Leaders of the Future

LEADERSHIP – Redefined

Leading, whether it’s a team, department or project is never an easy task. As we settle into the new normal after COVID-19 businesses are redefining leadership. The pandemic created the ultimate break in routine and thrust many individuals into leadership positions but without the traditional training.

The LOTF committee invite you to take a day away from works demands to discover your leadership style with PRISM brain mapping and a wealth of experts. Join us on the 25th of November to learn how to raise your profile and build a personal brand. Explore how you can develop yourself and recognise talent to get the best from your team. Leave with the knowledge of how to handle change and conflict while managing everyone in your network effectively. Ideal for those currently in leadership roles or aspiring to be.

10.30-11.00: Registration and Coffee

11.00-11.10: Welcome

11.10-12.00: PRISM Brain mapping for Leadership – putting PRISM into practice – Dominic Wing BOSS, Charles De Garston, PRISM Brain Mapping

12.00-13.15: Heather White, Networking and Personal Brand expert

13.15-14.00: Networking Lunch

14.00-14.50: Round Table Discussions

  • How to raise your profile and develop yourself – Phil Jones – Brother
  • Managing change and conflict effectively – Trevor Weldon – OT Group
  • Recognising Talent – getting the best from your team – Isabel Spence – Banner
  • Managing everyone in your network – leadership is not just about managing your team – Nick Wilson, Euroffice
  • Being Brave….how to develop courage as a skill – Jeanette Bresitz, Office Friendly

14.50-15.20: Learnings from Roundtables, Simon Drakeford, BOSS Chairman

15.20-15.30: LOTF Roundup

18.30: BOSS Awards – Drinks Reception

Meet our Speakers and RoundTable Hosts:

Heather White, Networking & Personal Brand Expert, TEDx speaker, Boardroom Matchmaker, Founder of the Boardroom Ready programme

Heather has 17 years experience in networking, branding and boardroom matchmaking and is recognised as an expert in her field. Her role is to find and match senior executives with boards across all sectors, offering networking coaching where relevant.

As the Founder and CEO of Smarter Networking Limited, a consultancy service offering hands-on advice and personal development opportunities for senior executives, she has helped to address the issue of ‘boardroom experience’. She created Boardroom Ready, to address the gap between senior executives and commercial boards, helping those looking to make the step up, expose themselves to that environment and thus enabling them to make a more impressionable early impact.

Not only has she helped finetune the world’s next great CEOs, but Heather has also played a critical role in helping people from all areas to ‘network’ better. Networking can help to build respect, overcome challenges and make it easier to define and exchange new ideas. As Heather says herself, “When the connection really works, it’s so powerful.”

Simon Drakeford, BOSS Chair, CEO EO Group


Phil Jones, MD, Brother

Phil Jones is Managing Director of Brother UK, the UK arm of global technology manufacturer – Brother.

A high profile executive, with over 25 years sector experience, he is also a well known industry commentator and speaker in the wider UK business community.

Phil started with Brother as a salesperson in 1994 and worked his way up the business to be appointed Managing Director in 2013.  He previously spent 10 years as Sales & Marketing Director before making it to the top job.

Awarded an MBE in the June 2016 Birthday Honours List for Services to Business, he is a fellow of the IoD and a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute amongst a list of other accolades recognising his passion for business, industry and people.

You can follow him on Twitter @philjones40 and find out more at www.philjones.branded.me

Trevor Weldon, Group Director of Business Development & Services, OT Group

Appointed as OT Group Director of Business Development & Services in 2021, Trevor is focused on leading our evolving Business Development Strategy from a traditional model to a data-driven, technology-led consolidation programme — Trevor has held Senior Leadership Roles in the UK Business Supplies Industry for over 30 years and managed and led teams throughout numerous mergers and acquisitions. Trevor will be running a roundtable considering how to manage change and conflict effectively.

Isabel Spence, Merchandising and Marketing Director, Banner Group (part of the EVO Group)

Isy has been in the EOS and office products industry for 20+ years. Her career started by gaining a wide range of experience via a variety of Sales, Marketing and Merchandising roles at ISA International Plc, Vasanta Group and Supplies Team. She then spent 6 years at Xerox where alongside taking the opportunity to graduate from Xerox’s Management Development Program, she held the position of European Marketing Manager for A4 Hardware and Supplies. Latterly she has returned to her roots, joining Banner (part of the Evo Group of Companies) in 2018 to take responsibility for building the Merchandise and Marketing teams. Having worked in both UK and European roles, Isy will share her experience of how to manage people in diverse teams, different locations and across multiple cultures. She will host a round table on how to recognise talent and get the best from your team.

