Crystal Lecture 2018

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Start Date: 15 Nov 2018

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 8:30 PM

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 200

Venue: MH002, Mary Seacole Building (MH), Nursery Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1AD › View map

Admission price: Free

Event Capacity: Full

We're delighted to be celebrating the 25th Annual Crystal Lecture in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton. This year we will be joined by guest speakers Dr Jenni Jones, and Dr John Phillips MBE.

John and Jenni will be exploring the world of leadership and mentoring; from both a practitioner and academic point of view. They will be sharing their leadership and mentoring experiences with a particular emphasis on the hugely successful University Student Mentoring programme, which they have worked on together, over the last 8 years. 

They will share highs, lows and funny moments with a view to demonstrate how a little investment in this valuable intervention can help make a huge difference. They can prove that mentoring builds the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to be an effective leader into the future.

6.00pm: Refreshments and networking - The Forum, Lord Swraj Paul Building, University of Wolverhampton Business School
7.00pm: Introductions and presentation of CMI Rosebowl Award -  Lecture Theatre, Mary Seacole Building (adjacent to Business School)
7.10pm: Lecture by Dr Jenni Jones and Dr John Phillips MBE
8.30pm: Event concludes


Dr John Phillips MBE

Dr John Phillips MBE

Dr John Phillips MBE, retired in 2016 as Regional Director for the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands although he continues to serve as a volunteer. He was the first person to be employed by IoD outside of London in 1993, setting a trend with the organisation now having a UK wide physical presence. Having been a school governor for many years John has maintained a strong enthusiasm for business education partnerships. In 2010, with the help of Dr Jenni Jones, he set up a mentoring programme for final year business students at the University of Wolverhampton. John and Jenni continue to develop and run the programme in close partnership. Their work involving one to one mentoring from experienced directors concentrates on employability, soft skills and building confidence. It has thus far proven to be very successful with many students quickly securing quality work after graduating.

Dr Jenni Jones

Dr Jenni Jones

Dr Jenni Jones is a Senior Lecturer in the HR and Leadership Department at the University of Wolverhampton Business School. She is the Course Leader for their PGCert and MA in Coaching and Mentoring programmes and has published various articles on mentoring in the NHS, the Police and within Higher Education. Together with John Phillips from the Institute of Directors, she has led the Business School mentoring programme for 8 years. She is also an active coach and mentor within and outside the University.


  • Evening event
  • Free event
  • Free for CMI studying members
  • Wifi

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