sometimes hard to control the culture, key values and keep the essence of the company in check. In this panel session SME business owners will focus on business growth, lessons learnt.

In this session you’ll hear how to be true to yourself as a founder and keep your company’s core beliefs fresh as your business expands.

Chair: Doniya Soni

Panellists: Logan Plant, Beavertown Brewery
Duncan Cheatle, Learn Amp and Supper Club
Chris Fung, Crussh

Workshop Space

Voted Businesswoman of the Year, Karren Brady, CBE will reveal her unparalleled insight on what it takes to make you and your business a success. One of the most influential, high profile and respected female business leaders in the UK, this is a unique chance to hear one of the most powerful and discerning voices in British business.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Baroness Karren Brady, CBE

In this session, you’ll hear from MMPR founder and Managing Director Meri Mance and Director James Sinclair-Smith – the team behind the PR success of Patty & Bun, Swingers, Pergola on The Roof and The Crystal Maze: The Live Experience. Learn how to use public relations to effectively achieve long-term success when building a brand.

Interviewer: Andrew Harrison, Journalist, Commentator, Podcast Producer
Speakers: Meri Manse, Meri Manse PR
James Sinclair-Smith, Meri Manse

Download Meri Manse’s presentation here.

This session will focus on how – by thinking differently – you can market and create an exciting buzz around your business with little to no budget.

Through examples, case studies and demonstrations, you will experience powerful insights that will get your creativity flowing and deliver an abundance of ideas that you can take away for your business.

Speaker: Simon Alexander Ong, SAO Learning Ltd

Whilst we worry about Brexit and other man-made disasters, we risk overlooking the generation who are just getting on with creating the future. In this session, multi award-winning entrepreneur Sam Conniff Allende will give an advance preview of his forthcoming book Be More Pirate (Portfolio/Penguin May 2018). Be More Pirate draws parallels between the strategy and innovation of legends like Henry Morgan and Blackbeard with modern rebels, like Elon Musk, Malala and Blockchain. Here you’ll discover how young global hustlers are following in the footsteps of the Golden Age Pirates when they rewrote the rules of a broken system 300 years ago.

Speaker: Sam Conniff Allende

Download Sam Conniff Allende’s presentation here.

High-performing teams are made, not born. Join like-minded professionals as Nis Arend, Founder of The Corporate Confidante, reveals skills the top 1% leaders have mastered and how they’ve overcome challenges to get to the top of their game without leaving a trail of tired teams in their path. Learn how you can use the same strategies to elevate performance, build teams and shape the best people to help you achieve success.

Speaker: Nis Arend, The Corporate Confidante

Download Nis Arend’s presentation here.

International trade is growing – time now to be smart and act to protect your profits against uncertainty and volatility. An interactive workshop, by an independent adviser to SME’s, to understand how to identify and manage foreign currency risks, protect profits, take advantage of business and market opportunities and truly know the impact of decisions and market movements.

Speaker: Sharon Constancon, Valufin

Download Sharon Constancon’s presentation here.

Sunset Session

Join your fellow Open House attendees in the Carlton Room for drinks and networking. Entry free of charge.

Day Three – 14 March 2018

Join scintillating discussions on how a new generation of business model is influencing the markets, how to venture into the exciting world of exports and ways in which design is influencing innovation – to name but a few.

Sunrise Session

Around the world, a new consumer group is poised to dominate the economy of the future: women. Why is half the human race considered new? Because brands and marketers have failed to adjust to the unprecedented pace of change affecting every area of women’s lives. The only solution is a future-facing approach. Find out more over a hearty breakfast with Lucie Greene.

Speaker: Lucie Greene, J. Walter Thompson

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Main Stage

With dire predictions abounding of automation and algorithms making human work obsolete, we’ll look at how we ensure that humans and machines can work in harmony. Find out how the automated future could boost productivity and free up space for creativity.

Speaker: Umang Patel, Babylon Health

Download Umang Patel’s presentation here.

For businesses to thrive in the connected world, they need to connect with people – their lives, their hopes and their ambitions. In this session, we’ll focus on how ensuring your employees’ wellbeing at work can boost your bottom line. Here, you’ll learn how increasing connectivity can improve productivity and take your business to the next level.

Speaker: Paul Farmer, Mind

Download Paul Framer’s presentation here.

