Jul 062014
 

Your last chance to get involved with an exciting business challenge this week before the summer break at a Pitching for Management event in London or Bristol

pitching for managementPitching for Management are ending their summer series in London on Tuesday 8th July at Nabarro, 84 Theobalds Road, WC1X 8RW from 6pm and in Bristol on Thursday 10th July at Burges Salmon, 1 Glass Wharf, BS2 0ZX from 4pm

At the London event you have the opportunity to get involved with some fast growth companies with gaps in their management teams that need your help, such as the following:

  1. We produce highly controlled graphene nanomaterials that are used in the next generation of high performance electronics, smart coatings and composites to enhance their electrical, thermal and mechanical performance. We are looking for two people to join our team: Operations Officer and Sales Manager. The roles will offer the right candidate an extremely exciting opportunity to structure the growth of the company in a sector at the cutting edge of technology. Sales driven remuneration will be offered, equity to be discussed.
  2. B2B Sales and Event Director Required for unique games development house. Specialising in games played in the real world (i.e. teambuilding events, conferences, networking etc.), this exciting start up needs a director level individual to establish the business in new markets, source clients and resellers and oversee logistics of delivering the app based product at events. We are also looking for a Digital Product Growth/Marketing Expert
  3. We are looking for an experienced individual with new business development experience who can provide help and advice on bringing a new cycling product to market. This part time role offers the right candidate the opportunity to get involved with the business at the early stages and help mentor enterprising young entrepreneurs.

More details on all of the roles on offer at the London event can be found here. Pitching for Management look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening for the new format event and they only have a handful of tickets remaining, so don't miss out and book yours now.

The Bristol event includes a panel debate featuring John Caines from Angels4Angels and Nick Simmonds, Technology Venture Partners together with some fast growth companies with gaps in their management teams that need your help such as the following:

  1. We are developing web-based applications to help small and medium sized companies to analyse the data they have, in order to understand the past and predict the future. We are looking for someone to help raise finance and bring the applications I am developing to market, and build a strong user base, in the UK, Europe, and North America.
  2. We are a revolutionary sales performance application that improves the effectiveness of ambitious management teams to deliver outstanding growth. We are looking for a software sales champion with CRM/SFA market knowledge. Candidates will need to have software and SAAS knowledge, experience of achieving market penetration and rapid growth
  3. B2B Sales and Event Director required for unique games development house. Specialising in games played in the real world (i.e. teambuilding events, conferences, networking etc.), this exciting start up needs a director level individual to establish the business in new markets, source clients and resellers and oversee logistics of delivering the app based product at events. We are also looking for a Digital Product Growth/Marketing Expert.
  4. We are looking for an experienced individual with new business development experience who can provide help and advice on bringing a new cycling product to market. This part time role offers the right candidate the opportunity to get involved with the business at the early stages and help mentor enterprising young entrepreneurs.

More details on all of the roles can be found here. Tickets for the Bristol event are going fast so don't miss out and book yours now.

May 182014
 

At Pitching for Management events you can get involved with an exciting business and develop your career portfolio

pitching for managementThese are some of the challenges that will be offered on Tuesday 20 May 2014 at Taylor Vinters in Cambridge

  1. We are looking for a Chief Marketing Officer to drive all PR and customer acquisition activities for a mobile social reading platform that connects Writers and Readers around the world.  Candidates must be familiar with Facebook mobile app install advertising productsTwitter's mobile advertising platform, and Google's mobile AdMob product. Candidates must have extensive experience of working in global digital markets and love working with Writers. Candidate must have experience of mobile User Interface design and Facebook viral promotion.
  2. With a pilot product operational, we need to explore real opportunities. We recognise that the video market is emerging fast, but see a gap to support the SME digital market. We recognise that larger organisations will be able to provide such platforms, but this product provides a private, customisable, easily changed CMS, that can be made flexible in the digital space. The main need is to examine viability during the pilot through market evaluation and seeking funding to exploit niche markets. We have the technical, project management,security, sales skills to move through the pilot to the market for SMEs, niche organisations - interim recruitment, consultants, accountants, lawyers. There will be a platform need for scaleability.
  3. We are a Cambridge based start up that produces highly controlled graphene nanomaterials that are used in the next generation of high performance electronics, smart coatings and composites to enhance their electrical, thermal and mechanical performance. We are looking for two people to join our team:
    1. Operation Officer – The position requires an experienced operation officer that is expected tomanage the execution of large research projects or commercial contracts. For the specific projects, the ideal candidate will monitor the operation against targets, budget, staffing and logistic.
    2. Sales Manager – The position requires a manager with experience in relevant industries that will help to develop our network of customers, distributors and industrial partners. As the company is currently making the transition from the R&D to the commercial phase, the role will be initially part-time.
    3. The roles will offer the right candidate an extremely exciting opportunity to structure the growth of the company in a sector at the cutting edge of technology. Specific experience in the oil and gas industry will also be considered for specific set of projects. Sales driven remuneration will be offered, equity to be discussed.
  4. Strategic Operations Officer – Channel Sales Officer sought for VC and Angel backed technology group. The candidate must have experience of the tech sector and a sales / channel strategy background preferably for taking, ‘disruptive’ technology solutions into public sector, UK private and third sector companies and global customers. The role will be London based. Potentially a share option package will accompany a salary which will be at a market rate for the role. It is likely that the position will be scaled up as contracts and opportunities are delivered. These are some of the characteristics the successful candidate will display:
    • demonstrable track record of overseeing substantial growth in a company environment in an executive or non-executive role
    • recognised for rapid results
    •  experience of smaller company environments and multiple product and market opportunities
    • career in the Technology sector with B2B business models, but target B2C end user
    • international experience
    • strategic and an operational mindset
    • hands on, high energy, people business

