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The Real Potential of Non-Executives

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

First Flight is a search and selection consultancy specializing in recruiting Non-Executive Chairs and Directors. They have successfully completed in the region of 170 non-executive assignments across all sectors – clients include AIM listed and FTSE fledgling companies, unquoted companies, mutuals, Friendly Societies, SMEs, growth companies, family-owned companies, investment trusts, not-for-profit organisations, UK subsidiaries of […]

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From Dowry to Peerage in three generations…

Posted: February 27th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Innovatus dinner – 30th January 2014 Speaker: Baroness Henig “Innovatus – One of the most important women’s networks” ­ Baroness Henig Historian and politician Baroness Ruth Henig was guest speaker at the latest Innovatus networking event at the Institute of Directors. Her theme ‘women and equality – so near and yet so far’ highlighted the […]

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Innovatus: ‘Driven or Hounded?’ by Dr Elizabeth Reddish

Posted: December 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Innovatus Third Event – 20th November 2013 ‘Driven or Hounded?’ by Dr Elizabeth Reddish In the intimate setting of The Bleeding Heart’s wine cellar dining room in Farringdon on a filthy November evening, the third meeting of the Innovatus networking group took place. Eminent psychotherapist and Executive Action consultant Elizabeth Reddish talked about our relationship […]

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Innovatus dinner – 2nd July 2013

Posted: July 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

For the second Innovatus event, and once again over a very pleasant supper at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall, we were lucky enough to have Dame Helen Ghosh, Director General of the National Trust. Dame Helen spoke about a project very close to home – her own career and what she’d learned about […]

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Inaugural Innovatus dinner

Posted: May 3rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Miscellaneous, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Following a distinguished career in the Civil Service, Nicky Roche joined the Dept for Culture, Media and Sport in 2004, to do her “dream job” as Director of Sport. She worked on the Games, from the bid to the end, an experience she described as the greatest privilege of her professional life, remembering with particular […]

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‘Women at Work’ – Building and Sustaining Self Belief: Second session

Posted: December 21st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

The second of a series of Executive Action evening events for senior women presented by Catherine Smith, using Appreciative Inquiry to consider what builds and sustains self-belief and enables effective leaders.  Please click here for a summary on the first session.   Attendees Barbara Wilson (HR Director, Catlin); Bridgette Cameron (CEO, Alpine); Jenny McArdle(Assistant Director, Impower […]

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Solving Intractable Problems

Posted: October 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Events, Miscellaneous | No Comments »

At a friend’s instigation, on a chilly and wet October evening I attended an evening event at the RSA. Modestly entitled ‘How to Change the Future’, the lecture promised to tackle ‘How we solve the seemingly intractable economic, social and environmental challenges we face in the 21st century’. Frankly cynical after a long day, I […]

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Are You Ready?

Posted: October 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Miscellaneous | No Comments »

A day spent planning for the future can pay dividends for years to come thanks to scenario planning. Executive Action invited an eclectic mix of senior executives to consider what lies ahead. Are You Ready? Energy crisis, Asian expansion, the ageing population – with so many seismic changes on the way, it’s more important than […]

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‘Women at Work’ – Building and Sustaining Self Belief: First session

Posted: July 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Communication, Development, Events, Networking | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

An Executive Action Evening Event on the 13th June 2012 for Senior Women Managers, presented by Catherine Smith and using Appreciative Inquiry to consider what builds and sustains self-belief and enables effective leaders.   Where are all the women at the top? Truly accomplished leaders and managers are a rare commodity – easy to spot […]

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Executive Action Network evening Event: If Paintings Had Ears

Posted: March 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

In the latest of the evening events at Executive Action designed to stimulate the brain with interesting ideas, ‘If Paintings Had Ears‘ was an illustrated talk on the Government Art Collection by Penny Johnson, CBE. Penny has been Director of the Government Art Collection since 1997. With more than 13,500 works spanning five centuries, the Government […]

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