Scotland Conference - Developing Your Purpose

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Start Date: 24 Oct 2018

Start Time: 9:30 AM

End Time: 4:00 PM

Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes

Capacity: 250

Venue: Assembly Rooms, 54 George St, Edinburgh, EH2 2LR › View map

Member price: £60

Non-member price: £75

CMI Students price ?: £10

Event Capacity: Full

Creating an effective sense of purpose is about much more than just goal setting. It has to be innovative, inclusive and most importantly, it has to be infectious.

Join us on the 24th October for our fourth annual Scotland Conference, packed with practical insights, engaging discussions, interactive workshops and the chance to network with 200+ like-minded professionals at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. With inspiring, high-profile keynote speakers, plus a full host of unmissable breakout sessions, we’ll be exploring the key aspects to developing an organisation-wide sense of purpose that excites and unites.


Phil Jones MBE CCMI
Managing Director, Brother UK

Leading on Purpose
Aligning personal and organisational purpose is key to congruency yet also to your business becoming a magnet for people. Find out how to link up all the moving parts of your business for sustainable success.

Alison McGregor CCMI
CEO Scotland, HSBC

Developing Purpose
In a world of constant pressures, the most crucial aspect of leadership is reminding everyone why what they’re doing is so important. Learn how to create an inspiring sense of purpose for supercharged productivity.


Karen Barr
Mindfulness - Learn the power of positive thinking for mental wellbeing.

Neil Pickering CMgr FCMI 
Productivity - What can we do to fix the UK’s shockingly poor productivity?

Speaker to be confirmed
Chartered Manager - Hear more about the most prestigious status, achieved in management.

Speaker to be confirmed
Future Leaders - How to nurture tomorrow’s talent from first job to inspiring leader.

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Karen Barr

Karen Barr

Karen Barr is an enthusiastic and committed learning and development professional, specialising in leadership and mindfulness. She is passionate about developing human potential and making a difference to individuals and organisations. Karen works with a variety of businesses, in both the public and private sector and experiences first-hand how the right mind-set, promoted by mindfulness, can change the culture of an organisation by developing wellbeing in individuals, allowing them to reduce stress, increase resilience, improve focus and develop stronger interpersonal relationships.
Karen has a BSc (Hons) Psychology and an MSc in Mindfulness from the University of Aberdeen. She received her mindfulness teaching certificate from the Mindfulness Association and delivers mindfulness programmes in accordance with the guidelines set out by the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teaching. Karen is a member of the Mindfulness Association and the International Positive Psychology Association.
Prior to launching her own learning and development company in 2004, Karen spent many years at senior level in the ICT sector.

Liz Hoskin

Liz Hoskin CMgr FCMI

Liz Hoskin is the founder of Positive Qualities Ltd, a positive transformation consultancy, her clients call her the “People Reader because of her exceptional ability to read people in 7 seconds or less and then go on to get the best out of them. It has been said that every company needs Liz Hoskin and her team as there is a noticeable change in the energy of the businesses once they have worked with Positive Qualities Ltd.
After starting her career in Marks and Spencer PLC, she is now seen as a one of the top inspirational keynote speakers for corporate events that want their people to improve their morale, teamwork, and ultimately achieve better business results. With her background in Sales and Marketing, Liz honed her people skills to inspire audiences who are often stuck in their ways and don’t know how to change. With her engaging, and fun personality, Liz connects with her audiences immediately and delivers content that they can use straightaway when they get back to their companies.
Previously the Chair of the CMI Scotland Board, Liz is now apart of the Board of Trustees.

Phil Jones

Phil Jones MBE CCMI

Phil Jones is Managing Director of the UK arm of global technology manufacturer – Brother. Joining the business in 1994 as salesperson, he worked his way up the organisation to be appointed its head in 2013. Awarded an MBE for Services to Business, Phil is also a Companion of the CMI.

Alison McGregor

Alison McGregor CCMI

As CEO Scotland, Alison is the senior leader responsible for the HSBC Group in Scotland, with over 4000 employees across a range of businesses. In addition to responsibility for people, customers and shareholders she has primary responsibility for maintaining the Group’s relationship with key external stakeholders and senior leaders with an interest and responsibility for supporting the growth of our economy.
Alison is proud to be HSBC UK’s business sponsor for LGBT, Women on Boards and Women in Banking and Finance, is a member of HSBC UK’s Diversity and Inclusion Board. She is passionate about inclusion and the opportunities it presents.
Alison is a Board member of the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), the Scottish Apprenticeship Advisory Board and is a Non-Executive Director of The Beatson Cancer Charity. She held the position of Chair of CBI Scotland from September 2015 to September 2017.
Alison was named Scottish Corporate Leader of the Year 2017 at the Scottish Women’s Awards.

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Neil Pickering CMgr FCMI

Neil has 32 years post apprenticeship experience in industry; with 30 years in the Oil and Gas Industry. Neil has undertaken various roles throughout his early career ranging from detailed design through to commissioning and operations.
A chartered manager and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute
Neil is also ECITB Regional Chair Offshore Oil and Gas sector and an ECITB Board member.


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