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This year's theme of the day is 'Thriving in the 2020s: Implications for fast-growth businesses.' We’ll be welcoming the many business founders, investors and supporters who make up the Cranfield venturing network. Hosted by The Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship and the Sustainability Group.
Introduction and welcome
Professor Karen Holford CBE FREng
Glass half-full or glass half-empty?
Antony Jenkins CBE
Thriving or surviving? Is your business fit for the long haul?
Concluding comments and close
Dr Stephanie Hussels
Professor David Grayson CBE (Chairperson), Emeritus Professor
Advocate for Disability rights & inclusion, responsible business, sustainability, cross-sector collaboration. Active citizen. Emeritus Professor of Corporate Responsibility, former Chair of Carers UK, Chair of Institute of Business Ethics and chair-designate at Leonard Cheshire, Co-host of the new All In Sustainable Business podcast.
Amanda Jenkins – Chief Impact Officer & Head of Inclusivity, 10X
As Chief Impact Officer, Amanda defines the 10x Impact agenda focused on our People, our Community and our Planet, and champions our diversity and inclusion initiatives.
The 10x Impact agenda supports our corporate social responsibility priorities as we seek opportunities through what we do to have a positive impact, particularly for those less advantaged.
Amanda has extensive commercial, educational and volunteer experience within and outside the third sector both within the UK and internationally.
After completing her degree in German, Amanda spent the next decade in the Lloyd’s Insurance Market, followed by senior roles with two New York law firms. She has also taught English as a second language and worked as a cross-cultural trainer for high-ranking executives from around the world.
Amanda is a UK board member for Teach for All and Reboot the Future. She also participates in donating groups, mentors, advises and supports small charities and has established her own Family Foundation. Her passion is tackling inequality among the younger generation and women.
Martin Rich – Co-Founder & Executive Director, Future-Fit Foundation
Martin is a sustainable investment specialist, with over 20 years of experience in both mainstream and impact finance.
Martin’s career started in international investment banking, working for 13 years on structured debt and derivative products for JP Morgan, HSBC, and UBS. He then transitioned into social impact investment, spending 7 years as Sales Director at Social Finance Ltd. These experiences led him to realise the need for a standardised global mechanism for understanding the total impact of any investment portfolio on society and the planet. He then learned that discussing ideas like this with a stranger in a coffee queue can lead to one unexpectedly quitting a well-paid job and co-founding a non-profit to create the solution.
John Rosling – CEO, Contexis
I believe in the power of entrepreneurial thinking and courageous purpose to inspire people and unshackle organisational performance. I developed this belief over a 30 year career spent in both multinationals like Unilever and Diageo and as CEO of several entrepreneurial businesses. I write and speak on purpose, ethics, and entrepreneurship. I’ve been a guest lecturer at Cranfield, Henley, and Cambridge Judge Business Schools.
One of my main interests in recent years has been to pursue the ‘holy grail’ of measuring the true impact of purpose and show exactly how it drives human happiness and business performance. I’ve had the honour of working closely with top academics at Cambridge, amongst others, on this ambitious project. The evidence is now clear. Purpose creates human happiness and transforms business performance. We can accurately measure it in any business. But it’s not the purpose that matters. But how it’s lived and breathed. In most large, complex businesses there is a gap between purpose at the top and how it shows up in the real business. Having spent years observing and understanding how the most agile, entrepreneurially-minded companies on the planet do it, we understand how to bridge that gap to energise and clarify strategy and galvanise, inspire and engage people behind it. And we know how to measure that to show where the purpose is working to drive both strategic implementation and human engagement – and where it is blocked.
Antony Jenkins CBE – 10x Banking Founder, Chair & CEO
As Founder, Chair & CEO, Antony leads the company in its mission to be the global bank operating system of choice.
Antony is committed to driving the digital economy beyond the boundaries of 10x; he serves as Group Chairman of Currencies Direct, the leading UK non-bank provider of foreign exchange and international payment services, a board member of Blockchain, the world’s leading software platform for digital assets, and Board Director for US mortgage lending giant Fannie Mae. Antony is also an external member of the Prudential Regulation Committee.
