Question Time: The Challenges for Regional Leaders

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Start Date: 20 Nov 2014

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 50

Venue: The Business School , University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield, HD1 3DH › View map

Working together, the University of Huddersfield and the CMI are hosting their regional event on the 20 November 2014 at the Business School of the University of Huddersfield.

The event focuses on the challenges faced for leadership in the region as identified in the CMI  Management 2020 : Leadership to unlock long-term growth report, published in July 2014

Join our high-profile panel of experts who will be answering your questions on the challenges facing our regional leaders.

The Question Time will be chaired by:

Professor Chris Cowton, Dean of the Business School

The panel includes:

Barry Sheerman MP
Sharyn Coleman CMgr FCMI
David Broadhead 
Professor Caroline Elliott 


1800       Registration, buffet and refreshments, networking

1845       Move to the Business School Diamond Jubilee Lecture Theatre

1900       Welcome by the Business School Dean

1905       Introduction of the panel

1915       Question time

2030       Closing remarks and finish



Professor Chris Cowton

Professor Chris Cowton

Chris joined the Business School as Professor of Accounting in 1996 after ten years at the University of Oxford, where he was University Lecturer in Management Studies and a Fellow of Templeton College. Prior to that, he lectured in Cardiff and Aberystwyth. He became Dean in 2008.

Since Chris became Dean, the Business School has enjoyed a sustained period of growth and development, with revenue doubling in five years, a move to a new £17 million building in 2010 and the creation of a stronger research culture that provides students with the opportunity to learn from staff at the forefront of knowledge. Leading by example, he seeks to ensure that the Business School is academically strong, practically relevant and professionally responsible.

Chris holds a BA with First Class Honours in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Sheffield, an MScEcon from the University of Wales, an MA (by Special Resolution) from the University of Oxford, a PhD from the University of Sheffield and a Graduate Diploma in Philosophy from the University of York. In 2013 he was awarded the University of Huddersfield’s first DLitt (higher doctorate) in recognition of his original and significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in business and financial ethics. Chris is a Chartered Secretary (ACIS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Barry Sheerman MP

Barry Sheerman MP

Barry Sheerman is the Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for Huddersfield, having first been elected in 1979.

He was formerly Chairman of the Education and Skills Select Committee from 2001 – 2007, and then the Children, Schools and Families Committee from 2007 - 2010.

Barry currently Co-Chairs the Skills Commission which is conducting an enquiry into the quality of vocational education in the UK. He is also leading on the Tristram Hunt review of ‘Schools to Work’, a commission looking at equipping young people to leave education with relevant work force qualifications.

Having started his professional life as a University Lecturer, he is currently a visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London University, and is also a visiting Professor in Social Enterprise at Huddersfield University.

Barry is an energetic social and political entrepreneur having initiated over 30 different social enterprises over the past 20 years. Currently he is Chairman of independent think-tank Policy Connect and involved closely with the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety, Urban Mines (an environmental charity), The John Clare Trust and The Dominic Rodgers Trust.

Sharyn Coleman

Sharyn Coleman

Sharyn is founder and creator of The Resonance Stone Ltd, a company she started in 2013 that delivers workshops and leadership programmes along with personalised coaching sessions to individuals.

Now specialising in Career Coaching, Sharyn combines her extensive corporate skills and corporate experience, achieved from a 20 year career in business and finance, with her more recent work in the therapeutic skills field. To see her full and intriguing career history, from Nanny to Programme Director and beyond, her career timeline can be viewed at

Prior to working in the therapeutic field, Sharyn had a successful career in business finance and is both a Chartered Manager with the CMI and an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Having worked in various sectors, she made the dramatic shift into complimentary therapy when she realised that having achieved her corporate career goals, she wanted to focus more directly on empowering and inspiring others.

Sharyn was introduced to the CMI via an employers investment programme, and became a Chartered Manager in 2011. Part of the the original NEYH regional board from it's inception in 2103, she has already contributed to the region. Most recently, heading up the Partnerships and Collaboration for Growth team, which focuses on all levels of education from Campus and Universities to Private Learning Providers. Watch out for the Student Ambassador Programme and the TTT, both of which started from conversations Sharyn had with delegates at CMI Engage events.

This is Sharyn's first board chair position and she is particularly looking forward to using the skills she gained managing off-shore teams to facilitate her fellow volunteers on the NEYH regional board with the primary aim of achieving the CMI's strategic objectives.

David Broadhead NEYH

David Broadhead

After graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, I embarked on what at the time seemed a highly successful initial career that embraced design, development, project, operations and general management with David Brown’s, an international defence and heavy engineering company. During this time I discovered my real passion for developing people, taking on new challenges and generally trying not to conform!
Autonomy loomed and for couple of years I worked independently as a manufacturing systems consultant usually rescuing failed ERP systems through re-engineering processes and involving people with new roles and responsibilities.

After a period of part-time involvement, I finally joined academia at Huddersfield Business School. After running the post-graduate management development programmes there and frustrated once more by the politics and inertia of large organisations, I left in 1999 to set up my own company Partners in Management Ltd, based here in Huddersfield but operating across the UK.

I am proud to say that to date, well over one hundred and fifty mature, experienced managers have been awarded a management qualification in a way that has not only developed them academically but also in attitude and conviction to effectively manage personal and organisational change. Initially this was when operating a University Franchise delivering a Masters in Strategic Change Management, but more recently through our Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Leadership and Management relationships.

My recent academic contributions have been with the development of the RIDFEAR® personal coaching model and also the development of the Corporate Entrepreneur / Intrapreneur model which underpins our intensive, short 21st Century Management Programme – available either as just a development experience or linked to a qualification at level 5, 6 or 7.

I also facilitate ‘The Forum‘, a small think-tank formed mainly from participants on previous programmes, that quite accurately anticipates the future! Have a look and see if you agree with our ‘anticipations’.


Caroline Elliot

Caroline has been Professor of Industrial Economics at the University of Huddersfield since January 2014.

She started her career as a research assistant at the University of Manchester, before working as a lecturer then senior lecturer at Lancaster University. She has also taught at the Universities of Liverpool and Kentucky. Caroline leads the Quantitative Analysis Research Group and the Learning Development Group in the Business School.

She has published in many economics journals including The European Economics Review, Review of Industrial Organization, and the International Journal of the Economics of Business, winning the journal’s inaugural prize for the best paper published in the journal in 2010. Her research focuses on firms’ strategy choices, with recent research looking at firms’ pricing strategies in the independent schools and restaurant industries, the impact on firms’ strategies of regulatory intervention by competition authorities, advertising strategies in the tobacco industry, as well as factors determining movie success.

Caroline is an editor of Cogent Economics and Finance, and The Economics Review. She has also won a number of awards for teaching, including the inaugural Economics Network Teaching Award, and the Lancaster University Sir Alastair Pilkington Teaching Prize. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and has had a long association with The Economics Network, and continues to be an Associate and Departmental Contact for The Economics Network.

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