Discussion – Exiting Senior Managers & Directors / Protected Conversations
Last year, QInteractive was held at the DeMontfort University. The photos show the panel discussion which took place in the lecture theatre; and one posed with; Marcus McGee, Managing Director – Cloudy2Clear UK Ltd, Toni Robinson, Director – Qdos , David Barratt, Senior HR and Training Partner – Qdos and also Ian Palmer, Retail and HR Director – Rohan Designs Ltd. This year, Qdos will host the event at the Leicester Race Course. We would encourage you to attend and enjoy the networking opportunities and access to HR experts and business leaders covering topics such as:
- Attracting talent
- Today’s business, tomorrow’s profit
- Employment legislation updates
This Year’s Speakers
Wasim Khan MBE – CEO, Leicestershire Cricket Club
In 1990, he became the first British born Pakistani to become a professional cricketer in England. He played in the historical double winning team at Warwickshire back in 1995.
He was recruited as by Lord Mervyn King, former Governor of the Bank of England to plan and deliver, Chance to Shine, a £50 million cricket-education programme in state schools. By 2014, £55 million had been raised and the programme had delivered to over 2.5 million state school children, including 1 million girls. The programme is now recognised as one of the biggest of its kind, in the world.
In January 2015, he completed an Executive MBA at Warwick Business School and also took on the role of Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Cricket Club. In doing so, he became the first ever Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) CEO of a County Cricket Club and is currently the only BME CEO across any professional sports club in this country. The club has recorded a profit in the first two years of his tenure having endured five years of losses prior to his arrival.
Wasim has delivered a number of ‘leadership in practice’ lectures on the MBA programme at Warwick Business School. His autobiography ‘Brim Full of Passion’ won the coveted prize of Wisden Book of the Year in 2006. www.brimfullofpassion.co.uk In 2013, he was awarded an MBE for services to cricket and communities. In November 2016, Wasim was invited by the Culture Secretary onto the Board of Sport England.
Leanne Bonner-Cooke – Managing Director, Evolve
Leanne Bonner-Cooke has been recognised as an individual and a business leader, for her entrepreneurialism, professionalism and innovation, which has been recognised by her award successes since 2015 with 14 nominations.
Leanne originally trained as an Accountant, and was witness to the technological evolution in the 1980s and as technology became more accessible and its increased efficiencies became apparent, she found herself hooked on IT.
Leanne Bonner-Cooke: “I could see the virtues new technology brought to a business, but as I became more involved with IT, it became apparent that IT departments were, typically, dictating to the business and that didn’t make sense to me. Business improvement starts with the people and the processes, and technology is the enabler which can make great things achievable. That’s why when Evolve was imagined, I was determined to offer something many IT firms didn’t: a business consultant who would concentrate on the people and processes and an expert who could develop the technology to realise the customers desired outcomes.”
In 2007 she transferred her dream into reality and established Evolve. She feels proud that during the recession she has established a credible business with some high profile clients, and has continued to grow Evolve into an international business with employees in the UK and associates abroad, enabling them to scale up as projects demand.
Katrina Starkie – Marketing Services Director, Purpose Media
Katrina Starkie ran an award-winning video production company for eight years before merging with Purpose Media in 2016.
Her current role is to develop robust marketing plans for clients that help them to differentiate from their competitors. Katrina’s skillset is: marketing, video production, strategic planning, branding and raising business profiles.
After joining Purpose Media Katrina has helped the business develop into new areas of video production and digital marketing. As a director, she has helped the business win many large clients, with recent acquisitions including telecoms, clothing brands and international manufacturers.
Eileen Richards, Eileen Richards Recruitment Ltd
Eileen is the founder of Leicester-based Eileen Richards Recruitment Ltd. With over 20 years experience within the recruitment industry, Eileen is also a Non Executive Director of the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Co- chair of Enterprising Women.
As a Trustee of Hope against Cancer and committee member of the Wooden Spoon Leicester, Eileen is a key driver and supporter of local charities.
Hema Mistry – Solutions Delivery Team Leader, Qdos
Over her 20 plus years of working in HR, Hema draws her expert specialist knowledge from a broad range of industries, including retail, consumer goods, leisure and customer service. What sets Hema apart is her ability to quickly understand not only how organisations operate but how to interact with their business leaders and deliver effective practical solutions. Hema complements the team bringing a calm yet determined and tenacious approach to help keep a sharp focus on core objectives. Outside of work Hema loves spending time with her family and travelling the world meeting interesting people and experiencing different cultures.
Come and meet our speakers on 30 June at QInteractive
Call Rachael or Kevin on 01455 852028 if you have any questions about this event.