Midlands Regional Conference & Awards

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Start Date: 04 Mar 2015

Start Time: 2:00 PM

End Time: 8:30 PM

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 200

Venue: ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EA › View map

Admission price: Free

Exhibition Stand price: £250.00 + VAT

Event Capacity: Full

Building on recent leading CMI publications of Management 2020 and The Moral DNA of Performance, this prestigious conference will be a chance for delegates to learn, and network with established and aspiring managers.

The CMI Midlands Conference will be hosting a number of speakers including Ann Francke, CEO, CMI; Peter Neville Lewis, CEO Principled Consulting; CMI Companion Bridget Blow and international voice coach Priscilla Morris.

The event is geared towards outstanding business and management students from our regional Business Schools and for existing and aspiring managers wishing to further develop their management skills and update themselves on prevailing trends.

The event will also be of relevance to tutors from the Business Schools who are already committed to partner more closely with business to deliver the curriculum they need.

A regional awards ceremony will also be taking place during this event.

There are a number of exhibition opportunities to reach the top leaders and managers from right across the Midlands. Please book your exhibition stand above, if you would like to take up this opportunity.


 13.30 Registration and Networking 
Refreshments served, Hall 9
 14.30 Welcome
Phil Ryan, West Midlands Chair
 14.40 Management 2020
Ann Francke, CEO, CMI
 15.20 Midlands Awards
 15.50 Being Heard in Business
Priscilla Morris, International Voice Coach
 16.30 Midlands Awards
 17.00 Buffet and networking, Hall 9
18.15  Moral DNA
Peter Neville-Lewis, CEO, Principled Consulting
 19.00 Midlands Awards
 19.20 Moral DNA
Bridget Blow, Companion, CMI
 19.35 Speaker Panel Discussion
 19.50 Close 
Phil Ryan
 20.00 Networking
Refreshments served, Hall 9 (21.00)



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.

Phil Ryan Jan 15


After 20 + years in the world of Banks and Building Societies, Phil Ryan joined the UK's No1 University for Research into Accounting, Banking & Finance to spearhead their ground breaking "Chartered Banker MBA" which was designed, in the wake of the Financial Crisis, to educate the next generation of Bankers to create value led, high integrity banks right across the globe.

Whilst in this role Phil also led a highly successful Executive Education business as Managing Director which included a suite of CMI Programmes at level 5 and level 7. Having come to understand CMI's mission to establish a cross industry foundation for ethical management and leadership he applied to lead the newly formed CMI West Midlands Regional Board.

A CMI Fellow and Chartered Manager, Phil is also an IOD member, A Bank Non Executive Director (NED) and a panel member for the Chartered Banker Institute Disciplinary and Grievance panel.

Peter Neville Lewis

Peter Neville Lewis MIRM

Peter Neville Lewis MIRM is a highly experienced Business Adviser to Boards and senior management teams with over 30 years’ practical delivery at Managing Director level himself,
specialising in principled leadership, values based decision making and conduct risk.
He holds the post of Visiting Fellow at Brunel University London.
He is also a Member of the Institute of Risk Management (MIRM) and advises their Board.
Having trained at RMA Sandhurst, he left the Army to work in the City and in the early 70’s From then up to 2001, Peter held various senior roles and Non Exec positions with an emphasis on Sales and Marketing, including setting up a Sales Office in Bangkok for a US Multinational FMCG business covering S.E.Asia. He also successfully established two other businesses.
In 2001 he became accredited as an Executive Coach and in 2004 he was one of the first Coach/Mentors in the UK to be awarded a Certificate in Supervision. In 2009 he established Principled Consulting. Ethical business behaviour and Reputational Risk mitigation is his key interest: maximising performance & sustainability whilst minimising risk.
Peter’s longstanding connections within the City and various political, academic and economic institutions, together with his wide range of cultural interests provide clients with a rich source of intellect, expertise and pragmatism. Peter’s past and present clients include:
BUPA, BearingPoint, State Street Bank, NCP, Office Depot, Towry, Charteris plc, Ernst & Young, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Marks & Spencer plc, European Bank (EBRD), Nomura Bank, Kantar IT (WPP), South East England Development Agency, IoD Peer Groups, Chartered Institute of Mgt(CMI).
Inst of Risk Management - Risk Culture (2013) - Contributing author
Inst of Risk Management - Extended Enterprise Risk (2014) Contributing author
Chartered Management Inst – Managers and their MoralDNA (2014) Contributing author
Chartered Management Inst - MoralDNA of Performance (2014) Contributing author
I have worked with Peter Neville Lewis and Principled Consulting for a couple of years. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics. He is well connected in the business world with a number of 'blue chip' clients whom he advises. Peter's depth of knowledge puts him in a very influential position and his work is recognised by high-level decision-makers. He does not shrink from posing difficult questions and encouraging self-reflection on corporate behaviour and rectitude.

Bridget Blow

Bridget Blow CBE CCMI

Bridget Blow CBE CCMI is currently Deputy Chairman of the Coventry Building Society and a Trustee of the Birmingham Hippodrome. She is also Chair of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

She was previously Chief Executive of ITNET plc from 1994-2005 taking it from buyout through rapid growth to a full listing and subsequent sale.

Other previous roles include Non-executive Director of the Bank of England and Chairman of Harvard International and Trustmarque Solutions.

Bridget was the first female President of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce in 2009 and chaired the inaugural Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Development Board.

In the 2014 Queen’s Birthday Honours she was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Business in the West Midlands and the British Chamber of Commerce Movement.

Priscilla Morris


Priscilla is one of the UK’s top voice coaches. She originally trained as a professional actress and teacher and ran her own drama school for over 40 years. Her business company ‘Loud & Clear’ Voice Coaching delivers workshops throughout the UK and abroad on voice protection, vocal development and presentation skills.

She has been an examiner for the major London Drama School, LAMDA, for 28 years, and has been the National Voice Advisor to the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association) since 1998.

She is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and has judged national public speaking competitions in Hong Kong (8 times), Sri Lanka (3 times) and Bermuda with other foreign work in Singapore, Spain, the USA and Dubai.

When not running training courses for companies such as B.T., Capital One, National Grid, Coop Financial and The Guinness Partnership, she enjoys being a guest speaker for P&O and Cunard cruises.

Additional Information


An excellent opportunity exists for Business Schools and organisations to showcase their products at this Conference and to interface with Midlands businesses, students, and employees.

The package includes:

  • Exhibition spaces available for up to TEN organisations.
  • TWO inclusive delegate places for each organisation.
  • A floor space of approximately 3m wide x 2m deep will be provided for each exhibitor within Hall 10 where the refreshments and buffet will be served.
  • Half page horizontal advert in A4 conference brochure.
  • There are no restrictions to display height
  • A table approximately 2m long x 1m wide will be provided and covered with a blue cloth, along with two chairs.
  • Delegate interface time will be approximately 3 hours overall during the conference including informal networking for a short time after the formal proceedings have concluded.
  • Access to electricity points for lighting and computer displays.


  • Video displays should be stand-alone from computer hard drives and reliance should not be made on wi-fi streaming.
  • Exhibitors will be responsible for bringing a current PAT tested extension lead to run their equipment.
  • Exhibitors should make separate arrangements for insuring their displays against damage or loss whilst on the ICC premises. CMI or the ICC cannot be held liable.
  • Access times for setting up the displays will be from 11:00am on the day of the conference.
  • Access for off-loading displays and removing the same from the ICC will be arranged by CMI. Displays should be completely removed from the premises by 8:30pm on the day of the conference.


  • Refreshments provided
  • Evening event

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Central Events Team at event.administration@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207461.

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