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Event | Productivity Nation: Midlands

15th February 2018 | 9:30 am - 4:00 pm


Join a group of carefully selected senior executives to discover new ways to boost your company’s productivity by up to 20%.
The National Office of Statistics finds UK worker output to have dropped to levels last seen before the 2007/8 financial crisis. This puts the economy behind major trading partners such as Germany, France and the US.


During a packed agenda of roundtable discussions, case studies and peer networking, you’ll gain proven productivity strategies and best practices. Refreshments and lunch provided.

Guest Speakers

Cath Bishop, Senior Performance Consultant

Cath works as a leadership speaker and consultant, drawing on her practical experience from two high pressure careers as an Olympic rower and a senior diplomat specialising in conflict stabilisation. In her rowing career, Cath competed at three Olympic Games, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens, with highlights including winning the World Championships in 2003 and an Olympic silver medal in 2004. As a diplomat specialising in conflict issues, Cath was posted to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Basra, Iraq, as well as leading in Whitehall on the UK civilian contribution to conflicts around the world. Drawing on her unique combination of experience, Cath understands the resilience and leadership required to manage complex challenges.

Michele Metcalfe, Head of Wales & West Midlands, Vodafone UK

After graduating in Law Michele decided to progress her career in IT & Telecoms working for Enterprise clients across the Public Sector, Manufacturing, Energy, Financial Services, Retail, Leisure, Media, Logistics & Professional Services. Over the past 5 years, Michele has held a number of roles in Vodafone UK and now leads locally based teams responsible for giving practical advice and support to help businesses thrive and enable people to live better, work smarter and become more productive.

Mike Grogan, Head of East & East Midlands Regional Business, Vodafone UK

Mike Grogan is Head of Vodafone’s East & East Midlands Region. During his 10 year tenure at Vodafone, Mike has fulfilled a range of customer management roles working with a number of Vodafone’s leading UK & global customers culminating with the award of Vodafone Premier Club 2011.


Gareth Williams, Head of Workforce Mobility Practice, Vodafone UK

Gareth and his team have worked across a broad spectrum of private and public sector organisations helping customers improve efficiency and productivity across mobile workforces. The team use a consultative approach to understand customer needs and design new solutions that truly leverage technology to deliver world class solutions.

Benn Dixon, Head of Enterprise Sales, Samsung

Benn is responsible for driving forward the alliance between Samsung and Vodafone to support business productivity in UK. Benn’s strong background in the technology industry and experience in working with customers from SMEs, FSE100 companies & central government gives Benn a true understanding of the productivity pressures facing businesses today.


You will have an opportunity to network with Founders, Owners, MDs, Operations, Finance, Technology and HR leaders, and other management executives.



Andy Street,  Mayor of the West Midlands

“This event is a great opportunity to harness thinking from a range of senior leaders in the region and to get an insight into where we can best apply our efforts.

Driving up productivity in the Midlands is crucial to delivering the vibrant, dynamic economy we want to see across the region. I also believe that we can help spur an increase in productivity across the whole of the UK as we look to compete on the global stage.”


15th February 2018
9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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The Manufacturing Technology Centre
Coventry, CV7 9JU United Kingdom + Google Map