Innovation - SS Great Britain

SS Gt Britain

Start Date: 02 Jul 2015

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Venue: Brunel's SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard, Bristol, BS1 6TY › View map

Bristol is synonymous with innovation as Humphry Davy discovered nitrous oxide (better known as gas and air) for pain relief. John Loudon McAdam created Tarmac and started the modern road building revolution in Bristol. And, of course Isambard Kingdom Brunel created numerous innovations that have shaped Bristol and the West of England. The Bristol Network has more than 1,500 members and as managers and leaders innovation and vision is important in our daily work. Our membership spans numerous sectors and we share a common drive to improve.  

How do we ensure effective innovation? What can we learn from those that came before us about how they innovated?

The evening will feature a short programme and ample time to network. There will be food and drink provided as well as short tours of the SS Great Britain and an opportunity to learn about the innovation undertaken by the SS Great Britain Museum to build an effective organisation.

All membership grades are encouraged to attend. Also, members are encouraged to bring guests.

The agenda for the event will be published in early June.


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.

Additional Information

Members and non-members are welcome to attend.  There is a £5 charge to attend.




  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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