Yorkshire Managers Networking Events

September Event Features No.1 Best Selling Author

April Network Event

Featuring Special Guest Speaker Bernard Ginns
Business Editor of The Yorkshire Post

At our April event, our special guest speaker was Bernard Ginns (photo on right) who gave a fascinating talk about business journalism, The Yorkshire Post, and how the newspaper is adapting to the changing demands of their audience. Bernard started his career at the London Newspaper Group and more recently has worked as a reporter for The Mail on Sunday, covering stories across the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

May Network Event

Featuring philanthropist and entrepreneur Zulfi Hussain MBE

At our monthly networking event in May the special guest speaker was Zulfi Hussain MBE. Zulfi is one of Yorkshire's best known and most respected entrepreneurs and has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential people in the region by Business Insider Magazine.

Zulfi has won numerous awards for his personal and professional achievements which include:

  1. Honorary Doctorate in Education from University of Bradford 2011

  2. MBE for Services to Business and Services to Charity 2008

  3. IAB Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007

  4. IOD Director of the Year 2007

  5. CSV Volunteer of the Year 2007

June Network Event - featuring BBC ‘Dragon Slayer’ Ian Taylor

We have all seen the BBC TV programme Dragons' Den. But what is it really like to appear on the hit TV programme? And what does it take to actually win investment from the Dragons? Most people who appear on the BBC TV programme are knocked back by the words "I'm Out". But one of the very few people to succeed in the Dragons' Den is Ian Taylor who won investment from celebrity entrepreneur James Caan. How did he manage to win where so many others have failed? What secrets did he learn from the experience? What happened next? And what happens to successful entrepreneurs four years after they have appeared in the Dragons' Den?

On Monday 8th June all these questions were answered, when Ian gave a fascinating talk about his experiences of being one of the very few people to win investment on BBC's Dragons' Den.

In addition to the fascinating talk by Ian, on the night we also raised over 150 pounds for the Macmillan Support Centre in Huddersfield and Halifax.

Special thanks go to Xpand Marketing (www.xpandmarketing.co.uk) who kindly donated a Kindle for use in our free prize draw.

On 7th September, the No.1 Best Selling author Richard McCann (photo on left) gave us an inspirational talk about his amazing life, and shared some important lessons he has learnt.

Richard is the author of four best-selling books, the first of which ‘Just a Boy’ was a UK No.1 Best Seller, selling over half-a-million copies. It is soon to be made into a film for global release.

Our November event featured a talk by Bill McHugh, the CEO of West Yorkshire Probation CRC. His organisation is responsible for the delivery of court orders and prison licences to some of the most demanding offenders, who if not effectively supervised, can escalate risks to the public. They provide targeted interventions and offender management to reduce re-offending and protect the public.

Bill leads the 4th largest Probation CRC in the UK and is also an active member of the West Yorkshire Local Criminal Justice Board and the Police and Crime Commissioner's Executive Group. He previously worked in the Probation Services in Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Humberside and Northumbria. He also worked at the Ministry of Justice in London as Seconded Chief Executive, delivering a number of government initiatives.

In addition to the talk by Bill, the event also featured a presentation by Paul Lockwood, a Probation Service User Rep.

November event with CEO of West Yorkshire Probation

News about our 2017 Events Programme Coming Soon

Our first event of the year featured a talk by leading economics and investment expert David Scott (photo on left) about the direction of the UK economy and how it affects us in Yorkshire.

This, like all our other networking events, was completely sold out within a week of tickets becoming available.

March Network Event

Featuring a talk by leading economics expert David Scott

David is pictured above with Ed Balls (former Shadow Chancellor), Stephen Hester (former CEO of RBS Bank), and Joanne Roney (CEO of Wakefield Council).

The photo above shows (from left to right) Paul Lockwood, Jonathan Winston (Head of Winston Solicitors) and Bill McHugh.

All our events take place at an easily accessible venue in Leeds City Centre. Watch this space for details of our brand new venue!

Each networking event features a drinks reception with a choice of fine wines, craft beers, lagers, ciders and soft drinks, plus a delicious buffet before the guest speaker.

Our prestigious Annual Lecture took place on Monday 14th March at Leeds University Business School and featured Gary Hetherington, CEO of Leeds Rhinos. You can see all the photos from this event by clicking here.


9th March - Guest Speaker David Scott

13th April - Guest Speaker Bernard Ginns

11th May - Guest Speaker Zulfi Hussain MBE

8th June - Guest Speaker Ian Taylor

7th September - Guest Speaker Richard McCann

19th October - Guest Speaker Philip Gwynne

16th November - Guest Speaker Bill McHugh


8th February - Guest Speaker Keith Madeley MBE

14th March - Annual Lecture - Gary Hetherington

11th April - Guest Speaker - Joanne Roney OBE

13th April - Lunchtime Seminar - Darren Bugg

20th June - Guest Speaker - Jonathan Straight

Round-up of our other Business Networking Events

Recent Yorkshire Managers Events

On Monday 8th February our special Guest Speaker was Canon Keith Madeley MBE. Keith is well-known as ‘Mr Yorkshire’ and has numerous roles including Chairman of Development, North of England Excellence, Chairman of Trinity Club Leeds, Honorary Lay Canon at Ripon Cathedral, Vice President of Autism Plus, Chairman of Leeds Minster Council, and Business Adviser for AIESEC at the University of Leeds. Keith is also a Freeman of the City of London and was awarded the MBE in 2011 for services to the communities in Yorkshire.

On Monday 14th March we held our prestigious Annual Lecture in association with the Executive Education Team of Leeds University Business School. The Keynote Speaker was Gary Hetherington. Gary is the Chief Executive of Leeds Rhinos Rugby League and Yorkshire Carnegie Rugby Union, and also Chief Executive of the company that owns and runs Headingley Rugby and Cricket Stadiums, the home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and also host to England cricket matches every year.

On Monday 11th April, our special guest speaker was Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, the 18th largest council in the UK with 11,000 employees.

On Monday 20th June, our special guest speaker was Jonathan Straight, award-winning entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Straight PLC which was sold in 2014 for over 11 million pounds.

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