Additionally, Antony is committed to advancing digital education and skills in the workforce; his dedication to the advancement of learning is recognised in his role at the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education, which he led as Chair through to the summer of 2021.
Before creating 10x, Antony served as Group CEO of Barclays plc for three years.
Antony was awarded a CBE for services to business in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2021.
Carol Foussat, Visiting Fellow (Chairperson)
Carol Foussat is the Programme Leader of the Business Growth Programme. She has been working on the programme since 2005 and has helped dozens of companies transform their businesses and themselves. Carol first came to Cranfield in 1998 to do the two-year Executive MBA, specialising in organisational change and leadership - two topics she believes are totally inter-twined. She covers these subjects on the Business Growth Programme.
While running the BGP keeps her busy, Carol also runs a couple of BGP Advisory Boards for business owners who have been through the programme and want to continue the learning and development journey with fellow past participants. This coaching and mentoring work is also done for other companies.
Dr Johnny Wake – Managing Partner, Courteenhall Estate
Johnny Wake is the Managing Partner of Courteenhall Farms, a diverse rural estate business which he has grown substantially since taking over in 2013. He is a fully qualified GP who planned to run his two careers in conjunction but chose to dedicate himself fully to business management after spending time running the business.
On the arable farming side, since he took charge, they have become more profitable, fully controlled traffic, taken on more contracting and begun a comprehensive team training programme. They won the East of England Supreme Champion prize in 2017, recognising the extremely high standards of farming now being practised. Johnny has taken the farm into a very large mid-tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme which has proven to be beneficial on many levels. The farm has pioneered some UK firsts and is regularly taking part in research trials.
They have a mixed residential and commercial property portfolio. Johnny has overseen improvements in residential maintenance standards and conversion of barns and areas of land to meet the high demand for commercial property in the area.
He began a wedding and events business on the estate, which involved branding and a new website and has been highly successful.
He has created a broad renewables portfolio with 9 rooftop PV arrays, 10 Ground Source Heat Pumps, 2 wind turbines, and 2 solar-thermal arrays. His expertise in ground source heat pumps has led to him being commissioned as an advisory consultant in this area.
Annika Bosanquet – Director of Sustainability in Packaging, Wrapology
Co-Founder of Wrapology. Develop. Manufacture. Distribute. Specialists in Sustainable manufacturing and processes. Registered offices in London, Hong Kong, and China specialising in packaging and logistics.
Recent TRIPLE Gold Award collaborative winners at the DieLine Awards 2019. Engineering and prototyping in the UK, manufacturing and distributing globally from China. Professional teams based in London, Hong Kong, and China specialising in packaging and logistics.
Brand engagement through sustainable packaging is why companies engage Wrapology for secondary packaging in Beauty & Fragrance, Jewellery & Accessories, Premium Retail and luxury food & drink. Experts in sustainable methods of materials, production, and distribution.
Bert van Son – CEO & Founder, Mud Jeans International
Social entrepreneur in the circular economy. Working and living in Taiwan, Hong Kong, France, and Belgium, taught him how to understand and interact with different languages and cultures. Bert van Son is the founder and CEO of MUD Jeans, a fast-growing sustainable jeans company from the Netherlands. The company allows customers to shop guilt free and do good for the environment while looking fashionable and modern.
Kito de Boer – Strategic Advisor, Founder, Amersham Advisors
Kito has 40 years of experience, living and working in the Netherlands, US, UK, Singapore, India, Dubai and Jerusalem. He built his career as a Strategic Advisor to the Private Sector and Government. Kito worked with McKinsey for nearly 30 years, where he founded the India, Middle East and Government practices. He lived in Dubai for most of the past 20 years. Kito also held a diplomatic role for 3 years as the Head of Mission of the Office of the Quartet and Managing Director of the Initiative for the Palestinian Economy. Kito received an MBA from Cranfield University and an MSc in Management Sciences (as well as an honorary doctorate) from Loughborough University of Science and Technology. Kito serves on the Board of the Lewa Trust in Kenya which is dedicated to wildlife conservation. Kito is also on the Board of Mercy Corps an NGO focused on helping the most vulnerable populations such as refugees. Kito is an Angel Investor in and Advisor to 5 start-ups.