Professional Development Mini Conference

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Start Date: 05 Oct 2017

Start Time: 1:30 PM

End Time: 7:00 PM

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 45

Venue: CMI, 3rd Floor, Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SR › View map

Member price: £40.00

Non-member price: £50.00

Students price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

** 3RD OCTOBER 2017 - DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. (If you would like to express an interest for the rescheduled date, please email )

There are several elements to professional development and this seminar explores the key issues to allow delegates to make a positive change. Whether its developing visibility and recognition within your own organisation, creating a portfolio of  jobs or setting up your own consultancy, this seminar will provide information about the options available to you.

Chair - Graham Kennedy MIC

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC,  CEO CMI will open the seminar looking at how to progress professionally, whether that is by gaining a management qualification and professional recognition through Chartered Manager or addressing some of the constraining edges of the ‘glass box’, gender, ethnicity, age etc.

Ann Francke will then be joined by Emma Codd CCMI , Managing Partner for Talent at Deloitte and Valentina Lorenzon CMgr MCMI, a new Chartered Manager, in a Panel Discussion chaired by Graham Kennedy MIC, to enable you to explore the points of interest to you.

Caroline Binns, Business Director at Hays will then share with us the key points about why Your Digital Profile is important and how to improve it.

Philip Baker CMgr MCMI will lead us into the tea break by exploring  – The Value of Networking in your professional and personal development. Philip will pass on some top tips to enable you to network successfully.  The presentation will be followed by a short structured networking session that will allow you to meet a number of others in the room in a "controlled" manner.

After the break a Recruitment Agency will lay out the number of Employment Options that are available to people in a world where the 9 to 5 job for life is a disappearing concept. In the ever changing world of work PAYE is only one way of developing one’s career.  This presentation will cover some of the other options, from Contract, Agency, self employment, interim, consultancy etc. and will also touch on the question of portfolio careers and role that interim placements can play in the development of an individual’s career

Developing this theme Veronika Weisweiller MIC, Director, FSB, will look at the pros and cons of Setting up in Consultancy where you can choose you area and hours of work but where you still need to find interesting work that will pay the bills and more.

After the formal close of the seminar there will be the opportunity to continue networking with other delegates over some light refreshments.  An opportunity for you to discuss and develop the ideas that have been presented with both the speakers and other attendees.

Agenda - approximate timings



 Registration  and networking


 Welcome and introductions - Graham Kennedy MIC, Chair, Institute of Consulting London and South East


 Professional Progression - Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC, CEO, Chartered Management Institute


 Panel Discussion

  • Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC, CEO, CMI
  • Emma Codd CCMI, Managing Partner, Talent Deloitte
  • Valentina Lorenzon CMgr MCMI


 Your Digital Profile - Caroline Binns, Business Director, Hays


 The value of networking - Philip Baker CMgr MCMI

 The presentation will be followed by a short structured networking session that will allow you to meet a number of others in the room in a ‘controlled’ manner.


 Tea/Coffee break

 Continued opportunity for guided less structured networking


 Employment Options - Philip Baker CMgr MCMI


 The Pros and Cons of being a Consultant - Veronika Weisweiller MIC, Chair, CMI CPD Network and Vice Chair, Institute of Consulting London & South East. Principal, Poly-Contact & Director, FSB


 Questions, Summary and Close - Graham Kennedy MIC, Chair,  Institute of Consulting London and South East


 Buffet & Networking


 Event Concludes


Ann Francke NEW

Ann Francke CMgr CCMI FIC

Ann Francke, CEO of Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Winner of the Louis Armstrong Award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body 2016 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 growth and build organisational capability. At CMI, she uses her experience in leading organisations to promote best practices in management and leadership, and improve management standards across the UK and beyond.

Ann has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE report from Cranfield and is an expert on current challenges facing women in the workplace.

