Breakfast Meeting: Enhancing Business Opportunities in Herefordshire

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Start Date: 04 Sep 2014

Start Time: 7:00 AM

End Time: 9:00 AM

Duration: 2 hours

Capacity: 100

Venue: Leadership Trust, Penyard House, Ross on Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7YH › View map

Admission price: £6.00

Event Capacity: Full

Do Leaders & Managers have the correct skill sets to deliver business efficiently?

Hereford & Worcester Network Event - breakfast meeting

This is a unique opportunity to attend an event to hear from three organisations who can provide the knowledge and support for effective business growth in Herefordshire.

The Chartered Management Institute has an invaluable set of products to ensure that 21st Century Leaders and Managers are well equipped to face the increasing demands on businesses today. As the only chartered management body CMI is able to award Chartered Manager status to those with either evidence of experience, or having appropriate qualifications and post experience / practical application of theories.

Chartered Manager status gives business owners the confidence in their human resource abilities and this will greatly assist in procurement opportunities too.

Coupled with this the emerging New University for Herefordshire's mission is to create industry ready graduates in the sciences to develop and enhance business opportunities in the expanding county. Despite the continuing global economic picture and continuing budget cuts across the UK, Herefordshire - and Hereford City in particular- is proving a surprisingly ripe-and-ready setting for the design, development and creation of a modern, world-class, private university to be built from scratch.

Further, The Leadership Trust Foundation's leadership development services have been used by nearly 50,000 managers at all levels, including Board, covering all UK industry sectors as well as international. They are a recognised leader in the field of experiential learning for leadership effectiveness; skilfully blending theory with practice to develop authentic, high performance leadership.


7.00  Registration, networking and breakfast
7.25 Welcome  (LT)
7.30 Ann Francke, CEO, Chartered Management Institute
7.55 Karen Usher, Co-Leader, The New University, Herefordshire
8.20 Rob Noble, CEO, Leadership Trust Foundation
8.45  Panel - Q & A
9.00  Close & informal networking


Ann Franke

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Author of: Financial Times Guide to Management: How to Make a Difference and Get Results.
Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability to deliver profitable revenue growth and build organisational capability in the professional services media, retail and consumer sectors, and an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.

At CMI, she leverages her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond. Ann is also Strategic Advisor to Tongal, the global leader in crowdsourcing creative video content; member of the CRUK Women of Influence Board; member of WACL; an Advisory Board member of Lancaster and the Open University Business Schools. Ann has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield.

Prior to CMI Ann was Global General Manager at the British Standards Institution, held executive board positions at Boots and Yell and was European Vice President at Mars with responsibility for the pet care portfolio. Ann began her career at Procter and Gamble and managed a variety of international brands including Pampers, Always and Olay before rising to global general manager.

Ann holds a BA with Distinction from Stanford and an MBA/MS from Columbia. Ann and her husband live in West London; she has one daughter.

Karen Usher

Karen Usher

Karen Usher, Co-Leader of A New University for Herefordshire, is a Herefordshire resident of 10 years. She is Chairman and Founder of TPO, Inc., a Washington, DC based human capital consulting firm which was formed in 1994.
She is a serial entrepreneur who has founded three previous companies. Karen holds a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College, a U.S. Ivy League university.

Rob Noble

Rob Noble

Rob joined the organisation in February 2011, after a period with Goldman Sachs in London running equity operations teams.

Previously, he completed 18 years' service in the British Army where he gained significant operational experience leading tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. Whilst in the Army, Rob specialised in strategic planning and training.

The Leadership Trust was founded in 1975 as an educational charitable trust with a mission to influence leadership and develop inspirational leaders across all aspects of society.

Rob has a strong belief that leadership should be seen at all levels of an organisation, and unlocking hidden potential is key. He has worked in teams mixed by age, nationality, gender and sector of expertise, and knows that core to a successful team is recognising and bringing together the right capabilities and personal attributes.

Additional Information

Breakfast will be buffet style & tea and coffee will be additionally served during the presentations.


A New University for HerefordLeadership Trust


  • Refreshments provided
  • Catering provided
  • Parking

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