Dominic Wing, Higher & Degree Apprenticeship Manager, BPIF

Dominic Wing is an economics graduate from UEA. He was the principal project manager for one of Europe’s largest environment projects during the mid to late 90’s. He was the co-creator of Fonebak, the World’s First Mobile Phone Recycling Scheme (launched in 2002), which was endorsed by the Government and all the major network providers. The scheme collected over 3 million phones per year, which were either refurbished and re-used, or safely recycled.

Dominic was selected to join the Government’s WEEE Advisory Group, which successfully implemented the UK WEEE Regulations. He also represented the UK on the United Nations Environmental Programme for the Collection and Transboundary Movement of Mobile Phones. Fonebak Plc was floated on the London Stock Exchange in March 2005 and the following month won the Queens Award for International Trade. Fonebak Plc went on to become a £198m turnover company, employing over 4000 staff across 22 different countries.

Dominic left Fonebak in 2006 for a better work-life balance and began training as primary school teacher in 2008, before becoming an adult teacher (and NVQ assessor). Between 2006 and 2010 Dominic consulted for a number of companies within the telecoms and education sectors, before joining the BPIF in 2011.

Dominic recently became the Curriculum Manager for BPIF/BOSS’s Training Department.

Charles de Garston, Commercial Director, PRISM Brain Mapping

Charles de Garston is the Commercial Director of PRISM Brain Mapping.   Charles oversees the activities of PRISM’s worldwide agents and heads up the PRISM Support Department. Charles has extensive knowledge of PRISM and how it can add value to individuals, teams and organisations. He is the co-facilitator on the PRISM Accreditation programmes and is skilled in developing teams and action learning groups.

Charles has over 30 years’ experience in organising management and leadership training programmes worldwide.

Charles is a qualified engineer and commercial pilot with experience as a flight instructor in the USA. He is a motor sport enthusiast and has competed extensively throughout the country.

Lisa de Garston, Business Development Executive, PRISM Brain Mapping

Lisa de Garston is the Business Development Executive of PRISM Brain Mapping.  Lisa is responsible for liaising with clients & Practitioners enabling them to use PRISM effectively to overcome business challenges.

Lisa’s extensive knowledge of all the PRISM applications and her intuitive consultation skills combine to provide great support across the PRISM network.

Lisa has over 25 years’ experience in marketing and business development across a range of sectors.

Lisa has managed several charity music festivals, organises Wild Mushroom foraging courses & is a keen year-round sea swimmer & motorsport enthusiast.


Starting in the call centre for Viking Direct Jeanette progressed quickly into Merchandising/Category Management where her category expertise in FM led significant change in range and product sector that filtered across the industry.

Taking a brave career break she travelled for two years before taking a role at Spicers, leading the category and supplier strategy for the UK initially, before moving to head up Dealer Marketing and latterly as Sales Operations and Communications Director.

To broaden her experience further she moved into consultancy for an FMCG business to better understand how other industries operate. Joining Staples as Head of Merchandising, Marketing and Online in 2017 she led a team of 30 and acted as coach and mentor for developing talent across the business.

Six months into her role as Managing Director of Office Friendly, where the organisation is built on a base of entrepreneurialism and community, she plans to lead the business into its next phase and diversify the product and service offering to support long term growth for the independent reseller.

Nick Wilson, Euroffice

Nick is the EO Group CFO with over 17 years of financial and commercial experience. During the dotcom boom Nick worked in Corporate Finance team at BT, gaining experience in acquisition of telco, ISPs and content businesses. Later he transferred to the mobile division in BT, working in the consumer mobile business where he was a key part of the team responsible for launching businesses in 6 countries around Europe. Later he joined the team responsible for demerger of all BT’s mobile businesses into O2.

Nick spent last 14 years working for medium-sized private equity backed businesses. This has involved business restructuring, refinancing, process improvements, business partnering, business planning, commercial support, implementation of new IT systems, business acquisition and business sale.

Hear from our LOTF Committee why they are excited to welcome you to the conference.

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