In a new move to increase the focus on the importance of teams in ambitious businesses, come and debate with VCs and business angels about what makes a management team investable.

We will also have four companies telling you about their big management challenges and asking for your help in solving them.

If you can solve one or more of the challenges you will be rewarded with the opportunity to join the company and take it forwards.  You may be paid a remuneration package based on salary and perks and for the lucky few you will be awarded a stake in the company in return for your efforts.

If you want to make a big change in your life to a better way of working - this is the event for you.

Panellists

Kerry Baldwin - IQ Capital Partners 

David Gill, MD of St. John's Innovation Centre and a venture capitalist at ET Capital

David Gee, Tower Tree (ex-TTP Ventures)

 

Agenda

18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Taylor Vinters

18.35 : 1st Challenge

18.45 : 2nd Challenge

18.55 : The BIG DEBATE: WHAT MAKES A MANAGEMENT TEAM INVESTABLE?

19.40 : 3rd Challenge

19.50 : 4th Challenge

20.00 : Closing Guest Speaker

20.10 : Networking and Refreshments

21.15:  Finish

Hope to see you there.  If you are interested in pitching at one of our events, please call the AngelNews team on 01761 452248.

To book your place at this Pitching for Management event click here

Mar 142014
 

pitching for managementGet involved with an exciting new business at Pitching for Management on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 from 18:00 to 21:30 (GMT)

Nabarro LLP
84 Theobalds Road
WC1X 8RW London
United Kingdom
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ROLES ANNOUNCED

  • The sector we work in is Advertising, more specifically Experiential MarketingWe are looking for someone(s) who can help us grow the business through hands on advice (not a full time requirement) but industry contacts and the opportunity to bring in business is most important.
  • A Company with a new and engaging approach to learning emotional intelligence knowledge and insights using bite sized interactive modules. Each module includes 'mini drama' videos demonstrating how to deal with everyday workplace people challenges. This exciting and fast growing e-learning business are seeking to fill two roles to help them grow the business: 
    1. Marketing Head to develop a marketing plan and help execute it, primarily to:
      • Develop the value proposition for distributors
      • Raise awareness of the business in their market
      • Develop the company proposition for the US
    2. Technical Head/architect to create and build platform to deliver existing and new products.

    Working at their offices in Basingstoke and remotely the package can be a mix of sweat equity, commission and or exit fee.

  • We are creating the first premium brand craft distillery in the heart of Oxford City. The distillery complex will include a bar and restaurant and we will be using a locally grown 2000 year old organic Rye to ferment and distill our alcohol. (Vodka, Gin & Rye Whiskey) This will be a sustainable business and all the spent grain (still full of nutrition) will be picked up by local organic farmers each week to be used as animal feed. They in turn will give us preferential rates and cuts on the meat which will be used in our restaurant. With 9.5 million visitors to the city every year, our primary income in the first 2 years will be via distillery tours. At this time we are looking for a very cool GM to help us pull together the company structure, apply for licenses set up accounting systems and help us set achievable goals etc. I am interested in finding a great structured organiser who is a team player with possible background in hospitality, drink and luxury goods sectors. I am happy to consider all strong proposals. There is a budget for a wage from September, plus I will look at rev share and equity for the right person.

Click here for more information on all of the roles.

Book your ticket now so you don't miss out

At these events, exciting start-up and early-stage companies present their businesses to a room of individuals with the right skills to help them reach their next stage of growth. The roles available range from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles on offer can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.

