Business Network Breakfast


Start Date: 22 Sep 2016

Start Time: 8:00 AM

End Time: 9:30 AM

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Capacity: 150

Venue: Graduation Marquee, Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Devon

On Thursday 22nd September a networking business breakfast will be held during the University of Plymouth’s Graduation Week. The unique location of the University’s Graduation Marquee on Plymouth Hoe promises to provide a wonderful view and setting for this breakfast.

For the third in this series of events Gaenor Bagley, PwC, along with Dr Victoria Hurth (Plymouth Business School), Mark Beresford (PU Careers and Employability) and Jacqui Franklin (PU Degree Apprenticeship Account Manager) (biographies included below) will discuss the emerging concept of business ‘purpose’ and what it means for attracting and retaining talent.

The event, concluding at 9.30am, will also provide you with an opportunity to meet staff, students, alumni, and partners of the Faculty of Business, and network with other business leaders from across the region. We very much hope that you will be able to join us on this occasion. 


Victoria Hurth

Dr Victoria Hurth

Victoria works on solutions to environmental and social issues across the fields of academia, business and the third sector. Her background in marketing, initially working for 3M and then as a marketing consultant for Accenture has been supplemented by a MSc in Environment and Development in South Africa and PhD in Sustainable Consumption at Exeter University. She is currently an Associate Professor in Marketing at Plymouth University and her research includes advancing sustainable marketing and understanding philanthropic behaviour. Victoria has worked on various business consulting and sustainability community projects including being a founder Director of Bread and Roses CIC. She is a regional board member for the Chartered Management Institute, a Chartered Marketer (CIM), a Chartered Manager (CMgr), a Fellow of LEAD International, the UK Lead expert for ISO on Sustainable City Indicators and a board member of the Fleming Policy Centre.

Gaenor Bagley

Head of Corporate Purpose

Gaenor is a partner at PwC. On 1 July 2016, she was appointed to a new role as Head of Corporate Purpose. Prior to this, Gaenor served for 5 years people on the Executive Board of PwC. In this role Gaenor was responsible for all HR matters, including recruitment, training, performance management and engagement relating to the 20,000 employees of PwC in the UK. She was also the Executive Board member responsible for CSR. For three years prior to joining the Executive Board she was the Market Leader for private equity tax.

Mark Beresford

University of Plymouth
Careers Consultant

Mark is a Careers Consultant within the University. He currently leads on several employer engagement activities including managing the careers events team which support employers coming onto campus to meet students, the Employer face to face mentoring scheme to support professionals to engage with students to develop their career ideas and commercial awareness and also the Student Jobs service who support students finding paid part time work to fit around their studies and improve their employability skills.

With an extensive background within the Careers sector, from working in Schools, FE HE and the commercial sector, he believes strongly in how real work experiences can make a difference to both students and employers future development.

Additional Information

Once registered further information will be sent.

Buffet – a light breakfast will be provided

Disabled access - yes

Parking - No


  • Catering provided

Enquiries contact

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

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