PRACTICAL STAGE – FRIDAY 11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Lean in, lean out, shake-it all about. Wherever you sit in the debate, some people just love the corporate world, and want to stay and want to make it work. This panel discusses how to be a leader in an established company with engrained processes. How do you navigate politics and personalities, create change while respecting well-tested practices, and find your own version of work life balance among colleagues who define it very differently?
MEET THE PANEL:
Paul is a practising city planner with post graduate qualifications in environmental law and human geography. Paul is one of Arup’s leading voices in the application of resilience thinking in the context political, social and financial drivers in city economies.
Paul GroverConsulting - Associate Director, Arup
Donna is passionate about people and spent 5 years at N Brown Group in head office and contact centre HR roles, before taking on a new challenge in professional services at Baker Tilly. She joined Grant Thornton in 2014 as Senior Business Partner, heading up the people strategy, focusing on leadership development, culture, and enabling teams to shape a vibrant economy across the North West.
An experienced business coach, facilitator and talent enthusiast, Donna is a huge advocate for making flexible working more accessible to all, and has helped embed a successful agile working culture at Grant Thornton.
Donna SmithSenior Business Partner, Grant Thornton
Katelyn is a Town Planner working for Arup in their Liverpool office. Prior to this, Katelyn secured a Postgraduate Placement within Arup’s Planning, Policy and Economics team whilst completing her full-time Master’s in Town and Regional Planning. Katelyn has a keen interest in the human-environment relationship which developed during her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. With her dual qualifications, her passion for Planning lies in the capability to shape places which enable the health and happiness of residents. As an American working and living in the UK, Katelyn brings an international perspective to the North West. Prior to moving to Liverpool, Katelyn worked at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the United States as a Mission Safety Engineer.
Katelyn NagleTown Planner, Arup
Ellie England – HOST
Passionate about search, women in technology and making a lasting impact, Ellie began her career in sales working in an inner-city secondary school ‘selling’ the importance of modern languages to disaffected teenagers. She got into the world of search working for Google for 6 years, before eventually relocating to Manchester and joining Microsoft. As a Sales Director for Bing Ads, Ellie has been spearheading the continued investment in the North of the UK and leads a growing team of search account managers.
Ellie England – HOSTSales Director, Microsoft
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PRACTICAL STAGE – FRIDAY
Learn from experienced panellists about handling day to day career difficulties such as handling personalities, work life balance and more