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MICHELLE-MONE-2Professor Lord Winston, whose work includes preeminent research and development in IVF and presenting the BBC programmes ‘Child of Our Time’ and ‘Superhuman’ opens the skills summit with a scientific perspective on how we all can reach our true potential.

Inspirational speaker, author and teacher, Brian Mayne, creator of the world-leading achievement system ‘Goal Mapping’ will share eternal truths on success in simple language and through his own powerful life experience.

Brian will also take part in a separate afternoon session helping delegates adopt Goal Mapping techniques featured in the earlier key note session.

Michelle Mone OBE, is one of the UK’s most successful female entrepreneurs and founder of international lingerie brand, Ultimo.

The award-winning 'Bra Queen' and co-owner of Ultimo Brands International has built her success on determination, self-belief and hard work which led her to be voted as Britain's Number One most powerful woman in business by Glamour magazine as well as receiving an OBE in 2010 in recognition of her services to UK business.

Join Michelle for a motivational and inspiring assessment on how you too can reach your true potential.

Robert WinstonProfessor Lord Winston - Keynote Speaker

October 22nd

Professor Lord Winston, whose work includes preeminent research and development in IVF and presenting the BBC programmes ‘Child of Our Time’ and ‘Superhuman’ opens the skills summit with a scientific perspective on how we all can reach our true potential.




In the 1970s he developed gynaecological surgical techniques that improved fertility treatments. He later pioneered new treatments to improve in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and developed pre-implantation diagnosis. This allowed embryos to be screened for genetic diseases and has allowed parents carrying faulty genes to have children free of illnesses such as cystic fibrosis.

He now runs a research programme at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College that aims to improve human transplantation. Professor Lord Winston has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy.

Professor Lord Winston is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust - a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.


October 23rd

Michelle Mone OBE, is the co-owner of Ultimo Brands International and creator of Ultimo, one of the UK’s leading designer lingerie brands. Listed as one of the top three female entrepreneurs in the UK and honored by the Queen with an OBE for her contribution business, Michelle has built a hugely successful career on an incredibly simple concept: helping women look and feel their very best.




Entrepreneurial spirit was prevalent from an early age in Michelle, who grew up in the east end of Glasgow. Michelle left school at 15 with no qualifications to find full-time employment, after her father was struck down by an illness leaving him confined to a wheelchair. To support her family Michelle took on a job at Labatt Brewers’ and quickly climbed the ranks from office junior to Director for Scotland, running the Sales & Marketing team by the time she was just 22 yrs old.

But it was in 1996 when her idea for Ultimo was born. Whilst attending a dinner dance, Michelle was wearing a very uncomfortable cleavage-enhancing bra and as a result had a “light bulb” moment; Michelle decided to invent a bra that was more comfortable and cleavage enhancing than any other bra on the market. Ultimo was set up in November 1996.

Since launching the business Michelle has established herself as one of Scotland’s biggest exports; in 2000 Michelle won the “World Young Business Achiever Award” at the Epcot Centre, Florida, and then “Business Woman of the Year” at the Corporate Elite Awards in London.

In 2001 Prince Charles invited Michelle to join the Board of Directors for The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust and more recently his Board of Main Council, confirming her status as one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. Michelle also won “Best Newcomer” at the British Apparel Export Awards, presented by HRH the Princess Royal, adding to her long list of awards, accolades and recognitions.

In October 2005 Michelle attended a speaking engagement with former US president Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, and went on to support the Sultan of Oman in setting up women’s enterprise in the Middle East. Michelle has since become a high-profile guest at speaking engagements and corporate events all over the world.

Over the years Michelle’s business has gone from strength-to-strength, developing beyond the original umbrella of Ultimo to encompass 13 patented “Miracle” inventions and brands including Ultimo Bridal, Ultimo Swimwear, Ultimo Shapewear and joint venture lines including Adore Moi for Debenhams.

In addition to its jointly owned brands, Ultimo currently supply Debenhams, Next, Littlewoods, ASOS.com, House of Fraser, Harrods and Bentalls, along with a number of independent lingerie stores throughout Europe.

Join Michelle for a motivational and inspiring assessment on how you too can reach your true potential.

Brian Mayne

brian mayne newOctober 23rd 

Brian Mayne Is a global speaker on human potential and author of the world-leading whole-brain achievement system ‘Goal Mapping’.

Explaining eternal truths and principles for success, Brian communicates in simple language sharing his own personal life experience, to inspire and empower people from all walks of life with his systems for success.



Voted ‘Speaker of the Year’ by the Academy of Chief Executives, a UK National Training Awards recipient and author of 4 books in 12 languages, Brian’s start in life was unusual.

Born into a travelling fun-fair family Brian had a nomadic childhood with a limited education leaving school at 13 with no qualifications and barely able to read or write. At age 30 the family amusements business collapsed leaving Brian unemployed, homeless and with a £1,000,000 of debt.

It was at this seemingly bleak period that Brian was introduced to the science of positive thinking and the power of effective goal-setting. Within a year Brian had taught himself to read, started repaying his debt and teaching what he had learnt about goal achievement to others. Now, 20 years later, his inspirational presentations, books and audios are applauded for their simplicity and effectiveness by world leading organisations like, Microsoft, Siemens, Disney and Coca-Cola.

Brian’s work is truly universal, and in addition to empowering the world of Business, his ‘7 Magic Keys’ workshop for Education has reached over 1,000,000 school children in various countries. The Goal Mapping system is used in Sport, Fitness, and Wellbeing now totalling more than 3 million people around the planet and helping Brian move closer than ever before to his long-term goal of helping to lift seven million lives.

Matt-DenhamMatt Denham

October 22nd

Executive Director of Commercial Delivery for Crown Commercial Service, Cabinet Office

Matt will provide insights into Government Procurement strategies for 2015 and offer useful guidance in achieving better results from Government tenders. 




With an organisational remit to manage supplier and category strategies for cross departmental spend of £13 billion of goods and services, Matt works closely with Crown representatives to implement government policy and deliver savings for the nation. Most recently Matt has been driving initiatives to maximise supplier innovation across Government purchasing.

Having joined Crown Commercial Service from Xchanging where he was General Manager UK & Head of Operational Sourcing, Matt was responsible for ensuring effective management of supplier relationships and creating leading edge procurement strategies to be used across government.

Prior to joining Xchanging, Matt held senior positions at Cable & Wireless including Vice President of Procurement, Transformation and was Global Director of Strategic Sourcing.

Matt started his procurement career at Ford Motor Company performing a range of purchasing roles.