Agenda

18.00 : Registration & soft drinks

18.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg & Nabarro

18.35 : Speaker - Heather White - Non-Exec Hub

18.40 : Pitching Companies

19.10 : Break

19.20 : Speaker - Marks & Clerk

19.25 : Pitching Companies

20.00 : Networking and nibbles

21.30 : Finish

Dec 052013
 

As a company director how effective is your board at strategic risk governance?

strategic risk governance

Along with setting direction and monitoring performance, the governance of risk is a fundamental responsibility of Directors and Boards. As Harry Yarger of the US Army War College has written,

"Acceptance of risk is the ultimate leadership decision."

In recent years, this fiduciary duty has become much more important: In a world of greatly increased complexity and uncertainty, skill in avoiding failure is critical to achieving success and delivering substantial returns. Yet in executing their duty to govern risk, Directors and Boards face some deeply unsettling issues today. As Peter Whitehead wrote in the Financial Times,

"the root cause of most company failure lies in the boardroom, with a serious skills gap and risk blindness being the most common factors." ("Company Disasters: Boards are to Blame" FT, 5 June 13).

A June 2013 report by Cass Business School on over 40 company failures concluded that these firms,

"had underlying weaknesses that made them especially prone both to crises and to the escalation of a crisis into a disaster. These weaknesses … potentially inherent in all organisations … can pose an existential threat to any firm, however substantial, that fails to recognise and manage them. These risk areas are beyond the scope of insurance and mainly beyond the reach of traditional risk analysis and management techniques as they have evolved so far." This challenge is further compounded by an impeded flow of risk-relevant information to many boards and directors. As the Cass report noted, "there appears to be a risk ‘glass ceiling’, with often an inability or unwillingness of risk management and internal audit to report on risks to … non-executive directors, particularly risks arising from strategy, behaviour and culture (as opposed to operations)".

Finally, as the UK Government Actuaries Department observed in January 2013,

"there is very little academic work or methodology around the real thing that matters for Boards. The challenge is strategic risk. How do you manage and handle strategic risk -- the thing that really matters."

Strategic Risk Governance - A one-day workshop for company directors

February 4 2014 - 9:00am to 4:30pm, Advanced Business Solutions, Milton Park, Oxford

This one-day workshop aims to improve your risk governance skills and begin to improve your strategic risk vision.

Who should attend?

Executive and Non-Executive Directors of companies in the private, public and voluntary sectors.

What to expect?

  • Clarifies the role of a company director in effectively governing risk
  • Provides the tools necessary to enable effective strategic risk governance

Course objectives

Drawing upon up-to-date case study examples and interactive sessions you will learn:

  • What makes strategic risks different from operational risks
  • Where to look and how to identify the key strategic risks you may face
  • The key failure modes of strategic risk governance at board level
  • How to improve your strategic risk evaluation
  • The behavioural blind-spots that impede your board level risk evaluations
  • The key processes that your board could adopt to improve its risk governance skills
  • How to improve your organisation’s strategic risk mitigation

Course Leaders:

Neil Britten CDir FIoD

NeilPhotoNeil Britten is a UK Institute of Directors, qualified Chartered Director, non-executive chairman and director with over a decade’s board level experience of strategy, risk governance and strategic performance monitoring.

Prior to roles as a professional director he was Vice President for a major international consulting firm focused on strategy and strategic change and an executive with a major oil and chemicals conglomerate. His experience spans work, in the UK, France, Australia and over 20 other countries, as an executive in and advisor to mostly large, multinational corporations in technology, oil & gas, consumer goods, manufacturing and financial services sectors. He has also acted as an advisor to private equity investors in start-ups and SMEs. private and public sectors.See his LinkedIn profile here:

Tom Coyne

TCImageTom Coyne has served as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Risk officer and Director of public and private companies and not-for-profit organizations in the United States and Canada.

He began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in South America, and later joined the London office of a major global consulting firm, where he led its Corporate Growth Center of Excellence. For the past three years, Tom has been a member of the leading team in the United States Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency's forecasting tournament. He has also written for a number of investment research publications on the subjects of risk management and asset allocation. His papers on strategic risk governance and strategy evaluation are top downloads from the Social Science Research Network. See his LinkedIn profile here: 

Key Details

Duration: 1 day
Location: Oxford, Bristol

Price
£350.00 (ex VAT)
Payment with Booking Price
£315.00 (ex VAT)
Tier1 Member Price
£280.00 (ex VAT) 

Book Now
To see course dates and to book your place now follow this link:
Course Registration

The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a copy of the course handbook

Attendance counts as 6 CPD hours of structured learning

Courses can be delivered 'in-house' to a group of Directors - to find out more contact courses@excellencia.co.uk or call 01173 827 820
Sep 262013
 

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The Great British Workforce Revolution Conference

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Going it alone as an Independent Director

Wednesday 16th October 2013, Dexter House, Royal Mint Court, Tower Hill, London, EC3N 4QN

The Great British Workforce Revolution conference is a must-attend event for Independent Directors, value-add Business Angels and cashed-out entrepreneurs who are interested in finding out how to prosper in the ever-evolving Independent Executive recruitment landscape.

