Cranfield University


Friday 11th May 2000 Cranfield University

09.00 Coffee and Registration
09.30 Welcome and Introduction
09.40 Keynote Speech: Professor Mike Gregory
10.40 Coffee
11.10 Personal Development Made Simple: Claire Howell
12.10 AGM
12.40 Lunch
13.45 ‘You don’t have to understand it, just give me the money’: Gordon Baxter
14.45 Putting the “extra” into ordinary: Brian Barghout
15.45 Tea
16.30 Annual Lecture: Julia Cleverden
17.30 Networking: Conference Hotel Bar
19.30 Dinner: Conference Hotel

Saturday 12th May 2000

09.00 Coffee
09.30 New Angles on Personal Effectiveness: Alan Robertson and Graeme Abbey
10.30 Coffee
11.00 New Angles on Personal Effectiveness
12.00 Close

About Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Michael J Gregory
Head of the Manufacturing & Management Division, Department of Engineering, Cambridge University.
Head of the Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University.
Fellow of Churchill College.

Professor Michael Gregory is an eminently suitable keynote speaker to launch our theme of Entrepreneurship. He has demonstrated his own brand of entrepreneurial flair several times during his career, firstly founding the Manufacturing Engineering Group at Cambridge University and then more recently, the Institute of Manufacturing, of which he is now Head.

In the mid-nineties, with the aid of £350,000 from the David Sainsbury Gatsby Foundation, Professor Gregory set up the Manufacturing Leaders’ Programme, a two-year masters degree aimed at providing an alternative to the MBA for those more interested in pursuing a manufacturing career.

In addition to these achievements, Professor Gregory has been a member of the DTI/SERC Advanced Manufacturing Technology Committee, the EPSRC’s Innovative Manufacturing Panel, and the Manufacturing Industries Board of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He now sits on the Manufacturing Foresight Panel, is a member of the Science & Technology Committee of the British Council, and is an expert advisor on the E.C. Framework 5 Programme on Product, Processes, and Organisation.

In his early career, having read engineering at Southampton and Cambridge Universities, Michael Gregory practised as a manufacturing engineer and manager in industry.

Annual Lecturer:
Julia Cleverdon CBE “Enterprising Businesses in the Community”
Chief Executive, Business in the Community

Julia Cleverdon was appointed as Chief Executive of Business in the Community in 1992. Business in the Community is a unique movement of companies across the UK committed to improving continually their positive impact on society, with a core membership of 650 companies, including 75% of the FTSE 100.

In 1992, Julia was invited by HRH The Prince of Wales, President of Business in the Community, to launch the Seeing is Believing initiative, inviting business leaders to see for themselves how business can play a role in tackling some of Britain’s most pressing social problems. Over 1,400 business leaders have taken part to date and it has produced real results in building business and community excellence.

Prior to her work at Business in the Community, Julia served as Director of The Industrial Society’s Education and Inner City Division, from 1981-1988, during which time The Industrial Society became the leading provider of management training for education and voluntary organisations. She started her career working in industrial relations for British Leyland.

Julia was awarded a CBE in 1996 for her services to business and the community. She is a Director of The Prince’s Trust Volunteers and Gifts in Kind UK, a Trustee of The NatWest Bank Group Charitable Trust, a Governor of Henley Management College, a patron of the Helena Kennedy Bursary Scheme and was recently voted the 41st most influential woman in Britain. She is also an Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund.

A history Graduate from Cambridge, Julia was married to the late John Garnett, who died in 1997. She has two daughters aged 14 and 17.

Personal Development Made Simple!
Claire Howell
Chief Executive, The Really Effective Development Company.

Claire Howell will introduce us to the tools, which do make the difference between mediocrity and outstanding performance whether we’re aspiring entrepreneurs or not.

She is a nationally recognised executive coach and mentor who has been retained by many organisations over the past 10 years to help Chief Executives improve their personal performance and strategic skills.

Claire, who has held senior roles in retailing, manufacturing companies and the
public sector, is an acknowledged expert in psychological coaching of premier UK football teams. Her confidential clients include members of the British Peerage, too!

‘You don’t have to understand it, just give me the money’
Gordon Smith Baxter, Ph.D
Chief Executive Officer, BioWisdom Ltd.

Gordon has held several senior research positions within the Pharmaceutical Industry and has a track record in the management of high growth technology ventures. He was founder of Pharmagene plc, which floated on the London Stock Exchange in July 1999 and held positions as Chief Scientific Officer and Chief Operating Officer.

After the flotation of Pharmagene, Gordon moved on to create his second Company, BioWisdom, raising £2M of Venture Capital finance. BioWisdom, founded in September 2000 now has 16 staff and is due to release its first product in April 2001.

Putting the “Extra” into Ordinary
Brian Barghout BSc. Chem Eng FRSA
Chief Executive, Barplas Limited

Brian Barghout has been a Yorkshire based Bradford businessman for more than 20 years.

He says that his success can be attributed to naïveté, a sense of humour, a passion for innovation and a dogged determination to succeed. Asked to put all these attributes into one word, it would be “bullgrit” (a painful diet that clears the passages in preparation for success).

A late starter Brian was twenty nine years of age before he pulled off a management buy out of Bradford metal can manufacturers Sheibarg. Having failed to become anything other than the second largest manufacturer of lever lid metal containers in the UK, he sold out a few years later and moved on to start a new company Barplas Limited in 1994, making plastic containers.

In spite of five years effort, Brian has not been able to fulfil his potential and has resigned himself to being the second largest manufacturer of plastic cylindrical lever lid containers in the UK.

With characteristic optimism he says, “It just goes to show that every silver cloud has a dark lining”. Undaunted, Brian Barghout became a fellow of the RSA in 1999. In the year 2000 he launched into the FMCG arena with a completely new and unique shaving system called the TRIP.

New Angles on Personal Effectiveness
Alan Robertson
Principal, Alan Robertson Associates and Director of Business Cognition

Alan is an experienced consultant with a managerial past who has worked in many business sectors including aerospace, public utilities, professional services, banking, and healthcare. Much of his individual and organisational development work is concerned with personal coaching and helping people to get to grips with more challenging spaces.

He is particularly interested in creating collaborative and productive working relationships, cultivating higher level thinking capabilities and developing mindful action. His work with Business Cognition, an innovative joint venture in management development with cognitive psychologists from the University of Harvard, goes to prove this.

Alan has been a visiting lecturer on the Fellowship of Manufacturing Management at Cranfield University since 1992.

Graham Abbey
Senior Vice-President, People & Change for Pearson Education, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Graham has previously worked in the investment banking, design consultancy and aerospace sectors. His specialism is organisational and management development, and he has held project management, sales and process re-engineering roles. Graham has qualifications in aeronautical engineering, business administration and psychology and is a British Aerospace Fellow, Intake VI.