We are pleased to announce the full speaker line-up for our upcoming Rewriting the Rules – Unlocking People Potential Conference, in partnership with Northumbria University.
The conference, taking place on Monday 27 March 2023 at Newcastle Business School and will bring together acclaimed industry leaders and academic experts to explore the challenges of, and potential solutions to, recruiting, developing, upskilling and retaining talent in today’s challenging labour market.
MEET OUR SPEAKERS
Alfie Joey – Conference Compère
Artist, broadcaster, podcaster, comedian, communication coach, Ted X speaker, impressionist, interviewer, charity auctioneer, motivator, children’s author, MC… take your pick! Alfie Joey has covered a lot of ground & cultivated many skills in his time on this spinning rock. For over two decades Alfie has been in demand as a host, comic and speaker in the corporate, entertainment & charity sectors.
Simon Forsyth, GSK – Keynote Speaker
With a passion for organisational and personal development, Simon Forsyth has been leading culture change across the GSK Pharmaceutical supply chain operations for the past 18 months. Simon’s 30 year career history began in Operations at The Body Shop, before a 10 year period with Novartis across Planning, Compliance and Production, including SAP system implementation. Simon then moved to GSK in 2010.
Chi Onwurah, Labour MP for Newcastle Central
Chi Onwurah became Labour MP for Newcastle Central at the 2010 general election, becoming the city’s first ever Black MP. Chi was born in Wallsend and studied at Kenton School. Chi is the current Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy).
Karen Marshall, Accenture – Panellist and Breakout Session
Karen has worked for over 30 years with Digital and Technology companies, supporting strategic collaborations to influence and advise on the development of qualifications, products, services, policies and strategies to address skills needs. She currently manages Accenture’s Degree and Masters/Career Changer Apprenticeship Programmes across the North of England and in Scotland, with responsibility for the recruitment and support of 150+ Apprentices.
Radmila Turner, FIBA Europe – Panellist and Breakout Session
Following a 12-year professional sporting career that includes medals from European Championships and participation of Olympic Games and 2 World Championships, Radmila made successful transition to sports administration and management. Through her role at FIBA, Radmila oversees strategic and development programs for 50 European national federations, leading all youth investment programs, and management of the anti-doping and medical services in European competitions.
Kelly Simkiss, Cybit – Panellist
Kelly has been CEO of Cybit, a cyber, data and cloud focussed IT managed services partner since September 2021. She has a wealth of experience from over 15 years in leadership roles in both corporate and private equity backed environments. Kelly’s career history spans many industries including tech, utilities, retail and aviation. Kelly is passionate about delivering great customer service through engaged people.
08.30 Registration & Networking
09.15 Welcome & Opening remarks
09:20 Simon Forsyth, Culture Lead GSK – Industry Leading Guest Speaker
10:00 Q&A with Alfi Joey and Chi Onwurah
10.10 Panel Discussion debating current issues, challenges & opportunities .
Panel featuring Chi Onwurah, plus industry leaders from Quotient Science, GlaxoSmithKline, Accenture & FIBA
10.45 Coffee and Networking Break
11.20 Breakout Sessions, facilitated by:
– Karen Marshall, Accenture – ‘Let there be Change’
– Radmila Turner, FIBA – ‘From doping and match-fixing to managing bad behaviour,
the value of integrity in an organisation’
12:30 Experts insights, learnings & feedback from the breakout sessions
13:00 Networking & Conference Close
About Supply Chain North East
Supply Chain North East brings together four key partners to work with over 1,100 businesses through to 2023, supporting them to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Strategic Economic Plan, that has a vision to create 100,000 more and better jobs between 2014 and 2024. Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC).
Supply Chain North East is a multimillion programme aimed at revolutionising the way SMEs diversify their offering and embrace new markets. The programme has received more than £3m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund, which is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
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