In light of the recent discovery that nearly half of the UK working population are not full-time employees - thus being left almost entirely to find their own work and their own contracts - this Conference aims to understand, explore and seek out the opportunities available to this increasingly popular dynamic of independent working.

The Great British Workforce Revolution conference is the only live event in the UK focused on bringing hundreds of senior level executives together in one day and in one place, alongside the key influencers in the executive recruitment industry. Come along to hear from industry experts, gain educational insight, participate in exciting debates, enjoy quality networking and hear from some excellent keynote speakers.

Take a look around the event website, and please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about the 2013 Workforce Revolution, or visit the event booking page to BOOK YOUR TICKET TODAY!

With an increasing trend towards a "portfolio" or "plural" career with senior, professional executives. holding a mixture of positions simultaneously or consecutively, across a broad range of businesses ‘Workforce Revolution’ will delineate, demonstrate and debate the innovative approach that individuals and companies are taking in order to capitalise on this changing work-dynamic.

The day will include keynote addresses, inter-active debates, live interviews and of course, excellent networking opportunities. Speakers include:

Peter Whitehead

Editor, FT Executive Appointments; Editor, FT Non-Executive Directors' Club.

Peter will be sharing his invaluable insight into how the nature of work is changing and the factors that are driving it.

Humphrey Walters

Consultant and Motivational Speaker

Speaking of his experience over the past 30 years of working exclusively in helping individuals perform to high levels as well as developing winning teams and leaders for many Organisations and professional bodies.

Lara Morgan

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Pacific Direct Ltd and CompanyShortcuts.com.

Lara started her first company at just 23 years old. 17 years later she sold her 99% share for £20million!

To join up to 200 like-minded delegates please click here to book your place and take advantage of the ‘Summer Flyer’ 25% off discounted tickets.

More details are available on: www.workforcerevolution.co.uk or get in touch with Fuchsia Curry on fuchsia@angelnews.co.uk or 07766 954 155.

Sep 122013
 

Guildford Pitching for Management™ at Baker Tilly

pitching for managementWednesday, 18 September 2013 from 16:00 to 19:30 (BST)

Baker Tilly, 3rd Floor One London Square
GU1 1UN
Guildford
United Kingdom

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The latest Pitching for Management™ event is in Guildford on Wednesday 18th September at 4.00pm - 7.30pm. This is a unique opportunity to network with fellow business professionals, meet the best entrepreneurial talent from around the UK and find roles in dynamic, ambitious fast-growing businesses. At these events, senior executives see exciting entrepreneurial businesses present their businesses and the roles available ranging from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles on offer can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.

Agenda

16.00 : Registration & soft drinks

16.30 : Introductions Modwenna Rees-Mogg

16.40 : Guest speaker -

17.00 : Pitching Companies

17.30 : Break

17.40 : Pitching Companies

18.10:  Networking and nibbles

19:30   Finish

We hope you can make it!

Book your ticket now so you don't miss out!

Apr 182013
 
Pitching for Management

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We thought you’d like to know that our friends at Pitching for Management have now announced the event dates for their summer tour of the UK, and we are delighted to hear that they will be returning to Bristol on Thursday 9th May, 4pm, at Burges Salmon. We do hope that you will join us there.

At these events, senior executives, possibly like yourself (or, maybe, like some of your own contacts) see exciting entrepreneurial businesses present their businesses and the roles available ranging from sales, marketing and finance board positions to mentorships, chair, CEO and non-executive director positions.

The roles on offer can be full or part time. Some offer paid remuneration and all packages offer additional rewards such as sweat equity, share options, commissions and bonuses. To find out more about the concept, click here.

If you think you could make a significant difference to a fast-growing company, then this is the event for you. The networking is also highly recommended.

This is your chance to accept a new challenge by adding value to a fast growing business – come and join the Pitching for Management team and see if there is something for you. Tickets cost £20+VAT and include light refreshments.

To reserve your place visit

http://pitchingformanagementbristol9.eventbrite.com/ or call 01761 452 248.