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North Wales means Business Conference - The Power of Positive Change

Event Details
Thursday 10 December
10am - 3pm
£0.00 your contribution

Event Summary

Join us for our Annual ‘North Wales Means Business’ Conference, ‘The Power of Positive Change’, on Thursday, 10th December. Our first Conference to be held virtually, we have a great line-up of inspirational speakers who will be joining us live from across the globe to provide a great deal of positivity and focus after what has been a challenging year for many.

With a wide range of issues and topics discussed, the importance and power of positive change in business will be the theme of the day and will encourage business leaders not only to embrace change, but how to use positive changes to move their business forward in 2021. There will also be sessions with business owners that have attended the 20Twenty Business Growth programme, ION leadership or the North Wales Business Academy to hear about the innovative ways they have changed and adapted their businesses and what their future looks like. A wonderful opportunity to end the year celebrating the achievements of the companies and individuals who have taken part in and showcase the impact our Bangor University programmes have had on businesses across North and Mid Wales.

Kate Hardcastle MBE, Global Business & Consumer Expert

Global go-to consumer specialist Kate Hardcastle is a multi-award winning business consultant and commentator. A highly respected media business presenter and reporter, she has created and featured in documentaries and prime-time TV & Radio shows on BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and CNN. She is also a regular contributor to

Graham Dobbin, Asentiv New York

Having arrived in New York 3 years ago from North Wales - starting a new business, in a new country with no clients – Graham set about quickly building his network in the right way – Connecting with Purpose. Within 18 months, he was working with WeWork, The World Bank, BMW & Google along with many others. Hosting network & business club meetings for Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, The Terrace Club at Rockefeller Center & Tommy Bahama’s allows Graham’s network to access each other in different ways. His network has also led to Graham working with clients in Australia, South Africa and GermanyRecent highlights are being chosen as an expert for a national

US TV campaign on business recovery and growth along with hosting his own radio show on Talk Radio NYC – The Mind Behind Leadership.

Kathryn Roberts, Learning & Development Officer, ION leadership

As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (FCIPD), Katy has over 25 years of HR and Leadership Development experience gained within a number of leading UK and international organisations. Having begun her HR Career within the retail sector for Safeway, Makro and House of Fraser, Katy took on more Senior and strategic HR and Leadership Development roles within the Finance sector for Citigroup and Bank of America (MBNA), heading up the Employee Relations, Associate satisfaction, Reward and Recognition teams.

Stephen Davies, Chief Executive, Penderyn

‘Whisky World; Growing your brand in the current climate’

Stephen has led Penderyn since January 2005, building the Penderyn Single Malt and other distillery brands, having previously been a Regional Director with Brambles Industrial Services in the UK and Netherlands.

Sophie Morris, Managing Director, Worldspan

‘Change in an Events World’

Having started her career at Worldspan in the early 90's, she certainly knows the business inside out. Sophie has masterminded events in every corner of the globe and is a true advocate of the power of engaging & flawlessly delivered events. She tells the story how the business has had to change and adapt to survive.

Martin Williams, Radar P.R.

‘Public Relations for Business – Getting your story out there’

Born in St Asaph, Martin joined the Visitor Series of newspapers in 1999 and spent 15 years with the company (Trinity Mirror) on titles including the North Wales Weekly News, Daily Post as a news and sports reporter, news editor and business editor. His work has been published in the UK and internationally, from The Daily Telegraph to The New York Post. Martin will be sharing some of the secrets of great P.R.

Lorraine Hopkins, Professional Coach and Learning & Development Specialist

Lorraine currently lectures for Bangor Business School in Leadership & Management and Research Methods, and is the Learning & Evaluation Manager for the 20Twenty Business growth programme. Lorraine has several years’ experience in working with business owners, senior managers and their teams in a Coaching and Training capacity.

Mark Bryant, Fastway to Fitness

‘Health, Fitness & Resilience’

Mark has been a lifelong entrepreneur, been married for 14 years and has two young daughters and lives in sunny North Wales. He Is a director and co-owner of Fast who specialise in ‘Fitness and Workforce Wellness’ helping their customers achieve healthy high performance, even in times of uncertainty and stress. There are few people in life that claim their own life insurance and are still alive to tell the tale. Mark is passionate about sharing his story through his speaking engagements using his 3 Steps to High Performance for Everyone.

Mark Williams, LimbART

‘Standing Out & Standing Proud in the World’s coolest prosthetic leg covers’

Mark Williams’s life changed forever in 1982 when a car accident whilst riding his bike home from school meant he lost his left leg. Fast-forward eight years and Mark became an athlete winning medals at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics and 1989 Miami World Championships. When he began to get comments about the ‘cool’ leg covers he created, he decided to launch his eye-catching covers took off, and he now exports to the United States and America.

The North Wales Means Business On-line Conference runs from 10.00 am - 3.00 pm. To register for the event, please email

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