Emma Codd

Emma Codd CCMI

Emma is the Managing Partner for Talent for Deloitte UK and Deloitte North West Europe. She also sits on the firm’s UK Executive and leads a client team of over 50 people within the firm’s Financial Advisory practice. Since being appointed to her talent role in 2013, Emma has placed a major focus on culture and has led significant change within the UK firm.
In 2014, Emma led the design and implementation of Deloitte’s approach to agile working, including its award winning ‘Time Out’ programme. In 2014 she also established and implemented the firm’s gender diversity action plan, a series of specific activities designed to increase the number of women Deloitte attracts and retains. Emma is a strong advocate of gender pay gap reporting and speaks publicly about the positive impact this has had on Deloitte’s gender diversity strategy. She led Deloitte’s approach to voluntarily reporting its gender pay gap in 2016, and championed the firm’s involvement in the GEO ‘Trailblazing Transparency’ report.
In 2015, she established Deloitte’s renewed approach to respect and inclusion, including commissioning the multi-award winning film ‘Ask Yourself…’, and ensuring that 3,000 of Deloitte’s most senior leaders participated in inclusive leadership sessions. Emma is a major advocate of social mobility, and in 2016 she led the introduction of name-blind and academic institution-blind recruitment and contextualisation of academics to the firm’s student recruitment processes.
Emma was named the 2015 Woman of Achievement by Women in the City; and she sits on the Business in the Community leadership group. Emma lives in London with her husband and their twin 7-year-old daughters.

Valentina Lorenzon

Valentina Lorenzon CMgr MCMI

Valentina is an independent strategy consultant, focusing on SMEs across different sectors and markets. She helps clients with strategic decision-making like, for example, the development of new products, markets and propositions and supports them through periods of change to implement strategies and processes.

Having been involved in her family business since an early age, Valentina has also specialist expertise in supporting family businesses and is passionate about promoting excellence in entrepreneurship and management.

Valentina joined the CMI London & SE board as the PR & Communications (Social Media) presence and engagement. Valentina also leads the CMI Women London and SE regional network.

Caroline Binns

Caroline Binns

Caroline is a Business Director for Hays and specialises in interim/temporary Health, Safety & Environment recruitment across London and the South of England. She has worked for Hays for 14 years and has built up an excellent portfolio of clients and candidates in this time. When Caroline joined Hays in 2003, she specialised in Accountancy & Finance recruitment for the private sector in Yorkshire. From 2004 to 2006 she recruited for Central Government in London still within Accountancy & Finance. Then in 2006 she moved into an account management role, managing the Hays account with Transport for London for three years. Since 2009, she has specialised in Health, Safety & Environment recruitment and focuses on interim and temporary appointments within the public and private sectors in London. Caroline pro-actively develop business relationships with clients across the UK and places highly experienced, knowledgeable Health & Safety professionals into organisations. Caroline likes to build strong working relationships from day one and will guide and provide advice for candidates who are new to Hays, new to interim work, who are in temporary assignments with Hays Health & Safety and candidates who are returning to Hays. Caroline wants to ensure candidates work through Hays Health & Safety time after time, and that we are instrumental in Health & Safety careers.

Philip Baker

Philip Baker

Philip Baker is Vice Chair of the CMI London and South East CPD Network. Philip worked in design practice for 18 years, setting up a specialist subsidiary in 1994. Following a stint as Director of Health and Safety in a Consultancy Practice, Philip established his own consultancy in 2003. Effective networking is a key to the success of his business. Philip is a seasoned speaker on networking and has run a number of well received structured networking sessions for CMI and other organisations.

Graham Kennedy

Graham Kennedy MIC

Graham is Chairman of the Institute of Consulting London and South-East Network. Graham is an expert at helping market and client facing executives and leaders in software, technology and business process outsourcing businesses to grow their profitability, revenues and market share more quickly. He developed his expertise working for A.T. Kearney and Accenture. His clients include Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Accenture, Civica and other private equity owned software, technology and business process outsourcing businesses.


Veronika Weisweiller MIC

Veronika Weisweiller has a wide portfolio of business experience.
Following language studies, a spell as an interpreter and owning a language school, she ran market research projects globally for many years.
For the last 20 years, as a business adviser/consultant, drawing on her experience in all aspects of business planning and administration, Veronika has supported business owners and staff in a range of sectors on their journeys of business startup and growth. She is a Director of the Federation of Small Businesses.
A qualified trainer, Veronika has designed and delivered a range of courses, including on ´Setting up a Consultancy.´


  • Buffet
  • Refreshments provided

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Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at or by telephone on 01536 207461.

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