Leeds Growth Summit

Thursday November 7, 8am-12.30pm followed by lunch

Nexus, University of Leeds

The Growth Summit in Leeds took place on November 7. This invitation-only event, hosted by The Times, The Sunday Times and KPMG was a key part of the nationwide CEO network that we are building as an extension of The Times CEO Summit in June. 

We convened FTSE CEOs with high growth entrepreneurs, policy makers and The Times & The Sunday Times journalists to discuss how different industries and sectors can prosper during this pivotal period of both uncertainty and opportunity.

Our audience comprised business leaders, influencers, innovators and policy makers - inspiration and connected men and women who are focused on shaping the future of Britain's economy. We spent a morning sharing insights and experiences around embracing disruption, driving innovation and debating new strategies for growth post-Brexit.

Thank you to all who joined us.

Richard Fletcher
Business Editor,
The Times

Oliver Shah
Business Editor,
The Sunday Times

Christine Hewson
Senior Partner, North,
KPMG UK

Key topics

TRENDS: Collaborate to Accelerate
How big and small businesses can collaborate with universities and local government to promote innovation and inclusive growth.

TECH: Fast-Growth Companies
Chief executives of fast-growing companies in the city region discuss the opportunities and challenges of business in the fast lane.

TRADE: Trading Nation
CEOs across a range of sectors give their take on meeting the challenge of exporting and what’s needed to boost international trade.

TECH: Transforming Healthcare
Leeds is becoming a world player in healthtech. Meet the leaders in the sector and hear about the innovation underway.

Speakers

Agenda

8.00am

Registration, breakfast and networking

8.30am

Welcome from The Times & The Sunday Times and KPMG

8.40am

TRENDS: Collaborate to Accelerate

How big and small businesses can collaborate with universities and local government to promote innovation and inclusive growth.

Panellists:

Alison Jaap, Customer Services Director, first direct
Renee Hunt, Director, Sky
Tom Riordan, CEO, Leeds City Council
Dr Martin Stow, Director, Nexus

9.15am

TECH: Fast Growth Companies

Chief executives of fast-growing companies in the city region discuss the opportunities and challenges of business in the fast lane.

Panellists:

Adam Hildreth, CEO, Crisp
Mark Livingstone, CEO, Pharmacy2U
Anna Sutton, CEO, The Data Shed

9.40am

Roundtable

10.10am

Coffee break

10.35am

TECH: Transforming Healthcare

Leeds is becoming a world player in healthtech. Meet the leaders in the sector and hear about the innovation underway.

Panellists:

Victoria Betton, Chief Innovation Officer, Mindwave Ventures
James Gupta, CEO, Synap
Jason Keane, CEO, Patient Platform Ltd
Maddie Julian, Co-Founder, Digibete

11.05am

In conversation with Alex Mahon, CEO, Channel 4
Alex shares her vision for the publisher-broadcaster as its National HQ moves to Leeds. What will this mean for the production and creative industries in the region?

11.30am

TRADE: Trading Nation

CEOs across a range of sectors give their take on meeting the challenge of exporting and what’s needed to boost international trade.

Panellists:

Keith Jackson, CEO, Brandon Medical
Zandra Moore, CEO, Panintelligence
Graham Pearce, Head of TMT, Corporate Finance, KPMG UK
Brady Collins, COO, The Meatless Farm

12.15pm

Wrap up

12.30pm

Lunch


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