Question Time at the North Lancs Expo
Join us for a lively debate on business issues where you will have the opportunity to put questions to business leaders in North Lancashire.
Chaired by Malcolm Martin
Malcolm is Managing Director of Employer Solutions Ltd and an HR Consultant advising SMEs. His book Human Resource Practice has sold over 75,000 copies.
Your panel includes:
Alistair Eagles, Chamber President & Ambassador
CEO of Seatruck Ferries Ltd, Alistair moved to the area in 1991 after studying Transport Management and Planning at the University of Loughborough. In 1996 as part of a small team a small team Alistair helped set up Seatruck Ferries a freight only ferry company with its head office in Heysham. Seatruck specialise in the shipment of unaccompanied freight trailers and has grown from a new entrant to a significant player on the Irish Sea moving in excess of 360,000 freight units per annum on 2 routes from Heysham and 1 from Liverpool. Seatruck move around 20% of the total roll on roll off freight traffic to Ireland and continue to grow. With 12 freight ferries, including 8 newbuilding’s, Seatruck is also active in the external charter market offering vessels on hire to other ferry operators in Northern Europe. Seatruck is 100% owned by the Clipper Group based in Denmark.
Marcus Angell, Chamber Director Managing Director of SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments
Founder, owner and Managing Director of SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments, the largest independent serviced apartment agent in the world. Marcus is a Lancastrian, from Preston, who grew up in Ribchester and spent all fourteen of his schooling years in Blackburn. He has an MSc in Building Heritage and Conservation and has spent his entire career in construction and property related industries. He moved to London in 2000 and, having spotted a gap in the business travel market, set up SilverDoor. He lives in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, is married to Angie and they have two sons. He’s cricket-mad. In May 2016, Marcus acquired Lancaster-based competitor, Citybase Apartments, and brought it into the SilverDoor group of companies. In autumn 2016, he formed their first overseas company with SilverDoor Asia based in Singapore. The combined serviced apartment agent group is multi-award winning and, in 2017, has sales forecast in the region of £75M. The group employs around 120 people across its three offices in London, Lancaster and Singapore. Marcus has family connections to Lancaster and the wider area. His father was the BDP architect behind the award-winning Bath Mill Housing Scheme in the 1970s, and his very first paid job, as a fifteen-year-old in 1986, was working for a firm of quantity surveyors on Phase 2 of Heysham Power Station. Marcus has committed to building and investing for the future of SilverDoor and Citybase Apartments within Lancaster city centre, and has a particular interest in supporting the Chamber to promote the creation of better office and infrastructure facilities for the commercial sector in the city.
Ruth Wilkinson, Head of Sales at Daisy SMB & Owner of The Consult Centre
Ruth is Head of Sales at Daisy SMB and helps mid-market organisations and SMBs operating in a variety of industries save money, time and become more productive through investment in telecoms and IT solutions.
She leads a team at Daisy which is dedicated to helping businesses make the most of their communications and technology.
Ruth is also owner of The Consult Centre, an established coaching, mentoring and personal development company. They are dedicated to providing access to high quality development at affordable pricing.
Michael Gibson, MD of Miralis Data & Chair of Digital Lancashire
Michael is the co-owner of Miralis Data, a consultancy and software development firm working with data to solve business challenges. Working with leading companies such as Europcar, VPS and Routemonkey, they create algorithms, use machine learning and develop applications to find and create operational efficiencies, improve planning and deliver strategic change.
Michael is also a director and shareholder of UK Bathroom Store and a non-executive Director at Hotfoot Design. He also chairs Digital Lancashire, a volunteer board of owners from digitally focused businesses who are passionate about accelerating the digital economy in Lancashire.
Wendy Bowers, Owner & Founder of Role
Owner and Founder of Role, Wendy is an experienced Business leader with extensive established networks across Lancashire and board level experience at regional and national level. She has 30 years plus experience building businesses, working across all industry sectors. Wendy has supported the Chamber network for many years, as past President of East Lancashire Chamber and also as a Director of the British Chambers of Commerce from 2013 – 2016, where she also represented them across the UK as their Ambassador for Women’s Enterprise. Wendy works daily with growing and established businesses at Executive level, to improve planning, productivity and profits alongside positive and happy employees. Passionate about every aspect of business and with a keen focus on releasing the true potential of women and girls in our economy.
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Simply arrive at the venue at the allotted time and enjoy.