Aspiring Leaders: Mini Conference FEB 2021

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Annual Inspiring Leaders 2021 Mini Conference 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our online mini conference taking place on 23rd February.

Our aim is to support middle level managers or aspiring leaders in Buckinghamshire and surrounding areas, by addressing the topics they have raised as being of importance to them at the current time.

Covid-19 has brought the following themes into sharp focus: health and safety, mental health and wellbeing, events fundraising, using digital and leading teams in challenging times. Our faculty of expert speakers will share insights and practical tips to support charity professionals in their day to day roles managing staff and volunteers.

Following on from our conference we are planning a series of seminars and workshops in the spring and summer focusing on different themes.

Event Details

Aimed at: Aspiring Leaders and Middle Managers 

Date: 23rd February 2021 

Time: 10am – 1pm

Online booking through Eventbrite


10am – Welcome & Introductions                              

Helen Mee – Head of Operations Charity Services

Felicity Blakeman – Charity Services Manager               

10:15am – Health & Wellbeing – Claire Jones Coaching. You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup – The Importance of Self Care

In these unprecedented times it is more important than ever to practise self-care. The nature of our work in frontline charities is to look out for and after others. But we need to concentrate on looking after ourselves before others, so we don’t burn out. 

11:00am – Craig Goldblatt 

Introduction and thought provoker for the day 

11:35am – Break Out Workshops  – Second Round – 25-minute session

  1. Minimise risk working at home – Jon Abbott
  2. Mental Health & Wellbeing – Harry Bliss
  3. Doing Events Differently – Jane Curtis
  4. LinkedIn – Mark White
  5. 25-minute sessions (attendance at 2 sessions is possible) 

Jon Abbott  

Jon, Global Client Director at Cardinus, was instrumental in setting up operations in America and the Netherlands and is currently responsible for the global strategy and global clients.  With over 20 years’ experience of ergonomics, safety and occupational health Jon helps many organisations to implement, launch and maintain global ergonomics, health and safety programs. 

Jon feels passionately about the health and well-being of young people and he believes more must be done to protect the workforce of the future. This drove him to set up Healthy Working MOVE in 2013, an award-winning ergonomics programme for kids and is currently working with Salford University researching how gaming and use of technology in children is impacting muscular skeletal pain and discomfort. 

Jon will provide an insight into the issues faced by a remote workforce and what can be done to mitigate the risks ranging from pain and discomfort to lone working and wellness. 

  • Mental Health & Wellbeing – What you can do to support staff 

Harry Bliss  

Harry is the Co-Founder and CEO of Champion Health; a workplace health company on the mission to make healthier, easier.  

After setting up the business in 2018, Harry lost his mentor to suicide, due to workplace pressures. This galvanised Harry and the team to drive positive change throughout UK and global workforces.  

Harry will be talking passionately about what companies can do in short and long-term, to create cultures of positive mental wellbeing.  

  • Doing Events Differently – Future proof your events 

Jane Curtis 

Founder of The Charity Event Specialists Collective, trainer, mentor, consultant and speaker with 20 years event fundraising experience. 

Jane has created and managed successful fundraising strategies and programmes at a variety of national and international charities across events and community income streams. A critical thinker with good analytical and strategic foresight.

With solid experience of creating new programmes as well as leading established portfolios. Jane enjoys collaborating closely with various stakeholders to ensure strategic objectives are met and a maximum return on investment is achieved. An energetic, creative and personable individual who enjoys building relationships with peers, stakeholders and supporters. 

As an individual member of the Institute of Fundraising Jane is committed to best practice, the IoF’s Code of Conduct and the Code of Fundraising Practice.  

  • LinkedIn – Unlocking the secrets of LinkedIn 

Mark White – The LinkedIn Professional 

Mark helps companies and individuals to use LinkedIn to better achieve their business goals – from business development to more targeted marketing or more effective recruitment according to their requirements. It’s all Mark does and has been doing this since 2009 (over 11 years now!) – working exclusively as an independent trainer & specialist on LinkedIn.

In that time, Mark has run inhouse workshops for over 440 companies and charities, helping them to understand what they can achieve from a sales, marketing and recruitment perspective with LinkedIn … and how to go about implementing it!

Mark does this without hype but focused on the results you can achieve here, working from his own international sales and marketing background which he did for 10 years before applying that experience to LinkedIn. 

12:05pm – Craig Goldblatt – Leading with Purpose in Challenging Times 

12:55pm – Closing Remarks – Martin Gallagher, CEO The Clare Foundation

This event has now taken place. Thank you to the speakers and to everyone who attended our conference.

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