Professional Development Mini Conference

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Start Date: 12 Apr 2018

Start Time: 1:30 PM

End Time: 7:00 PM

Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 85

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

There are several elements to professional development and this series of seminars explores the key issues to allow delegates to make a positive change. Whether it´s developing visibility and recognition within your own organisation, creating a portfolio of jobs or setting up your own consultancy, this mini conference will provide information about the options available to you, including progressing to Chartered Manager.

Neil Constable drawing on both his work and CMI experience will open the mini conference looking at how to progress professionally, whether that is by gaining a management qualification and professional recognition such as Chartered Manager or addressing some of the constraining edges of the ‘glass box’, gender, ethnicity, age etc. This session is all about professional progression and is aimed at ensuring people are undertaking structured CPD to ensure that they are maintaining and developing their skills. With a light touch on process, coverage will be given to progressing to and using Chartered Manager as one way of enabling delegates to formally demonstrate their skills.

Neil will then be joined by Veronika Weisweiller, Director Federation of Small Businesses and Reetu Kansal Chartered Manager in a Panel Discussion chaired by Zarina Naqvi, to enable you to explore the points of interest to you.

The third session, Your Digital Profile, is aimed at ensuring the people are ‘visible’. This helps their employer and also improves their employment prospects as many employers now check out prospective employees on the web before interviewing them. Caroline Binns, Business Director at Hays will be presenting this session.

The fourth session will be exploring how the concept of “work” is changing in the 21st century and the challenges of fitting new ways of working within the existing employment law framework.

What the talk will cover

The three main employment categories: employees, workers and the genuinely self-employed and the different employment rights for each;

The increasingly flexible workforce - zero hours, part-time, agency work and flexible/agile working;

The future of employment law and working practices - will working hours become a thing of the past?

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

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



Registration and Networking


Welcome and introductions – Zarina Naqvi FIC, Institute of Consulting representative on CMI London and South East Board


Professional Progression – Neil Constable, Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s Globe


Panel Discussion

• Neil Constable, Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s Globe

• Veronika Weisweiller, Director, Federation of Small Businesses

• A new Chartered Manager


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 – Fudia Smartt, Partner, Hine Legal


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 – Zarina Naqvi


Buffet Networking


Event Concludes



Zarina Naqvi

Zarina is a chartered management consultant and non executive director working with boards of directors across sectors and disciplines to leverage and optimise the whole organisation. She is one of the first consultants ever to be awarded Chartered status by the CMI and is an assessor. She founded and runs Maxima Associates, following a senior career in Finance in global companies such as USA TODAY, Intercontinental Hotels , Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken +++ which she left to set up businesses which she has now sold. Having been an owner manager, Zarina finds the idiosyncrasies of long established owner run business of particular interest and believes that a key element to creating a sustainable economy is to strengthen this sector.
She has a recent masters from UCL in Technology Entrepreneurship and is a fellow of the Institute of Consulting and their Champion on the London and SE Regional Board of CMI.


Neil Constable CCMI

Neil Constable was appointed Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s Globe in October, 2010. Shakespeare’s Globe is a unique international enterprise and educational charity dedicated to the exploration and understanding of Shakespeare through education and performance. The reconstructed iconic Globe Theatre has become one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, annually welcoming over 1 million visitors and audiences from all walks of life and from many different countries. In 2017 Neil was named alongside Emma Rice, the Globe’s Artistic Director, as the joint 10th most influential people working in theatre and the performing arts in The Stage’s Top 100.

Neil trained in Stage Management & Technical Theatre at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has worked extensively in the theatre and arts industry for 30-years, latterly running cultural organisations. He is Chair of the London & South East Regional Board and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a Member of Society of London Theatre, a Member of Creative Industries.

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.


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.´

Fudia Smartt

Fudia Smartt

Fudia Smartt is a Partner at Hine Legal and specialises in all aspects of employment law.

She works on contentious and non-contentious matters and regularly advises both employers and employees in all aspects of employment law such as wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal, bullying, discrimination, restrictive covenant disputes, TUPE, maternity and other family friendly matters. Fudia regularly provides training on all matters arising throughout the employment lifecycle.

She also writes a blog on matters such as futurism and employment law -


Reetu Kansal CMgr FCMI

Reetu Kansal is the Senior Business Analyst for the University of London's Efficiency Programme, after successfully leading the University’s Assessment Tasks and Institutions Assurance departments through significant change. As Senior Project Manager for Student Services, Reetu has been overseeing strategic and operational projects that have made a significant impact on students and stakeholders. Nine years at the University of London have seen her develop her career in various roles, involving partnerships management and policy development. During this time, she gained the Chartered Manager award and became a Chartered Fellow of the CMI in 2017. In 2017, Reetu also received an award for outstanding contributions to the CMI London & Southeast Board.

A proponent of modern quality assurance processes, Reetu has been a key mover in the way the University of London assesses its students, and reviews and monitors its alliances with external institutions. Reetu is a Diversity and Inclusion enthusiast and oversees a portfolio of inclusion projects, alongside change and risk management projects, for the University of London. Reetu draws her expertise from experience of managing Masters programmes for the Diplomatic Academy of London. She achieved her Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Warwick.


  • Buffet
  • Refreshments provided

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Questions about this event should be addressed to CMI Events at or by telephone on 01536 207485.

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