IoD Open House – a business opportunity not to be missed

IoD Open House venue

For the first time in its storied history, the IoD’s annual showpiece will take the form of a three-day business festival . On 12-14 March the institute’s HQ will host inspirational speeches, thought-provoking workshops and valuable networking sessions, making it a must for leaders seeking to face the future with confidence

Seldom has there been a more important time for British businesses to meet the challenges facing society and grasp the commercial opportunities that come their way.

IoD Open House 2018 represents an unrivalled chance for entrepreneurs and business leaders from around the country to gather in the heart of London and hear from some of the world’s most inspirational, influential and forward-thinking people.

The convention’s new format marks a departure from anything the IoD has done before, with sessions being held around the venue – its HQ at 116 Pall Mall – at the same time.

This means that you can choose the debates, workshops and seminars that have the most relevance to you and your organisation, from automation in the workplace to the future of free trade – for a sample of the sessions on offer, see Director‘s selected sessions below.

It will also give you more scope than any previous annual convention has offered to meet some of the special guests in person and network with your fellow directors.

IoD Open House will be interactive and informal but, above all, its goal is for you to leave better informed and feeling inspired to grow your business and shape its future. Here is just a small selection of the speakers who will be appearing…

Dick PowellDick Powell

Co-founder and chairman, Seymourpowell

Dick Powell is the co-founder and chairman of Seymourpowell, a renowned British design and innovation company. Seymourpowell has worked with Jaguar Land Rover, Samsung and Heston Blumenthal, among others, to produce groundbreaking inventions. Powell will be speaking at a seminar on “Designing innovation”, which will explore how innovators build meaning into products and create competitive advantage.

Gemma GodfreyGemma Godfrey

Founder and CEO, Moola

Fintech entrepreneur Gemma Godfrey founded online money management service Moola in 2015 and hit headlines the following year when she appeared as one of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s advisers on The New Celebrity Apprentice. Godfrey will be providing invaluable insights into what the future will hold for fintech as it continues to shake up the financial world. For her views on fintech, turn to page 15.

Kate RobertsonKate Robertson

Co-founder, One Young World

Kate Robertson, the former chair of French advertising and PR agency Havas, co-founded One Young World in 2009 as a global forum for leaders aged 18 to 30. Its annual summits have since included Sir Richard Branson, Jack Dorsey, Meghan Markle and Justin Trudeau among their guest speakers. Robertson will lead an Open House panel discussion focusing on the new generation of business leaders.

Caspar Craven

Caspar Craven

Adventurer and entrepreneur

Open House will begin with a breakfast seminar hosted by entrepreneur and adventurer Caspar Craven. When he’s not busy sailing around the world with his wife and three young children, Craven is a sought-after speaker who offers practical guidance that audiences can use in their daily lives. His talks aim to inspire business teams to effect change.

Tanni Grey ThompsonBaroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Paralympian, crossbench peer and broadcaster

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson is one of Great Britain’s greatest Paralympians and a member of the House of Lords. She also chairs of UK Active, a not-for-profit organisation working to get more people more active and to improve the health of the nation. Grey-Thompson will be one of the special guests for a seminar on wellness in the workplace.

Selected sessions

12 March
14.00-14.45 “Grassroots to global”
Henry Dimbleby, co-founder, Leon.

14.00-14.45 “Growing global: Opportunities in international trade”
Allie Renison, head of Europe and trade policy, IoD; Nousheh Paris, director of sales, American Express; Mark Wilson, CFO, Aston Martin; Jonathon Jones, MD of trading, Tregothnan.

15.10-15.55 “Wellness in the workplace”
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, chair, UK Active; David Capper, executive director, commercial, Westfield Health; Richard Holmes, director of wellbeing, Westfield Health.

15.10-15.55 “Charging ahead: powering tomorrow’s businesses”
Francisco Carranza, managing director, Renault-Nissan energy services.

13 March
16.15-17.00 “Starting and scaling a business in 2018”

Logan Plant, founder, Beavertown Brewery; Duncan Cheatle, founder, Learn Amp and Supper Club

14.00-14.45 “Inclusive recruitment: how to find and keep the best talent”
Dominie Moss, founder, The Return Hub.

14 March
10.00-10.45 “The new generation of business leaders”
Kate Robertson, co-founder, One Young World.

10.00-11.30 “Managing currency fluctuations for SMEs”
Rocco Magno, vice president, global commercial services, American Express.

11.05-11.50 “Wellness in the workplace”
Paul Farmer, CEO, Mind.

15.10-15.55“Designing innovation”
Dick Powell, co-founder and chairman, Seymourpowell.

IoD Open House 2018

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Ryan Herman

Ryan Herman

Alongside his work for Director, Ryan has written for SportBusiness International, VICE Sports, Populous, Audi and Gallop Magazine and was previously editor of Sky Sports Magazine.

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