Jargon gets dangerous when people try to use it to run a company, yet unfortunately that’s what many ‘digital transformation’ programmes often boil down to. In this talk based on her new book, ‘Digital Transformation: Build Your Organization’s Future for the Innovation Age’, Lindsay Herbert will share some of her own hard-won lessons, as well as from other global leaders. Find out how to transform traditional organisations into ones that adapt to change as the new business-as-usual.

Speaker: Lindsay Herbert, IBM

Download Lindsay Herbert’s presentation here.

In this session, we will hear from Paul Lindley, founder of the UK’s leading purpose-led business, Ella’s Kitchen, on why he believes disruptive business thinking can help the economy work better for people and the planet.

Learn how business can disrupt a broken system, from climate change to economic inequality.

Speaker: Paul Lindley, Ella’s Kitchen

Download Paul Lindley’s presentation here.

This session will explore how innovators build meaning into products and services through creativity and insight.

Here, you’ll learn how innovation can create an unbeatable and sustainable competitive advantage.

Speaker: Dick Powell, Seymourpowell

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

Seminar Room

In conversation with some of the UK’s brightest young business leaders, innovators and game changers, this session will explore the potential of tomorrow’s leaders.

Find out how the next generation is transforming the way we work, reshaping the boardroom and changing the way we do business.

Speakers: Kate Robertson, One Young World
Priya Chande, Loreal
Justina Spencer, Deloitte
Charlie Oliver, Good Brand

In this session, Peter Horrocks will discuss the impact of workplace automation and benefits of lifelong learning. Here, you’ll learn how our education system, employers and workforce need to adapt, train and develop to ensure a future for skilled workers.

Speaker: Peter Horrocks, The Open University

Download Peter Horrock’s speech here.

With 13.5 million people living with a disability in the UK, how can workplaces change, grow and develop to include this highly valuable group of people? Learn how opening recruitment and embracing diversity can drive innovation and growth.

Speaker: Mike Adams, Purple

Download Mike Adams’presentation here.

Lots of companies in the STEM* sector talk about diversity and their commitment to creating an inclusive culture in their workplaces but few actually walk the talk so the numbers remain unchanged and the benefits remain untapped. What will it take to have half of your managers and senior leaders to be woman or come from minority backgrounds? What will it take to have 100% of woman return to work after having children? Why should you prioritize diversity in your business? We are facing a talent crisis, whether you run a small business or run a large global organization, the competition for talent has never been greater and its never been more important that employers position themselves to attract the best. Join Griselda to find out what women are saying about working in STEM Sectors and what you can do to bridge the gap in your business. *Science Technology Engineering Mathematics

Speaker: Griselda Togobo, Forward Ladies

Download Griselda Togobo’s report here.

How will our future leaders disrupt contemporary business culture? We’ll discuss how they’re set to impact the boardroom and how they’ll affect the economy.

Find out more about our new generation of directors and how they’ll change the face of business.

Speaker: Lucie Greene, J. Walter Thompson

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors

Workshop Space

This interactive workshop is aimed at SMEs, which buy and sell overseas. Here you’ll learn how you can protect your business from unpredictable movements in the global foreign exchange market by implementing simple FX strategies tailored to your company needs. Please note, this workshop has a maximum capacity of 30 delegates.

Rocco Magno, American Expresss

Download AMEX workshop presentation here.

IOSH, the Chartered body for safety and health professionals, will be launching a report focussing on the global trends influencing the world of work. Attendees will gain a unique insight into how future-focused organisations are driving performance and productivity through a responsible business model.

Richard Orton, IOSH

Download Richard Orton’s presentation here.

Can culture as a strategy deliver high ROI? In this session, we will share research and insights into what organisational culture really means. Here, you’ll learn how leveraging your company culture can improve individual and business performance.

Speaker: Thomas Davies, Temporall

Download Thomas Davies’ presentation here.

The workshop will cover two key elements of cyber security. Firstly, to help you increase awareness and develop or expand a cyber security strategy. Secondly, to realise, react and reflect on a security attack and stay ahead of tomorrow’s threats. Get practical advice on how to protect your business from cyber attacks.

Speaker: Paul Forrest, Purple Management Consulting

Download Paul Forrest’s presentation here.

From unimaginable technological advances to changes in working lifestyles, we’ll take a glimpse at the future of business in 2038.

Take a look into the future of business with the Director General of the IoD.

(Live relay from the Main Stage)

Speaker: Stephen Martin, Institute of Directors