Leadership Lessons for Bouncing Back Stronger

Date: 30th June 2016

Start time: Registration from 17:00

Event close: 20:00

Free to attend

Venue: CMI Offices, 77 Kingsway, London WC2B 6SR

Personal conflict. Reputation crises. Project failure and business collapse

Adversity is part of the job for leaders. But those who succeed learn from failure and bounce back stronger.

CMI’s ‘Bouncing Back’ series will conclude with the launch of a new white paper featuring findings from a survey of over 1,000 managers and insights from our series of leader interviews. Join us to discuss the lessons for building leaders’ resilience.

We’re delighted to be hearing from three expert speakers who will share their experiences and reflections:

  • Gareth Rhys Williams CCMI, the new Government Chief Commercial Officer and former FTSE250 CEO, who will reflect on his experiences of business adversity
  • Helene Panzarino, an entrepreneur and business advisor, who had an extraordinary health journey in her late 30s and has since helped many others to overcome obstacles
  • Katarina Skoberne, lead author of CMI’s Bouncing Back white paper and herself a business leader who went through business failure with the collapse of her crowd-sourcing business for advertising, OpenAd.

We hope you will join us for an evening of stimulating discussion and networking hosted by Patrick Dunne, Chair of the Board of Companions, and Ann Francke, CMI’s Chief Executive.

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Gareth Williams

Gareth Rhys Williams CCMI

Government Chief Commercial Officer

Gareth Rhys Williams was appointed Government Chief Commercial Officer in March 2016, leading the commercial function across the civil service. He was previously CEO of PHS Group plc, the leading workplace services provider, where he delivered the successful operational turnaround and financial restructuring.

Before joining PHS he was CEO of Charter International, the listed welding and industrial fans group, until its sale to Colfax Inc in 2012 for £1.7 billion. Prior to that, he was CEO of Capital Safety Group Ltd, later sold to KKR, and CEO of Vitec Group plc, the listed supplier of broadcast and photographic equipment and services.

Originally trained as an engineer, his early career was in operations management at STC and Lucas. After gaining his MBA from INSEAD in 1989, he joined Bowater (now Rexam) for his first managing director roles. After a spell in the US, he joined BPB as Director of Central Europe in 1996.

Gareth is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He is on the Council of FFI, the world’s oldest international conservation organisation, and the CMI Board of Companions.

Helene Panzarino

Entrepreneur and Business Advisor

Helene Panzarino is an entrepreneur, educator and mentor who has established four and sold two of her own businesses, been nominated for a Prowess Award for Inspiring Women in Business and for the ITV Woman of the Year.

Living with a condition that struck her down in her late 30s, her extraordinary journey back to health made her stronger, more focused and more determined to pass on her wisdom and energy to people struggling to overcome obstacles, difficulties and limiting beliefs in their life.

Much of her work today is around helping SMEs become investment-ready and introducing them to potential funders. She is particularly active in the tech area, including fintech, med-tech and ed-tech, as well as the creative industries. She is the author of Business Funding for Dummies (Wiley, 2016), and is working on her next book.

Helene Panzarino
Katarina Skoberne

Katarina Skoberne

Management Consultant, Interim MD

After two successful ventures, Katarina's third, OpenAd, crashed at the end of 2008 after establishing the category of crowdsourcing content from professionals and selling it to advertisers such as Procter and Gamble. It mediated the work of 13,000 creative professionals in 125 countries and was featured in leading global media, until the economic crisis collapsed it and left Katarina with the privilege of starting from scratch. Her experience as a CEO of a failed business has led her on a mission to destigmatise business adversity and promote its learnings towards better leadership and management.

Katarina now works as a coach and advisor to both corporates and SMEs.