Leadership symposium to sharpen food industry skills

By Mike Stones

- Last updated on GMT

Honing food industry leadership skills is the aim of the one-day symposium. Image courtesy of Max Pixel
Honing food industry leadership skills is the aim of the one-day symposium. Image courtesy of Max Pixel

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Sharpening food industry managers’ leadership skills is the aim of The Leadership Symposium to be held at Rothamsted Research Centre on November 28.

The symposium, now in it's third year, will compare and contrast management in business and sport, in addition to celebrating the best of the British food and drink industry.

Welsh international footballer Aaron Ramsey and five times gold winning paralympian Hannah Cockcroft will deliver presentations on leadership in the sporting arena.

Industry leaders taking part in the conference include: Lord Price, minister for trade and investment, Allan Leighton, Co-op chairman and David Cheesewright, president and chairman of Walmart International.

Chief people officer at Tesco

Other participants include: Andrew Higginson, chairman of Morrisons and newly-appointed president of GroceryAid, and Alison Horner, chief people officer at Tesco.

The day will include a panel discussion on the development of start ups and challenger brands hosted by Charlie Bigham, from ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s, Belinda Williams from Yorkshire Provender and Saul Klein from venture capital firm LocalGlobe.

The symposium was designed to be relevant to management of any level or discipline, as a learning and networking forum. Delegates will include: suppliers and senior commercial management from key retailers.

‘Learning and networking forum’

Coca-Cola European Partners vice president and general manager Leendert Den Hollander said: “There are three very clear reasons as to why we support The Leadership Symposium.

“Firstly, the dialogue and interaction on key leadership issues is second to none, just look at the speakers! Secondly, there is a real opportunity to learn from others.

“And, ultimately, all the while we are supporting two great causes.”

Tickets cost £695 plus VAT. All proceeds will go to the charities GroceryAid​ and WorkingOptions in Education​. For more details about the event telephone 01865 823895 or email cnhywzbax@vairagnoenaq.pbz​.

Meanwhile, for the latest leadership opportunities in food and drink manufacturing, visit FoodManJobs​.

What’s the difference between leadership and management?

“Leadership isn’t management. This is the big one. Leadership and management are not synonymous. You have 15 people in your downline and P&L​ [profit and loss] responsibility? Good for you, hopefully you are a good manager.

“Good management is needed. Managers need to plan, measure, monitor, coordinate, solve, hire, fire, and so many other things. Typically, managers manage things. Leaders lead people.

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